Saturday, December 15, 2007

Coffee Creations - Coffee Recipes - Easy Eggnog Coffee

Want a different twist to your regular cup of Joe? Try this easy variation using eggnog that I just tried, and it was delicious! Hope you'll enjoy this variation of mine...

  • Make your brewed coffee a little stronger than you normally would - you'll be using more eggnog than your usual cream, so you don't want the end result to be too weak.
  • Pour coffee into mugs - about 2/3 full. Fill the rest of the way with full fat eggnog. (You could use lower fat instead, if you prefer.) Stir well and add about a teaspoon of honey, if necessary, to sweeten.
  • Top with freshly whipped cream and a grating of fresh nutmeg. OR...also delicious with a grating of a gingersnap cookie on top to add a little spice.
  • An extra fun twist - use a cinnamon stick as a stirrer when serving these warming drinks!
  • Of course, a shot of rum could also be added to these Eggnog Coffees.


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Lotta Latte Love Going Around - Latte Products and Gifts

Today on Coffee Creations it's all about Lattes -you know, those smooth delightful coffee creations with a healthy helping of comforting foam on top. If you love lattes, then you will adore these latte picks of the day:

Latte Frother
Make the gorgeous froth on your lattes foamier and frothier than ever with this stylishly designed Stainless frother by Aerolatte.

Latte Mugs
These stylish double-walled latte mugs by Bodum are like miniature pieces of artwork - complete with foam laden lattes nestled snugly inside! Absolutely stunning ways to serve your freshly made hot drinks to friends.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans Recipe - Make a Delicious Gourmet Gift for a Coffee Lover!

Here's a wonderful recipe for simple homemade chocolate covered coffee beans - an insanely delicious treat for a coffee and chocolate lover! Use good quality roasted coffee beans for the best results.

Melt 1/2 cup chocolate chips in a double boiler over low heat to keep from burning the chocolate. You can also melt it in the microwave, but remember to stir it every 15-30 seconds.

After it is smooth, turn off the heat and let it cool for a minute, then mix in about 1/3 cup of the roasted coffee beans and stir.

With a spoon or fork, lay the coffee beans out on some wax paper on a tray, making sure they are all separated from each other.

Let them cool completely before separating into bags for gift giving. You can dust with high quality cocoa powder or icing sugar before serving.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Looking for a Coffee Recipe - Second Cup's Pumpkin Spice Latte

Second Cup's Pumpkin Spice Latte has become my favorite new caffeinated addiction. If any of you find or create a delicious copy of this latte, then please send it along and I'll post it here!


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Coffee Punch Recipe - Unique Coffee Recipes

Here's a brand new take on what we think of as 'punch.' This is a recipe for a crowd, but you can obviously scale it back to make fewer servings. Enjoy! And thank you to Jeannie for another great coffee recipe.

Coffee Punch

2 quarts strong coffee
2 quarts milk
2 quarts vanilla ice cream

Mix the above ingredients in a punch bowl. Makes 50 servings.
Makes a great summer punch!
For those who like a stronger drink,
you can add coffee liquor to the punch.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Coffee Mug o' the Week - Pig Face Mug: "Wake Up and Smell the Coffee"

I'm a sucker for a funny coffee mug.This one definitely wins the prize of funniest coffee mug this week...

Pig - Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Mug

Coffee Lovers Recipes - Coffee Chocolate Chip Waffles Recipe

Coffee - Chocolate Chip Waffles Recipe
Thanks Jeannie for this one! Jeannie didn't provide a source for this recipe, so if anyone knows it, please let me know! Enjoy...this would be beyond divine for breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning.

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 package quick-rising dry yeast
6 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold milk
1 cup hot strong, brewed coffee
3 large eggs
4 tablespoons melted butter or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips

1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Stir together.
2. Whisk together the milk, coffee, eggs, butter or vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir into the dry
ingredient mixture, stirring just enough to blend.
3. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a warm place until doubled in size—about 45
minutes. Fold in chocolate chips.
4. Preheat the waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions.
5. Spoon in enough of the batter to cover the iron. Bake until done and golden brown.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Funny Coffee Product of the Day - Coffee Scented Car Air Freshener

Who says your car has to smell like pine trees, or new car smell? (One friend just showed me that THAT was the scent of his car's air freshener!)

Why not make it smell like what you REALLY love? Fresh Brewed Cup of Coffee Scent Air Freshener for those of us who just can't get enough Java in our lives. I'm all for this crazy coffee creation!

