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5 Quick + Easy Coffee Desserts


Article by Cate Marian

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Coffee is certainly how many of us kick start the day, and it will forever be my go-to beverage as I stumble down the stairs in the morning, reaching for the kettle. But growing up in a large Italian family exposed me how this beverage is suddenly transformed into a special treat in the evening, served up after dinner alongside dessert or, better yet, as a dessert in its own right. 

While there are many, many coffee-based treats to explore, between wrangling two toddlers and getting dinner on the table, I can never quite find the time to whip up a tiramisu. Instead, here are some quick and easy recipes to get that finishing fix with minimal effort, and maximum deliciousness. 

1. Mocha Dessert Fondue

This simple recipe requires semi-sweet chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and strong brewed coffee. It’s served with fruit, which means it’s totally healthy for you. 

— Taste of Home

2. Affogato 

You can’t go wrong with coffee + ice cream. This Italian classic calls for a few scoops of vanilla ice cream, drizzled with a shot of espresso — or 3 tablespoons of strong brewed coffee. Fany it up with some shaved dark chocolate and chopped hazelnuts. Top it off with hazelnut liqueur for an extra kick. 

— Food Network

3. Caramel Frappuccino

This recipe is incredibly simple, and delicious. Combine coffee, milk, vanilla extract and caramel sauce in a blender with ice, and drink up! 

— MyRecipes

4. Mocha Truffles 

The prep time is worth it for these decadent goodies made in the microwave. It calls for coffee granules, and may be the only time I will embrace anything ‘instant’ when it comes to my brew. 

— AllRecipes

5. Cappuccino Popsicles 

I’ll take my caffeine boost on a stick please! These make the perfect warm weather treat. 

— Rachel Ray