Deliciously decadent Espresso Cookies and Cream Mousse

Espresso Cookies and Cream mousse

This deliciously decadent Espresso cookies and cream mousse is a coffee infused lush dessert that will have you licking your lips after every taste. 

It has changed so many times since I started making it, but this recipe and method has given me the best result by far. It’s absolutely positively heavenly.

I love coffee. I love all types of coffee, and in my family I somehow have become the “coffee maker”. Apparently I make really good coffee and even though I like my own coffee, I have no idea how much truth there is in that statement. I don’t know whether they’re just saying it because they’re too lazy to make it themselves or if my coffee really is as good as they claim it to be.

This brings me to how this recipe came about. I purchased Nescafe Espresso Coffee with pure, finely ground Arabian beans at the beginning of the month due to our local store being out of the usual instant Nescafe coffee we always purchase. I drink quite a lot of coffee but lately I’ve been drinking a lot less and consuming a lot more tea.

Espresso Cookies and Cream mousse

I am extremely fussy when it comes to my coffee by the way, it needs to be strong and not leave me having mixed feelings. Anyway, half the month had passed and I decided to make myself a warm cup of coffee one evening. I made the coffee and it was just so good. It was rich and creamy without me doing anything extra. It was just gold.

While I was having my coffee this idea just popped in my head of how great this would taste in an Espresso cookies and cream mousse dessert. Even though I have made this dessert a lot before, I always made it with instant coffee which did not have such an evident coffee taste, so the taste wasn’t as patent as I would have liked it to be so I decided to use the espresso to make the dessert and do a few things differently and it came out perfectly.

I make this Espresso cookies and cream mousse dessert a bit different to enhance the coffee flavour as much as I can. I like rich desserts and variety too. Sometimes we tend to become very monotonous with the things we make and this why I like to try new things and be a bit different with every approach, especially in the kitchen.

So I prepare this cookies and cream mousse dessert by adding espresso, warm water, pure butter and sugar to the Romany cream base. Some might think adding sugar will result in an overly sweet dessert but I do this to balance the sweetness of the dessert due to the espresso and there is no overpowering sweetness at all.

I also add nestle cream, sugar and espresso to the whipped cream to make it just that tad bit more decadent. This recipe was derived from another Tantalise My Tastebuds recipe, the Peppermint Crisp Caramel Mousse which is also one of my favourite desserts and the best dessert I’ve ever had by far.

This would be the perfect dessert to enjoy for Sunday afternoon tea or when entertaining guests. Whatever you fancy, it works.

Espresso Cookies and Cream mousse ingredients

Top tips for making Espresso cookies and cream mousse

  • Add the espresso and sugar to lukewarm and not boiling water. This will result in the biscuits going soggy and melt the chocolate too much.
  • Try not to add more nestle cream as this will allow the finish product to be too rich.
  • The dessert needs to set for a minimum of 5 hours. I find that everything kind of combines after this time and the taste and texture is at it’s best after this time.
  • Do not over beat the fresh cream, it needs to be of a smooth consistency.
  •  Do not add more than the required amount of espresso as this will result in a very overpowering coffee taste and mask the taste of the Nestle cream and fresh cream.
  • Nuts can be added and I would recommend crushed pecan nuts. This will complement the dessert very well and pecan nuts are fabulous in cakes and desserts. Hazel nuts would also go well with these flavors.
  • An additional layer of just fresh cream is lovely as well.
  • Chocolate pieces can be added but at a minimum.
Espresso Cookies and Cream mousse
Espresso Cookies and Cream mousse

Deliciously decadent Espresso Cookies and Cream Mousse

Simone Claudia Fortuin
This deliciously decadent Espresso cookies and cream mousse dessert is a coffee infused lush pudding that will have you licking your lips after every taste. 
4.50 from 8 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chilling time 5 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cape Malay
Servings 12
Calories 414 kcal


Biscuit crumb

  • 500 grams chocolate coconut cookies, we use Romany Creams
  • 60 grams butter approximately 4 tablespoons or 1/2 stick
  • 125 ml lukewarm boiled water approximately 1/2 cup
  • 5 ml instant espresso coffee granules; we use Nescafe approximately 1 teaspoon
  • 5 ml fine granulated sugar approximately 1 teaspoon

