Delicious Espresso Delights – Perfect For Your Morning Brew

Are you in search of the perfect coffee recipe that’s quick, easy, and exceptionally delicious? Look no further because I’ve got just the thing for you!

Introducing the Espresso Delights Recipe, a classic coffee recipe that will delight your senses with its rich flavor and smooth texture. Whether you’re a seasoned coffee drinker or just starting to dabble in the world of coffee recipes, this recipe is perfect for anyone looking to refine their barista skills.

Picture this: a warm cup of espresso, mixed with sugar and a hint of vanilla, all topped off with a sprinkling of powdered sugar. Doesn’t that sound divine? The Espresso Delights Recipe is a coffee lover’s dream come true, offering the perfect balance between sweet and bitter.

What makes this recipe so special is its versatility. It can be enjoyed on its own or paired with your favorite dessert for an even more decadent treat. Not to mention, it’s incredibly easy to make with ingredients that are likely already in your pantry.

So what are you waiting for? Indulge in the Espresso Delights Recipe today and experience the magic of a perfectly crafted cup of coffee.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Espresso Delights
Espresso Delights

Are you looking for a coffee recipe that is out of this world? Look no further than the Espresso Delights Recipe. Here’s why you’ll love it:

First and foremost, this recipe has the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness. The instant espresso powder adds a robust flavor that’s complemented by the powdered sugar, all-purpose flour, and ground cinnamon. You won’t be able to get enough of its delectable taste.

Furthermore, the recipe is incredibly easy to follow. With just a few ingredients, you can whip up a batch of Espresso Delights in no time. Whether you’re an experienced baker or a novice in the kitchen, this recipe is suitable for everyone.

But what makes this recipe truly unique is its versatility. You can enjoy it as a dessert or pair it with your favorite coffee-based cocktail like an espresso martini. With instant coffee or even brewed espresso, you’ll find that there’s no limit to creativity with this recipe.

Finally, the Espresso Delights Recipe packs a punch when it comes to caffeine content. One ounce (30 ml) of quality instant espresso powder goes into every batch. That will give you the energy to tackle anything on your to-do list!

In summary, the Espresso Delights Recipe has everything you could want in a coffee dessert: delectable taste, ease of preparation, versatility, and a caffeine kick! You simply can’t go wrong with this recipe, so give it a try and see for yourself why it’s such a crowd-pleaser.

Ingredient List

 Wake up and smell the espresso!
Wake up and smell the espresso!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp. of quality instant coffee
  • 2 and 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

In this recipe, the quality of the instant espresso powder and instant coffee is particularly significant. High-quality brands can give the espresso delights richer flavors that others can’t match.

The cinnamon in this recipe complements the exquisite chocolate and coffee flavors to create something truly special.

Use a large mixing bowl to combine all the ingredients into a soft dough. Don’t overwork the dough; mix it until there is no additional flour left.

The Recipe How-To

 A deliciously crafted shot of espresso.
A deliciously crafted shot of espresso.

Mixing the Batter

Now that we have all our ingredients at hand, it’s time to start mixing. Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F. While waiting for the oven to heat up, mix 1 cup of sifted all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder in a mixing bowl. Set it aside.

In another mixing bowl beat 1 cup of softened butter using an electric mixer until it becomes fluffy. Once achieved, add 3/4 cup of powdered sugar and continue to beat the mixture until it is light and creamy.

Gradually combine the dry ingredients from earlier into the butter mixture. Don’t rush! Keep blending until you get an even consistency.

Baking the Espresso Delights

After completing the mixing process, grab a tablespoon to scoop out dough and roll each one into round balls before placing them onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Press down with a fork on each ball to flatten them slightly.

Bake the espresso delights in your preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until they turn golden brown around the edges.

Adding the Finishing Touches

Once they’re done, remove them from the oven and let cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

While cooling, mix 1 tablespoon of quality instant espresso powder with 30 ml hot water in a small bowl. Add in 2 tsp of vanilla extract and 2 cups of powdered sugar to make frosting. Mix them well and set aside.

Once baking sheets are empty and cooling racks are full, take out your frosting mixture and drizzle it over each delight using a spoon, allowing it to flow naturally without overdoing it.

And just like that, you’ve made delectable Espresso Delights, ready to be devoured by guests or enjoyed during afternoon tea.

