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Espresso Cream Pie


Caffeine. All about caffeine. From the crust to the filling to the garnish.

Ingredients (6 mini tarts):

Chocolate Crust
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 stick plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes, chilled
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon espresso powder
2 tablespoon warm water
1 cup whipping cream
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon chocolate sprinkles


Prepare the crust by placing flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a food processor to mix. Add butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal. While the machine is running, pour in egg slowly. The dough should hold together when pinched.

Gather dough into a dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes to chill.

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease six 3 1/2-inch tartlet pans.

Take out dough from refrigerator. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface, until 3mm thick, and cut six 5-inch circles from it.

Line the prepared pans with the dough circles. Make sure you leave a tiny overhang of dough.  Use a small kitchen knife to trim the excess and to score the tops of the tartlets. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

To prepare filling, mix expresso powder with warm water until completely blended. Let cool completely.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the cream until it holds firm peaks. Remove cream from bowl and keep cold in fridge.

In the same bowl, beat cream cheese until it’s soft and creamy.

Add sugar and espresso mixture, continue beating until combined.

Gently fold 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture to lighten the mixture, then add the remaining cream and continue folding until incorporated.

Evenly spread the cream mixture in the completely cooled pie crusts. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles.

Refrigerate the pies until set, about an hour.


  1. Yes, Ori. You can use the same recipe to make one large tart. My mini tarts are 3.5 inches. :)

  2. Can 6 mini tarts constitute one large tart? How large are the 6 mini tarts?

  3. Loving this caffeine espresso cream pie, goes well with my moccona coffee. Sweet!

  4. I just saw this post on RecipeNewZ. I can’t wait to try this pie! Thanks for sharing :-)

  5. chocolate and coffee and not always in that order….perfect

  6. Delicious!!
    I will make it!!!!!

  7. Wow, this is a gorgeous pie! That espresso cream cheese filling sounds delicious And the photograph is mouthwatering :-)

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  8. Lulu, this looks intoxicating. Simple yet elegant – bravo. Look forward to whipping this up soon. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Looks delicious. Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!

  10. Hi Lulu,

    I just found your recipe for this espresso pie off of foodbuzz. It looks fabulous. I think I will make it for a Friday dessert party.

    BTW, I was a stay at home mom and am now a stay at home nana, caring for my grands…. Cherish the years you have with the kiddies under your own wings. Kind Regards, Kerrie

    Also – I have linked your blog.

  11. Can’t wait to make this. It’s all about the crust!

  12. dessert heaven! doesn’t get much better than coffee and chocolate :)

  13. Dear Lululu,
    I love your sweet recipes. Thank you for sharing them with us! They are inspiring!

  14. this looks and smells awesome. got to give this a try.

  15. I am ALL about caffeine, so I’ll take a huge slice of this!

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