Smooth & Creamy Coffee Creme Brulee

ramekin with coffee creme brulee broken into to show creamy inside and shards of caramelized sugar on the spoon

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With only 6 ingredients, you can make this smooth and creamy coffee creme brulee with caramelized sugar topping, the perfect dessert for coffee lovers!


Units Scale
  • 2 cups (1-pint) heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded (reserve the seeds and vanilla bean)
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso powder (or sub. whole coffee beans*)
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons superfine sugar (or sub. granulated sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 300 °F.


  • If using whole coffee beans, allow the beans to steep longer (about 30 minutes) to fully extract the coffee flavor. 
  • For tips on how to caramelize the top layer with a blow torch, see the "How to Caramelize Creme Brulee" section above.
  • You can use the same recipe to make vanilla creme brulee, simply leave out the coffee. The method and other ingredients are all exactly the same. 

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