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5 Great Coffee Dessert Recipes to Try Right Now

5 Great Coffee Dessert Recipes to Try Right Now - Coffee Life by EspressoWorks

If you’re a coffee fan, then you know that drinking it isn’t the only way to enjoy its delicious flavor. Its scent is reinvigorating, and as soon as the warm notes of coffee hit your taste buds, you immediately perk up. And they’re easier to make than you might think! In fact, we’ve got 5 great coffee dessert recipes to try right now!

Because we know that not everyone is gifted when it comes to cooking skills, we’ve rounded up 5 great coffee dessert recipes to try right now that can easily be made, with each recipe requiring less than 10 ingredients. You won’t need to be a chef to make a delicious coffee dessert — just follow the steps in each short recipe and reward yourself with a delicious coffee dessert tonight.

A coffee dessert is the perfect pick-me-up following a satisfying dinner. There are also so many different ways to make a coffee dessert that we’re sure you’ll find exactly what you’re craving in this handy collection of recipes. From frozen treats to cakes and more, serve up one of these delectable and easy-to-make coffee desserts at your next gathering and get ready to get a ton of compliments! Without further ado, let’s start with the easiest dessert on our menu…


An affogato is an Italian coffee dessert in which a scoop of vanilla gelato or ice is “drowned” with a shot of steamy hot espresso. The word “affogato” actually translates to “drowned.” An affogato can also be made as an alcoholic beverage by adding a shot of liquor such as amaretto. 

What you’ll need:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • 1 shot of fresh-brewed espresso

How to make an affogato:

  1. Scoop some ice cream into a cup or bowl, and then pour your espresso over it.
  2. You can add a shot of your favorite liquor, and add toppings such as chopped nuts, crumbled cookies, or shaved chocolate.

Cappuccino Popsicles

Another way to get your coffee fix while enjoying an icy treat is with a cappuccino popsicle. Cappuccino popsicles are perfect for fans of iced coffee — and even more perfect on a hot summer day! To entertain your friends with these delicious treats, make sure to get started on the process of making your cappuccino popsicles ahead of time.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of espresso
  • 1 cup of milk (or milk alternative)
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

How to make cappuccino popsicles:

  1. Brew a cup of espresso.
  2. Then add it to a saucepan along with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is smooth.
  4. Next, pour the mixture into popsicle molds.

Make the popsicles a day before your event.

Coffee Gelato

Gelato is a popular dessert of Italian origin — in fact, the word gelato derives from the word “congelato,” which means frozen. Similar to ice cream, gelato gets its creaminess from milk, however, it is often lower in fat than regular ice cream. You can also easily make your gelato vegan by replacing milk with coconut milk — which is what we’ll be doing for this recipe.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • ¾ of a cup of sugar
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

How to make coffee gelato:

  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a saucepan and warm over low heat while stirring.
  2. Stop when the sugar has dissolved into the mixture. Let it cool.
  3. Lastly, use an ice cream maker to churn. If you do not have an ice cream maker, then use a hand mixer to beat the gelato in between keeping it in the freezer every 30 to 40 minutes.

Japanese Coffee Jelly

Coffee jelly is a tasty treat that is widely popular in Japan and other Asian countries. Coffee jelly is often made using very strong coffee, although espresso also can be used to give it a more sophisticated taste. It can also be enjoyed by topping it off with some heavy cream or condensed milk.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of coffee
  • 1 tablespoon of gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of water

How to make Japanese coffee jelly:

  1. Mix the gelatin and water and allow it to sit for two to three minutes.
  2. Next, warm the coffee and sugar in a saucepan until the mixture is boiling.
  3. Add the gelatin and mix until it disappears in the coffee and sugar mixture.
  4. Pour it into a container and refrigerate until the gelatin sets.


Everybody loves tiramisu! This delicious coffee dessert features layers of coffee-drenched biscuits and creamy filling.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 12-14 ladyfinger biscuits
  • 1 ½ cups of espresso that’s been cooled
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 16 ounces of mascarpone
  • Cocoa powder 
  • Four egg whites

How to make tiramisu:

  1. Mix egg yolks and sugar.
  2. Add ½ of the mascarpone.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the egg white and fold into the mascarpone mixture.
  4. Spread 1/3 of this mixture into your serving bowl and then take ladyfingers that have been soaked in espresso and place them on top of the cream to make a layer.
  5. Repeat this and top with a layer of cream and dust the top with cocoa powder.


Now that you know 5 great coffee desserts to try right now, the difficult part is figuring out which delicious recipe to try first!