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Looking for an easy holiday dessert? It doesn’t get easier than this peppermint affogato! Hot peppermint coffee and cold peppermint ice cream combine to form the most irresistible dessert. Keep these ingredients stocked in your kitchen because you’ll want to make this one all season long!
As soon as the calendar flips to December, a switch flips in my brain and I start to crave peppermint flavored everything. Hot chocolate? Of course. Cookies? For sure. And how about peppermint roasted chicken? I’m not saying it’s a good idea, but I’m also not saying it’s a bad idea…
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Basically, peppermint is the flavor of the season and I am here for it.
Nothing is cozier than a big mug of peppermint coffee + peppermint creamer on a snowy morning with carols playing…unless we top that mug with whipped cream, candy cane pieces, and a candy cane that does double duty as a stirring stick and after-coffee palate cleanser!
This big mug of holiday love is my ideal coffee combo, but I admit that I don’t always have the time to make myself an elaborate drink in the mornings. Honestly, I’m usually running around and can barely manage coffee + creamer!
But when I want to take a little more time for myself, or when I’m catching up with friends on the weekend, I like to be a little fancier. The white chocolate peppermint coffee is practically begging for a big pile of whipped cream and candy cane bits, for maximum brunch happiness. As the kids would say these days, this is a big mood right here.
But this coffee’s not just for breakfast—it’s also a fabulous way to end the day. All you need is some coffee, some (optional) creamer, and some ice cream to make a super simple, super delicious holiday dessert called an affogato.
Affogato means “drowned” in Italian, and in this recipe, scoops of ice cream are “drowned” in hot coffee. Traditionally, affogato is made with bitter espresso, but as a sugar hero, you know that I’ll never say no to a bit of extra sweetness!
Using flavored coffee (in this case, white chocolate peppermint coffee) and peppermint ice cream makes this dessert a bit more approachable for people who might think espresso is too strong or too jolting for a late-night treat. Affogato traditionalists might scoff, but this peppermint version is bigger on flavor, lower on caffeine, and brimming with holiday cheer.
So if you’re throwing a holiday party and are looking for a quick and easy last-minute dessert, pick up some ice cream and some coffee and you’re good to go! Scoop the ice cream into your serving dishes and pour HOT coffee over the scoops. (You can even mix the coffee with creamer before pouring if you want extra peppermint flavor!) Add a pinch of candy cane pieces on top, and bam! Instant holiday magic!
The combination of hot coffee and cold ice cream is amazing. The ice cream starts to melt right away, producing a rich, frothy cream that’s impossible to resist. This affogato recipe is easy, it’s refreshing, and it’ll be the hit of your holidays.
- 1 quart peppermint ice cream
- 1 cup hot coffee
- ¼ cup Peppermint Mocha Creamer or to taste
- Candy cane pieces
- Place two scoops of ice cream into 4 small bowls or glasses.
- Mix together the hot coffee and peppermint mocha creamer, and pour ¼ cup hot coffee over the ice cream in each bowl.
- Top with a sprinkle of candy cane pieces, and serve immediately.