Ever wish you could have a hint of coffee flavor in everything you eat? Good news: you can!
Well…not everything. But lots of foods do benefit from the addition of coffee during the cooking process. Below, you’ll find just a few of them. This isn’t by any means an exhaustive list, but it’s a pretty solid starting point for your adventures in cooking with coffee.
Intentional Hospitality’s dry rub recipe invites us to take all of our savory barbecue dishes to the next level by using an ingredient all of us are likely to keep on hand at all times. You guessed it — the secret ingredient is ground coffee! Joe not only has the power to bring even the groggiest of us to life on an early morning; it can also bring new and unique flavors to your ribs, steak, or brisket.
Did you know the word “tiramisu” means “pick-me-up?” How fitting, since this coffee-soaked dessert is good enough to turn any frown upside down. Ladyfingers, eggs, heavy cream, mascarpone, sugar, and cacao join forces with rich, dark espresso to create this dish that’s sure to impress at any party or gathering.
Take a trip south of the border without even having to leave your home by whipping up a batch of traditional Mexican mole. This savory sauce, complete with coffee, cocoa powder, chicken broth, jalapeno or poblano peppers, tomato, and spices, complements chicken so well, you’ll want to eat the stuff every day.
When you want to spice up steak night a bit, pull that bag of beans out of your cabinet and try out a new rub. The flavors of your coffee grounds blend well with the salt, garlic powder, pepper, oregano, and sugar you’ll use to prep your meat before throwing it on the grill.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: coffee and chocolate make quite a pair. You don’t have to take our word for it, though; let this coffee-infused chocolate cake from The Six Figure Dish do all of the convincing. This moist cake, complete with cocoa powder and black coffee, cooks slowly in your Crockpot, and once complete, tastes best with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Dalgona coffee stole our hearts in early 2020 when the fluffy drink made its rounds across nearly every social media platform. The whipped coffee isn’t just a fun way to get your morning caffeine boost, though; it also makes a pretty good addition to a cheesecake. This recipe gives all the details for combining the South Korean-born joe with the classic dessert. The result is a creamy, delicious crowd-pleaser — you’ll definitely want to give it a try!
This Strength & Sunshine recipe gives your classic banana bread a nutty, espresso-infused twist that tastes great any time of the day. Use this recipe to whip up a batch of this sweet treat, and enjoy a slice for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack.
We’re not sure what’s a better reason to try out Three Olives Branch’s chocolate espresso tart: the fact that it can be made so quickly or the crunch that chocolate-coated espresso beans and chocolate chips give it. This sweet little dessert is rich. Indulgent, and perfect for sharing with a crowd...but if you’re anything like us, though, you’ll want to keep it all for yourself.
Now, we know we’ve already included a tiramisu recipe in this roundup, but this one is different: it’s vegan! But don’t worry; though this recipe is free of dairy or any other animal products, this spin on the beloved Italian dessert is still filled with rich creaminess and sweet flavor.
Need a new healthy snack to munch on? Give these crispy chickpeas a try! Before they’re roasted, these babies are coated in salt, espresso grounds, cocoa powder, and cayenne powder, creating a treat that’s got a nice crunch and a spicy kick.
Plain-jane shortbread is delicious as is, but the addition of instant coffee gives it a delicious twist. The soft, buttery cookie practically melts in your mouth, and coffee lovers won’t be able to get enough of this dessert’s java flavor.
When your standard steak rub is lacking, let coffee give it some new life. It won’t make your dinner taste anything like your morning brew — a plus for some but a disappointment for others — but it will add a deep, earthy flavor that’s totally delicious.
The next time it’s your turn to bring a dessert to game night, wow the crowd with a tray of coffee aquafaba meringues. These little goodies are made with aquafaba, a.k.a., chickpea liquid, cream of tartar, instant coffee granules, and castor sugar. They’re sweet, crunchy, and vegan, too! We bet you and your friends won’t be able to eat just one.
Coffee-flavored ice cream is the dream of every coffee enthusiast with a sweet tooth. Think about it — rich java flavor and the sweet creamy goodness of ice cream? That’s a combination you just can’t beat. Make a batch of this stuff at home and find out for yourself just how good coffee ice cream can be.
While most coffee cake recipes don’t actually include any joe, this one from Drugstore Divas infuses the stuff into the glaze. So, this dessert not only pairs well with a piping hot mug of java, but it tastes a bit like it, too. The ingredients list calls specifically for Dunkin’ Donuts hazelnut coffee, but any brand of the flavored brew will get the job done.
And since we’re on the subject of coffee-infused cake, let us introduce you to this one from A Baking Journey. This moist loaf makes a great breakfast or snack food, and because you’ll find joe in both the cake and the glaze, you’re guaranteed maximum coffee flavor in every single bite.
Every good dinner party needs a signature dessert. Luckily, espresso mousse cups make the perfect one. The recipe is simple to follow, and with just five ingredients, you and all your party guests can enjoy a batch of creamy, coffee-filled mousse — delicious!
