Affogato is an Italian dessert that may sound fancy, but is actually one of the easiest desserts you could ever make. All you really need are just two ingredients: coffee and ice cream. Whether you need a quick snack during your study break or want to impress your date with your knowledge on desserts, definitely give this recipe a shot. Follow this super quick and easy recipe to learn how to make affogato in just five minutes.


  • Prep Time:5 mins
  • Cook Time:0
  • Total Time:5 mins
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
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  • Step 1

    Prepare your espresso by using an espresso machine. If you don't have access to an espresso machine, you can use whatever form of coffee you prefer, just make sure that your coffee is hot.

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  • Step 2

    Place a scoop of vanilla ice cream into your mug.

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  • Step 3

    Slowly pour the espresso on top of the ice cream in a circular motion for an even distribution.

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Now that you know how to make affogato, try out different variations! I recommend adding a little bit of whiskey for those who desire a more mature taste (add 1/4 of a shot). You could even try using different ice cream flavors aside from the classic vanilla. Pair affogato with biscotti, an Italian almond biscuit, or other crunchy goodness for the ultimate Italian dessert. If you want get into cooking, this is a fun and easy recipe to start off with and there's no way you can mess it up.