Substitutions and Variations

 Sip, savor, and indulge.
Sip, savor, and indulge.

is where things get interesting. If you’re looking to switch it up or find a replacement for an ingredient in this espresso delights recipe, then you’ve come to the right place!

First things first, let’s talk about the espresso powder. If you don’t have any instant espresso powder on hand, you can substitute it with instant coffee powder. The taste won’t be exactly the same, but it’ll do the trick if you’re in a pinch.

For those who want to take their espresso delights to the next level, consider adding white chocolate chips or drizzling ganache on top. You can also add a pinch of ground cinnamon into the chocolate mixture before baking for an extra layer of flavor. If you love Nutella, try swapping out the chocolate for a Nutella spread and create a Nutella espresso brownie!

If you’re looking for a non-dessert option, why not turn this recipe into an affogato? Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a cup, pour over a freshly made espresso shot before adding the baked chocolate delight. This is bound to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings while giving you a caffeine boost at the same time.

Coffee lovers who prefer their brew on ice, try turning this recipe into an iced coffee delight by pouring cooled brewed espresso atop ice cream and serving with milk or cream.

Lastly, if you want to transform this recipe into cocktail hour fare, consider mixing up an Italian delight espresso martini. Simply shake up vodka (or gin ), freshly brewed espresso and some sugar syrup before straining into chilled glasses for a delicious drink that’ll get your party started!

Whatever substitutions and variations you choose to make with this espresso delights recipe, remember to always keep quality instant espresso powder on hand. This recipe yields outstanding delightful result as is!

Serving and Pairing

 Espresso - the ultimate pick-me-up.
Espresso – the ultimate pick-me-up.

Ah, the joy of serving and pairing! As a Barista, I believe that any coffee is not just a beverage, it’s an experience. And so, for my Espresso Delights recipe, I must tell you what other delights can complement it perfectly.

When thinking about serving this Italian-inspired treat, I immediately think of dark chocolate. The richness of cocoa lends itself perfectly to the bitterness of espresso, making it an ideal pairing. You may want to go for a selection of chocolates with different percentages of cocoa solids—this will add complexity to your pairing experience. And if you want to elevate this further and make it even more indulgent, don’t hold back on adding ganache topping—that smooth and creamy chocolate filling will amplify your espresso delight to the next level!

Another great food duet partner when consuming Espresso Delights are nutty and buttery pastries like croissants, scones, and biscotti. These light and crisp baked goods satisfy the indulgent side of the palate without overwhelming its delicate flavors.

If you’re a fan of cocktails, then consider making an espresso martini as part of your pairing experience. Simply shake up freshly brewed nespresso or strong brewed espresso with vodka or other spirits with some ice and serve in a chilled martini glass.

And finally, because coffee is also perfect for anytime throughout the day, you can enjoy Espresso Delights for breakfast or dessert! Whether paired with a fluffy stack of pancakes or served alongside white chocolate raspberry cheesecake—if it has coffee in it, it tastes good is my motto.

In summary, always remember to experiment with different food items! Keep these suggestions in mind but don’t be bound by them alone. Be adventurous! Try variations that make sense to you and let your taste buds take pleasure in the endless possibilities coffee offers. Ultimately, there are no strict rules when enjoying coffee foods – only satisfaction awaits.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Master the art of espresso-making.
Master the art of espresso-making.

The Espresso Delights Recipe is an ideal recipe to make ahead, store and reheat, simply because it’s a dessert which tastes just as delicious and fresh as its first serving. To keep them in perfect shape, ensure you store the delights once they become cool. In any case, if you don’t need them to go stale or get ruined, you should avoid frosting them before storing.

It’s best to cover the delights with a cling film before storing them in the fridge. This helps prevent any harm from external factors while ensuring that they remain moist and soft. You can store espresso delights for up to 5 days this way.

Reheating your espresso delights is quick and easy. Simply remove the desired number of delights from the fridge, let them sit at room temperature so they can come up to room temperature, and then heat in a preheated oven or microwave for about 15-20 seconds. This will ensure that your espresso delights are served hot as freshly made.

If you’re keen on making espresso cookies bite-sized or have leftover frosting laying around feel free to refrigerate it for a up-to five days. The flavors will meld together and become more pronounced with time.

Also useful are substitutions if you do not have a necessary ingredient. For instance if you don’t have all-purpose flour try substituting pastry flour or cake flour – the difference is subtle but creates a nice spongy layer for your delights.

