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8 Best Coffee Desserts

Maryna Gray Maryna Gray • April 12, 2021

If you love coffee, try preparing dessert with it! Or, if you know someone who loves coffee, gift them with a coffee-infused treat. These are some of our favorite coffee dessert recipes. 

1. Amaretto-Mocha Truffles

These truffles are the perfect dessert for your next holiday gathering. The dark chocolate ganache is a chocoholic’s dream, and the ground coffee bits add a nice crunch and balance of flavor to this deliciously decadent treat. This recipe from Bon Appetit is sure to impress your guests. Pro tip: these truffles can be made up to a week ahead of time and refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to serve. 

2. Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

For coffee lovers who appreciate the simplicity of the coffee bean, this is the dessert for you! Your favorite beans dipped in chocolate make a great sweet treat and you can make individually dipped beans or little chocolate clusters. These can also be packaged up and turned into little holiday gifts for your coffee-loving friends and family. Here's a great recipe to try out at home, courtesy of The Spruce Eats.

3. Coconut Gelato Iced Coffee Affogato

Affogato (Italian for "drowned in coffee") is an espresso dessert that usually consists of a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso. But we recommend this recipe by Nutmeg Nanny, which replaces plain vanilla ice cream with a creamy coconut-flavored gelato. You can also substitute the espresso for your favorite brewed coffee. 

4. Coffee Roasted Almond + Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Bark

This bark recipe by Half-Baked Harvest is delicious and unique. Almonds and pistachios are tossed in a combination of coconut oil and coffee grounds, then roasted until fragrant. These coffee-covered nuts are then nestled into a bed of dark chocolate and sprinkled with toasted coconut, and yes, more chocolate! This dessert is pretty simple and once ready, can be packaged up nicely to make a beautiful gift. 

5. Tiramisu

Tiramisu is a classic coffee dessert and an easy crowd pleaser. Ladyfingers are soaked in a mixture of brandy and coffee or espresso, then layered with a creamy mascarpone custard. This Food Network recipe will be a favorite among all of your coffee-loving friends and family. And if you want to really impress them, host (or bring) a coffee sampling to enjoy with the tiramisu. 

6. Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

Lovilee Blog's decadent cheesecake recipe is the perfect pairing of chocolate and espresso. The coffee in this light and creamy cheesecake brings out the chocolate flavor, so it’s a win-win. This chilled coffee dessert can also be stored ahead of time for an upcoming get-together. 

7. Coffee Caramel Tres Leches

Tres Leches is a moist sponge or butter cake soaked in a sweet milk syrup. This recipe from Zoe Bakes steps up the Tres Leches game by adding a coffee caramel syrup and coffee whipped cream. A Tres Leches cake is usually a bit sweet by nature, but the slight bitterness of coffee nicely balances this cake out. It can be enjoyed as a delicious dessert, but we promise not to tell if you decide to polish this one off for breakfast.

8. Espresso Brownies

If there's one thing we know to be true, it's that you can never go wrong with a gooey chocolate brownie. Not only does this Baker by Nature recipe deliver on the soft brownie, but it uses one of our favorite ingredients: coffee! Brew your favorite coffee to be used in this delicious espresso dessert. 

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Tags: Chocolate, Coffee Desserts
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