How To Make An Affogato At Home

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Oh boy do I have the most delicious dessert to share with you today! If you love coffee and gelato then I guarantee you will fall in love with this very simple Italian treat. Have you heard of an Italian affogato? Come see how to make an affogato at home!

Learn how easy it is to make an Italian affogato at home!

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A Holiday Dessert

If I’m being honest the only time of year I actually do any real baking is during the holidays and usually my 12 year old daughter is helping me out. So if you are like me and looking for a special dessert for the holidays that involves just a few simple ingredients and no baking, than you have landed in the right spot.

And I promise you will thank me later!

a creamy coffee and gelato dessert that is so simple to make!

Let me introduce you to my latest crush, the affogato!

What Is An Affogato?

If you like coffee and ice cream then this dessert will blow your mind! An affogato is a creamy dessert that combines two simple ingredients, espresso and gelato. Yep, just two ingredients! I fell in love with this dessert at a restaurant on my birthday several years ago but could never remember the name. I literally talked about it for days but never thought I could make it myself. So sadly I forgot all about it.

Until recently.

After talking to my mom , and asking her the name again, I decided to do a bit of research.

How to make an affogato at home with your Nespresso machine.

Well guess what I found out?

I found out that affogato means drowned in Italian and this might be the easiest and most delicious coffee dessert there ever was! And the best news was that I literally had everything already at home to make it. Well except the gelato, so I ran to Whole Foods and grabbed that real quick!

Everything you need to make an affogato dessert at home!

What Do I Need to Make An Affogato At Home?

Let’s get down to the details so you can try one of these treats for yourself!

Like I mentioned above this dessert requires espresso. I have a Nespresso machine (that I use every day) and so I simply used one of their espresso pods I had on hand. But if you don’t have a Nespresso machine or access to espresso don’t worry, you can use strong coffee too! It just needs to be nice and hot.

Everything you need to know about how to make an Italian affogato at home.
I used the Nespresso flavors Caramel Crème Brulee and Cocoa Truffle.

The other main ingredient is gelato. I picked up Talenti Madagascar Vanilla Bean gelato from Whole Foods but vanilla ice cream would do the trick too! You could even try a different flavor like chocolate or peppermint to give it a different vibe.

Step 1

Simply brew your espresso or coffee. (this is when you should decide if you want regular or decaf)

How to make an affogato at home.

Step 2

While that is brewing scoop your gelato or ice cream into your dish.

Preparing to make affogato at home.

Step 3

Pour the espresso or coffee over the gelato or ice cream.

pouring espresso over gelato for dessert

Step 4

Add your desired topping and enjoy your flavorful and heavenly dessert; affogato!

Affogato is an Italian dessert that can be made at home with just two ingredients!

That is it my friends. Simple and literally to die for. It melted in my mouth and I couldn’t get enough and I couldn’t tell everyone around me enough about it. Just ask my sister and husband! Ha! I was hooked once again but this time I knew how to make it at home. And I plan to make it a lot and for all my coffee loving friends too!

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Affogato Optional Ingredients

There are a few optional ingredients you can add to your affogato dessert. I personally added Hershey chocolate bar shavings and crushed peppermint. But you could also serve this with shortbread or little cookies of your choice. I bet they would be so yummy dipped in this treat. Or if you wanted to take it to another level you could even add a bit of Kalua to it! Yum!

Hoe to make an affogato at home!

How Do You Drink and Eat an Affogato?

This is the perfect after dinner dessert, treat or drink. You can sip an affogato or simply eat it with a spoon. One tip I learned is to make sure your serving dish is chilled. This helps keep the gelato from melting too fast after you pour the espresso on it. It will still melt and the gelato mixed with the warm espresso makes a creamy mixture you will fall in love with!

Italian Affogato Dessert

Italian Affogato

How to make an affogato at home with your Nespresso machine.

This creamy Italian dessert combine espresso with gelato for that perfect after dinner treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes


  • 2 shots of Espresso or coffee
  • Vanilla gelato or ice cream
  • chocolate shavings
  • peppermint shavings


  1. Brew your espresso.
  2. Scoop your gelato into a serving dish.
  3. Pour your hot espresso over your gelato.
  4. Top with desired toppings and eat immediately.


This dessert is best served in a chilled dish. Toppings and gelato flavor can change depending on your taste.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 545Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 203mgSodium: 234mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 1gSugar: 52gProtein: 10g

How To Make An Affogato At Home

Now that you know how to make an affogato at home and how easy and delicious it is what are you waiting for? I would love to know what you think if you do try this creamy dessert. Or, I would love to know if you have had this before and if you had a different flavor or variation! You can let me know in the comments below. If you liked hanging out with me today and want to stay up to date with what else I’m sharing on the blog you can subscribe here!

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  1. Ummm…I love coffee and I love ice cream!! Looks like I just found my next dessert!!! I’ve never even heard of this until now!! I feel like my eyes have been opened to something truly amazing!!!! Thank you for sharing!! XoXo

  2. Kelly, it’s been ages since I’ve had affogato, and you’ve inspired me to try making my own now! Yum! That Talenti gelato is my favorite, and I can imagine how delicious it tastes with your nespresso brew. Thanks for sharing a great idea for the holidays!

  3. This looks incredible Kelly! Two of my favorite things – espresso and Gelato! I’m dying to try this! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas friend!

  4. Sounds easy and tasty Kelly!! Not going to lie though – I was a little surprised when you said most of your baking is done in December (and not the other 11 months of the year!!) – say whaaat?? 😉
    XOXO – Pasha

  5. How have I never heard of this before? It looks so yummy, Kelly. Maybe we can enjoy some together when I come to visit Colorado in a few weeks!

  6. You must have known I was going to be stopping by!!! Kelly, this looks to die for.
    Two of my very favorites combined…YUM!!

    Thank you so much for sharing and so very grateful for you always.


  7. Will be making the Affogato this holiday. Two of my favorite indulgences. Good coffee and gelato.
    Will be ordering cookie molds for next year. Great ideas!

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