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Coffee Desserts: 8 Great Recipe Ideas You Can Easily Make at Home

Coffee Goes With Everything!

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Can’t decide between a sweet treat and a cup of everyone’s favorite pick-me-up? You could do both, or you could just make one of these amazing desserts that are made even better with the addition of coffee in the recipe. Delicious!

Coffee Ice Cream

On a hot day, there’s nothing quite like smooth, creamy ice cream to cool you off and put a smile on your face. Well this homemade ice cream recipe from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will do all of the above and make you feel a bit more energetic. Assuming you have an ice cream machine, all you’ll need are heavy cream, whole milk, sugar, eggs, instant coffee, eggs, and chocolate curls for extra pizazz.

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Chocolate-Covered Espresso Bean Cookies

For many folks, eating cookies fresh out of the oven brings back fond memories of childhood, but these chocolate espresso bean cookies aren’t for the kiddos. We found the recipe over at Butter & Brioche, and we have to say we that we absolutely love the presentation. Cookies have never looked so sophisticated.

Espresso Brownies

Chewy, gooey brownies make chocolate lovers’ eyes light up like little else. These 6-ingredient espresso brownies will do that, and then some. They’re absolutely delicious, they’re easy to make, and the recipe comes from a former 4th grade teacher from Minnesota – a reliable brownie recipe source if there ever was one.

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Coffee-Glazed Doughnuts

Don’t have time to drink coffee and eat a doughnut? No worries – these coffee doughnuts will have you back on the beat in no time, with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. The secret’s in the glaze, which features instant espresso powder and pure vanilla extract. Wow!

Cappuccino Popsicles

OK, so what if you’re in the mood for something sweet and cool, but without all the dairy? Try these easy-to-make cappuccino popsicles. They’re perfect for the summertime coffee lover on the go – they won’t make you overheat and they’re super tasty. Oh, and if you use almond milk like the recipe recommends, they also happen to be vegan. Don’t worry, omnivores. They’re amazing.

Chocolate Cappuccino Cheesecake

Would you like coffee with your cheesecake? How about in your cheesecake, with some chocolate added in just for good measure? It’s so good that it feels almost transgressive, but don’t let that stop you – everyone needs to cut loose every once in a while. This recipe provides instructions for fancy chocolate leaves and flavored whipped cream, but the cheesecake itself is definitely the main event, and it’s easy enough to make.

Morning Mocha Protein Shake

Here’s the perfect way to amp yourself up before your morning workout – a chocolate espresso protein shake that will help you build muscles and shake off those procrastination blues. The recipe includes protein powder and flaxseed meal, so you can feel good about having a shake for breakfast. Don’t lie. The kid in you is pretty excited about the phrase “shake for breakfast.”

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Chocolate Coffee Truffles

Roll up your sleeves; this recipe for chocolate coffee truffles might get messy. It also happens to be one of the easiest recipes on the list – all you need is heavy cream, butter, espresso powder, chocolate, and cocoa powder. First, you make the ganache balls, and then you just roll them in cocoa powder and pop them into the fridge. What could be simpler?


There you have it: 8 great dessert recipes that prove coffee is not just for drinking. Its complex flavor can be used to add intrigue to a wide array of tasty desserts. Try them all. Just not all at once.