Coffee Makes These 10 Recipes That Much More Invigorating

The world would be a scary place without coffee. Admit it: If there were to be some type of coffee apocalypse and all the coffee was taken off of the planet, Mondays would be a lot tougher. Realistically, things might turn into the Hunger Games of coffee, where each is individually left to rummage up the last coffee beans to exist, thus declaring them the winner (and the only one getting through a Monday with their sanity in tact).

Luckily, this is highly unlikely to happen, and because of that we can use coffee not only to soothe our souls when that alarm goes off about five hours too soon, but also to amp up the dinner table. The days of using coffee simply as coffee are long gone. Welcome to the future, coffee lovers; it’s a bright and delicious place.

So, what all can you make with this quintessential ingredient? Let us show you.

1. Coffee Smoothie

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There’s no denying that a good breakfast and a strong cup of coffee are the morning warriors that get us up and out the door on time. This brilliant recipe brings the two  together to create one heck of a smoothie than can be enjoyed either in your (early) hour of need, or as a nightcap.

Get the recipe here.

2. Devil’s Food Bundt Cake with Chocolate Espresso Ganache

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Foodie Crush

This rich bundt cake is made even more luscious with the addition of instant espresso powder to the ganache, the complexity of which can be tasted (and smelled!) immediately.

Get the recipe here.

3. Cold Brew Iced Mocha Pops

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The View from Great Island

Why take your coffee hot and steaming when you can enjoy it in popsicle form? This recipe starts with cold brew, adding a little more oomph to your regular cup in the morning.

Get the recipe here.

4. Alton Brown’s Molasses-and-Coffee Pork Chops

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Food Network

Not everything is sugary sweet in relation to coffee, and that’s the way we like it. This molasses and coffee marinade can likely be used for steak and chicken as well, but for now, we’ll stick with, and love on, the pork chops.

Get the recipe here.

5. Cold Brew Coffee Soda Floats

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How Sweet Eats

The club soda and ice cream coffee creamer add a punch to these soda floats that almost look too good to drink – almost!

Get the recipe here.

6. Coffee-Rubbed Burgers

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The Chunky Chef

What makes this American classic even better? The combination of coffee and Dr. Pepper, that’s what.

Get the recipe here.

7. Coffee Cupcakes with Mocha Buttercream Frosting

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Cookie Named Desire

Let’s be honest: Cupcakes are essentially what makes the world go round. You can hate every other dessert that’s ever come into existence, yet you likely still have a sweet tooth for this moist and mouth-watering, bite-sized gift from the heavens.

Get the original recipe here.

8. Cardamom Coffee Cake with Bulletproof Frosting

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My Name is Yeh

Not only does this coffee cake have a unique flavor with the punch of cardamom, but it also uses the popular bulletproof method for the frosting. Does it provide the same boost in frosting form? We hope so!

Get the recipe here.

9. The Best Coffee Punch

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Dukes and Duchesses

With the ringing in of 2016, the appearance of creatively crafted coffee beverages has been the talk of the town, and with good reason. After all, Tiramisu isn’t only popular for the sugar overload (espresso, it’s the espresso). I’ll admit, just staring at this giant bowl of creamy coffee goodness is making my stomach rumble with desire.

The best part about this is the simplicity of it. Don’t let the size of the bowl photographed set you off; this will be a crowd pleaser as much as it will be a pick-me-up after a stressful day.

Get the recipe here.

10. Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur Marshmallows

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Boulder Locavore

These marshmallows take decadence to a whole new level by using coffee liquor which provides a rich taste. Can you imagine how delicious these taste in hot chocolate?

Get the recipe here.

Basically, these 10 recipes prove that coffee makes everything better. Go beyond your traditional cup of joe and start branching out with your coffee beans!