Sure, most shortbread seems the same on the surface. But break one of these babies apart and you'll see glassy hunks of burnt sugar, and a speckling that comes from finely ground espresso. To further the freshly-roasted flavor, this recipe from Ovenly calls for two tablespoons of cold-brew coffee as well.
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When the weather's warm, a cold blender drink makes the perfect breakfast. This one even blends your morning joe right in there with the fruit and nuts.
Mexican-style horchata made with rice and almonds gets a jolt from dark-roast coffee beans and spicy cinnamon sticks.
These easy vegan muffins pair the tried and true combination of chocolate and coffee.
In Italy, an espresso is often served with a lemon twist. Leo Robitschek of Eleven Madison Park in Manhattan evokes that classic, combining lemon with coffee in a drink that adds bittersweet amaro and caraway-scented aquavit.
Bartender Josh Relkin developed this recipe for Sable Kitchen & Bar in Chicago. It plays on the bitter side of coffee, adding herbal amaro and spicy bitters. Topped with whipped cream, it's a great way to wind down after dinner.
H. Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir in San Francisco created this cocktail for the 2006 Chartreuse Cocktail Competition, marrying the sweet, herbal notes of Green Chartreuse with coffee liqueur and a little cream.
Mike Treffehn of The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Philadelphia created this delicious bourbon-spiked coffee to give the staff some zing during a long shift.
This rum-laced take on Thai iced coffee is made with Blue Bottle's New Orleans-style cold brew coffee.
This bundt cake boasts a caffeinated center as well as an espresso-spiked glaze. The tender crumb works marvelously with the glaze's cool sweetness. Cut a thick slice and eat in place of, or with, your morning coffee.
In homage to New Orleans, a moist chocolate banana snack cake is topped with a chicory coffee glaze.
A coating of coffee-flavored honeycomb candy adds a melting crunch that contrasts beautifully with coffee whipped cream.
A spoonful of cardamom added to espresso powder gives these brownies a decidedly Middle Eastern flavor. Perfect as a post-meal pick-me-up, or to keep your dinner guests perked.
A sweet and milky chocolate ice cream with a clean, bitter edge from coffee and the buttery crunch of cashews.
Sink into layers of cocoa-dusted mascarpone, coffee syrup and sweet, light cake in this Say It With Cake tiramisu charlotte. An edging of ladyfingers lends an elegant presentation.
This creamy, boozy, no-bake chocolate pie is rich with mocha.
A bold shot of espresso counteracts sweet toffee bits in these speckled drop cookies.
Although originally billed as a "salsa," this isn't the type of sauce made for dipping tortilla chips, but rather, it's rich and complex character that's slightly bitter, sweet, and tangy, is a great match for hearty items like a grilled skirt steak.
This smoothie is inspired by Hoboken NJ's now long-defunct Frozen Monkey cafe, which used to make a similar shake with Tasti D Lite as a base.