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Quick and Easy to Make Affogato Recipe

This Affogato recipe is sponsored by Capresso and may contain affiliate links. All opinion are my own.

Take two ingredients, one drowning the other from its dark deep brew and the other smiling back as it melts into a cold mesmerizing creaminess.

Or you could simply call it an Affogato and enjoy!

Vanilla Ice cream in black and white bowl

What is affogato? How to make affogato?

There’s a couple of ways to enjoy this cupful of creamy goodness. For instance, you could simply find yourself in a lovely cafe in a picturesque village in Italy, asking for “un affogato al caffè”, meaning coffee with ice cream, or for the less expensive version, you could make your very own. Literally, it’s your favorite vanilla ice cream drowning in a shot of glorious espresso! Dear me, what a way to go!

Making this dessert recipe is straight forward, with only 2 ingredients needed. First, start off with using good quality espresso roasted coffee whole beans that have been freshly ground. Next, make yourself a deep, smooth brew of espresso. I love using my Capresso coffee grinder to get an even and fine ground, and to get a classic smooth espresso, I adore the Capresso Cafe Pro. Both seriously make me happy and make me feel like I’m the cool kid on the block.

Did you know:  According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “affogato” was entered into the English language by 1992 . (ref: Wikipedia) 

Really? Did it honestly take us that long? I’m just so happy we came to our senses and made it official!

Pouring espresso over vanilla ice cream

If you love – enjoy – need coffee in your life, then you will really appreciate the goodness here in an ever so humble serving of Affogato. The quickest, and simplest of all desserts, yet it will make you all giddy and happy because it’s just so darn good.

Serving affogato in bowls on white table with hand holding spoon

If you feel extra posh,  you can add a couple of extras to up the ante. My personal favorites are a deep rich chocolate syrup or a creamy caramel generously drizzled over top. You can also add a shot of amaretto liqueur to gussy it up too if you want.

So the next time you find yourself needing a quick yet seriously fancy dessert to make when unexpected company pops in, pull out your fancy barista skills and indulge them with this affogato recipe.

White table with small bowls of affogato and espresso

Other popular desserts your guests will enjoy:

Get your spoon in hand and enjoy!



Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The simplest and quickest of desserts, the Affogato. Vanilla ice cream drowning in strong dark espresso.


  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 - 1-ounce Espresso shots, or a very dark roast and strongly brewed coffee.


  1. Brew the Espresso or a very strong cup of dark roasted Coffee.
  2. Add vanilla ice cream into each serving dish or cup.
  3. If using the amaretto, add a splash over the ice cream now.
  4. Pour the hot brewed Espresso or coffee over the ice cream. Drizzle with chocolate and/or caramel syrup if desired and enjoy.



This also tastes decadent with a drizzle of chocolate syrup, caramel, and/or amaretto liqueur added!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 267Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 78mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 15g

Affogato on table with white background and espresso shots

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