Monday, April 22, 2013

Cowboy Coffeecake


When we moved to Texas,  back in 1986, I bought my first pair of boots.  I thought for today's tea, I'd fill them with some pretty flowers (a glass filled with water is down in the boot). 

 How about some Cowboy Coffeecake and a cup of Eggnogg'n tea? 


This recipe is one I've been making for over 40 years and comes from my BHG cookbook. Another name for this is Sugar 'n Spice Coffeecake, depending on what edition the recipe comes from. It's a really good recipe, which makes two cakes. The whole recipe can be done by hand, which is another plus. I hope you try it and keep one and give one away.  You'll make someone happy!!

Combine :
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 t. salt
2/3 cup shortening

Mix until crumbly (I use a pastry blender). Reserve 1/2 cup of this mixture and set aside.

To remaining crumbs, add and mix thoroughly:

2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg

Add 1 cup sour milk (put 1 T. white vinegar or lemon juice in measuring cup and fill the rest up with milk) and 2 beaten eggs. Mix well.

Pour into 2 greased 8 x 8 x 2-inch pans; sprinkle with the reserved crumbs. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.


Do you have any old boots in your closet?

I am sharing this with:

               Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. This is a good old fashioned crumb cake, Kitty. I love how you turned boots into a vase. xo

  2. Actually I do have an old pair of cowboy boots in my closet - I've never been to Texas though! We love coffee cake here and yours sounds perfect :))
    Mary x

  3. Oh! Kitty it is so amazing we both used boots as a centerpiece! I think we are enjoying the idea of Texas and boots! LOL! Your cute red boot reminds me of some red ones I love and I have in the closet. Your recipe is a good one and I'm sure very tasty. The pretty vignette with the red china and darling blue bandana is so cheerful. Thanks for more ideas of yummy treats!


  4. Fun arrangement in the boot! This coffee cake is delicious, I'm sure! I love things like that for a treat in the morning or afternoon with coffee!!

  5. I don't have any old boots in my closet. Shame on me! This coffee cake looks delicious. Happy Tea Day!

  6. How cute and fun! Love the boot with flowers and the coffee cake looks amazingly good - I'm sure it tastes incredible since it's made by you :)

    Have a wonderful day!


  7. Love your red boots! Your coffeecake looks wonderful! :)

  8. I have some boots, but the old one is a pair of baige cowgirl boots, lol.. Great idea to turn into a flower vase! The cake looks yummy, my friend. Have a super week.

  9. I didn't know there were red cowboy boots and yours matches your blog! No boots here other than those worn for winter. :-)
    Sounds like an easy enough cake to make, especially with one to eat and one to freeze.

  10. Oh, I have a Better Homes and Garden cookbook that I have had for over 40 years, too! I do not think that I have ever tried this recipe. It looks wonderful - I need to get out my book and get baking. Love, love that you bought red boots - what a statement, Kitty!!

  11. That looks so delicious! I'm going to have try this asap. I love your boots too!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  12. Your red boot makes such a cute centerpiece, Kitty! The only boots in my closet are winter boots and that suits me just fine! Winter's over!
    Your coffee cake looks just wonderful. I have a recipe which I have been planning on making and now that I'm getting back on my feet again, I just might make it one of these days. How do you stay so trim with all the baking you do?? It's just like you too, to keep one cake and give the other away! Thank you, sweet friend, for sharing this with us at Tea Time and have a lovely day.


  13. I have been wanting a pair of red cowboy boots for the longest! My relatives on my dad's side are all Texans, so cowboy boots are a way of life. Sadly, there is not one pair in my closet. In fact when I told my Texas aunt I wanted a pair, she laughed! Maybe one day my wish will come true and I will be sporting a pair of red cowboy boots. By the way...I love coffee cake Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  14. I've made a cake that's very similar and they are very good! Lovin' your red boots Kitty! The only boots in my closet are Timberlands I bring out when it snows (they're warmer than Lands End snow boots:@)

  15. What a kick Kitty (literally huh?=) You are SO clever to fill your lovely boot with flowers. This coffee cake sounds awesome...I do hope to try it soon. MMM good! Purple is my favorite color so I really love the scarves too. Very nice!