How to Make Espresso in a Stovetop Espresso Maker

This is certainly the most economical way to make yourself a steaming hot cup of espresso coffee at home! (Stovetop Espresso makers, also often referred to as a Moka Pot, can cost as little as $15.00! Or...even less if you get one for free from a friend who's replacing theirs with a pricey mechanical model!)

Here are a few
Easy Steps to Making Espresso at Home with a Stovetop (Moka) Espresso Maker:

  1. Unscrew the two sections of the pot.
  2. Fill the bottom of the moka pot with fresh, cold water. Some people prefer to use filtered water for this. Ensure that you don't fill up past the little pressure release opening on the side of the pot.
  3. Add the espresso coffee grounds in the filter funnel on the top of the pot. You can also buy espresso coffee pods for this purpose, which are very handy - the pods hold freshly ground coffee, almost like in a teabag format. This ensures that you never get any loose coffee grounds in your finished espresso drink. (A co-worker recently told me about this and I thought it was brilliant, and makes homemade espressos really fast and easy to make!) If using loose coffee grounds, tamp down the coffee a bit with a coffee tamper meant for this purpose.
  4. Experiment with the kinds of coffee you use in the pot - anything from a mild roasted coffee to a super strong blend...different times of day you'll also want to have different types, a stronger blend in the morning and a milder cup in the afternoon or evening...
  5. Twist the two parts of the coffeepot together.
  6. Place the espresso maker on the stove to get that coffee brewing!
  7. Remove the moka pot from the stove once the espresso is finished - the pot will now have finished, brewed espresso coffee for you to enjoy!
  8. Enjoy your espresso - either as is, or as the basis for all sorts of the delicious drinks in this blog...

Use a low or medium heat setting or flame on your stove when making stovetop helps to prevent scorching and burning of your Moka pot. :)

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Coffee Recipes - Grand After Dinner Coffee with Vodka and Grand Marnier

Looking for an extraordinary after dinner coffee drink to impress your friends? You've found it...this one has it all - vodka, grand marnier, and even a dollop of whipped cream on top. Because let's face it - EVERYTHING (including coffee) tastes better with whipped cream!


4 oz. vodka
4 oz. Grand Marnier
2 tsp. honey
Cinnamon, ground
Fresh brewed hot coffee
Whipped cream, as needed

Fill 4 tall wine glasses with coffee. Add 1 ounce of vodka and 1 ounce of Gran Marnier to each. Top each glass with whipped cream; pour 1/2 teaspoon of honey over each and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve. Serves: 4.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Insult Someone (Humorously) Every Time you take a sip...

Love literature? Love Java? Love to provide a funny insult or two while drinking your morning boost? It's all here in this hilarious coffee mug...makes a clever and grin inducing gift.

T'is time for us all to bid farewell to the trite cliches that mar the visage of many a wayward coffee mug. Instead, thou may'st boast of this mug, complete with 30 funny insults penned by the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon, every one dulcet in contagion. Highlights includeth: "Clod of wayward marl"; "Highly fed and lowly taught"; and the ever-popular "Elvish mark'd abortive, rooting hog." Ay, there's the rub.

Coffee Bean Fudge - an Even BETTER Coffee Fudge Recipe

Coffee Bean Fudge
Submitted by: Deb
Coffee Creations Comments: With coffee (you can use espresso powder instead of the instant coffee powder if you prefer), Bailey Irish Cream and whole coffee beans as a garnish on top - how could this possibly NOT be a coffee lover's dream come true?

3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light cream or Bailey's Irish Cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon rum extract (omit if using Irish Cream)
Whole coffee beans, optional


Mix sugar, coffee powder, salt, ceam, corn syrup and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continue cooking without stirring to 234 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat. Add butter and rum extract, but do not stir. Cool to lukewarm. Beat until mixture begins to thicken and loses its gloss.

Spread in buttered 8" square pan While still warm, make in 1" squares and press a coffee bean into center of each square, if desired. When cold, cut into pieces.

This recipe for Coffee Bean Fudge serves/makes 2 dozen

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Creative Coffee Recipes - Coffee Fudge

Here's an interesting Coffee Creation - a truly creative coffee recipe for Pure Coffee Fudge, that doesn't have a hint of chocolate in it. (Usually any bits of coffee found in fudges are used to improve and deepen the chocolate flavor.) Hope you'll give this one a try, and please post a comment about how this Coffee Fudge turns out for you. :) Big thanks to Dorina for sending in this unusual recipe.

