Beyond the Mug: 30 Coffee Recipes We Love

Ahh... Coffee. There's nothing quite like sipping on a freshly brewed cup, but have you ever enjoyed coffee beyond the mug? This collection of caffeinated recipes--both savory and sweet--has us buzzing.

  • Coffee-Drenched Ice Cream with Banana and Peanuts
    Photo: Nigel Cox; Styling: Tiziana Agnello

    Coffee-Drenched Ice Cream with Banana and Peanuts

    This 5-ingredient dessert is so simple, you'll wonder why you hadn't thought of it before. Vanilla ice cream, bananas, and peanuts are literally drenched in steaming espresso, causing the ice cream to soften as you devour every last drop.
  • Chocolate-Espresso Pots de Creme
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Chocolate-Espresso Pots de Crème

    The secret's out: Everyone knows chocolate and coffee are having a love affair. Their flavors harmonize beautifully in these rich, creamy French custards. Serve them in sweet little teacups at your next dinner party, topped with edible flowers for an elegant touch.
  • Espresso-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Pineapple Chimichurri
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Espresso-Rubbed Skirt Steak with Pineapple Chimichurri

    Chili powder, espresso, dark brown sugar and spices form the rub for this tender skirt steak. Espresso plays up the smoky flavor of the grilled meat, while fresh Pineapple Chimichurri brings out its sweetness.
  • Citrus-and-Spice Churros with Mocha Sauce
    Photo: Kate Mathis

    Citrus-and-Spice Churros with Mocha Sauce

    Churros are a definite crowd pleaser, especially when served with an espresso-spiked chocolate dipping sauce. This Top Chef take on the Spanish-style ridged doughnuts infuses them with bright citrus zest and warm spices.
  • Coffee Baba au Rhum
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

    Coffee Baba au Rhum

    Coffee Baba au Rhum is our shortcut revival of the original sophisticated French confection. Coffee extract, finely ground coffee, and fresh brewed coffee provide the cake with a triple hit of that caffeinated flavor you crave. You'll earn "ooh la las" from your luncheon or teatime crowd when your serve this showstopping creation.
  • Coffee and Brown Sugar Bacon
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Coffee and Brown Sugar Bacon

    Everyone loves waking up to the smell of coffee and the smell of bacon, and the flavors are pretty awesome together too. Coat strips of bacon with molasses-y brown sugar and ground coffee, and you'll reach breakfast nirvana.
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    Ultra Iced Coffee

    Iced coffee fans, this is for you. Flavors like cinnamon, mint and ginger give this icy concoction its character. Once it freezes, the granita is drenched in ice-cold coffee and milk, making this the ultimate iced coffee.
  • Espresso Crinkles
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr, Jan Gautro

    Espresso Crinkles

    Espresso Crinkles may seem innocent enough, but these decadent cookies have a dark side. They go into the oven white as snow, but emerge revealing their delicious, fudgy interior. Practically irresistible.
  • Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks

    Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks

    Chicken and coffee may seem like an unlikely pair, but a savory-sweet brine of coffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chili powder adds rich flavor to unsuspecting chicken drumsticks. This inexpensive, kid-friendly recipe is perfect for busy weeknights, with a bonus caffeine kick to tide you over 'til morning.
  • Coffee-Chocolate Ice Cream
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Coffee-Chocolate Ice Cream

    Homemade ice cream is truly indulgent, and worth every bit of extra effort. Instant espresso is added to the ice cream base for real coffee flavor, while flecks of shaved semisweet chocolate add extra richness throughout this creamy delight.
  • Beer-Braised Baby Back Ribs with Orange-Tamarind Sauce
    Photo: Jody Horton

    Beer-Braised Baby Back Ribs with Orange-Tamarind Sauce

    Beer and coffee don't sound like they would work together, yet in this recipe they do. The ribs are braised in lager, which yields a lot of flavor, but the real kicker is the barbecue sauce. A unique combination of orange juice, ketchup, strong-brewed coffee, sambal oelek, molasses and tamarind concentrate, this sauce is certainly eclectic, bold, and not easily forgotten.
  • Mocha-Espresso Cream Pie
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

    Mocha-Espresso Cream Pie

    Mocha-Espresso Cream Pie is a chocolate-lover's dream. A crunchy cookie crust is filled with a decadent chocolate filling before being topped off with luscious, coffee-infused whipped cream and bittersweet chocolate curls.
  • Espresso Shortbread Cookies
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller  

    Espresso Shortbread Cookies

    If you're a true coffee connoisseur or enjoy the savory taste of coffee with chocolate, you'll enjoy these buttery shortbread cookies. The recipe calls for two types of espresso beans--regular and chocolate-covered--for an extra hit of its bold flavor. These cookies would be equally delicious served with a frothy cappuccino or a steaming cup of strong coffee.
  • Coffee-Braised Spoon Lamb
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Coffee-Braised Spoon Lamb

