34 Coffee Desserts That Are the Ultimate Pick-Me-Up

Chocolate is decadent, fruit desserts are timeless and vanilla is definitely underrated. But the key to our heart? Coffee desserts. They’re rich, slightly bitter and never too sweet, plus there’s no better way to get a caffeine and sugar buzz at the same time. Mocha, espresso or plain old brewed, if it comes in coffee, we want it on our plate. From espresso chocolate chip cookies to no-churn tiramisu ice cream, here are 34 coffee desserts that are the ultimate pick-me-up.

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1. Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Behold, the best snack to fend off that 3 p.m. slump. The only thing missing? An iced coffee on the side.

2. Chocolate-glazed Espresso Cheesecake

It’s extra tall and rich on its own, but the shiny chocolate glaze puts it over the top.

3. Cold Brew Ice Pops

They’re so good, you might want to clear out your whole freezer and make a triple batch.

4. Mocha Milkshakes

Chocolate, vanilla and strawberry are all great in their own ways, but we have our hearts set on this guy.

5. Vietnamese Iced Coffee

The rich, silky sweetened condensed milk pushes it into the dessert world.

6. Mini Tiramisu

Coffee and booze? Be still our hearts.

7. No-churn Coffee Oreo Ice Cream

No, you don’t need a fancy ice cream maker to whip up a pint of the cold stuff at home. If you can make whipped cream, you’re halfway there.

8. White Chocolate Mocha Cake

The sweetness of the white-chocolate ganache offsets the strong espresso flavor of the cake.

9. Coffee Chocolate Chip Blondies

They’re crackly, chewy and bursting with coffee flavor. Can we serve these for breakfast?

10. Banana Cake With Coffee Cream Cheese Frosting

Confession: We’d totally eat the coffee cream cheese frosting by the spoonful.

11. 6-ingredient Espresso Brownies

It’s possible you have all the ingredients in your kitchen at this moment.

12. Coffee Panna Cotta

Panna cotta is our go-to when we want to impress our guests. This one is velvety smooth and just sweet enough.

13. Baileys And Coffee Cupcakes

Irish coffee fans, this dessert has your name all over it.

14. Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Coffee Cake

Coffee-flavored coffee cake? We wish we knew about this sooner.

15. Affogato

If you need a last-minute treat that still gives off an air of elegance, look no further. (All you need is vanilla ice cream and espresso.)

16. Easy Tiramisu

The most difficult part is waiting for it to come out of the refrigerator.

17. Double Chocolate Mocha Brownies

Chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven—these decadent brownies are no exception.

18. Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake

It’s sweetened with only a small amount of sugar, and the results are extremely rich. (We’ll still go back for a second sliver though.)

19. Whipped Tiramisu Coffee Chocolate Mousse

Have you ever tasted a chocolate-coffee cloud? Because this is that.

20. Cardamom-vanilla Coffee Crème Brûlée

Cardamom is highly aromatic, sweet, peppery and floral, and an excellent pairing for coffee. We love an excuse to break out our blowtorch.

21. Coffee Chocolate Nice Cream

We fully support eating this banana-based “ice cream” for breakfast. Psst: It requires just four ingredients.

22. Mocha Chip Biscotti

Dunk these crisp cookies in your coffee if you really want to go all in.

23. No-bake Greek Yogurt Vanilla Espresso Cheesecake

Water bath, who? This simple yet impressive cheesecake sets up in the fridge (and the crust is chocolate, yum).

24. No-churn Coffee Caramel Ice Cream

It’s like your favorite coffee-shop latte, but in ice-cream form.

25. Coffee Tahini Date Chocolate-chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Tahini, dates and coffee are a surprising combination at first glance, but the nutty-sweet flavor really works with the bitter coffee.

26. Devil’s Food Bundt Cake With Chocolate Espresso Ganache

A chocolate bundt just like your nana used to bake, only a little more sinful.

27. Dirty Chai Affogato With Homemade Chai Ice Cream

All you need is a shot of espresso, a scoop of chai ice cream and a spoon.

28. Pistachio, Coffee And Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

This calls for a tall glass of milk—for dunking, obviously.

29. Coffee Halva Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Creamy coffee ice cream, crumbles of nutty, sticky sesame halva and ribbons of chocolate—yep, we’ll take two scoops.

30. Coffee Brownies With Walnuts

These are going to become a staple in your dessert rotation, we can just tell.

31. Mocha Coconut Crinkles

If you want to go the extra mile, drizzle them with even more melted chocolate.

32. Coffee Pecan Pie Bars

Pecan pie always runs the risk of being cloying, so the addition of coffee to tame the sugar is kinda genius.

33. Whipped Coffee

We couldn’t resist including this trendy beverage. It’s so sweet, we count it as dessert.

34. No-churn Tiramisu Ice Cream

There’s no time for churning. Only eating.


Senior Food Editor

Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...