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20 Tasty Coffee Desserts: Affogato & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x


Affogato is an Italian dessert that drowns vanilla ice cream or gelato with a shot of espresso. It couldn’t be easier or more divine!


  • 2 small scoops vanilla gelato or ice cream (or vegan ice cream of choice)
  • 1 shot espresso (or 2 tablespoons strong coffee), decaf if desired
  • 1 teaspoon amaretto, optional
  • Dark chocolate shavings, for garnish


  1. Add the gelato or ice cream to a serving glass. Chill it in the freezer while preparing the coffee.
  2. Make the espresso, following the instructions in How to Make Espresso: 5 Ways. Or, make strong coffee with espresso (dark) roast beans using your normal method and half of the standard amount of water.
  3. To serve, remove the glass with the ice cream from the freezer and top with the chocolate shavings. If using the amaretto, add it to the espresso. At the table, pour the espresso over the ice cream and enjoy immediately.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Vegetarian