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No Bake Coffee Cookies: Freeze Ahead for Christmas Cookie Swaps!

If you love the flavor of coffee, you’re in for a treat with these no-bake Christmas cookies. No-bake coffee cookies freeze well so you can make them ahead of time and get a jump start on your Christmas baking this year. It’s also one of the easiest Christmas cookie swap recipes you’ll find. 

If you’re making these coffee cookies for a Christmas gift, place a dozen in a coffee mug and wrap them with cellophane for an easy gift for the coffee lover in your life.

No bake coffee balls in a clear coffee mug with a Christmas tree in the background.

I’m blessed to have a mother-in-law who is an amazing baker and doesn’t mind sharing Christmas cookies with us every year. For that reason, I leave the time-consuming recipes up to her. 

But since I needed to make a batch of treats for a Christmas cookie swap Friday I decided to make something easy. By easy I mean you can make these with a toddler hanging on your pant leg and an infant riding in a carrier on your tummy. It’s the only way I get anything done!

Ingredients

  • vanilla wafer cookies
  • powdered sugar
  • chopped pecans
  • cocoa powder
  • instant coffee crystals
  • cinnamon
  • brewed espresso
  • powdered sugar

Preparation

Crush two cups of vanilla wafer cookies.

Side by side comparison of two different types of vanilla wafer cookies.

Chop pecans if you aren’t using pre-chopped ones to save time. I recommend buying them already chopped from the baking section at the grocery store.

Pecan halves being chopped with a knife on a wooden cutting board.

Brew some strong coffee or make a couple of shots of espresso. You’ll need 4-5 tablespoons total.

A shot of espresso being brewed into a clear mug.

Making the Cookies

  1. Combine the crushed cookies, powdered sugar, nuts, cocoa, coffee crystals, and cinnamon.
  2. Add the brewed coffee or espresso using just enough to evenly moisten the cookie crumb mixture.
  3. Form mixture into 1 1/4″ balls.
  4. Roll the balls generously in powdered sugar.
  5. Place balls on a sheet of waxed paper and let them stand for about an hour or until completely dry.
  6. Before serving, roll balls again in powdered sugar if desired.
No Bake Coffee Balls Recipe. Make Ahead and Freeze.

FAQ

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes! They freeze wonderfully in an airtight container for up to three months.

What if I don’t have an espresso machine?

Brew coffee as strong as you can get it. Using a French press with lots of coffee grounds and a smaller amount of water than you normally would for a regular cup of joe works well.

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No Bake Coffee Cookies

Jenn
you love the flavor of coffee, you're in for a treat with these no bake Christmas cookies. No bake coffee cookies freeze well so you can make them ahead of time and get a jump start on your Christmas baking this year. It's also one of the easiest Christmas cookie swap recipes you'll find. 
4.46 from 11 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Recipes
Cuisine Dessert
Servings 30
Calories 76 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons instant coffee crystals
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4-5 tablespoons brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Combine crushed cookies, the 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, nuts, cocoa, coffee crystals, and cinnamon.
  • Add brewed coffee using just enough to moisten.
  • Form mixture into 1 1/4" balls.
  • Roll balls generously in the 1/2 cup powdered sugar.
  • Place balls on a sheet of waxed paper and let stand until dry (about an hour)
  • Before serving, roll balls again in powdered sugar if desired.
Keyword coffee cookies, cookie swap recipes, no bake christmas cookies
Nutrition Facts
No Bake Coffee Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 76 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Sodium 22mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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