  16. That is the cutest presentation Kitty. Love the cowboy theme and the cake look so good to me.
    We are on that crazy diet again, so I cannot do any baking or fancy cooking.
    Love it dear Kitty. xo Linda

  17. Hi Kitty,
    I have that cookbook, a wedding gift from years ago! I'm sure I've made the coffee cake in the past, but now I'm thinking it will be perfect for tomorrow morning! Love your cowboy boot with the flowers! I had a pair that I got rid of years ago (not red, though) wish I'd saved them! Have a great evening!

  18. LOVE red boots! I think every Texan should have at least one pair of boots in the closet. I do! :)

    The coffee cake sounds divine. Could you please send a piece over for my coffee in the morning? We could start using one of those pneumatic tubes like the banks have. LOL


  19. That is such a fantastic tray scape! Love that boot! Your coffee cake looks great too.

  20. Kitty great trayscape! Love how you used the cowboy boot!!! and that recipe sounds tres delish!!! xo C. (HHL)

  21. Very cute, Kitty! How creative of you! The coffee cake looks delish....Christine

  22. Love the boots, how cute is this. The cake looks sooooooo good. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  23. Hi Kitty,
    I always wanted to have such Cowboy boots but to be honest, they don't fit so good here. But yours look really pretty, also as a vase. Your cake looks yummy and I would love to try a piece with that tea. Thank you for sharing your great skills.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  24. What a cute name for coffee cake and vignette Kitty! I had cowboy boots in my closet when my family lived in Houston for two years! It was a fun, hot & humid time :)

  25. I'm glad you asked! I do have an old pair of boots in my closet. They have very pointy toes so they aren't as comfortable as they used to be. LOL But I will keep them forever! I love how you used the boot for decoration! Great name for the coffee cake!

  26. I love it how great minds think alike. I am talking about you and Pam. It looks great. The cake lo Iooks delicious. I wish I had time to bake. Thanks for the sharing the recipe! I will keep it handy.

  27. Loved the way you presented this one with the boots. I do have an old pair of boots, but they have walked their way to the dress up closet. (Yes, we still have a dress up closet with grown up stuff in it. We do not have plans to grow up currently. Maybe some day. LOL)

    That recipe sounds delicious. I'm going to send a link to my daughter who lives in DC. She doesn't have a lot of kitchen appliances so anything by hand works well for her. Her little hand mixer is a bit lame.

  28. I love the boot with the flowers....the cake sounds wonderful.


  29. Love the boots!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  30. Can't wait to make this one...ummm
    Plenty of boots in our closet but they all belong to Cowboy Mr. Sweet...I tried cowboy boots, years ago, uncomfortable, and gave them away. Now, I want ONE to fill with flowers...hahhaa...
    Your cake looks amazing.

  31. buttermilk would be awesome in this recipe, too.:)) ummm

  32. Kitty, I sure do love those pretty Red Boots. Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  33. I haven't met a coffeecake that I don't like yet! I would take this over a frosted cake any day. Love that it makes two pans full, too.

  34. IWow, it tastes so strong. I guess I have poured some more vinegar by mistake. LOL. Thank you buddy for this awesome recipe. I loved it.

    Best Wishes
    Finn Felton
    Kopi Luwak

  35. How fun!

    Happy to have you at Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

  36. Good Morning Kitty, Well, you have just hit the nail on the head! As a little boy, my husband loved cowboys films. He used to go to the Saturday Cinema to watch them, so if I present him with a Cowboy Cake, he will be over the moon.
    It is lovely to meet you and I have so enjoyed my visit that I have become a new follower.
    I would like to invite you over to visit me at Ivy, Phyllis and Me! you will be most welcome.
    Best Wishes from England.

  37. Kitty, We have lots of snow boots here, but I don't have cowboy boots! I think I need some so maybe I should take a trip to Texas! I did a table long ago with my sons little tiny cowboy boots (he is now 6'2) and I just loved it. Your coffee cake looks YUMMY!!!! Linda

  38. Very creative idea.makes a lovely table setting..and would love a slice of that coffee cake right about now...

  39. What a cute post! That recipe sounds delicious!


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