Who says that only kids can get treats for Halloween? Instead of raiding your child’s trick-or-treating stash while they sleep off their exciting night, you can indulge in your own Halloween treats for adults that contain the ultimate grown-up ingredient: coffee.
Most of us are familiar with chocolate-covered espresso beans, which have a satisfying crunch and give you a burst of energy. But today’s culinary masters really kick it up a notch. Some of the following treats can be found at specialty stores and chain supermarkets while others can be crafted at home. No matter if your dessert tastes lean more towards cookies or candy, spoil yourself this Halloween with these five delectable Halloween coffee treats and recipes.
You’ll win points at the office by handing out little Halloween treat bags that contain a couple of these marvelous cookie treats. Containing only five ingredients, these amaretti s’mores from Living The Country Life are simple to prepare and oh-so-good. The following recipe will make 16 treats, perfect for sharing.
- 6 tablespoons hazelnut/chocolate spread
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder
- 32 amaretti cookies
- 16 large marshmallows
- Optional: 2 tablespoons finely chopped toasted hazelnuts
Thoroughly mix the hazelnut spread and coffee powder in a small bowl. Spread the mixture onto the flat sides of the amaretti cookies, and sprinkle with hazelnuts if desired.
Using metal skewers, toast the marshmallow over a gas grill or the hot coals of a charcoal grill until golden brown and soft, rotating the skewers occasionally. Carefully place a roasted marshmallow between the spread sides of two cookies and allow to cool before serving.
- Krispy Kreme Coffee Thins
Because their reputation for making the very best in fatty fried dough apparently wasn’t enough, Krispy Kreme introduced their satisfying Coffee Thins earlier this year. The amazing little squares are available in three flavors, and you don’t even have to go out of your way to get your hands on them. You can find original glazed, cappuccino or caramel macchiato-flavored coffee thins at many national chain stores, including Walmart and Circle K.
Coffee-infused marshmallows for Halloween? Yes, please! Many cafes carry their own version of the coffeemallow, but these mini flavor bombs can be prepared in less than an hour at home, and you can let your creativity go wild by topping them with swirled caramel or chocolate drizzle.You can find the recipe to this homemade coffee treat at Pine and Crave, and you’ll need the following ingredients to get started:
- 3 packages gelatin, unflavored
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Brewed coffee or espresso, chilled
- Coffee-Flavored Popcorn Balls
If you’re looking for coffee-flavored treats that are rich in flavor but not in calories, you’ll love coffee popcorn balls. These popcorn balls are an adult-inspired twist on the perennial Halloween favorite. Made from popped corn, sugar and your favorite brand of instant coffee, there are plenty of recipes available, many of which feature optional add-ons such as chocolate and peanuts for added flavor and texture.
- Spicy Aztec-Inspired Brownies
Chocolate is said to have originated with the Aztecs, who held both it and coffee in high regard, and these delicious treats are all about the spice. Basically a boxed brownie mix that is jazzed up with coffee or espresso powder, cayenne pepper and cinnamon frosting, even novice chefs will get excellent results from this easy-to-follow brownie recipe by Cookie Madness.
So this year, skip the basic packaged candy and enjoy coffee-inspired decadence instead. Happy Halloween!