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13 Coffee-Filled Recipes to Get Your Buzz on Morning, Noon, and Night

There is a time and a place, we’re told, to indulge a coffee habit. A cup with the morning paper? How very responsible! An afternoon pick-me-up? Quite respectable. But let’s be honest: one civilized pour of coffee just doesn’t cut it anymore. What about our caffeine cravings at all other hours of the day? What if we want the nectar of the gods not only for breakfast, but for lunch, dinner, and dessert, too?

Coffee junkies, we hear you. But since friends don’t let friends guzzle their joe by the gallon, we’re asking you to step away from the Starbucks counter. This week, let’s get sneaky. You’ll start off with double the coffee for breakfast — hidden in French toast, slipped into your muffins — and then, you’ll caffeinate everything, from bacon to the most devious cocktails. Take a deep breath and get brewing. You won’t be sleeping much tonight.

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Banana Oat Muffin

Start the day right with buzzy banana muffins from My Darling Lemon Thyme.

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Cardamom Zeppole

Coffee-infused doughnut holes are the answer to all our breakfast prayers. Thanks, Offbeat + Inspired!

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Caramelized Croissant French Toast Sticks

While you’re at it, make sure your French toast is sufficiently soaked in coffee, too. Eat, and then feel like a caffeinated demigod. Thanks, Half Baked Harvest!

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Bacon Sandwiches

Your BLT just got an upgrade. Joy the Baker seasons her bacon with a coffee marinade before baking.

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Caramel Cappuccino Cookies

Finish off the best lunch ever with cappuccino-inspired cookies, courtesy of Savory Simple.

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Almond and Coconut Bark

Meet your new favorite mid-day snack. Packed with nuts and ground coffee beans, this chocolate bark is just the thing to get you through the afternoon. Thanks, Half Baked Harvest!

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Cookies & Cream Popsicles

Cookie Monster Cooking gives “iced coffee” a whole new meaning.

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Bean Chili

Yes, coffee belongs everywhere — even in your homey, hearty bean chili. Green Kitchen Stories rounds it all out with a genius touch of dark chocolate.

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Pork Belly Tacos

The secret to a perfect roast? Throw some ground coffee into the rub beforehand. Closet Cooking tries it out on pork belly, but it’d be just as fantastic on chicken or steak.

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Salted Caramel

You already like caramel. You like coffee. Why didn’t we do this sooner? Half Baked Harvest drizzles her coffee caramel over a giant cookie, because of course.

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Ice Cream Cupakes

What’s better than cupcakes? Ice cream cupcakes. Whip up a batch of coffee ice cream and then stuff them in these fudgy confections from How Sweet Eats.

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Cappuccino Cheesecake Bars

They’re creamy. They’re buzzy. They’re heaven in bar-shaped form. Thanks Brown Eyed Baker!

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Cardamom & Vanilla Cocktail

Since we’ve already crossed over to the dark (roast) side, go ahead and throw all your vices into one cocktail. Offbeat + Inspired shows us how it’s done.

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