Affogato is a classic Italian coffee based dessert consisting of gelato (or ice cream) and a shot of hot espresso. Take it up a notch by topping it with crushed biscotti, shaved chocolate or toasted nuts. Serves 2.

Have you dessert and coffee too.

The word affogato literally translates to drowned. And that’s because gelato literally drowns in hot espresso. I had a similar dessert years ago at a restaurant that sadly is no longer around. The hot espresso with cold ice cream is incredible! So I thought I’d recreate it at home. The only difference is that I top it off with crushed biscotti and sprinkle with shaved semisweet chocolate.

The more the merrier right?

affogato ingredients

To Make Affogato you Will Need:

  • vanilla bean gelato or vanilla ice cream
  • espresso
  • crushed biscotti
  • shaved semi-sweet chocolate

homemade vanilla gelato in a cup

Add 2 scoops of vanilla bean gelato into 2 small cups or mugs. I have these Bodum thermo-glass cups and love them! I’ll link to them in the recipe printable.

hot espresso poured over top of gelato

Brew 1 (2 ounce) shot of espresso for a small serving and divide it among the cups. For larger  servings of gelato, use a full shot per serving.

garnish affogato with crushed biscotti and chocolate shavings.

Garnish with crumbled biscotti and chocolate shavings.

However, you could add toasted chopped nuts like hazelnuts or almonds. Or maybe caramel or chocolate drizzle?

Enjoy! And if you give this Affogato recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Yield: 2


Affogato is a classic Italian dessert consisting of gelato and espresso. Top with anything your heart desires like; crushed biscotti, shaved chocolate or toasted nuts.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup vanilla bean gelato
  • 2 ounces brewed espresso (or more if desired)
  • crushed biscotti
  • shaved semi-sweet chocolate


  1. Divide 2 scoops of vanilla bean gelato among 2 small cups or mugs.
  2. Pour 1 ounce espresso over the gelato and top with crushed biscotti and shaved chocolate.


For a small serving of gelato, split 1 (2 ounce) shot among two cups. For a larger serving, use 1 shot per serving.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 391Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 4g

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