It’s National Coffee Day! Perk Up Your Celebration with These Java-Inspired Desserts

Last Updated September 29, 2015

In honor of National Coffee Day, why not take your coffee and use it to make one of these desserts? From cappuccino and espresso to desserts made with Greek or Turkish coffee, these recipes are sure to sweeten your day.

Caffe Italian Espresso Gelato

espresso gelato
Espresso bars are a significant part of Italian culture. They are everywhere, and Italians take their espresso very seriously. Almost all are experts at tasting the difference between good and bad...

Frosted Coffee Squares

Frosted Coffee Squares
This is a moist, almost blondie-like cake, flavored with fresh coffee, cinnamon and chocolate that maintains the essence of the original recipe. Don’t cheat yourself by using a cheap cup of Joe—...

Cappuccino Nut Cheesecake Bars

cappuccino nut cheesecake bars
In the early 1990s, when I worked in hotels, I made a cappuccino nut torte that everyone loved, and it sparked my desire to have a similar cheesecake. If you love coffee, then these delicate bars are...

Greek Coffee “Frappé” Granita

Greek Coffee Frappe Granita
I love the smooth texture of the sweet condensed milk with the robust textured iced coffee crystals. This is my take on a frappé. Serve as part of the Greek Coffee on a Plate or on its own as an easy...

Music City Chocolate Mocha Cookies

chocolate cookies
Straight from Music City, a bewitching chocolate cookie replete with Olive & Sinclair chocolate, Bongo Java’s “mystic” coffee and a touch of heat. Your sweetheart won’t be able to place the...

Turkish Coffee Brownies

turkish coffee brownies
Turkish coffee is ubiquitous in Israel. This dessert has a caffeine kick that’ll keep your party guests awake so they can enjoy every last bit of the delicious food you prepared. The cardamom gives...

Panna Cotta with Espresso or Strawberry Gelee

This silky and voluptuous Honey-Vanilla Panna Cotta is so incredibly delicious. And, it’s a breeze to prepare! Who could ask for more?

Dark Chocolate Mocha Truffles

Dark Chocolate Mocha Truffles
For the deepest, darkest chocolate experience, indulge in a couple of these mocha truffles. Cream is heated with instant coffee and then mixed with vanilla extract and bittersweet chocolate to create...

Wake Up & Smell the Coffee Cake

coffee cake
“One of the greatest things about coffee cake is that its name gives tacit permission to eat cake first thing in the morning,” says Claud Mann, chef instructor for the Orfalea Foundation’s...

Mocha Sticks

mocha sticks
You can decorate this cookie in two ways: with a whole pecan or walnut half, as pictured, for a more sophisticated appearance, or by dipping them in chopped nuts, which is a bit more rustic but...