8 Coffee Inspired Dessert Recipes Perfect for the Holidays

If you love coffee, try cooking with it! Here are 8 coffee inspired desserts you have to try.

Here are 8 coffee inspired desserts that will have your holiday guests begging for the recipe!

1. Amaretto-Mocha Truffles

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These truffles are the perfect dessert for your next holiday gathering. The dark chocolate ganache is a chocoholic’s dream and the ground coffee bits add a nice crunch and balance of flavor to this deliciously decadent treat. This recipe is sure to impress your guests. Pro Tip: these truffles can be made up to a week ahead of time and refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to serve, making your life that much easier!

2. Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

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For all the coffee lovers out there who appreciate the simplicity of the coffee bean, this is the dessert for you! Your favorite beans dipped in chocolate make a great sweet treat and you can make individually dipped beans or little chocolate clusters. These can also be packaged up and turned into little holiday gifts for your coffee loving friends and family. Here is a great recipe to try out at home.

3. Coconut Gelato Iced Coffee Affogato

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This delicious dessert recipe is super simple and only uses four ingredients! Some of you might be wondering what in the world affogato is. Affogato is a traditional Italian espresso-based treat that is Italian for “drowned in coffee”. This usually consists of a scoop of vanilla ice cream topped with a shot of espresso, but we have replaced plain old vanilla with a delicious creamy coconut flavor gelato and substituted the espresso for your favorite brewed coffee. I can’t think of a sweeter way to enjoy my coffee!

4. Coffee Roasted Almond + Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Bark

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This bark recipe is delicious and unique. Almonds and pistachios are tossed in a combination of coconut oil and coffee grounds then roasted until fragrant. These coffee covered nuts are then nestled into a bed of dark chocolate and sprinkled with toasted coconut, and yes, more chocolate! This dessert is pretty simple and once ready they can be packaged up nicely to make a beautiful holiday gift.

5. Tiramisu

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Tiramisu is a classic coffee dessert that will wow your guests. Ladyfingers are soaked in a mixture of brandy and your favorite coffee or espresso then layered with a creamy mascarpone custard. This dessert recipe really makes coffee the star and will be a favorite among all of your coffee loving friends and family.

6. Chocolate Espresso Cheesecake

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 This cheesecake recipe is the perfect pairing of chocolate and espresso. The coffee in this light and creamy cheesecake brings out the chocolate flavor, so it’s a win-win for you coffee lovers with a passion for all things chocolate. This chilled dessert can also be stored ahead of time for your upcoming holiday gathering.

7. Coffee Caramel Tres Leches

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Tres Leches cake is a moist sponge or butter cake soaked in a sweet milk syrup. This recipe steps up the Tres Leches game by adding a coffee caramel syrup and coffee whipped cream. A Tres Leches cake is usually a bit sweet by nature but the slight bitterness of coffee nicely balances this cake out. It can be enjoyed as a delicious dessert, but we promise not to tell if you decide to polish it off for breakfast.

8. Espresso Brownies

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Photo by The Mom Chef

If there is one thing we know, it is that you can never go wrong with a gooey chocolate brownie. Not only does this recipe deliver on the soft brownie, but it uses one of our favorite ingredients- coffee! You can brew up your favorite espresso or brewed coffee to add that wonderful coffee flavor to your brownies. These brownies will for sure be a crowd-pleaser for you to try out this holiday season.

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