Great Way to Use Leftovers
One of the things I love to do is bake Christmas cookies. Typically, I enjoy it so much that I end up making so many that I have multitudes leftovers after the Christmas season is over, even after giving so many of them away!!!
Usually, I would keep them in the freezer then weeks or even months later. Yikes what to do??? But this year I came up with a great way to use them…… Affgatos!!
Affgato is such a delicious and simple dessert that is served in a cup or small glass with gelato or vanilla ice cream drowned in espresso. I mean just thinking about those two things sounds so good doesn’t it?
My First Introduction
I remember when I was first introduced to this incredible dessert. We were having dinner at a DC restaurant, Bibiana. Great Italian fare serving terrific food that ended with a show-stopping dessert. I remember the dessert menu being passed around and one of the desserts listed was “Affagato al Caffe.” It seemed so simple so I decided on another dessert but it was my husband who ordered it. Of course I asked for a taste which he humbly obliged me, always thoughtful and considerate since he knows I have such a big sweet tooth.
Stunned was the word that came to mind in how delicious this was. The vanilla gelato was so creamy and delicious and the espresso was rich and bold.
The two went together so well and who would think two simple ingredients could pair so well, much like salt and pepper, pancakes and syrup, and cereal and milk. I was hooked from that evening forward.
Where to Find Them?
Have you noticed that affgatos are starting to pop up at most coffee shops and dessert cafes? Last spring I took a girlfriends trip to Amelia Island, FL and one of the cupcakes shops served affgatos. My dear friend had never tried this before, but I knew she LOVED coffee. Of course we splurged and ordered two for that chilly spring day. The love affair began for her as she was introduced to this wonderful combination.
My First Creation
My first attempt at making these came in the form of a recipe in a food magazine I subscribed with, years back. This particular flavor was a tiramisu version. Ladyfinger cookies and whipped cream were partnered with the ice cream and espresso. I loved the texture of the cookies and the cream just sealed it all.
The Secret to this simple but amazing dessert
- Creamy Vanilla Ice Cream or Gelato ( I love the homestyle/home churned versions, Haagen Daz)
- Good quality Espresso
Cookie Affgatos?? Giving It a Tryout
As we celebrate the New Year, I know many of us have those resolutions of eating better and healthier which is a great goal to have. I’m all in! Cutting down on portion size is a great change to implement and mini affgatos is a way to do so and enjoy something sweet in smaller portions. Everything in moderation I tell myself, right?
Let Creativity Reign
I start with some favorite Christmas cookies.
Gather Some Garnishes
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Toasted Coconut
- Chocolate and Caramel Sauces
- Crushed Pecans
- Whipped Cream
Glasses, Ice Cream, & Espresso
- Grab some cute small glasses that work perfect for this, I even love the shot glasses which work great for a super small sweet reward.
- Brew up some espresso or you can even use instant version or mix hot water with espresso powder.
- Fill them with vanilla ice cream and “drown” them in warmed brewed espresso. How much espresso do you add? As much as you like but I usually add enough to almost cover the ice cream.
- Top with your favorite cookie and garnish with the whipped cream and toppings for a fun and delicious sweet treat.
In these cookie version affgaots, I love how the cookie gets soft in the ice cream and espresso and just taste so amazing.
Pecan Cookie Affgato with Toasted Coconut and Pecans
This uses one of my favorite cookies as it taste just like a mini pecan pie with a gooey center. I added whipped cream and a sprinkle of coconut and pecans. YUM!
Double Chocolate Cookie Affgato with Chocolate Sauce and Mini Chocolate Chips
This uses a family favorite of a brownie-like cookie. Your chocolate lover will love this one!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Kiss Cookie Affgato
This cookie is one of my husbands all time faves! It really needs nothing further but maybe a chocolate drizzle which is totally optional.
Raspberry Linzer Cookie Affgato Mini Style
This is one of my favorites. I love using the shot glass as it showcases the cookie perfectly and the cookie gives it an added decorative appeal.
Spritz Cookie Affgato Shooter
Spritz cookies are one of those cookies that are small for bite size and I have to admit that I eat so many of them during the holidays. I love coloring the dough red and green. They work perfectly in this mini dessert.
Hope you try any version of this delicious, simple, and easy dessert. Use any of your favorite cookies and make this a year round addition to your dessert table!
It’s a home run for both the cookie and coffee lover!