Coffee Fudge (Makes 18)
half a cup black coffee
8 oz (225gms) butter
32 oz (900gms) sugar
one cup condensed milk
1 ¾ oz. (50gms) sultanas chopped *

Put all Ingredients except sultanas into a large saucepan and stir gently over low heat until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and stir occasionally, until a teaspoon of fudge dropped into a cup of cold water will form a soft ball.

Remove from heat and dip base of pan into cold water for a few minutes to cool contents, then beat with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens but will just pour from the pan. Quickly mix in the sultanas and pour into a greased pan to a depth of 3 to 5cms. Allow to set and then cut into squares.

* When reading this recipe, I thought that many might not love the taste of raisins. If that's true in your case, try substituting another type of dried fruit, or else just substitute some chopped nuts.

Great with a Cup of Coffee - Kahlua Pudding Bars

Craving something truly decadent with your cup of steaming java? Then these Delectable Kahlua Pudding Bars should fit the bill. Also a great treat to serve up when company's coming over! :) Enjoy...

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Coffee - How much ground coffee do I need to make a pot of coffee?

Just how much ground coffee do I need for x amount of coffee?

a. Whatever seems right to you.

b. It may change slightly from coffee to coffee and according to freshness.

c. What the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) has to say: A cup is defined as 6 ounces of water before brewing. This will produce 5.33 ounces of brewed coffee. Or 125 ml & 110 ml for Euro style coffee makersThe SCAA defines 10 grams or .36 oz per cup as the proper measure for brewed coffee if using the American standards. If using Euro standards the measure is 7 grams per 125 ml.To further confuse things I will add a few more measures:3.75 oz per 1/2 gallon55 grams per liter2.25 gallons per 1 lb.If you want to know more check the SCAA's web page at

d. According to "The Coffee Lover's Companion" by Diana Rosen, the standard is 2 tbs. per 6 oz of water. This to me seems very high but I have never tried it.

e. My personal taste is 1 "standard measure" per cup of coffee. A standard measure is approximately 1 tbs. this is a plus or minus equation depending on the coffee I am using, the degree of roast (darker = more coffee due to weight loss to keep the same weight per ounce) and the coffeepot I am brewing in. I believe this should be approximately in line with the SCAA's advice.

From the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) website

Coffee Recipes - Kahlua Brownie Bars Recipe

Kahlua Bars
from Portland’s Palate
...A Collection of Recipes from the City of Roses

Big thanks to Dorina for sending in this delicious brownie recipe, made all the better with Kahlua and coffee...

INGREDIENTS FOR THE BROWNIES:4 ounces unsweetened chocolate2/3 cup butter, room temperature2 cups granulated sugar4 eggs1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup Kahlua1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon salt

INGREDIENTS FOR THE FROSTING:2 tablespoons Kahlua1 teaspoon instant coffee1/2 cup butter (1 cube), room temperature2 cups powered sugar1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract2 to 3 teaspoons milk

INGREDIENTS FOR THE TOPPING:1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate1 tablespoon butter

TO PREPARE THE BROWNIES:Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and butter together. Remove pan from heat and mix in sugar, eggs, vanilla and Kahlua. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.Spread in prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees, 25 to 30 minutes or until batter starts to pull away from sides of pan. Cool.

TO PREPARE THE FROSTING:In a small bowl, mix Kahlua with instant coffee, stirring until coffee is dissolved. In a medium bowl, cream butter, powdered sugar and vanilla together. Add coffee mixture and beat until well blended. Add milk to desired consistency. Spread frosting over cooled brownies.

TO PREPARE THE TOPPING:In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and butter together. Cool slightly, then drizzle topping over frosting. Cool until chocolate is set. Cut into bars.YIELDS: 24 to 32 bars

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Coffee Tips and Hints - Serve your Coffee with Honey instead of Sugar

Here's a little tip a friend told me about, and I've been using for months now. If you're trying to stay away from highly processed sugars (as I am) then serve your coffee with HONEY instead of white sugar. Demerera sugar is also a more natural option.

Surprisingly, the honey just tastes smooth and delicious and right in a cup of coffee. At first I was hesitant to try, but give honey a try and you'll be surprised that it's amazingly delicious in coffee.

Coffee Recipes - Jamaican Coffee Recipe

Jamaican Coffee~Serves 6
Submitted by Dorina

5 cups hot black coffee
2 oz (60ml) Tia Maria
1 oz (30ml) white rum
5 oz (150ml) thickened cream, lightly whipped

Put all Ingredients except cream into a saucepan and warm slowly, being careful not to boil the liquid. Warm six brandy glasses and pour the warmed liquid into each. Now add cream to each glass and serve.

