October 1 is National Coffee Day! Let's celebrate.
Beyond scoring a ton of freebies and discounts on this exciting holiday (find out how you can do that here), coffee lovers can observe this delightful occasion by whipping up some bold, buzzworthy desserts jam-packed with a huge jolt of coffee.
Here are some of the best ways to do that:
1. Coffee-Caramel Creme Brulee
Don't have a brulee torch? No problem. Fire up your oven broiler instead and follow the instructions outlined here to get that perfectly crunchy shell.
2. White Chocolate Cappuccino Cookies
You certainly don't have to cut the easy-to-make dough with mug-shaped cookie cutters, but you totally should, because they are adorable!
3. Coffee and Donuts Ice Cream
The classic combo! Add a pinch of cinnamon to the cream before churning if you want an extra zing reminiscent of churros.
4. Cold Amaretto Coffee Affogato
If you've never had an affogato -- a shot or two of espresso poured over a heaping scoop of ice cream -- you're going to love this. Unfortunately, many of us don't have espresso makers on hand, which makes this regular brewed joe recipe perfect for a quick at-home treat. Want to make it boozy? Grab amaretto liqueur instead of syrup!
5. Kona Coffee Kahlua Brownies
If you've never added coffee to your brownies, you'll be amazed at how much deeper and richer a spoonful or two makes them. Load them up with nearly a cup of strong Kona coffee and a hearty glug of booze for a bold, sweet treat.
6. Coffee Ice Cream Pops with Bacon Sprinkles
If you use store-bought ice cream like the recipe suggests, these two-ingredient pops whip up in a flash, but if you want bonus points, here's how to make your own. Oh, and if you want to sweeten things up even more, consider using candied bacon.