    Spoon lamb gets its name from the texture of the meat when it's finished cooking: so tender, you can cut it with a spoon. This long, slow cooking technique benefits leg of lamb, typically a tough cut, and the acidity of the coffee offsets the richness of the meat. The sauce made from the drippings begs for polenta or potatoes.
  • Espresso Soy Milk Shake
    Photo: William Dickey; Styling: Margaret Dickey

    Espresso Soy Milk Shake

    You'll enjoy this 4-ingredient dairy-free dessert for its taste, but also for its health benefits! Caffeine may help lower your risk of diabetes and Parkinson's disease and soy is said to increase heart and bone health.
  • Coffee and Ancho Chile Skirt Steak with Green Chile-Apple Relish
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Coffee and Ancho Chile Skirt Steak with Green Chile-Apple Relish

    It's an unusual combination, but when coffee and chile mingle with meat, the flavor is extraordinary. The relish adds an exclamation point to the end of this wow-worthy main dish.
  • Chocolate-Espresso Pound Cake Truffles
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Chocolate-Espresso Pound Cake Truffles

    Decadent flavors unite in Chocolate-Espresso Pound Cake Truffles. The truffles start with our Million Dollar Pound Cake, are mixed with espresso, Vanilla Buttercream Frosting and cocoa, and end as bite-size delights--perfect for special occasions and gift giving.
  • Coffee-Rubbed Texas-Style Brisket
    Photo: Charles Masters; Styling: Alma Melendez

    Coffee-Rubbed Texas-Style Brisket

    This delicious Texas-style beef brisket features a coffee-based dry rub that adds deep, smoky flavor to the meat.
  • Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

    Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake

    Tiramisu is the quintessential coffee dessert, but have you ever tried it frozen? This chilly twist on the classic features ice cream instead of the typical mascarpone cream, but still touts the espresso-soaked flavor you love.
  • Profiteroles with Coffee Whipped Cream
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Sissy Lamerton

    Profiteroles with Coffee Whipped Cream

    These small cream puffs are surprisingly easy to make and look impressive on a dessert plate. Fill with coffee whipped cream and douse in hot fudge sauce for an over-the-top experience.
  • Coffee-Cured Pulled Pork
    Photo: John Kernick

    Coffee-Cured Pulled Pork

    Coffee-rubbed pork butt is slow roasted for 6 hours, and then glazed with a mixture of sorghum and apple cider vinegar. The results are outstanding and well worth the extra effort. Turn this pulled pork into sliders topped with barbecue sauce and your favorite spicy-sweet salsa.
  • Coffee Sundaes with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel
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    Coffee Sundaes with Salted Peanut Butter Caramel

    Here's something to buzz about: Salted Peanut Butter Caramel. It's the sauce that tops these indulgent coffee ice cream sundaes, creating a salty-sweet combo that is truly amazing.
  • Double Chocolate-Mocha Muffins
    Photo: David Prince; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Double Chocolate-Mocha Muffins

    These multitasking Double Chocolate-Mocha Muffins include your daily dose of chocolate, plus the added espresso leaves no need for a coffee run.
  • Mocha Affogato with Vanilla Cream
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Mocha Affogato with Vanilla Cream

    Affogato, meaning "drowned", is an Italian dessert that lives up to its name. It's essentially a scoop of ice cream drowned in espresso--so simple, so delicious. This recipe calls for chocolate ice cream, but you could use whatever flavor you like.
  • Chicken-Fried Steak with Redeye Curry Gravy
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Chicken-Fried Steak with Redeye Curry Gravy

    Top Chef star Dale Talde serves his outstanding, crispy fried steak with a richly flavored gravy spiked with curry powder, coffee and Sriracha chile sauce.
  • Coffee-Rubbed Skirt Steak

    Coffee-Rubbed Skirt Steak

    If you don't have chicory coffee, regular ground coffee or espresso works just as well in this recipe. After grilling, slice the steak against the grain to ensure tender pieces of meat. Serve with your favorite fruit salsa and a squeeze of lime.
  • Coffee Waffles

    Coffee Waffles

    These waffles are packed with coffee flavor! Serve with syrup for breakfast, or add a scoop of ice cream and caramel sauce for a whimsical dessert.
  • Smuggler's Coffee
    Photo: Fredrika Stjärne

    Smuggler's Coffee

    Who says coffee can't be a part of happy hour? This double rum coffee is deliciously flavored with cinnamon and orange zest. Top with sweetened whipped cream and grated Mexican chocolate for an ultra-luxe cocktail.
  • Spice-Glazed Lamb Chops with Red Wine-Coffee Pan Sauce
    Anna Williams

    Spice-Glazed Lamb Chops with Red Wine-Coffee Pan Sauce

    Ancho chile powder seasons these large lamb chops, which are topped with a savory pan sauce made with beef broth, red wine and coffee.
  • Coffee and Almond Milk Granita
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Coffee and Almond Milk Granita

    We would describe this as a frozen dessert version of an almond latte--creamy and nutty. Four ingredients are all you need to prepare this icy treat.
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