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Coffee Recipes - Cheesecake Recipes - Coffee & Kahlua Cheesecake Recipe

Chocolate & Kaluha Cheesecake
Submitted by Jeannie - thank you!

2/3 cup Butter, softened
3 1/2 cup Graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup Espresso ground coffee
1/4 cup Cocoa powder

Take 8-inch cake pan. Crush all ingredients together and press into pan firmly.

19 oz. Cream cheese
6 Eggs
1 1/4 cups Kaluha
1 cup Sugar

Take eggs, sugar and cream cheese, beat until smooth, add Kaluha and mix for 1 minute. Pour filling into crust and bake at 350 for about an hour or until the top of cake looks firm and a bit wiggly. Cool cake on a wireless rack.

1 1/2 cup Sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla
2/3 cup Sugar
1 1/4 cup Cocoa powder
Mix ingredients together until smooth. Pour on top of cheesecake.Bake in 350 oven for 20 minutes

1 cup brewed coffee1 cup Sugar
Mix together and let sit overnight to thicken in refrigerator.
Cheesecake should sit 24 hours in the refrigerator to set until serving.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Coffee Recipes - Coffee Creme Brulee Recipe from the Food Network

As if Creme Brulee couldn't get any better...this recipe from the Food Network combines our love of delicious coffee with the rich, custardy, sugary crusted goodness of Creme Brulee. Enjoy this one. (How could you NOT??)

Coffee Creme Brulee Recipe courtesy Bob Blumer
Show: The Surreal Gourmet
Episode: Teaching an Old Bag New Tricks

4 egg yolks
1 cup sugar, divided
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
In a medium-size bowl, beat egg yolks and 6 tablespoons sugar with a whisk for approximately 1 minute, or until smooth. Reserve.

In a second medium-size bowl, add coffee and 1/4 cup creme. Whisk thoroughly until smooth, then add remaining creme and whisk until well blended. Add coffee creme mixture and vanilla to egg yolks. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold together.

Use a ladle to pour mixture into individual ramekins, 3/4 of the way to the

Place ramekins into a roasting pan. Transfer to oven. Before closing oven
door, pour water into pan (but not into the ramekins themselves!) until it
reaches 1/2 way up the side of the ramekins.

Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until when you shake the pan, the brulee giggles slightly. Remove from oven and leave out on counter, allowing the residual heat of the water to finish the cooking process.

When brulees have fully solidified and cooled down, sprinkle 1 1/2
tablespoons of sugar evenly overtop each individual portion. Under a watchful eye, use a small blowtorch to caramelize the sugar.
Alternatively, place ramekins 1-inch below oven broiler until sugar caramelizes.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Coffee Recipes - Coffee Soda Recipe - Easy and Delicious

Here's a great recipe for all you coffee lovers: Coffee Soda Recipe. It's easy and delish! With a scoop of coffee ice cream added in for good measure, there's no way this couldn't be good. :) Enjoy...

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

An Unusual Coffee Recipe - Coffee Pepper Steak Recipe

Pepper Coffee Steak Recipe
Here's a very unusual recipe using coffee that Jeannie V. submitted to me. As noted below, it doesn't take on a strong coffee flavor, it's just a great marinade. Enjoy!

Ground coffee is used as a spice and the result is tasty, but doesn't taste at all like a coffee drink. This marinade works well with both meat and fish.


Coarse ground dark roast coffee beans (French Roast or Espresso)
Coarse ground black pepper

Mix about 1/3 coffee beans and 2/3 pepper (ratios, not cups -- use 1 part ground coffee beans to 2 parts ground peppercorns.)


Coat steaks with olive oil and Worcestershire sauce
Season with garlic powder
Coat steaks with heavy layer of coffee/pepper mixture.
Let sit for 30 minutes to 2 hours
Sear on a very hot grill and cook to your favorite doneness

This coffee/pepper mixture works well with grilled salmon or tuna replacing Worcestershire with lemon juice and garlic powder with dill.

Coffee Pudding Recipe - Coffee Dessert Recipes

~Submitted by Jeannie~

At last, a coffee pudding recipe! I'm a huge pudding lover, and so I'll be giving this one a try and leaving a review of it. If you guys try it before me, please leave a comment with how this pudding turned out for you. With the addition of a little cocoa, I guess it's more appropriately called a Mocha Pudding. Enjoy, everyone!

Left over coffee
Same amount milk
1 1/2 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. cocoa
2-3 tbsp. sugar

Take drop of milk and mix with dry ingredients. Heat the balance of the milk with the coffee until boiling. Add the mixture of milk and dry ingredients until bubbles come up.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Gourmet Coffee Recipes - Greek Iced Coffee Recipe

Greek Iced Coffee
Thanks to Jeannie for sending in this Coffee Creation Recipe...

