6 Amazing Coffee Desserts That Will Get You Wired (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

October 1 is National Coffee Day! Let’s celebrate.

Beyond scoring a ton of freebies and discounts on this exciting holiday (find out how you can do that here), coffee lovers can observe this delightful occasion by whipping up some bold, buzzworthy desserts jam-packed with a huge jolt of coffee.

Here are some of the best ways to do that:

1. Coffee-Caramel Creme Brulee

Don’t have a brulee torch? No problem. Fire up your oven broiler instead and follow the instructions outlined here to get that perfectly crunchy shell.

2. White Chocolate Cappuccino Cookies

You certainly don’t have to cut the easy-to-make dough with mug-shaped cookie cutters, but you totally should, because they are adorable!

3. Coffee and Donuts Ice Cream

The classic combo! Add a pinch of cinnamon to the cream before churning if you want an extra zing reminiscent of churros.

4. Cold Amaretto Coffee Affogato

If you’ve never had an affogato — a shot or two of espresso poured over a heaping scoop of ice cream — you’re going to love this. Unfortunately, many of us don’t have espresso makers on hand, which makes this regular brewed joe recipe perfect for a quick at-home treat. Want to make it boozy? Grab amaretto liqueur instead of syrup!

5. Kona Coffee Kahlua Brownies

If you’ve never added coffee to your brownies, you’ll be amazed at how much deeper and richer a spoonful or two makes them. Load them up with nearly a cup of strong Kona coffee and a hearty glug of booze for a bold, sweet treat.

6. Coffee Ice Cream Pops with Bacon Sprinkles

If you use store-bought ice cream like the recipe suggests, these two-ingredient pops whip up in a flash, but if you want bonus points, here’s how to make your own. Oh, and if you want to sweeten things up even more, consider using candied bacon.

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7 Of The Most Delicious Things You Can Cook With Coffee

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By Cooking Panda

Really, we can’t sing enough praises for coffee, the magic bean juice that keeps us alive some days. So when we found out that November 8 is not just Election Day, but National Cappuccino Day as well, we knew we had to celebrate our favorite creamy, frothy incarnation of that dark roasted elixir.

As much as we love a good cappuccino, we started thinking, what other foods, drinks and desserts will benefit from coffee? A whole bunch, it turns out. Coffee will add a rich, dark, deep complexity to just about anything, from salad dressing to beef chili. Take a gander:

1. Homemade Lattes, Cappuccinos and Mochas

All you need to go with your strong brewed coffee or espresso is your favorite kind of milk and, ideally, a hand blender, though a regular blender should work well too.

2. Ultimate Cappuccino Cheesecake

Want some cheesecake with a special kick? Try this smooth, rich version, flavored with coffee and cinnamon, complete with creamy Italian mascarpone cheese for a nice silky texture. If you don’t have espresso, just mix in some really strong brewed coffee or even the instant stuff.

3. Coffee Marinated Skirt Steak

Deepen and darken the flavor of your steak with this complex, bold and savory marinade. Pair it with grilled corn and/or a crunchy salad for the perfect dinner.

4. Grilled Green Salad With Coffee Vinaigrette

This unique vinaigrette will perk up just about any salad, so choose whatever is in season and can handle being charred. The coffee dressing might sound unusual, but it perfectly complements the deep, smoky flavors of the charred veggies.

5. Coffee Rub

That’s right — you can rub some ground-up coffee beans, salt and pepper all over your favorite cut of meat, from chicken thighs to duck, beef or lamb, to give it a deep, complex flavor.

6. The Best Chili Ever

Want to know how to make the ultimate pot of chili? Add a little chocolate and ground espresso beans. And it’s freaking delicious. Seriously.

7. Gort’s Reprieve Irish Coffee

Need a tasty adult pick-me-up? Everyone knows Irish coffee is delicious, whether you drink it with Baileys, half and half or just black. But if you want to try something truly unique, original and full of herby, slightly bitter flavors, add some amaro into the mix. You can thank us later.

Featured Photo Credit: Matt Duckor/Bon Appetit

Tags: cappuccino, coffee, coffee recipe, cooking with coffee, Tasty Tuesday
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