Espresso mousse

  • 500 ml whipping cream or double thick cream approximately 2 cups
  • 50 grams fine granulated sugar approximately 60 ml or 4 tablespoons
  • 7.5 ml instant espresso coffee granules approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • 60 ml Nestle cream approximately 4 tablespoons


  • Crush the biscuits as finely as you can and set aside until required.
    Cookie crumbs
  • Melt the butter for about 15-20 seconds in the microwave.
  • Dissolve the espresso granules and sugar in half a cup of lukewarm water and stir for 1 minute until the coffee and sugar are dissolved.
  • Mix the melted butter into the biscuits thoroughly and add the espresso mixture to the biscuits very gradually.
  • Only use enough until the biscuits are well coated but not soaked in the mixture or soggy. Leave for 10 minutes before using.
  • Whip the fresh cream for 2 minutes then add sugar and continue to beat for another 2 minutes or until soft peaks form.
  • Add the Nestle dessert cream and espresso granules and beat until combined and you reach smooth stiff peaks but not buttery consistency.
  • Put half of the biscuit mixture at the bottom of the dessert dish then cover with half the espresso mousse. Add another layer of biscuit crumbs and finish with the rest of the mousse.
  • Decorate your dessert as desired and place in the fridge to set for minimum of 5 hours or overnight.


Calories: 414kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 3gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 246mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 811IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 42mgIron: 4mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

Keyword easy dessert, halaal recipe, summer recipe
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  • Reply
    Kathy Kenny Ngo
    July 31, 2020 at 3:32 pm

    This looks pretty easy to make. Hopefully I can do this for my son. I think he will love it.

  • Reply
    Jackline A
    July 30, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    Wow this looks super delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  • Reply
    Everything Enchanting
    July 30, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    OMG! This looks so delicious 😍 I have never tried making this at home, will try it now ☺

  • Reply
    Renata Feyen
    July 30, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    That’s the fun thing about your own recipes being able to change them until they are perfect for you 🙂

  • Reply
    July 29, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Yummy, I can imagine how delicious this mousse is. I love coffee flavored desserts, they are so decadent.

  • Reply
    July 29, 2020 at 5:23 pm

    This looks SO darn yummy! I can’t wait to try making it!

  • Reply
    July 29, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    Wow this looks really delicious and appetizing! Looking forward to making one like this sometime! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Reply
    July 29, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    It looks absolutely delectable!
    It looks like something that would violate your taste buds!

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    Marie Phillips
    July 29, 2020 at 6:28 am

    This looks like such a perfect dessert. It won’t last long around here because my boys love anything coffee or cookies and cream flavored.

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    July 29, 2020 at 3:08 am

    This looks soo good and thank you so much for adding the nutritional info! I am trying to watch my sugar intake and will have to eat this as a treat. 🙂

  • Reply
    July 29, 2020 at 12:33 am

    This is completely my kind of thing. Tomorrow I am not working, I am gonna make it tomorrow morning.

    P.S Thanks for the recipe!

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    Lyanna Soria
    July 28, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Wow this looks tasty! I would love to try this out soon, Thanks for sharing!

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    Bright snow Loveland
    July 28, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    I love coffee and your recipe is great and simple.

  • Reply
    Krysten Quiles
    July 28, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Oh my goodness that is making my mouth water, it looks so good! I totally want to try this out!

  • Reply
    brandy toenges
    July 28, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    That looks so good and refreshing! I love mouse cakes because they are so light and fluffy!

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    Emily Fata
    July 28, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks like such an incredible recipe!

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    Gervin Khan
    July 28, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Okay, this dessert recipe look so delicious and look so easy to prepare.
    To be honest, I am so excited to make this for my family. YUM!

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    July 27, 2020 at 12:53 am

    I love coffee desserts and this sounds absolutely lovely. I will have to find a substitute for the biscuits as I’m not sure I can buy those here. But this dessert is a must make right away. Thankyou! :))

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