10 Coffee-Spiked Desserts for Sugar and Caffeine Lovers

Coffee addicts, rejoice. You don’t have to enjoy your favorite bean only in liquid form. You can drink your java in the morning and then indulge in its rich flavor with a coffee dessert. There are a number of coffee-spiked sweet treats that help you get your coffee fix after your main meals, and they’re dangerously easy to master.

Whether cookies, puddings, brownies, or pies are your desserts of choice, you can find a food formula that takes the cake by flavoring them with coffee. Try your hand at one of these coffee desserts, and see just how good your favorite flavor can perform in after-dinner confections.

1. Coffee Brownies

stack of rich, chocolate brownies, which can be made into a coffee dessert

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First up is coffee in brownie form. These coffee brownies from Epicurious are flavored with 2 tablespoons of espresso powder that make them taste even richer and more chocolatey. When two sticks of butter are going into your brownies, you know you’re doing something right, and the end result will prove it. Make these coffee brownies for your next party, as this recipe serves a crowd, and allow your guests to get their caffeine fix while they also indulge in dessert.

Serves: 32 squares

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks (½ pound) unsalted butter
  • 5 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons instant-espresso powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt

See recipe directions from Epicurious

2. Coffee Chocolate Chip Blondies

freshly cut homemade chocolate chip blondies

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Coffee can also star in blondies, and this recipe for coffee chocolate chip blondies featured on Cookie & Kate proves it. This time, strong-brewed coffee is the featured ingredient rather than espresso powder. Whole-wheat flour is also substituted for all-purpose, and coconut sugar serves as a natural sweetener. The final product is a coffee-flavored treat that is healthier than many other desserts. And when the blondies are topped with toasted pecans and chocolate chips, you’ll have a crunchy sweet treat laced with caffeine you won’t be able to resist.

Serves: 18 blondies

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups white whole-wheat flour or regular whole-wheat flour 
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups packed coconut sugar, or 1½ cups packed brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons strong coffee, room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tablespoons vanilla extract 
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • ¾ cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips

See recipe directions from Cookie & Kate

3. Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies on a rack

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Have you ever put espresso powder in your chocolate chip cookies? If not, you’re missing out. The espresso powder gives your cookies a faint coffee taste while helping amp up their chocolate flavor. The recipe for these espresso chocolate chip cookies from Food Network will show you how it’s done. You only need 1½ teaspoons of espresso powder to achieve your desired flavor, and the rest of the ingredients are baking staples you likely already have in your pantry. Next time you want to take your chocolate chip cookies to the next level, add one simple ingredient that will keep everyone guessing.

Serves: 24 cookies

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons instant espresso coffee powder
  • 1½ cups semisweet chocolate chips

See recipe directions from Food Network

4. Coffee Sugar Cookies

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If you prefer sugar cookies over the chocolate chip variety, these sweet treats from i am baker are for you. The coffee sugar cookies are made with 2 tablespoons of fresh ground coffee, along with butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, baking powder, and flour. The dessert is as simple as they come, but it’s the perfect thing to appease both your sweet and caffeine cravings. Plus, if you want to really treat yourself, you can grab a coffee sugar cookie for breakfast and dip it into your java.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ground coffee 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 

See recipe directions from i am baker

5. Coffee Walnut Cake

oatmeal cake, dates and walnuts

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Next is a cake that can serve a crowd and will ensure that everyone stays extra late at your party. The coffee walnut cake from Taste of Home has coffee hidden in its cake layer, and it stars alongside another secret ingredient: a potato. The mashed potato will combine with coffee, butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, baking powder, and flour to yield a fluffy buttery cake base. It’s topped with a frosting made from sugar, butter, baking cocoa, and nuts. The end result is a coffee walnut cake that has a unique taste that will keep all of your guests on their toes.

