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  • 23 Delicious Food Recipes With Coffee Grounds In Them

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    Do you love making coffee? Do you love cooking? How about cooking with coffee? We’ve collected a selection of some of the best coffee-based recipes out there for you to try, from rubs for steaks to gooey, moist cookies. Here are some sweet and savory dishes you can make that use coffee grounds as an ingredient in it. These recipes with ground coffee are perfect for any coffee fanatic.

    1. Cafe Mocha Cookies

    Table for Two shares a wonderful cookie recipe for cafe mocha cookies. Not only do you get a savory coffee flavor, but a rich chocolatey flavor as well. This recipe is simple and quick to make and will create delicious cookies that will last you for a while. Find the recipe here.

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    2. Coffee Sugar Cookies

    I Am A Baker takes their sugar cookies to a whole new level. These coffee sugar cookies combine the sweet flavors of a sugar cookie with bits of strong, robust coffee throughout. Full of flavor, these cookies are sure to add some spring in your step. Learn how to make them here.

    3. Coffee Rubbed Steak

    101 Cooking for Two takes both coffee flavors and steak preparation to a whole new level by combining the two. This Cowboy Coffee Steak Rub recipe creates a juicy, flavorful steak that’s perfect to whip out at parties, events, or just because. Here is the recipe.

    4. Coffee Chocolate Brownie Recipe

    If you’re a lover of coffee and a lover of sweet, chocolatey brownies, we’ve got just the recipe for you. Take the decadent dessert of a brownie and upgrade it with that smooth coffee flavor. Billy Parisi shares his savory recipe that’s a simple, savory dessert. The recipe can be found here.

    5. Decadent Mocha Muffins

    Macheesmo made these mocha muffins that are great to pack for lunch, serve up for breakfast, or munch on as an afternoon snack. Some of the delectable ingredients that give these muffins their flavor are bittersweet chocolate, ground coffee, and cocoa powder. Check out the recipe.


    6. Tasty All-Purpose Coffee Rub

    Pups with Chopsticks created an all-purpose coffee rub that can be used on protein, sprinkled on veggies when you toss them on the grill and more. You get a wonderful mix of flavors like onion, garlic, and it is light in sugar. See how to make it.

    7. Coffee Rub Crusted Pork Roast

    Budget Bytes has a robust coffee rub for a crusted pork roast that creates a layer of flavor that crusts on the roast as it cooks. This not only gives the roast a delicious taste, but it also makes a nice, slightly-crunchy texture on it as well. You can serve this up for the whole family to enjoy by viewing the recipe here.

    8. Coffee Crusted Steak Recipe

    Simply Sated is a huge fan of steaks, and she created this amazing Coffee Crusted Steak Rub. It gives you a steak that is saturated in flavor and will leave you wanting another. Find the recipe here.

    9. Gluten-Free Coffee Granola

    Looking for a healthy coffee recipe? Try this dairy and gluten-free coffee granola that’s perfect to mix in with your yogurt. Not a fan of yogurt? You can also pour a little milk over your granola to get a healthy cereal alternative. Veggie Inspired has a wonderful recipe on their site that’s definitely worth the attempt to make. Learn how to make your own.

    10. Savory Mocha Rubbed Grilled Chicken

    The Bewitchin Kitchen has a Mocha Grilled Chicken Rub that’s perfect for the grilling season. With a combination of mocha and coffee, this rub makes for a sweet, juicy, and smokey flavor that everyone will enjoy. Find the recipe right here.

    11. Soft Chocolate Chip Mocha Cookies

    Upgrade your chocolate chip cookie game with this Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. Marsha’s Baking Addiction’s recipe can create some soft and chewy cookies that’ll leave you craving more with each bite. See the recipe here.

    12. Satisfying Espresso Chocolate Chunk Brownies

    The First Year shares their espresso chocolate chunk brownie recipe that they love cooking for family and friends. This recipe is easy to make, rich, flavorful, and a must-try. Learn how to make these brownies here.

    13. Coffee Cake Muffins With Ground Coffee

    Panthers and Peonies created this coffee cake muffin recipe that uses ground coffee in it. With ingredients like brown sugar, vanilla extract, and buttermilk, this is a great option to enjoy that savory coffee flavor, but in a cake form.Click here to view how to make it.

    14. Coffee Rubbed Turkey Burgers

    Not a fan of beef? Its Yummi has a recipe for Coffee Rubbed Turkey Burgers that gives you a mouth-full of flavor with each bite. Serve with your favorite condiments and you have a savory turkey burger the whole family will love. Learn how they did it here.

    15. Turkish Shortbread Cookies

    The View From Great Island shares a unique cookie recipe for rich and buttery Turkish Shortbread Cookies with a mix of warm cardamom and coffee in every bite. Here is how to make them.

    16. Paleo Coffee Rub for Steaks

    Real Simple Good has an amazing steak rub that combines a handful of ingredients that will spice up your steak. Not only is it delicious, but it’s super healthy as well. Paleo friendly and gluten-free, this coffee steak rub will still become a quick favorite to cook with. See how to make this rub.

    17. Gooey Almond Butter Espresso Bars

    Over at Maebells, you will find these ooey-gooey espresso bars that use ground coffee to add a new level of flavor. These are great for serving up to guests at barbeques over the summer. Find the recipe here.

    18. Paleo Espresso Macaroon Muffin

    Cotter Crunch shares a healthy recipe that is light and refreshing Paleo espresso macaroon muffins. A perfect recipe to whip up when you are craving a little sweet. See how to make these muffins here.

    19. Coffee Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

    Robust Recipes outdid themselves with this recipe. Take sweet potato fries that have a coffee seasoning, and then drizzle with melted chocolate for a sweet indulgence. Find the recipe here.

    20. Cookies and Cream Coffee Ice Cream – No Churn

    Cravings of a Lunatic has a no-churn coffee and cookies and cream ice cream that will give you a boost of energy and satisfy your ice cream cravings. Learn how to make this ice cream.

    21. Chocolate Dipped Coffee Shortbread Cookies

    Dizzy, Busy, And Hungry has a white chocolate dipped shortbread cookie recipe that’s won over cookie lovers and coffee lovers from everywhere. The rich coffee flavor in each bite pairs beautifully with the savory, buttery cookie. See how to make them here.

    22. Scones- Coffee, Bacon, and Dates

    The Flavor Blender stepped out of the box with these flavors. Coffee, bacon, and dates come together to make a savory and memorable treat to enjoy at any time of day. Learn how to make some.

    23. Coffee Chocolate Glazed Donuts

    We Are Not Martha made these amazing coffee chocolate glazed donuts that will give you a kick start to your morning. Whip these up next time you have company over. See the recipe here.


    With so many options to choose from, there’s a delicious recipe for any coffee and food lover out there. So choose one, experiment, and enjoy!

    Happy caffeinating!

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