20 Sweet Bread Recipes That Go Great With Coffee

Coffee Breads are Sweet, Rich, and Oh-So-Good

A piping hot, freshly brewed cup of coffee and a nice sweet bread are a match made in heaven. Whether it's a sticky bun, muffin, or slice of quick bread, you just can't beat the pairing for a lovely way to start your day or enjoy an afternoon break. Most of these sweet treats are quick and easy to make from scratch, and they come in a wide array of flavor profiles. We're sure you'll find plenty to add to your regular repertoire.

  • 01 of 20

    Sweet and Sticky Pecan Rolls

    Pecan Rolls

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Sweet, sticky, and studded with pecans, these decadent sweet and sticky pecan rolls are the perfect way to treat yourself to a fancy breakfast or bring something special to the brunch table. The recipe does require a rise, so plan for about an hour of proofing. It also makes a large batch of rolls, perfect for a holiday meal or another get-together.

  • 02 of 20

    Bourbon Banana Bread

    Bourbon banana bread

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    It may not be mom's banana bread recipe, but we think you'll love the addition of bourbon for a sweet, kicky bread. Lots of mashed bananas give it a tender, moist texture. Just be sure not to overmix the batter, or it'll get too chewy. Be forewarned that the alcohol in the bread cooks off, but the glaze does not. If you want the booze to dissipate, heat the bourbon for about 2 minutes before proceeding. Everyone will love this Bourbon banana bread!

  • 03 of 20

    Apple Cinnamon Biscuits

    Apple Biscuits

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    You just can't beat the classic fall flavors in these flaky, lightly sweet apple cinnamon biscuits. They taste just as lovely with a cup of coffee as a mug of tea or when in season, some hot apple cider. The vanilla glaze gives them a nice sweetness that makes them a real treat.

  • 04 of 20

    Chocolate Chip Honey Pumpkin Bread

    Chocolate Chip Honey Pumpkin Bread

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter

    Chocolate chip and pumpkin are both classic sweet bread profiles, and they're even better when blended together. With delectable cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger, this unique sweet bread has a nice Middle Eastern spiciness to it that contrasts beautifully with the honey and pumpkin sweetness. You'll never go back to plain old pumpkin bread again after you try this chocolate chip honey pumpkin bread.

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  • 05 of 20

    German Stollen

    Christmas stollen

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    German stollen, a traditional Christmas bread made in many Pennsylvania German homes, is delicious any time of year. It's a yeasted dough that features fresh lemon for a citrusy note, candied fruit for interest, and almonds for nutty crunch. It also makes a tasty gift, if you're a fan of giving culinary presents.

  • 06 of 20

    Blueberry Sweet Potato Bread

    Blueberry sweet potato bread

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Bake up a loaf of this interesting blueberry sweet potato bread if you're looking for something that's similar to a blueberry muffin with a slightly more complex flavor. It has a delicate spice, a moist crumb, and it freezes well if you want to make a few loaves and save some for the future. It also makes use of frozen blueberries and canned sweet potato, so you can enjoy it any time of year.

  • 07 of 20

    Butter Pecan Bread

    Butter Pecan Bread
    Diana Rattray

    Taste the crown jewels of the American South in this spiced, richly textured butter pecan bread. Brown sugar and buttermilk give it an almost cake-like texture, while cinnamon and nutmeg have a warming spice. You can also swap the pecans for walnuts or add chocolate chips, if you want to mix it up a little.

  • 08 of 20

    Monkey Bread

    monkey bread
    Leah Maroney 

    Perhaps named for the fun way you pull apart this bread with your fingers like monkeys would pick at. it, monkey bread can now be found in many supermarket aisles. But it's so easy to make at home, you might as well try this simple and fun scratch recipe. Have the kids help roll the little dough balls for a fun family activity. It's as much fun to eat as it is to make!

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  • 09 of 20

    Pumpkin Bread With Cream Cheese Filling

    pumpkin cream cheese bread
    Diana Rattray

    By using canned pumpkin, you can enjoy this elevated pumpkin bread with cream cheese filling any time of year. It's sweet and savory at once with a luscious sweetened cream cheese ribbon that tastes like you put the icing inside the bread. It also freezes well, so you can slice one loaf, freeze the slices individually, and take out a piece whenever you're itching for a snack.

