8 Ways to Use Kahlua for Desserts

Thank you Mexico for producing Kahlua, the sweetly thick, coffee-flavored liqueur comprised of Arabica coffee beans, imported rums, and vanilla. Known for vodka and cream creations, many people choose to drink a shot of Kahlua or sip with cream over rocks, but what’s the fun in that? Below you will find an assortment of ideas for using the coffee-flavored liqueur to enhance your everyday desserts:

1)  Coffee and Hot Chocolate

kahluacoffeeKahlua is responsible for producing a variety of smooth and creamy alcoholic drinks, including Black and White Russians, B-52s, and the Mud Slide. The flavored liqueur also elevates the appeal of coffee and hot chocolate beverages, such as Caramel Kahlua Coffee, which combines one jigger Kahlua, espresso (single or double shot), caramel ice cream topping, and lightly sweetened whipped cream.

2) Tiramisu

A traditional recipe for tiramisu usually includes mascarpone cheese, homemade sponge cake, and espresso. Locating the ingredients or making from scratch can turn into a time-consuming and costly adventure. However, you can create an easy Kahlua Tiramisu by using cream cheese, whipping cream, and store-bought ladyfingers dipped in an instant coffee/Kahlua mixture.

kahluacheesecake3) Cheesecake

The world of cheesecakes includes exotic fruit selections and mesmerizing chocolate combinations – some including the use of liqueur. Kahlua makes decadent toppings and fillings for desserts, as seen in a slice of White Chocolate Kahlua Cheesecake, which blends the cream cheese filling with the liqueur and finely chopped, imported white chocolate (such as Lindt).

4) Brownies

In some recipes, instant espresso powder enhances the taste of chocolate in brownies. Use the infamous liqueur to produce moist, chewy brownies offering both a hint of coffee and Kahlua. If Black Russians are your favorite alcoholic beverage, combine the elements of a chocolate brownie with the popular drink by using vodka, Kahlua, and in some cases, black pepper. For an extra kick, frost your brownies using a buttercream base mixed with Kahlua.

5) Chocolate Mousse

With airy appeal, chocolate mousse blends rich flavor with melt-in-your-mouth chocolate sensations. Best of all – making this dessert is pretty easy, including 4-minute recipes that use a microwave. Typical ingredients include high-quality dark chocolate (like Ghiradelli), heavy whipping cream, extra-fine granulated sugar (like caster sugar), egg white, and chocolate shavings for a garnish. Adding two tablespoons of Kahlua to your recipe will enhance the outcome. Add piecrust to the mix and prepare a Kahlua Chocolate Mousse Pie for the holidays.

6) Flavored Whipped Cream

Increasing the appeal of hot and cold desserts, whipped cream often serves as a welcomed feature for coffee drinks. Flavored whipped cream makes an even more impressive addition to after-dinner treats and tantalizing coffee beverages. Beat together 1 cup whipping cream, ½ cup icing sugar, and 3 tablespoons of Kahlua to create a distinct topping. Do not overwork the cream or you’ll end up with butter.

7) Chocolate Sauces

Typically consisting of whipping cream, granulated sugar, semisweet chocolate, butter, salt, and Kahlua, chocolate sauces featuring the liqueur greatly complement a bowl of ice cream, tortes, chocolate cake, cheesecake, and cream puffs.

kahluafrosting8 ) Frosting

Perfect for office parties and decorating the holiday dessert table, Kahlua frosting comes in handy when you’re looking for a way to spruce up cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. With an electric mixer, combine six tablespoons of creamed butter with a 1-pound box of powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa. Beat continually while adding in 3 tablespoons of Kahlua, followed by 2 to 3 tablespoons of hot coffee until you’ve reached a thick and smooth consistency.

While wildly popular on the market, Kahlua is not the end-all, be-all of coffee liqueurs. Don’t be afraid to try Tia Maria, Kamora, or Kona Gold to find a selection that best suits your taste buds and dessert recipes. To achieve specific flavors in dessert recipes, Kahlua also offers French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Mocha selections.