9 Coffee Desserts for Your Sweet Caffeine Fix

After-dinner coffee? More like after-dinner coffee dessert

By Amanda Arnold

Published on October 19, 2015

Ending dinner with a cup of coffee is great. Ending dinner with a dessert that's flavored with coffee is so much better. Whether you want an easy cookie (to dunk in even more coffee) or a towering layer cake for your next dinner party, here's how to get your caffeine fix at the end of the day.

Mix it into fudgy chocolate truffles

Chocolate Amaretti Truffles
Chocolate Amaretti Truffles

Amaretto, coffee, and crushed almond cookies flavor rich dark chocolate truffles. Get the recipe for Chocolate Amaretti Truffles »

Because coffee and chocolate are a natural pair.

Make ice cream

Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream

Sweetened condensed milk and a touch of spice set this caffeinated treat apart from other coffee ice creams. Get the recipe for Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream »

This is how you make already-great Vietnamese coffee even better.

Caffeinate your brownies

Krystal’s Espresso Brownies
Krystal’s Espresso Brownies

Instant espresso powder and chocolate-covered espresso beans gives SAVEUR staffer Krystal Stone’s iced brownies a concentrated flavor and a zingy, caffeinated boost. See the recipe for Krystal’s Espresso Brownies

Instant espresso powder and chocolate-covered espresso beans bring extra punch to classic brownies.

Fold it into a layer cake

Heaven And Hell Cake
Heaven and Hell Cake

This rich, multilayered dessert of angel food and devil’s food cake, peanut butter mousse, and milk chocolate ganache should be frozen before icing is added and refrigerated before it’s sliced. Get the recipe for Heaven and Hell Cake »

For a show-stopping dessert.

Stir it into crumbly Italian cookies

Chocolate Almond Cookies (Strazzate)
Chocolate Almond Cookies (Strazzate)

Featured in our book Best Cookies, these traditional crumbly cookies from the Basilicata region of Italy are flavored with Strega, an Italian herbal liqueur, but Galliano, which can be found in most liquor stores, is a fine substitute.

Just pour yourself a little glass of Amaro.

Make it chill out

Coffee Granita
Coffee Granita

This refreshing Italian dessert is made with nothing more than brewed espresso and sugar. Get the recipe for Coffee Granita »

When you want something refreshing, go granita.

Put the beans on bark

Nutty Chocolate Bark with Cardamom and Coffee
Nutty Chocolate Bark with Cardamom and Coffee

A flavorful combination of cardamom, dried mulberries, tart cherries, almonds, pistachios, and coffee beans tops dark chocolate in a crunchy, gorgeously layered bark. Get the recipe for Nutty Chocolate Bark with Cardamom and Coffee »

The nutty chocolate bark to eat year-round.

Stir instant espresso into ricotta

Ricotta and Coffee Mousse
Ricotta and Coffee Mousse

Elegant and easy to prepare, a classic mousse flavored with espresso and topped with a dusting of chocolate is a great way to end a romantic meal.

For a dessert that feels really fancy (but is super easy).

Mix it with gelatin

Jello jigglers for coffee people, with just four ingredients.

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