26 Desserts That Get a Boost From Instant Coffee
We’ve rounded up our favorite desserts using instant coffee, from creamy cheesecakes to mocha cookies.
A friend gave me the recipe for these rich cakelike brownies topped with a creamy coffee-enhanced filling and a chocolate glaze. I like to garnish each square with a coffee bean. —Michelle Tiemstra, Lacombe, Alberta
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Distinctive coffee flavor accents the filling of these ooey, gooey rolls. The glaze goes on while they are still warm—they won’t last long!. —Sherri Cox, Lucasville, Ohio
These bite-size bonbons may sound tricky to make, but you’ll find that fashioning them is a breeze. What’s more, our cooking experts advise that you keep this recipe handy when you serve them—as soon as folks sample the treats, they’ll be asking how to make them!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
I had this cake at a friend’s brunch and she graciously shared the recipe. Now people always request it from me, too. Because it’s so tasty it’s always a hit. -Gale Lalmond of Deering, New Hampshire
I love this recipe because it combines three of my favorite flavors: coffee, hazelnuts and cherries. —Joan Pecsek, Chesapeake, Virginia
Tiramisu didn’t do it for me until I tried this recipe, with its luscious layers of cheesecake. It’s one of my favorite desserts to make this time of year. —Christie Nelson, Taylorville, Illinois
Chopped coffee beans add a yummy crunch to this pretty, two-toned bark. Coffee-lovers won’t be able to resist pieces of the chocolaty candy treat. —Anne Addesso, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
For an impressive holiday dessert, look here! The combination of mocha cake and peanut butter filling satisfies every sweet tooth. —Tammy Bollman, Minatare, Nebraska
I’ve enjoyed this cake several times at a friend’s house and it never ceases to be delightful. The tender, impressive cake is the perfect indulgence for coffee and chocolate lovers alike!—Susan Bettinger, Battle Creek, Michigan
This easy candy has a south-of-the-border flavor with cinnamon, chocolate and coffee. Sweet, salty and crunchy, it’s a great no-bake treat. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
I went through a phase when I couldn’t get enough cheesecake or coffee, so I created this rich dessert. Its brownie-like crust and creamy mocha layer really hit the spot. It’s ideal for get-togethers because it can be made in advance. —Shannon Dormady, Great Falls, Montana
In these ultra fudgy brownies, coffee granules bump up the chocolate flavor. Add chocolate chips to the batter and you’ve got irresistible treats. —Sarah Thompson, Greenfield, Wisconsin
The coffee-flavored glaze on these tasty doughnuts makes them a perfect start to the morning…on Christmas Day or any day. You’ll find that the recipe is a delectable way to use up leftover potatoes. —Pat Siebenaler, Random Lake, Wisconsin
One classic recipe I pull out every yuletide is for these dreamy creamy truffle cups. They’re just so festive…and the smooth filling melts as fast as snowflakes on your tongue!
Here’s a special dessert for two. Crispy tortilla bowls hold creamy coffee-flavored pudding topped with a mix of colorful fresh berries. —Amber Zurbrugg, Alliance, Ohio
You’ll be remembered for these cookies when you serve them for a morning coffee or at a gathering. Melted chips drizzled on top make them look fancy, but they’re so easy to make. —Dixie Terry, Goreville, Illinois
My husband and I are big fans of Irish cream, so I wanted to incorporate it into a brownie. I started with my mom’s brownie recipe, then added frosting and ganache. This decadent recipe is the result, and we are really enjoying them! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
I found this recipe more than five years ago and have been making it for family gatherings ever since. The coffee-flavored frosting complements the moist banana cake. —Kathy Hoffman, Topton, Pennsylvania
This showstopping marbled dessert seems fancy, but it’s really simple to prepare ahead of time and pop in the freezer. Frosty slices have a creamy blend of chocolate and coffee that’s delightful anytime of year. —Cheryl Martinetto, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
These coffee-flavored cookies are so delicious they make my own kitchen seen like a gourmet bakery!
When I first made my decadent slow cooker chocolate cake, my husband’s and daughter’s expressions said it all. She says it’s one of her “most favorites.” Later, I brought one of these to our next-door neighbors. Their teenage son, who answered the door, ate the whole thing without telling anyone else about it! —Aimee Fortney, Fairview, Tennessee
Roasted pumpkin seeds are a classic fall snack. Kick them up a notch with instant coffee and cocoa powder for a mix that’s mocha genius at any time of year. —Rebekah Beyer, Sabetha, Kansas
Light as a feather, this cool, satisfying dessert is delicious and impressive to serve. It’s an excellent dessert to take to a potluck because it can be made ahead and stored in the freezer. —Launa Shoemaker, Landrum, South Carolina
The Italian word “tiramisu” means “pick-me-up” and refers to a dessert of ladyfinger sponge cake dipped in coffee, embracing mascarpone cheese. Work that in with cream cheese and you have a guaranteed picker-upper that redefines a classic. —Mrs. Priscilla Gilbert, Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
I’ve had cookies melt in my mouth, but not as much as these do! I’ve made several versions of these, but I like to make them as sandwiches with an almond-mocha filling. —Anna Sylvester, Sylvania, Ohio
This chocolate crust is excellent with a cool no-bake mocha filling. — Gina Nistico, Taste of Home Food Editor