Cool Coffee Gels Recipe
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Cool Coffee Gels Recipe

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If you love coffee, you'll love this recipe. It's a simple dessert to prepare and makes a great impression. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Instant espresso powder and chocolate-covered coffee beans, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 182 calories, 11 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 17 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrate, 0 fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Stir in coffee and 1/4 cup sugar. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  2. Pour into four Irish coffee mugs or 4-oz. custard cups. Cover and refrigerate until set.
  3. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add remaining sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Serve with gelatin. Garnish with espresso powder and coffee beans if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cool Coffee Gels in Taste of Home February/March 2011, p35

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Reviewed May. 17, 2014

"Love using this recipe for April Fool's Day! These are are super easy to make. My coffee loving friends and family find them fun and enjoyable, once they get that they are jello."

Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"I've made this several times since discovering the recipe on here, and I've also shared it with many people. I haven't had a bad comment on it yet! The only drawback is for people who can't get past their coffee having a jello texture.

I also agree with the other review on here that says it only needs a small bit of whipped cream, if any at all."

Reviewed May. 14, 2012

"This is a great recipe! I couldn't keep my kids out of it. Next time I am going to at least double it! I used cool whip instead of whipping cream, it really only needs a little on top if any. This would be fun to experiment with flavors!"

Reviewed May. 11, 2012

"This is delicious and to make it festive at holiday time, try adding whipped cream with a hint of peppermint extract and then sprinkling with crushied peppermint candy. Delish!"

Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"Loved it ..super good..thinking about adding a little bit of frangelico or kalhua next time"

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