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Frosting:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts

See recipe directions from Taste of Home

6. Double Coffee Tiramisu

Tiramisu Cake Bite

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It’s no secret tiramisu is all about the coffee, but this recipe from Southern Living takes it up a notch and makes it a double. Both coffee and coffee liqueur go into this double coffee tiramisu, and the end result is a cool, refreshing dessert that comes with a kick of caffeine. It’ll take you only 25 minutes to make, and your guests will appreciate the coffee flavor of this tiramisu in two forms.

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • ½ cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • ¼ cup coffee liqueur
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages ladyfingers
  • ½ cup grated semisweet or dark chocolate

See recipe directions from Southern Living.

7. Chocolate Coffee Cheesecake

Cheesecake

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Next up is a chocolate coffee cheesecake from Fine Cooking. Put down the overpriced chocolate coffee drink from Starbucks, and pick up a piece of homemade cheesecake instead. You’ll get your jolt of caffeine from the espresso powder on the ingredients list, and you’ll also get to indulge in a decadent dessert that is actually worth the calories. This chocolate coffee cheesecake is destined to impress, and the espresso powder not only caffeinates the cake, but also helps bring out its rich, chocolate taste. Mocha drinks aren’t the only things that can prove chocolate and coffee are a match made in dessert heaven.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces chocolate wafers, finely crushed (2 cups of crumbs)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup crème fraîche
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Table salt
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • Chocolate-covered espresso beans, for garnish

See recipe directions from Fine Cooking.

8. Chocolate and Coffee Cream Pie

Cream pie

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Another dessert that stars both chocolate and coffee is this chocolate and coffee cream pie from Food Network. It’s a no-bake treat that takes 15 minutes of active time. There’s coffee liqueur in the filling of the pie and instant espresso or coffee in the whipped-cream topping. Both the filling and the whipped cream top a prepared chocolate cookie crust, and the recipe yields a chilled dessert that has a dark chocolate filling laced with coffee liqueur, layered below coffee whipped cream topping. Coffee lovers will go for seconds of this chocolate and coffee cream pie, and you’ll have guests over all night thanks to the caffeine high.

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

Filling:

  • 1 9-inch prepared chocolate cookie crust

Coffee whipped-cream topping:

  • 1½ cups heavy cream

See recipe directions from Food Network.

9. Cappuccino Mousse Trifle

Mousse au Chocolat

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If you want to serve your dessert with a spoon rather than a fork, master this cappuccino mousse trifle from Taste of Home. The trifle is a nostalgic dessert, but it’s stuck around for a reason. The mousse trifle looks impressive and time-consuming, but you can take many shortcuts, including the employment of pudding mix, frozen whipped topping, and frozen pound cake. Coffee will get added to the pudding layer by combining cold milk and instant coffee granules to the vanilla pudding mix, and half of the whipped topping also gets mixed in. After that, all you need to do is layer your cake, pudding, and grated chocolate until you have layers upon layers that make up this cappuccino mousse trifle.

Serves: 16 to 20

Ingredients:

  • 2½ cups cold milk
  • ⅓ cup instant coffee granules
  • 2 packages (3.4 ounces each) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 2 loaves (10¾ ounces each) frozen pound cake, thawed and cubed
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, grated
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

See recipe directions from Taste of Home.

10. Coffee Pudding

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Last but not least is coffee pudding from Food 52. This is a dessert that is sure to wake up your taste buds. A full ¼ cup of ground coffee is whisked into the luxurious pudding, meaning there is no skimping on caffeine. And tahini and cinnamon are also added to the mix, giving the pudding a nutty and spicy flavor. You’ll serve the good stuff cold and with whipped cream. As long as you can whisk together ingredients in a saucepan, you can perfect this pudding. Let it chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving, and then indulge in a caffeinated sweet treat with a friend that you won’t soon forget.

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup ground coffee
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon, plus extra for serving
  • cup milk
  • cup sweetened condensed milk
  • tablespoons tahini
  • tablespoons cornstarch
  • Whipped cream, for serving

See recipe directions from Food 52.