Coffee has not only inspired a wide range of beverages but also, some delicious sweets. And Halloween can be celebrated with a variety of coffee-based beverages (either alcoholic or non-alcoholic), coffee-inspired sweets, and rich Halloween desserts. Pumpkin is typically the flavor that is associated the most with Halloween, from pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin-flavored cheesecake and pumpkin-flavored ice cream. Yet those Halloween favorites are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to one of autumn’s most fun and imaginative celebrations.
Stormy Espresso Brownies
Servings: 20 brownies
- 1 box of brownie mix
- ¼ cup espresso or strong coffee
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 1 package Milano Cookies
- 1 package candy pumpkins
- Green icing
- Black icing
- Line baking pan with parchment paper.
- Make the brownies mix according to the instructions on the box replacing the water with espresso.
- Bake according to the instructions on the box.
- Once brownies are done, allow them to cool completely.
- Cut brownies into rectangles.
- Use black decorating icing to write RIP on the top half of the Milano cookies. Then stick them into the brownie.
- Spoon a little green frosting onto the bottom of a pumpkin candy then stick it to the brownie.
Espresso brownies have many of the ingredients commonly used in regular brownies, including brownie mix, eggs, butter, sugar, and chocolate cookies. But certain additional ingredients make espresso brownies stand out as one of the most delicious Halloween desserts, especially espresso (or any other strong coffee) and pumpkin-flavored candy. And substitutions are certainly an option when baking espresso brownies. Butter can easily be replaced with vegetable oil, and pretty much any strong, full-bodied coffee can be used in place of espresso. The sweetener, meanwhile, can be anything from white powdered sugar to turbinado raw sugar to honey.
Witchy Candy Bar Latte
Serving Size: 1 latte
- 1 bar of your favorite Halloween candy
- 1 teaspoon of butter
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2 shots of espresso or 4oz strong coffee
- ½ cup steamed milk
- In a small bowl, melt the sugar, butter, and candy bar together then pour into your mug.
- Add espresso or strong coffee to your mug.
- Pour in steamed milk.
- Top with small pieces of the candy bar.
Pumpkin spice lattes, as beloved as they are, aren’t the only option for a Halloween coffee beverage. Equally delicious is a candy bar latte, which is made by combining candy with espresso. First, place a candy bar, sugar, and butter in a small bowl and melt those ingredients either on a stovetop or in an oven. After mixing them together, pour the mixture into a glass mug; then, add two shots of espresso to the mug, followed by steamed milk. And the foam can be topped with small pieces of a candy bar. The steamed milk could be anything from cow’s milk to vanilla or regular soy milk, and the sugar used could range from white powdered sugar to raw turbinado sugar.
Haunted Mocha Pumpkin Cups
- 1 box Instant Chocolate Pudding
- 2 Cups Milk
- 1 Cup Strong coffee
- 1 package Oreos
- 1 package Pumpkin Candies
- Green Sour Straw Candy (optional)
- Make the pudding by following directions on the box and substituting one cup of milk with coffee.
- Add Oreos to a zipper bag and crush until smooth.
- Take your clear serving cup and layer the chocolate pudding and Oreos. Pudding, Oreos, pudding, and top with Oreos.
- Decorate pudding with pumpkin candy and green sour straws to look like a pumpkin patch.
Halloween mocha pumpkin cups are a lot like regular pudding cups, but with the flavors of coffee and pumpkin. This dessert calls for a box of chocolate pudding, but strong coffee is used in place of a cup of milk — and the pudding is combined with Oreos and pumpkin candy. Then, more candy can be added on top to make the mocha pumpkin cups look like a pumpkin patch.
Sorcerer’s Apple Cider Latte
- ½ cup coffee
- ½ cup apple cider
- Steamed milk of choice
- Whipped cream and honey
- Heat apple cider in a small saucepan on the stove
- In a mug, combine ½ cup of freshly brewed coffee with hot apple cider
- Steam milk and pour into coffee and cider mixture
- Top with whipped cream and drizzle with honey
Apple cider and lattes are among the most popular hot beverages for autumn, and an apple cider latte boasts elements of both. To make this delicious Halloween beverage, combine a half cup of hot, strong brewed holiday spice coffee with a half cup of apple cider — then, add frothy steamed milk and top with whipped cream.
Ghoulish Butterscotch Coffee Sauce
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ⅔ cup light corn syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons coffee
- In a saucepan, combine the cream, sugar, corn syrup, and brown sugar over medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a light boil and use a candy thermometer to bring the mixture to 234 degrees.
- Remove sauce from heat and stir in vanilla extract and coffee.
- Enjoy over ice cream, in your coffee, or any way you like.
Butterscotch coffee sauce can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, whether it is poured over ice cream or added to coffee. To make butterscotch coffee sauce, combine one cup of heavy cream, one cup of brown sugar, and a 2/3 cup of light corn syrup — then, heat them on the stove, bring them to a soft boil, and add two tablespoons of hot, strong coffee and one tablespoon of vanilla extract.
Creamy Coffee Pie
A creamy Halloween coffee pie has many of the familiar elements of a cream pie, but with the Halloween colors of caramel and chocolate and the savory taste of rich coffee. To make a Halloween coffee pie, one needs two pints of coffee-flavored ice cream, a quarter cup of melted butter, one and ½ cups of Oreo cookie crumbs, one cup of small marshmallows, one cup of small chocolate chips, two tablespoons of hot fudge ice cream toppings, two tablespoons of caramel ice cream topping, and two cups of whipped topping.
Ghostly Spiced Cappuccino Cookies
Serving: 2 dozen
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- ¼ cup packed brown sugar
- ¾ cup sugar, divided
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1-½ teaspoons instant espresso powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 24 striped chocolate kisses
- Beat butter, brown sugar, and ¼ cup sugar until light and airy. Beat in egg, espresso powder, and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, for about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°. Mix cinnamon and remaining sugar. Shape dough into 24 1-in. balls; roll in cinnamon sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake until lightly browned, 10-12 minutes. Top with chocolate kisses, pressing lightly. Cool slightly on pans then place on wire racks to cool.
With spiced cappuccino cookies, a variety of tasty ingredients come together to create a rich coffee-themed dessert. Those ingredients include: one and ½ teaspoons of instant espresso powder, a half cup of unsalted and softened butter, a quarter cup of brown sugar, a ¾ cup of regular sugar, one large egg, one teaspoon of vanilla extract, one and ¼ cups of flour, a quarter cup of baking soda, a quarter cup of salt, 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon and two dozen chocolate kisses.
Recipes for coffee-themed Halloween desserts and Halloween-inspired coffee beverages don’t necessarily have to be followed to the letter. If a recipe calls for processed white sugar, one might prefer to use raw turbinado sugar instead. Milk options can range from cow’s milk or half-and-half to soy milk to almond milk, and butter can sometimes be replaced with vegetable oil (be it extra virgin olive oil, sunflower oil, canola oil, or grapeseed oil). Of course, one can’t go wrong with time-honored Halloween flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon.
When it comes to Halloween desserts and coffee, the options are endless.