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


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.

Featured Image: Pixabay

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10 Amazing Discounts For National Coffee Day 2017


By Cooking Panda

Coffee is a wonderful part of being alive. It wakes us up when we’re not ready for the world, and it keeps us going when we feel we don’t have any energy left. And it tastes great too!

Coffee is so good that it even makes chocolate taste better. Just add a couple spoonfuls of coffee to your brownie or cake batter and you’ll be in mocha heaven.

In honor of the delightful beverage, the food lords (or whoever it is that comes up with these things) have established Sept. 29 as National Coffee Day, and it has majorly caught on. You can score all kinds of discounts and freebies on coffee across the nation! Check out some of the best deals, as noted by Brand Eating and Delish:

7-Eleven: From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, you can have one free coffee per day if you sign up for 7Rewards — which you really ought to do anyway if you frequently buy coffee from the convenience store chain.

Baskin-Robbins: Grab a small Cappuccino Blast for just $2.99.

Cinnabon: Pick up a free 12-ounce coffee. All you need to do is show up!

Dunkin’ Donuts: Buy a medium or large hot coffee and you’ll get a free medium one.

Krispy Kreme: From Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, get a free small iced coffee or any size hot one at participating locations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Lyft: Use the rideshare company in Seattle, Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas and Austin, Texas, or Philadelphia and score a free can of High Brew cold brew coffee.

McDonald’s: Get $2 small McCafe drinks, which include smoothies, frappes, or shakes — all indications suggest that this deal is ongoing, not just for National Coffee Day.

Peet’s Coffee: Buy a bag of coffee beans for 25 percent off, plus score a free drip coffee or tea along with it. If you’re buying the beans online, use the promo code coffeeday17 and you’ll get the same discount. 

Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers: Grab the coupon from Pilot Coffee’s website and use it to pick up a free small hot beverage like coffee, tea or cappuccino.

Tim Horton’s: From Sept. 29 to Oct. 8, download the coffee shop’s free app and get any size of their Original Blend, Dark Roast, Decaf or Iced Coffee for free.

Sources: Delish, Brand Eating / Featured Image: Pixabay

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These 9 Boozy Coffee Cocktails Will Perk You Right Up


By Cooking Panda

We’re here on National Coffee Day to honor the magical bean juice that wakes us up in the morning and helps us push through tough days at work. There are definitely some days that we wouldn’t have made it through without the stuff, which, let’s face it, is the elixir of life. (Want the scoop on where to score free coffee on Sept. 29? Click here.)

But coffee isn’t just for a long day at the office! It’s also delightful in the evenings with a little booze, as a digestif or just a sweet way to get the party started. If you are looking for a change of pace from your favorite boozy coffee classics like White Russians, Black Russians and Irish Coffee (which are delicious, make no mistake!), you’ve come to the right place.

Here are some of our favorite coffee cocktails that are a little more off-the-beaten-path:

1. Alive and Kicking

This drink is orangey and spiced with a smoky touch from the Scotch, and it’s sure to wake you right up.

2. Dublin Iced Coffee

If you love your Irish coffee but want to try something new, you’ll love this fresh take, complete with Irish dry stout (like Guinness), cold brew coffee, cream and a touch of cinnamon.

3. Spanish Coffee

The most important, and surely exciting, feature of this drink is that you get to light it on fire. So there’s really no way you can turn it down.

4. Moretta Fanese

This Italian espresso digestif will warm you up and keep you perky on cold days.

5. The Blind Abbot

You might not be able to see straight after guzzling a few of these guys, complete with sweet Irish whisky, cinnamon syrup and Angostura bitters, but you’ll definitely be full of wisdom.

6. Hot Rum Coffee

Rum belongs in your coffee too! Don’t let it feel left out. A little bit of half and half and spices, and you’ll be best friends.

7. Dark Moon

It’s like a rum and coke with sweet cold-brew coffee and cream, and it’s just crazy enough that you have to try it.

8. Improved Iced Coffee

A little bourbon, absinthe and bitters jazzes up that iced coffee in just the right ways.

9. Dulce y Salado

Peanut liqueur always sounds a little strange, and it always tastes incredible. Mix it with coffee and sherry for the perfectly nutty marriage of salty and sweet.

Featured Photo Credit: Bon Appetit

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Here’s Where You Can Get Freebies On National Coffee Day


By Cooking Panda

Coffee fanatics rejoice! Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day, which basically means you have a hall pass to drink as much of the good stuff as you want.

The history of coffee traces back centuries to ancient Ethiopian coffee forests, but no one knows exactly who started drinking the magical beans first. Legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi saw his goats get super amped and stay up all night after eating berries from a certain tree.

So, Kaldi went to the abbot of a local monastery and told his story. The abbot made a drink with the berries and found that it kept them wide awake through the night during evening prayer. Then it spread to the Arabian Peninsula and eventually became a worldwide phenomenon. And the rest is history.

Kaldi, we salute you with our mugs full of caffeinated bean juice! You are a hero.

And more importantly, here’s where you can get freebies on Sept. 29, according to USA Today:

Peet’s Coffee: Most Peet’s locations are giving away free medium drip coffee when you buy any fresh food item. The coffee franchise will also announce the top 10 finalists for an Ode to Coffee First, a video contest collaboration with Project Greenlight.

Pilot Flying J: Grab the coupon from their website and use it to get one free small cup of Pilot coffee, tea or cappuccino in the U.S. and Canada between 12:01 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sept 29.

Dunkin Donuts: In honor of Dunkin’s 66th anniversary, the chain is giving out 66-cent medium cups of hot coffee. Get on that.

Krispy Kreme: At participating locations, you’ll be able to get a free small coffee and free Original Glazed doughnut.

Keurig.com: From Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, Keurig is having a ton of deals on coffee drinks. You can get 20 percent off Green Mountain Coffee K-Cup pods and 15% off other Green Mountain stuff with the code GREENSAVINGS at checkout. Go shop!

Starbucks: As far as we know, the Seattle-based chain is not giving out any freebies to customers, but they are doing something pretty neat: For each cup of Mexico Chiapas coffee sold on National Coffee Day, ‘Bux will donate free coffee trees to farmers in need.

Caribou Coffee: These guys are doing something similar and will donate a free cup of coffee to caregivers at healthcare facilities and hospitals when you buy a cup of Amy’s Blend Coffee.

Stay caffeinated, friends!

Sources: National Coffee Association, USA Today / Photo credit: Bangkok Espresso Bar/Instagram

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