Creative Caffeinations

Six luscious ways to spice up your morning (or anytime) cup of joe.

Sundae times
This is one to write home about. Plop two scoops of ice cream — we’re partial to traditional vanilla — into a low glass and top with four ounces of hot, strong coffee. Sip with a thick straw or enjoy with a spoon.

Ice, ice, breve
Brew a pot of your favorite coffee, chill and then pour into ice cube trays. Once frozen, pop them out, fill your vessel of choice and top with half and half for an iced coffee that won’t get watered down.

The caveman
For a cup that will keep you full until lunch, blitz together eight ounces of warm coffee and one tablespoon of butter in a blender (careful, hot liquids expand, so make sure to have plenty of room in the blender or use a milk frother for this step) for 20–25 seconds or until frothy. Add in a splash of vanilla extract and drizzle of honey if you’re feeling extra sweet.

Crema crema
A toasty (in more ways than one) take on the traditional Vietnamese-style coffee. Pour a healthy tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk into your mug, stir and sprinkle with a dash of cayenne for a real kick start.

Whip it
Ribbons of freshly whipped cream take the place of creamer for a subtly sweet take on the classic. Whip together heavy cream and a sprinkling of sugar until airy peaks form, then top your cup with a dollop or swirl in a spoonful.

Cocoa au lait
Recover from a tough workout with a jolt or just enjoy the benefits of mocha madness. Fill a to-go cup with ice and pour in equal parts chocolate milk and iced coffee.

Scotcharoo Coffee Sammies

Start to finish: 1 hour 45 minutes
Makes: 12 sammies

5 tablespoons unsalted butter
16-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
2 cups lightly-packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 eggs
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2½ cups rolled oats
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup butterscotch chips
½ cup semi-sweet
chocolate chips
½ gallon coffee ice cream

Optional for edges:
¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped
¼ cup mini chocolate chips 

Heat oven to 350 F and prepare two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, melt together butter and peanut butter. Stir to combine.

Mix in brown sugar, vanilla and eggs until smooth. Add in baking soda, salt and oats. Stir to combine.

Fold in walnuts, butterscotch chips and chocolate chips.

Using a ¼ cup measuring cup, scoop portioned amount of dough into your palm and roll to form a ball. Place on prepared cookie sheets 2 inches apart.

Bake 11–13 minutes, or until edges start to brown. Remove from oven and let rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely. 

To assemble ice cream sammies, scoop ¼ cup ice cream onto the flat side of one cookie. Top with another cookie, flat side down, and press to adhere the two together.

If desired, roll the edges in mini chocolate chips or finely chopped walnuts. Serve immediately, or freeze in an airtight container.

Red Velvet Freezer Cake

Start to finish: 6 hours
Makes: 8-10 slices

1 box red velvet cake mix, prepared to package instructions
½ gallon vanilla bean ice cream
10-ounce bag white chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 F and butter a cookie sheet with edges. Line buttered pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Spread prepared cake batter evenly onto cookie sheet and tap on the counter to remove any air bubbles.

Bake 30–35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Once cooled, flip the pan over onto a clean work surface and remove so the parchment is on top. Peel the parchment back to remove.

Remove ice cream from freezer to soften. 

Pour chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30-second intervals stirring every 15-seconds until melted. Set aside.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper so the paper is overhanging on the sides. Using a sharp knife, cut the cooled cake into three equal sections, trimming as needed so they fit inside the loaf pan.

Add the first slice of cake to the bottom of the pan. Scoop in roughly half the carton of ice cream and spread with a flat spatula until smooth and distributed. Drizzle half the white chocolate over the ice cream. 

Top with the second slice of cake and repeat for the second layer, finishing by topping with the third slice of cake.

Freeze at least 4 hours before serving.

To serve, remove cake from pan by rubbing a hot towel on the outside edges of the pan to loosen. Pull on the hanging edges of parchment to remove the cake.

Slice and serve immediately. 

Cookies n' Cream Pops

Start to finish: 4 hours 15 minutes
Makes: 10

15 chocolate sandwich cookies
½ cup chocolate milk
1 cup chocolate ice cream
1 cup whole milk
2 cups cookie dough ice cream

Scrape filling from each sandwich cookie into a bowl and set aside. Add cookies to a zip-top, gallon-sized bag and close shut. Using a rolling pin, crush cookies into small pieces. 

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cookie crumbles into each popsicle mold. 

Add chocolate milk and chocolate ice cream to blender. Blend to combine.

Fill molds 1/3 of the way with chocolate mixture. 

Rinse blender before adding in whole milk, cookie dough ice cream and the sandwich cookie fillings. Blend to combine.

Fill molds the remaining 2/3 of the way with the cookie dough mixture before covering and adding a popsicle stick to each one.

Freeze at least 4 hours before serving. Store in molds until ready
to serve. 

Special tools: Popsicle molds and popsicle sticks

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie Skillet

Start to finish: 35 minutes
Makes: One 9-inch cookie

Walking through the mall, it’s easy to find the cookie counter. Warm butter and caramelized sugar wafts through the air, and the confectionary case doesn’t just have one- or two-bite cookies. No, it features oversized cookies ready to be sliced like a pizza. Once you indulge in a giant piece, there’s no going back. And lucky for you, we combined the ease of a blondie with our fondness of chocolate chips so you can dig in, go à la mode or slice it up, all without leaving the house.

6 tablespoons butter
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup old-fashioned oats
½ cup milk chocolate chips 

Heat oven to 325 F. Butter a cast iron pan or oven-safe skillet and set aside.

Place butter in a large bowl and microwave 25-30 seconds or until melted.

Stir in sugar, egg, vanilla and salt until well combined. Add in flour and baking powder and stir just until flour disappears. Fold in chocolate chips and oatmeal.

Press dough into the bottom of prepared skillet and bake 22-25 minutes or until center is set.

Let cool and serve with ice cream.