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21 Recipes That Use Coffee Other Than Drinking It

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Jacqueline PaumierGuest Blogger
October 24, 2016 · 2.6k Views

If you are one of the many people that just can’t seem to start their day without their morning coffee fix, it may be time to look into other ways to get that same bold flavor without the brew. There are plenty of recipes that use coffee to amp up simple desserts, bake morning pastries, or even season your steak! We have gathered our top 21 favorite recipes featuring coffee so you can enjoy your roasted blend without the cup. 

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21 Recipes That Prove There's More to Coffee Than A Beverage

1. Easy Cold Brew Coffee Pie

easy cold brew coffee pie

Source: The Domestic Rebel

If you are looking for a dessert with an extra kick, this cold coffee pie offers bold flavor with a smooth finish. 

Recipe from The Domestic Rebel


2. Cream Cheese Stuffed Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Coffee Cake

cream cheese stuffed chocolate chip banana bread coffee cake

Source: Carlsbad Cravings

We love cream cheese anything but add in coffee, chocolate and bananas and you have our favorite breakfast guilty pleasure. 

Recipe from Carlsbad Cravings


3. Coffee Cake in a Mug

coffee cake in a mug

Source: Heather Like Food

Fast, delicious, and it comes in a mug? Sign us up for this cake that can be made on a lunch break!

Receip from Heather Like Food


4. Smoky Coffee BBQ Spice Rub

smoky coffee bbq spice rub

Source: Balanced Bites

Your barbecues and secret dishes will never be the same after trying this unique spice blend. Best of all? Your guests will never guess the secret ingredient. 

Recipe from Balanced Bites


5. Coffee Cinnamon Rolls

coffee cinnamon rolls

Source: Perfectly Sprinkled

The cinnamon roll gets a makeover in this perfect combination between traditional flavors and bold contemporary concepts. 

Recipe from Perfectly Sprinkled


6. Mocha Crinkle Cookies

mocha crinkle cookies

Source: Cake Whiz

Perfect to share on special occasions or as a morning snack, these tasty cookies will add some extra pep to your step. 

Recipe from Cake Whiz


7. Coffee Toffee

coffee toffee

Source: Recipe Girl

Got a sweet tooth? Give your grandma’s toffee recipe an upgrade with this coffee inspired rendition. 

Receip from Recipe Girl


8. Iced Coffee Popsicles

iced coffee popsicles

Source: The View From the Great Island

Like iced coffee, but even better. Squeeze this one in before the weather starts cooling off again. 

Recipe from The View from Great Island


9. Caramel Coffee Fudge

caramel coffee fudge

Source: Inside Bru Crew Life

Comfort food at its finest! Just when you thought decadent fudge couldn’t get any better, caramel and coffee get thrown in!

Receipe from Inside Bru Crew Life


10. Pumpkin Coffee Cake Donuts

pumpkin coffee cake donuts

Source: Baker By Nature

Pair this one up with your morning pumpkin spice latte for a fall flavor frenzy. 

Recipe from Baker by Nature


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11. Coffee Pecan Pound Cake

coffee pecan pound cake

Source: Love Foodies

Curious what to bring over for a brunch or coffee date? This pound cake recipe is the perfect fit.

Recipe from Love Foodies


12. Espresso Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

espresso chocolate chip ice cream

Source: Table for Two

I scream, you scream, we all scream…for espresso? Once you try this recipe you will find out why. 

Recipe from Table for Two


13. Coffee Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting

coffee cupcakes with salted caramel frosting

Source: Homemade Food Junkie

The gourmet cupcake trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and with recipes like this we are totally okay with that!

Recipe from Homemade Food Junkie


14. Coffee Lover's Donuts

coffee lover's donuts

Source: The First Year Blog

This donut is for the ultimate breakfast lover. Your breakfast pastry gets the best of both worlds with this bad boy.

Recipe from The First Year Blog


15. Mocha Poke Cake

mocha poke cake

Source: Celebrating Sweets

Your favorite mocha flavor in a fluffy delectable cake. Trust us, you won’t want to miss this. 

Recipe from Celebrating Sweets


16. Coffee Pecan Tart with Orange Sable

coffee pecan tart

Source: Pastry Chef Online

Bold coffee flavor is the perfect contrast for this citrusy orange tart. Whip up this recipe for your next office or holiday party. 

Recipe from Pastry Chef Online


17. Cappuccino Cookies

cappuccino cookies

Source: Fresh April Flours

Try passing these out around the holidays and be prepared for compliments and friends begging for the recipe.

Recipe from Fresh April Flours


18. Coffee Crusted Beef Tenderloin

coffee crusted beef tenderloin

Source: Bite Me More

Rosemary, garlic , black pepper, and…coffee? We won’t tell if you won’t. 

Recipe from Bite Me More


19. Maple and Coffee Glazed Bacon

maple and coffee glazed bacon

Source: The Worktop

Surprise people you love with this creative snack made with smoky bacon, sweet maple syrup and rich coffee flavor.

Recipe from The Worktop


20. Spiced Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake

spiced blueberry crumb coffee cake

Source: Cubes n Juliennes

The name of this fabulous cake speaks for itself, blueberry bliss meets your morning coffee.

Recipe from Just a Pinch


21. Alton Brown's Molasses and Coffee Pork Chops

alton brown's molasses and coffee pork chops

Source: Food Network

Alton Brown knows his BBQ, and these delicious pork chops are no different. 

Recipe from Food Network

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Jacqueline is a modern day gypsy, who has lived in several countries and has traveled to over 20. A sucker for all things pleasing to the senses; her world revolves around food (any and all food), foreign indie films, and salsa music. The first to jump off a waterfall and the last to say no to sushi, she has been described as a bit of an “extremist”. In her perfect world, no one ever spells “cool” as “kool” and Ryan Gosling has more tattoos. She enjoys spending her free time in her New Orleans home with her Cubano guitarist husband and 1-year-old son.
CassieWizardOct 24, 2016
And the trick your Mama knew. Add some strong coffee to your beef gravy or stew for an intense umami taste.