1 tablespoon instant coffee
3/4 cup of cold water
sugar to taste
milk to taste
crushed iced (to your liking)
a cocktail shaker

Take the one tablespoon of coffee and put it into the cocktail
shaker. If you like sweet coffee you can put your desired amount
of sugar also. Add a little bit of water to dilute the coffee and
sugar in order to make a small paste and dissolve the two ingredients
very well. Add water and desired amount of crushed ice. Add some
milk if you desire, Shake vigorously until the coffee comes out of
the cocktail shaker all thick. The crushed ice helps the mixture
become thick and creamy. Strain into tall glass and serve. Milk
can be substituted for all or some of the water if one desires,
but this is not the authentic way. This works equally well with
European imitation coffee that one can get in a health food store.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Coffee Maker Recipe - Make Cinnamon Coffee right in Your Coffeemaker

Here's a simple, delicious Texas Cinnamon Coffee recipe that was submitted by a reader to my Kitchen Crafts 'n' More Newsletter. Sounds great! And just a little bit sweet with a small addition of brown sugar that enhances the cinnamon flavor.


INGREDIENTS: 10 cups water, 4 whole cinnamon
sticks, 3 heaping tsp. brown sugar, 1 tsp. ground

10 cups of water into machine. Put 4 whole cinnamon
sticks and 3 heaping tsp's. brown sugar into the
glass pot. Put 1 cup ground coffee and 1 tsp.
cinnamon into the brew basket. Brew and stir well.

Coffee Recipes - Coffee Candied Nuts Recipe

Coffee Candied Nuts
Thanks to Deb for this unusual & delicious coffee creation. Would make a nice addition to a coffee themed gift basket. (Coffee gift basket ideas)

1 1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1/2 cup strong coffee
2 1/2 cups unbroken halves of nuts


In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, syrup and coffee and boil to soft-ball stage; 240 degrees. Remove from heat and add nuts. Stir gently until creamy. Spread on greased cookie sheet; separate with fork. Cool.

Orange Candied Nuts Substitute 1/2 cup orange juice for coffee in Coffee Candied Nuts recipe. Add 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon with the nuts.

This recipe for Coffee Candied Nuts serves/makes 2.5 cups

Monday, January 08, 2007

Coffee Desserts - Coffee Cinnamon Bars Recipe

Cinnamon-Coffee Bars
Big thanks to Deb for sending in this yummy sounding bars recipe. With coffee, cinnamon, raisins, nuts & a sugar glaze to top it all off, it sounds like a winner. And if you hadn't already thought of this (shame on you!) you could always have it with a cup of coffee on the side.

1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cup baking mix
2 tablespoons instant coffee (dry)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped nuts

1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoon milk

Heat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour 13x9 pan. Mix all ingredients except Glaze. Spread batter in pan. Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Drizzle with Glaze while warm. Cut into 3 x 1-inch bars. For Glaze: Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth and of desired consistency.

This recipe for Cinnamon-Coffee Bars serves/makes 3 dozen

Great Cup of Coffee - How Much Coffee Do You Need?

Do you ever wonder how much coffee is considered a real 'scoop' of coffee? Yes, you can get a cute customized coffee scoop that does the job perfectly...or...just use 1/8 cup of coffee for one perfect scoop. Happy coffee drinkin' to you!

PS. If you're curious, 1/8 cup also equals 2 tablespoons, since there are 16 tablespoons in 1 cup. There, we've had our little coffee lesson of the day! (With a cooking/measurements lesson thrown in, free of charge.)

PS2. I like using one scoop for every two cups of coffee, but obviously if you like very strong coffee you'll want to use even more.

Coffee Recipes - Coffee Eggnog Recipe

Coffee Eggnog Recipe
Submitted by Deb
If you love the rich flavor of eggnog, but want to JOLT it up a bit - then this recipe sent in to the Coffee Creations blog by Deb is an ideal way to do it...

Serves/Makes: 12

2 eggs, separated
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup instant coffee
Dash salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk, chilled
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup whipped Shaved unsweetened chocolate


In a small bowl using an electric mixer, beat at high speed, beat egg whites until soft peak forms. In large bowl, beat egg yolks until lemon colored. Gradually beat in coffee, salt, vanilla, milk, and 3/4 cut water. Stir in egg-white mixture and whipped cream; mix well. Serve well chilled, with chocolate sprinkled over each serving.

This recipe for Coffee Eggnog serves/makes 12