Five Minute Desserts

Five minute desserts.  Sound too good to be true?  It’s not, if you do just a little advance planning.  Good vanilla ice cream, instant espresso powder and coffee or amaretto liqueur and you have a delicious ending for almost any meal.  Add a homemade cookie if you have them on hand for an extra treat.

Coffee Liqueur Coupe

1 generous scoop vanilla ice cream
A sprinkling of instant espresso powder
1 or 2 tablespoons of coffee liqueur (or amaretto)


Nabisco’s Famous Chocolate Wafers keep in the pantry for weeks and are the basis for a number of great desserts.  The recipe for the original chocolate log is on the package but you can make it a bit more sophisticated.  Just add a little of your favorite liqueur and an appropriate topping.

Coffee and Cream Chocolate Cookie Stacks

1 cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks with 2 teaspoons sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla
⅓ cup coffee liqueur, in a shallow dish
16 chocolate wafers

Place a dab of whipped cream on a dessert plate (this will “anchor” the dessert)
Quickly dip a cookie in the liqueur and place it on the plate.

Spread the cookie with whipped cream and top it with another dipped cookie.
Repeat until you have a stack of 4 cookies.  

Top with more whipped cream and add a chocolate-covered coffee bean or some chocolate sprinkles.

Make 3 more stacks in the same manner.
Place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to allow cookies to soften.

You can try the following variations:

Amaretto liqueur and top with a few toasted sliced almonds.

Crème de menthe and tint your cream a pale green, top with some chocolate curls.
Framboise liqueur and top with a raspberry
Grand Marnier and top with some orange zest

Of course these can be made using just whipped cream and topped with colored



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