Connecting Over Coffee (Recipe: Toffee Caramel Dessert Coffee)

Written by Kristen Doyle of Dine and Dish.

Since becoming a mom, coffee has become more than just a hot beverage to jumpstart my morning. Coffee has become an integral part of my personal social time. It has become an excuse to take time out of my day to get together with other moms. Coffee at home or at the local coffee shop has become something I look forward to because I know it will mean the chance to re-charge and reconnect with friends I care about.

For hundreds of years, coffee has been a social connector. There is something about sitting down with a steaming cup of Joe and chatting with friends that just feels right.

We have recently started serving a cup of dessert coffee to guests after dinner parties. Dessert coffee slows things down, allowing guests to continue to savor the ambiance of the meal and the company. Conversations continue to unfold, relationships continue to form, bonds continue to be made… all over a cup of coffee.

What is Dessert Coffee?

So, what makes a coffee qualify as dessert coffee? Typically, a dessert coffee is richer and sweeter than a coffee you might have at other times during the day. Topped with whipped cream or enhanced with liquor, dessert coffee is is both sweet and indulgent.

Making a custom dessert coffee flavor is actually quite simple. Think about your favorite flavors… do you love chocolate? Melt some high quality chocolate and stir it in to a cup of coffee, top with fresh whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate sauce and you have a delicious chocolate dessert coffee. Is peppermint your flavor of choice? Simply infuse some peppermint candy into a cup of hot coffee, top with whipped cream and crushed peppermint for a delicious treat. Nutella, vanilla bean, maple… the possibilities for the perfect cup of dessert coffee to end your day are endless.

Photo by Kristen Doyle

Recipe: Flavored Toffee Caramel Dessert Coffee

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup milk chocolate toffee bits (Such as Heath Bar bits)
  • 5 cups hot brewed coffee (decaf is fine)
  • 2 Tablespoons caramel sauce or ice cream topping
  1. In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add vanilla and sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate until ready for use.
  2. Stir toffee bits into hot brewed coffee. Let sit for two minutes then strain and discard any leftover bits.
  3. Divide coffee into 5 separate mugs. Top with whipped topping then drizzle with caramel sauce.

What is your favorite flavor of dessert coffee?

About Kristen

Kristen Doyle is a mom of 4 young children and the face behind the food blog, Dine & Dish. Sharing recipes that are quick and simple to get on the table, Kristen’s goal is to provide a resource for others looking to simplify their lives in order to reconnect with their family, one meal at a time.

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  1. I love this idea. Sounds so soothing and relaxing. Now I want to have a dinner party just so we can do this after. :)

  2. Hmmm… it looks like so delicious and I think its easy to prepare. Like you, I’m a coffee lover too. :)

  3. I LOVE THIS!!!!! me = loves coffee. me = loves sugar. Soooooo, when you add even sweeter things to an even bolder coffee, well now, that’s just fine and dandy with me!

  4. Anything with caramel is my kind of dessert coffee! Love the combination!

  5. Yup, this will definitely be in my coffee rotation :-) Looks delicious!

  6. Uh…is it okay if I don’t wait until dessert for this one? YUMMY!

  7. Coffee, right up there with bananas and bacon, is one of the things I love the most and this looks perfect to end any meal! Thanks for sharing!

  8. You just made this non-coffee fan want a cup of coffee. This sounds delicious!

  9. Beautiful Kristin! :-)

  10. mmmmm, Irish coffee. whipped cream, sugar, and whiskey. lovely

  11. Gorgeous post, Kristen! Now I just need to pour some of that dessert coffee right into my face hole.

  12. that sounds really good and I look forward to cooler nights and chatting with friends and dessert coffees in the evenings!

  13. I love a good dessert coffee! I typically like to top mine with a dollop of fresh whipped cream!

  14. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies says:

    You know I’m no stranger to a good cup of coffee, but I love this reminder to stop and slow down after a dinner party. So many times the host (or hostess!) doesn’t do that the entire meal.. this is her chance.

  15. In Sweden there is a term for socialising over coffee – ‘fika’, and it’s the best time of the day! This sounds like such a scrumptious treat!

  16. Tres Delicious says:

    Looks simple yet so delicately prepared. I want some of it by next week.

  17. I just have to say, I SO appreciate the info on dessert coffee. I honestly had not really understood it prior to reading this! And WOW. Just wow on those stunning pictures. It is me or does this basically look like Real Simple magazine?? Beautiful!

  18. I don’t drink coffee but I do enjoy tea. 2 Great Aunts came to visit me today and we sat around the table with my 3 year old daughter and a pot of tea. I plan to do that again :) I loast my grandfather (their brother) to cancer last January, and it felt so good to connect with that generation. And I think they enjoyed listening to my girl reading and telling them stories non-stop.

  19. Johnson Campbell says:

    I loved getting this recipe. My wife is soon going to return from an official tour. I’ll surprise her with this.

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