  • 10 of 20

    Classic Zucchini Bread With Walnuts

    Classic zuchinni bread

    The Spruce

    Whether you've ended up with a bumper crop of summer squash or just want a moist, veggie-packed sweet bread, you've likely already discovered classic zucchini bread with walnuts. Use this simple, classic formula that will taste just like you remember from childhood. This recipe makes two loaves, so enjoy one of these lightly spicy, sweet and healthy breads with coffee now, and stick one in the freezer to pull out for unexpected guests later.

  • 11 of 20

    Raspberry Nut Muffins

    Raspberry Nut Muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Sprinkle the tops of these sweet, nutty raspberry nut muffins with cinnamon sugar for a nice topping that really complements the sweet and tangy raspberries. This recipe calls for fresh berries, but you can also use frozen if they're not in season. Toss the berries in flour before adding to the batter, so they remain suspended and don't all sink to the bottom of the pans.

  • 12 of 20

    Carrot Muffins With Walnuts and Cream Cheese Spread

    Carrot Muffins With Orange Cream Cheese Spread

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Those of you who enjoy carrot cake should definitely try these carrot muffins with walnuts and a cream cheese spread. If you don't want to make the cream cheese spread, they'd also taste delicious with a sweetened butter or just plain whipped butter. Carrots give the muffins a delightful moist texture. You can use a hand grater, but a food processor makes the preparation much easier.

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  • 13 of 20

    Blueberry Streusel Muffins

    Blueberry Muffins

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    It doesn't get much tastier than a traditional blueberry muffin, unless you add a streusel topping. With toothsome sweet-tart blueberries, a tender batter, and a sweet sugary top, these muffins will quickly become a new favorite. If you use frozen berries, rinse them first until the water almost runs clear. Mix them into the batter quickly with just a few strokes, to avoid turning the batter blue. Everyone will love this blueberry streusel muffins recipe.

  • 14 of 20

    Date Nut Bread

    Date Nut Bread

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    Dates have a natural sugary sweetness that's perfect for a sweet date nut bread and goes perfectly alongside a bitter cup of Joe. The recipe calls for chopped walnuts, but it'd also be delicious with chopped pecans or even some raisins. Try it spread with cream cheese or a thick schmear of butter or even peanut butter.

  • 15 of 20

    Apple Pie Breakfast Cookies

    Apple cinnamon breakfast cookies

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Yes, you really can have cookies for breakfast! These apple pie breakfast cookies taste just like apple cinnamon oatmeal and have a lot of the same ingredients, too. They're healthy and hearty enough to hold you over as a weekday starter, but tasty enough to enjoy as an afternoon coffee break treat. Make sure you chill the dough before baking, so they don't flatten out too much.

  • 16 of 20

    Raspberry Toaster Strudel

    Raspberry Toaster Strudel

     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    We all love toaster strudel, but did you know you can make it at home? The name is a little misleading because you do make these light, shatteringly flaky pastries in the conventional oven, but they're well worth the extra work. Best of all, these raspberry toaster strudels take just five ingredients.

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  • 17 of 20

    Pumpkin Ginger Scones With Tahini Glaze

    Pumpkin Ginger Scones with Sweet Tahini Glaze
    Pumpkin Ginger Scones with Sweet Tahini Glaze. Anita Schecter

    If you've never tried pumpkin and tahini together, you're really in for a treat. Scones are essentially individual sweet breads, and they're incredibly dippable in your hot beverage of choice. Folding the batter over gives them the classic layered look you've seen at the bakery. Use pureed pumpkin, not pie filling, in this simple and rewarding pumpkin ginger scones with tahini glaze recipe.

  • 18 of 20

    Snickerdoodle Muffins

    Snickerdoodle muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Snickerdoodle cookies with their sweet, cinnamon flavors taste great dipped in a cup of coffee. Now you can also enjoy them in a sweet bread with these lovely snickerdoodle muffins. They also freeze well, so make a double batch and have extra for the future.

  • 19 of 20

    Vegan Chocolate Banana Muffins

    Close-up of Chocolate Muffins on Baking Tray
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    Those with dietary restrictions or who follow a vegan diet can still enjoy a nice baked treat with their hot cup of relaxation with these vegan chocolate banana muffins. Banana and chocolate go perfectly together, and the addition of oatmeals gives these special muffins a heartiness that also makes them an excellent breakfast option.

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    Easy Cinnamon Rolls

    Easy Cinnamon Rolls

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    These simple and delicious easy cinnamon rolls will fill your home with an amazing aroma that will bring the whole family to the table. Their sweet and spiced flavor goes perfectly with a hot beverage, and you can mix up the flavor by adding some chopped pecans, mixing a little coffee in place of some of the milk, or adding different flavors to the icing.