This is an old recipe that my Mom used to make when we were kids – I have been making it ever since. It’s very simple and quick to prepare, with staple ingredients so you can mix it up at a moments notice. And it is so good served warm from the oven.

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Simple coffeecake made in an 8 inch square pan
Recipe type: Brunch
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  1. Mix butter, brown sugar and cinnamon together. Set aside.
  1. In food processor, mix flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. (You can also do this by hand with a pastry blender.)
  2. Whisk egg, milk and vanilla together. Add to food processor. Whirl briefly to combine.
  3. Spread batter in a greased 8 inch square cake pan. Sprinkle the topping mixture over.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 30 to 35 minutes. Serve warm.


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