Coffee toffee sauce

Quick coffee toffee sauce

A sticky sauce is the best way we know to turn a basic cake or dish of ice cream into an irresistible dessert. There’s something about the way sauce dribbles down the side of a slice of cake and pools on the plate that lends an air of decadence. And a warm sauce over ice cream is something magical. The coffee twist in this sauce is a tasty change from chocolate or plain butterscotch.


Quick coffee toffee sauce

  • Author: Crosby Molasses
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Candy & Sweet Treats


  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ½1 tsp instant espresso powder or instant coffee*


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together water and cornstarch.
  2. Stir in molasses, brown sugar and butter.
  3. Bring to a gentle simmer and stir until butter melts, sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth and begins to thicken (less than 5 minutes).
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and coffee.


*If you don’t have instant coffee or espresso, simply substitute  ½ cup brewed coffee for the water in step 1. The end result will be a sauce with a stronger coffee flavour.

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  • October 2, 2020


    Love the idea of this over old-fashioned gingerbread. Hubby isn’t a coffee fan. Would it affect the recipe to leave out the espresso powder?

    • October 5, 2020

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Bernadette, Yes, it would be fine without the coffee. You could add a little extra vanilla though (a full tsp in total).

  • November 25, 2015

    Elsie Miller

    Like the idea of the coffee toffee sauce. I am anxious to try it out on my guests tonight ! Thanks

  • February 13, 2014


    it is toss up but i will go for the second cake with all the gooey sauce.

  • February 12, 2014


    Will be trying there sauces for sure and passing them along to friends

    • February 17, 2014

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Lila, Enjoy!

  • February 12, 2014

    judith clark

    Definitely sauced

  • February 12, 2014

    judith clark

    These recipes are loved and appreciated!!!!!!!! Judith

    • February 17, 2014

      Crosby Molasses

      Hi Judith, Thank you. Sharing recipes is always a joy.

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