Boozy Italian Coffee Infused with Chocolate Whipped Cream

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Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

So, say I was *actually* mouse-sized. (I’m not saying that I’m NOT, just imagine if I were.) This would be the best hot tub ever.

Hot tub?

Yep, hot tub.

As in, freshly brewed dark roast with a generous, nutty drizzle of amaretto and frangelico, topped off with homemade whipped cream that’s been laced with sugar and cocoa powder. The chocolate whipped cream melts into the coffee, and adds just a hint of chocolate creaminess.

I mean, look at it. I would swim around in that in a heartbeat.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Waitress, get me a hot, festive cocktail!

Well, the holidays are upon us! I know I say this every year, but: I have no idea how it’s New Year’s already.

I have a ton of great food to share with you guys, but I’m going to opt for something simple today.

Partly because The Mouse House is still in holiday overdrive. Partly because this is one of my favorite drinks to cozy up with on a cold winter night—and goodness knows it’s been freezing here north of Boston.

Don’t believe me? Here’s our Barking Sous Chef, Dexter, during the last blizzard. (Yep, there’s a dog somewhere under that thick frosting of snow…) He was happy as could be outside. That made one of us…

Dexter in the snow

Ah, coffee

It’s one of my favorite things. Especially when you drop a little hooch in it.

There are a zillion ways to make Italian coffee—including everything from brandy to anisette to cinnamon. This is how I make mine.

I use a 1:1 ratio of frangelico (hazelnut) and amaretto (almond) liqueurs. Dial the booze up or down to fit your taste.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

It’s pretty standard until you get to the chocolate whipped cream—which has to be one of the best substances on the planet.

Seriously, chocolate whipped cream should almost be illegal. Almost.

Lazy man’s whipped cream

I should note that the Instant Blender Method I detail below is not really the proper way to make whipped cream because it’s really (really, really) easy to overwhip it.

This is how you should make whipped cream when you’re in Extreme Lazy Mode, and you need something sinful and delicious to toss on top of a cocktail at the end of the night.

Boozy Italian Coffee Infused with Chocolate Whipped Cream

Coffee
1 mug of freshly brewed hot coffee
1 shot Frangelico
1 shot amaretto liqueur

Chocolate Whipped Cream
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. confectioner’s sugar

Regular whipped cream, for garnish

Serves 1

Start with freshly brewed coffee

Brew up some of your favorite coffee. I almost always use a really dark roast.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Make the chocolate whipped cream

Like I said, this isn’t really the right way to make whipped cream. (If you like, you could certainly use a whisk or a proper handheld mixer.) But it *is* fast and easy. And that’s what I’m after. At least for today.

So! Put the cream in your blender.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Toss in the confectioner’s sugar and cocoa powder.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Blend for maybe 20 seconds, until the mixture thickens into whipped cream.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

You want it to look about like this:

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Assemble your coffee

Fill your mug with hot coffee. Leave about a half inch or so at the top.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Pour in the amaretto and frangelico. Give it a quick stir with a spoon to combine.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Top with a few heaping spoons of chocolate whipped cream. If you want to get fancy with it, put the whipped cream in a pastry bag and pipe it on. (Don’t have a pastry bag? Improvise one by spooning the whipped cream into a zip-top bag, nipping off one corner and using that to pipe the topping.) If you want to go nuts, grate on a little dark chocolate and serve with a chocolate Pirouette cookie.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

The whipped cream will melt into the coffee as you stir.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Add a little more chocolate whipped cream, or top with some regular ole canned stuff if you like.

You mean Redi-Whip?!? Are you serious, Mouse?

I’m dead serious. Everyone should have a can of Redi-Whip (or something like it) in the house for dessert emergencies. It doesn’t hold a candle to homemade creme chantilly, but it keeps forever and is the perfect two-second garnish for any kind of improvised sweet treat.

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

Enjoy!

Italian Coffee with Chocolate Whipped Cream at The Hungry Mouse

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie serves as an Associate Creative Director at PARTNERS+simons, a boutique ad agency in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Hey, I keep citrus zest in the freezer for zest emergencies, so why not Redi Whip in the fridge for dessert emergencies?

    The coffee looks spectacular–and sounds so, so delicious! I’ll have to make some coffee and see what I can find to add to it. Like..right now.

    Happy New Year!

  2. I have a feeling that the chocolate whipped cream is going to be a BIG hit with my grandkids! Of course, they’ll have it on non-boozy hot chocolate. End of the year reflection – Jessie, I am so grateful to have found your site and gotten to “know” you this past year. You remind me soooo much of my daughter, and I’m sure there’s not a sweeter food blogger on the planet. I’m really looking forward to seeing what you cook up for us in the coming year. (Pun intended.) I wish you a happy, happy New Year. I just know that 2010 is going to be fabulous for you. *hugs*

  3. Have you ever overwhipped chocolate whipped cream and made chocolate butter? Because I suddenly got the idea into my head and now I can’t stop thinking about it.

  4. Can you say “YUMMY” Thanks for the recipe and all the great tips! I will for sure be making this soon!

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