Taking care of your baked goods is crucial in order for them to stay tasty and preserve over time. With these storage tips at hand, you can enjoy your delightful coffee treats anytime without worrying about spoilage or ruining their texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

 You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an espresso.
You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy an espresso.

To ensure that your Espresso Delights turn out as perfect as mine, here are some helpful tips:

1. Use quality instant espresso powder or brewed espresso.

It’s essential to use high-quality instant espresso powder or freshly brewed espresso to get the perfect flavor for your Espresso Delights.

2. Soften the butter before mixing.

Make sure your butter is at room temperature before blending it with the other ingredients. Softened butter ensures a smooth and creamy texture for your Espresso Delights.

3. Mix thoroughly.

When mixing the ingredients together, make sure you mix them well. This blended butter mixture makes the base of these scrumptious treats, so pay careful attention to how you combine the espresso powder, all-purpose flour, powdered sugar, ground cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

4. Chill before baking.

After shaping your Espresso Delights into balls or rounds, refrigerate them before popping them in the oven. The chilled dough will hold its structure nicely and create a beautiful crumbly texture that’s hard to resist.

5. Don’t overbake.

Be attentive and don’t overbake your Espresso Delights. They should look firm but not burnt around edges lightly. You don’t want to lose the delicate, rich texture of these delights.

6. Dust with powdered sugar after baking.

Add an extra sprinkle of powdered sugar over each Espresso Delight right after they finish dissipating steam from their tin foil-lined hot plate – it creates a wonderful inviting aroma!

Follow these tips, take your time crafting each element with care and attention — I guarantee that your Espresso Delights will be a crowd-pleaser, perfect as a treat any time of day!


Before you begin making your own Espresso Delights, I understand that you might have some questions. Don’t worry, as a seasoned barista, I have received various questions from different people regarding coffee recipes. To clear things up, let’s go through some frequently asked questions about this recipe.

What kind of espresso do you use for tiramisu?

As a barista, I’ve found that when it comes to capturing the complex flavor and aroma of coffee in a quick and convenient manner, high quality instant espresso is the way to go. In my experience, instant espresso like Medaglia D’Oro has proven to be the best option as it brings out the true flavor profile of coffee, while also boasting a good balance of acidity and complexity. This is even more apparent in comparison to chilled espresso and cold brewed coffee.

How do you make espresso with instant coffee?

When it comes to brewing a quick and easy espresso shot using instant coffee, I’ve got you covered! To make a shot for a small cup (240 ml / 8.11 ounces), start by mixing 2 teaspoons of instant coffee (or to taste) with 30 ml/grams (1 ounce) of hot water. Once the coffee is dissolved, pour it through an espresso machine or a portafilter and voila – a single shot of espresso is ready to enjoy!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Espresso Delights Recipe is perfect for any coffee lover who wants to try something new and indulge in a delectable coffee dessert. With its irresistible combination of espresso powder, all-purpose flour, powdered sugar, and butter, this recipe is sure to impress. You’ll love how easy it is to make and how quickly it comes together.

Not only does this recipe taste incredible, but it’s also incredibly versatile. You can use it as a base for other coffee desserts like brownies and ganache, or as a garnish for your favorite cocktails like the popular Espresso Martini. The possibilities are endless!

So next time you’re looking for a sweet treat that will awaken your senses and leave you feeling satisfied, give the Espresso Delights Recipe a try. You won’t regret it!

Espresso Delights

Espresso Delights Recipe

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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Global
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 83.8 kcal


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder (or regular instant coffee crystals)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • powdered sugar
  • unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  • Add the 2/3 cup powdered sugar, espresso powder, vanilla, and cinnamon.
  • Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
  • Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.
  • Stir in any remaining flour and the chocolate; if necessary, knead dough slightly to blend.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  • Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Press to flatten slightly.
  • Bake 12 minutes or until cookie edges are set and bottoms are lightly browned.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
  • Sift additional powdered sugar and/or cocoa powder over cooled cookies.
  • Store-layer cookies between waxed paper in an airtight storage container; cover.
  • Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Serving: 594gCalories: 83.8kcalCarbohydrates: 7.8gProtein: 0.9gFat: 5.6gSaturated Fat: 3.5gCholesterol: 13.6mgSodium: 45.4mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 2.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, Oven
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