Coffee isn't just for the morning. Its bold flavor is also a delicious component to add to desserts. If you're ready to excite your taste buds, try making one of these simple coffee recipes to share with friends the next time you're invited to a dinner party or other gathering.
This light and fluffy mousse can be served on its own, or you can pair it with some cookies for a larger dessert. The combination of dark roast coffee and dark chocolate will remind you of a fancy coffee beverage. The recipe makes four servings.
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup dark roast coffee, brewed and cooled to room temperature
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe container. Microwave for 30 seconds, and then stir. Continue microwaving in 15-second increments until the chips are fully melted. Set the chocolate aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, pour the heavy cream into a bowl, along with the salt and powdered sugar. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Turn the mixer on low, and slowly add the melted chocolate while continuing to mix. Don't over beat the mixture. When the mixture appears uniform, add the coffee, and stir gently to combine. Enjoy!
Using a boxed brownie mix makes this recipe incredibly easy, but make no mistake about it – these espresso brownies taste homemade. Make them into brownie sundaes by adding a scoop of ice cream and some whipped cream, or eat them straight out of the pan. This recipe makes 12 brownies. (Or one large brownie if you're feeling extra hungry!)
- 1 standard, boxed brownie mix
- 2 whole eggs
- ¼ cup espresso
- ½ cup vegetable oil
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan, and set it aside.
In a mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix with the other ingredients. Stir by hand for 1 minute or until all of the lumps are gone. Spread the mixture into the greased pan, and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for 27–30 minutes for fudge-like brownies, or 32–35 minutes for more cake-like brownies. When done, the brownies should be firm to the touch and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Let your brownies cool completely before cutting and serving.