Coffee is a regular in most kitchens. It is brilliant to drink and even more fantastic to cook with. There are just so many ways you can use coffee when you are cooking. However the best use of coffee has got to be when it is used for making desserts. Even if you’re not a coffee lover you are bound to enjoy these awesome coffee based desserts.

Coffee Liqueur Brownies

Everyone loves a good brownie especially when they are homemade. This recipe takes your normal brownie recipe and gives it a little kick simple by adding a hint of coffee. You will be surprised how a little bit of coffee can make such a big difference.

You Will Need:

  • 225g of Chocolate chips
  • 60g of butter or margarine
  • 85g of flour
  • 100g of granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp of instant coffee crystals
  • 1 full egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp of coffee liqueur (the choice is yours)
  • 1 tsp of Vanilla extract
  • A pinch of baking soda

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 175 degrees C.
  • In a baking pan, around 8×8 inches, melt the butter and chocolate chips together.
  • Make sure that you are constantly stirring.
  • Then remove the pan from the heat.
  • Stir in the coffee crystals, full egg and the egg yolk.
  • In another bowl sift together the flour, sugar and baking soda.
  • Make sure that there are no large lumps.
  • Bit by bit add this mixture to the chocolate mixture.
  • Finally add the vanilla extract and coffee liqueur.
  • Bake it in the oven for around 20-25 minutes.
  • Remove them from the oven.
  • Allow them to cool slightly.
  • Then cut them into squares.
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Coffee Cookies

‘Coffee cookies’ has a slight ring to it, but coffee and cookies don’t seem like they would go together nicely. Yet they do and I must say they go together rather well.

You Will Need:

  • 120g of shortening
  • 140g of granulated sugar
  • 100g of chopped nuts
  • 100g of plain flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp of instant coffee
  • A drop of vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Mix together the shortening, sugar and coffee in a bowl.
  • Then beat in the flour, egg, vanilla extract and the chopped nuts.
  • Mix until all the ingredients are blended.
  • Then use a tablespoon to drop the mixture onto a greased baking sheets to form cookie shapes.
  • Put them in the oven for between 10-12 minutes.
  • Take them out of the oven.
  • Let them cool for a little bit.
  • There you have you coffee cookies.

Coffee Liqueur Cheesecake

Like with the coffee cookies, you wouldn’t think that coffee and cheesecake would be a good combination. However again it is, and this recipe will convince you of that.

You Will Need:

  • 350g of cream cheese
  • 100g of granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g of milk chocolate, chopped finely
  • 7 tbsp of whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp of coffee liqueur
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Directions:

  • Preheat your oven to 1450 degrees C.
  • Add the sugar and cream cheese to a mixing bowl and blend until it goes smooth.
  • Beat each egg into the mixture one at a time.
  • Then mix in 3 tbsp of whipping cream and the coffee liqueur.
  • Pour the mixture into a glass pie dish (about 8×8 inch).
  • Melt the chocolate and remaining whipping cream in a pan.
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate over the mixture in the pie dish.
  • Then stir it lightly to create a marble effect.
  • Then put the pie dish into a larger dish.
  • Fill this larger dish with water so that it comes halfway up the side of the smaller pan.
  • Place it in the oven and bake for around 55 minutes.
  • Test whether it is firm in the center to test if is ready.
  • Allow the cheesecake to cool fully.
  • Then refrigerate it overnight.

Awesome Coffee Based Desserts – submitted by David V. , consultant of Nigella cooking books.