Caramel Cappuccino Cookies ~ Savory Simple ~ #recipeCaramel Cappuccino Cookies

Being a food blogger certainly has its perks. There is never a shortage of tasty food around here. I’ve made many wonderful friends in the community and sometimes I even get free stuff. It’s pretty awesome. There is one minor problem I deal with: tons of leftovers. I cannot possibly eat all of the cookies and other baked goods I prepare so I’m constantly giving food away. Since I work from home, Jeff’s coworkers usually get the majority of my leftovers.

A few weeks ago I was chatting with several other bloggers on Twitter and we were joking that we wished we could have each others leftovers. And it dawned on me… why not? Why don’t we exchange leftovers sometimes? Why are people I don’t even know enjoying all of my food when there are so many other bloggers making yummy treats that I’d like to get my hands on?

Caramel Cappuccino Cookies ~ Savory Simple ~ #recipe

So I created The Leftovers Club. I invited some friends to help me beta test the first month before sharing details with all of you. The concept is simple: on the 1st Thursday of each month we all share a recipe for a baked treat with a good shelf life (sweet or savory). Something that can be easily shipped. Bloggers are partnered up with others members and we exchange the leftovers. Members can always opt out for a month. The whole thing is meant to be very laid back and fun. We get to know one another better and gain some additional exposure with an optional link exchange at the end of each post.

The Leftovers Club

Sounds like fun? Visit The Leftovers Club online to learn more and join us!

Caramel Cappuccino Cookies ~ Savory Simple ~ #recipe

Now for the cookies. I really wanted to try creating a cookie recipe with sweetened condensed milk. I decided it would pair nicely with espresso powder for a coffee and cream effect. The final result was incredible though not at all what I expected. The sweetened condensed milk caramelized slightly, adding a nutty caramel flavor (it was Jeff who suggested I call these Caramel Cappuccino Cookies). I decided to skip the egg and just use baking powder. The cookies didn’t rise and instead spread thin. When I first took them out of the oven I was disappointed and assumed they’d be crunchy. But not at all; these are incredibly chewy with a slight crunch on the bottom where the milk caramelized. They remind me a bit of Momofuku Milk Bar’s corn cookies which are my absolute favorite. I tried tweaking the recipe several more times, adding more flour and baking powder but that took away the amazing texture. Thin and chewy was the way to go and the first batch remained my favorite by far. So here we are!

Caramel Cappuccino Cookies ~ Savory Simple ~ #recipe


Caramel Cappuccino Cookies
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Serves: 20-40 cookies, depending on the size of the scoop
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 14 ounces (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon dutch processed cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and mix on high speed for 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk/sift together the flour, baking powder, espresso powder, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add the flour mixture in 3 batches. Turn the mixer up to medium for a minute to make sure everything is evenly combined.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  5. Use a medium or small scoop to scoop out the dough. These cookies will spread quite a bit so leave space in between them.
  6. Allow the dough to chill in the refrigerator for at least 25 minutes.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Allow to cool for several minutes before serving.
Tip: this cookie dough is a bit thinner and stickier than normal. To keep the shape of the cookies pretty while scooping, try washing and drying the scoop periodically with hot water. Make sure to thoroughly chill the scooped dough before baking.


More recipes from The Leftovers Club

Damn Delicious - Blueberry Lemon Bars
Bakeaholic Mama - Coconut Banana Brownie Pie
Sprinkled With Flour - Chunky Twix Cookies
Pineapple and Coconut - Cinnamon Dolce Oatmeal Cookies
Food n’ Focus - Cranberry Scones
Give Peas a Chance - Spiced Vanilla Honey Biscotti
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  1. What a great idea! I usually pass out my leftovers to friends- they both love and hate me!

    • My friends always say they want my leftovers and then when I say “come and get them” I suddenly live too far away (incorrect) or they’re worried about all of the fat/sugar :)

  2. These look soo good! I’ve never actually used espresso powder, do you have a favorite brand?

  3. They look amazing! I can’t wait to try this recipe here at home… Thanks for sharing!
    About the leftover club, I’m on my way now, but I’m afraid that mayme I’m too far away…

  4. I nominated you for the Super Sweet Bloggers Award. Check out my recent post to see. :)

  5. Things like this make me wish I was living in the U.S., but soon enough. SUCH a great idea. I’m always glad I work in an office for this very particular reason – somewhere to bring all those leftover baked goods so that they don’t continue to tempt me at home. Beautiful cookies – I’m loving the flavors, Jen!

  6. You made me realize that I need these cookies in my life! They are beautiful!!! Perfect with my morning cup of coffee.

  7. These cookies look SO good! I love your idea for The Leftovers Club!!!

  8. These look so chewy and delicious. I absolutely love cookies with that texture. I bet these are to die for. Your club sounds so fun!

  9. GENIUS idea with the leftovers club! I have the same issue with baked goods here. Either Ben’s classmates get the goodies or our freezer winds up stuffed with half-used cookie dough (and that’s after we’ve put a serious dent in them!) Cookies look fantastic-creative thinking with the condensed milk!

  10. These look absolutely beautiful! I love the idea of caramel and capuccino combined – yum!

  11. What a fun idea! The cookies sound great and I like the idea of the leftovers club too. I’ll have to check it out. I tend to send things home with friends, neighbors or my husband’s co-workers. Have a blessed day, Jennifer!

  12. I need a glass of milk, pronto…for any leftover caramel cappuccino cookies you have!!!

  13. Aside from dulce de leche and key lime pie, I never know what to do with sweet milk…who knew it could be used in cookies!? Brilliant recipe!

    I’m in love with the cutting board. No joke – *in love* :D

    Looking forward to joining The Leftovers Club, hopefully soon!