We’re firm believers that you can never have too much chocolate, which is exactly why we’ve included this Marley’s Menu recipe in this roundup. A heavenly chocolate ganache tops these chocolate cupcakes, and adding espresso powder to the batter only brings out all of that cocoa-flavored goodness even more. Don’t miss out on what could be your next sweet addiction; make yourself a dozen of these babies as soon as possible.
Put this coffee pudding recipe into your personal cookbook. This creamy treat can be made with just five ingredients, and it’s the perfect pick-me-up when you need dessert quickly. Pull out a jar of instant coffee, some cornstarch, sugar, whole milk, and water, and use this recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth.
It’s not uncommon for macarons to be enjoyed with a shot of espresso or a regular cup of coffee, but this Barley and Sage recipe takes this coupling a step further: espresso powder is added to these little French delicacies! These macarons are sure to make it into any coffee-loving pastry chef’s baking rotation.
Even people who aren’t crazy for coffee will love these espresso-flavored cupcakes! These little cakes’ rich and strong flavor comes from a spoonful of espresso powder, and a dollop of coffee-infused buttercream frosting seals the delicious deal.
Sometimes it’s not enough to have coffee flavors in your cup — you want the taste of good joe to show up in your food, too! Enter the cappuccino cake. This Veggie Desserts recipe outlines the process of making this coffee-filled dessert from start to finish. Save this link for the next time you want to whip up a sweet treat quickly and easily.
Fewer things pair with your morning joe better than a moist muffin. And when said muffin tastes like coffee itself? Well, that only makes breakfast time even better! This recipe produces chocolatey muffins you’ll look forward to eating in the morning — they’re healthy, too!
While there are plenty of overnight oat recipes floating around out there, we at Roasty think all the best ones include a bit of coffee, like this one from Lemons + Zest. This mixture of rolled oats, cold brew, milk, vanilla extract, almond butter, and maple syrup makes a great breakfast for meal preppers; keep a few jars of the stuff in your fridge to grab on a busy morning.
Don’t jump off of the Dalgona bandwagon just yet. This fluffy coffee treat isn’t just for drinking; it tops a spongy coffee cake beautifully, too! Emily Leary’s recipe not only teaches you how to make the chocolate cake but highlights the process of whipping up a batch of Dalgona coffee frosting as well. The next time it’s your turn to bring the dessert to family dinner, pull out this recipe. With the tastes of strong instant coffee and sweet chocolate, it’s bound to be a hit.
Between layers of fudgy brownie, rich and creamy cheesecake, and a pleasantly bitter dark chocolate ganache, the Kahlua coffee cheesecake has something to please almost every palate. This espresso and coffee liqueur-infused dish makes an excellent substitution for the basic birthday cake, but if you want to enjoy it more than once a year, the recipe creates a product that’s just as good after any weeknight dinner.
If you’re a Roasty reader who’s constantly on the go, this recipe is just for you! These bite-sized vegan goodies give you a boost of energy big enough to carry you from one to-do list item to the next. Plus, you only need five ingredients to make them: dates, oats, chocolate chips, ground coffee beans, and chia seeds.
Nanaimo bars are already a big hit in Canada, and the addition of bold brewed coffee only adds to their appeal. The graham cracker, coconut, and almond base plays well with the creamy coffee custard filling. Top those layers with marbled white and semi-sweet chocolate, and you’ve got a treat that almost looks too good to eat! But take a bite anyway. This is one dessert you don’t want to deprive your sweet tooth of.
If the Irish car bomb tends to be your shot of choice on a night out, you’ll definitely want to pull this Barth Bakery recipe out when you’re staying in. These truffles include all the key ingredients of the drink: Guinness stout beer, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Jameson Irish whiskey, and hot coffee to substitute coffee liqueur. The only difference is instead of chugging that mixture as quickly as you can, you’ll savor each of those signature flavors in a bite-sized ball of chocolate cake.
Looking for creative ways to make sure even the pickiest eaters get a serving or two of vegetables? Bake a batch of these double chocolate zucchini muffins; everyone will be so entranced by the flavors of espresso, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and brown sugar in these babies that they won’t even mind the inclusion of zucchini!
As it turns out, ground espresso beans aren’t just good for brewing your favorite specialty coffee drinks. The stuff helps produce these mouthwatering mocha espresso truffles, too! Use chocolate chips, espresso grounds, and heavy cream to make a batch of these treats when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth and put a little caffeine-induced pep in your step.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream...as long as it’s java-flavored, of course. This Seven Roses recipe uses instant coffee powder to make exactly that. It’s rich, creamy, and completely vegan-friendly. Use your ice cream maker to churn a batch of this sweet goodness, and keep it in your freezer, ready to go as soon as you’re ready to cool down.
Let the Carefree Mermaid’s pumpkin mocha cake become your signature fall dessert. This moist pumpkin pie spiced cake with its chocolatey filling and chocolate-coated espresso bean garnish is sure to be a hit at any autumnal gathering, from a Halloween party to Thanksgiving dinner.
Scones often unfairly get a bad rap in the world of baked goods. And if you’re among those who dismiss them as bland or boring, it’s probably because you aren’t adding ground coffee to the dough or topping the finished product with a coffee glaze. This recipe takes the classic scone to the next level, thanks to our favorite beverage.
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