Coffee Cookie Crumble

When developing the dessert menu for Pastaria in Nashville, pastry chef Mathew Rice knew he wanted to update the classic tiramisu. “The original has a uniform mouthfeel,” he says, “but I love to play with texture in pastry.” This crunchy, salty, coffee-laced streusel does just that in his Tiramisu Icebox PieSlideshow: More Dessert Recipes 

Coffee Cookie Crumble
Photo: Eric Wolfinger
Active Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
3 1/2 cups


  • 2 1/4 cups (about 9 3/4 ounces) all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup instant coffee granules

  • 1/4 cup milk powder

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1 3/4 teaspoons fine sea salt

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon coffee extract


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Beat flour, sugar, coffee granules, milk powder, cornstarch, and salt with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low speed until combined. With mixer running, drizzle in butter and coffee extract until evenly moistened, about 10 seconds. Remove bowl from mixer and continue stirring by hand, if necessary, until uniform.

  2. Scatter mixture in a single layer on a parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes with a metal spatula, until completely dry, about 40 minutes. Cool mixture on baking sheet. Sift through a colander, and discard fine crumbs. Store in an airtight container.

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