  14. These cookies are GORGEOUS. Such a fun idea for this group I look forward it again next month…. And I’ll smarten up and not bake a PIE…. Shanna is going to get a box of mush in the mail.

  15. I gave up coffee for lent, but these wouldn’t count, right? These seem like they’d be perfect to dunk in coffee. Mmm… How many days til Easter?!

    I’m so excited about The Leftovers Club! Thank you being so on top of things and organizing everything and making our gorgeous logo! I also love that we’re free to make whatever and there’s no theme; it’s great to see what everyone comes up with! I may also have my fingers crossed that we’re matched up soon for cookies like these! :)

  16. Those cookies look SO GOOD! I love cappuccino/coffee flavor. And I love the “leftovers” recipe club! Usually I sent all the leftovers to the work with BF but I’m sure it couldn’t hurt to ship them far far away (and it’s always fun to GET treats in the mail!)

  17. I love the Leftovers Club idea! Too bad I’m just a vegetable person, as my stuff doesn’t ship. At all.
    I also love seeing a recipe that uses an entire can of sweetened condensed milk, not a few Tablespoons out of it. Great idea, Jen!

  18. Love the sound of these cookies Jennifer, now I’m craving cappuccino. :)

  19. Oh gosh Jen – these look amazing! And gorgeous photos, as always.

  20. I can imagine dunking a couple of these cookies in milk!


  21. I just love these photos. They make me yearn for an afternoon snack of milk and cookies at 10 in the morning.

  22. Your cookies are just wonderful! They look perfect to me. Simple, but really a cut above. :-)

  23. I’m absolutely horrible at getting things mailed in a timely manner or I’d be all over The Leftovers Club – such a fun idea! The combination of flavors in these cookies sounds amazing, wish I had one to snack on this afternoon :)

  24. Brilliant idea! I just read the Leftover Club post from Damn Delicious! Sharing is the fun part.

  25. What a great idea Jenn! I love the idea of the leftovers club. And of course, I love the idea of these cookies! Thank you for sharing such a sweet recipe. I can’t wait to give it a try. I hope you are having a beautiful day!

  26. LOVE the idea of the leftover club!

    These would be perfect with coffee :D

  27. I LOVE our new club – I hope many more join in! These cookies look amazing and your photos? WOW!! I would love to take food photography lessons from you!

  28. Amazing flavor combo in cookie form! And thanks for creating the leftovers club. It’s going to be huge! :)

  29. I saw these on Pinterest and Jumped here…
    These look Fantastic!!!!
    I have this crazy love n hate relationship with my friend on the leftover subject…lol

    • :) I get super irritated with my friends (in a loving way, of course). When I share the blog posts on Facebook everyone always says “Oh that looks amazing, I want to try it, etc” and I’m like “come get it” and they’re like “toooo far” and I’m like “you live 10 minutes away.”

  30. Absolutely gorgeous photography and yum!!

  31. Ive been seeing your LClub links/members’ posts all over. Such a fun idea and I am just a bit too overwhelmed with my own craziness to join, but I think the concept is fabulous! I wish we all just lived next door to each other and could just pass things along – like my mom and grandma did with their neighbors.

    The sweetened condensed milk in cookies – wow. Delish. And the capp flavor of them, I bet it’s soooo good!

  32. These look like cookie heaven!!

  33. Hehe you’re so right about the leftovers! The savoury leftovers are fine, we can eat those for dinner but the leftover cakes and sweets-eek, there is so much. What a great idea! :D

  34. This is such a great idea! I deal with tons of leftovers too. I send them to work with my husband, ship them off to my in-laws or send them to my neighbors. What a great idea to send them to a fellow foodie! These cappuccino cookies are gorgeous and sound so tempting. I love using espresso powder in baked goods.

  35. Great idea, Jen!

    These cookies look awesome… And yeeeeah, I bet your husbands coworkers think you’re the best wife ever!!! Lucky people! ;)

  36. What a fun idea! :) These cookies look fabulous and your pictures are stunning, as always! :)

  37. I am totally in–on the cookies and the club. :)

  38. I wouldn’t mind having these delicious cookies mailed to my door. They look amazing!

  39. I’ve heard some whispers of your leftovers club, sounds awesome! I totally want in :)
    And these cookies you can ship to my house!

  40. Ooh yum these sound really good, I love anything coffee flavoured!

  41. I wish I lived closer… For now I´ll take the recipe for these cookies. Wow, coffee and caramel are SO ridiculously good together!

  42. Oh yum. Those look terrific. Going to pin them now and make them soon. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Sounds like a great idea, Jen!! I rather take this cookies off your hands and would glad to send you my leftovers :)

  44. Delicious!!!! I love anything coffee!!!!

  45. That sounds like such a great idea! I’m always giving my leftovers to my boyfriend’s family.
    This looks great. I would love some of these leftovers ;)

  46. Christine says:

    I made a batch of these since I’ve had a can of condensed milk sitting around in my cupboard foreverrr — I like ‘em! They remind me less of a cappuccino, and more of a Vietnamese “ca phe da” (which, if you haven’t had, is great stuff). Thanks for the recipe! :)

  47. Thank, very nice. Have tried it today and loved the strong coffee taste.
    though havent added sugar! it was sweet enough from 200 g condensed milk

  48. Caramel+Cappuccino+thin and chewy – sounds like the perfect cookie to me. And The Leftovers Club! What a great idea…my neighbors may feel jilted, but I’m in!

  49. These cookies sound amazing and I love the idea of the Leftovers Club. Count me in!!

  50. These look amazing! Will definitely try them at home!!

  51. I’ve had this page up on my laptop for a month. Finally going to make them this weekend – converting the recipe to gluten free. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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