Cookies and Cream Affogato

Posted March 1, 2016 by Stephanie
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Do you have a case of the Tuesdays? Well, cheer up because free coffee is back at McCafe from February 29 – March 6th! Celebrate by sending your loved ones a coffee gram to connect over a free McCafé coffee. I’m going to be sending my dad one because my dad absolutely loves coffee and free things.

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From ever since I can remember, my dad has been a coffee drinker. When we were very little, my brother and I use to tag along with him to his union meetings (back when he was a pipefitter). He would drink cup after cup of coffee while chatting with friends and Kevin and I would amuse ourselves by stealing and crunching on sugar cubes. I don’t eat sugar cubes anymore, but my dad definitely is still a dedicated coffee drinker.

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When we moved from Edmonton to Vancouver, my dad started up his own contracting business. He went from renovating people’s kitchens to building dream houses up in the hills. And, as any good contractor knows, coffee is essential to the job. He’d start his day by meeting up with his workers at McDonalds for a coffee. On the rare (okay, super often) occasion that I would have to go with him because there was no one to watch after me, I would have a hash brown and bury my nose in a book.

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Coffee seemed like an adult kind of thing, but my dad would let me sneak sips of his super creamy, super sweet coffee. Of course, I feel in love with its warmth, earthiness, and ritual. My dad would always let me rip open those little packets of sugar and tiny tubs of creamer. I felt so grown up, helping him.

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It’s so funny how we go from being children to adults. From living with our families for our entire lives only to forge our own paths, leave our homes, and then, suddenly realize how far we’ve gotten from where we used to be. I don’t spend nearly as much time with my dad as I want to. I miss those quiet mornings when it was just me and him, in an empty space, me stirring his coffee and him reading the paper.

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So, it’s fitting that I’m going to ask him to head to a McCafe for a coffee. And this time, we’ll both have coffee. It’ll be fun to catch up, just me and him. Even now that he’s semi-retired, it seems hard to find time to talk. He’s busy with my mom and his friends and I’m busy with Mike and work, all of those pesky life things that get in the way. I’m looking forward to it!

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I inherited both a love for coffee and free things from my dad. In fact, I even brought a coffee home because I couldn’t resist. I used it to make a cookies and cream affogato to share with Mike and I have to tell you, the cool ice cream, hot coffee and cookies were extremely addictive.

You too can get free coffee this week at McCafe Canada from February 29th-March 6th, 2016. Don’t forget to send a coffee gram for a coffee date – they’re super cute – and make sure to join the social conversation with #McCaféFreeCoffee.  Oh, and one last thing, I’m giving away free McCafé for a year. I hope you enter so your year will be filled with coffee dates!

To enter: Make a super cute coffee gram to send to your fave person. Share on twitter and tag your date, me(@iamafoodblog) and include #McCaféFreeCoffee! I’ll be choosing a winner next Tuesday. Open to Canadian Residents (excluding Quebec) only. Contest closes on March 6th, 2016. Good Luck!

This contest is closed! Congrats to @jencliu


Cookies and Cream Affogato Recipe
makes 1 affogato

  • 3-4 cookies of choice
  • 1 large scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1 shot espresso

Crumble the cookies and layer half of them in the bottom of your cup. Top with a generous scoop of ice cream and the remaining cookies. Pour on the hot espresso and enjoy immediately!

This post was sponsored by McDonalds. You can get free coffee at McCafe Canada from February 29th-March 6th, 2016. Don’t forget to send a coffee gram for a free coffee date! #McCaféFreeCoffee. Thanks for supporting I am a Food Blog!
cookies and cream affogato - www.iamafoodblog.com
cookies and cream affogato - www.iamafoodblog.com
cookies and cream affogato - www.iamafoodblog.com
cookies and cream affogato - www.iamafoodblog.com


  1. Katrina says:

    No coffee for me! I’m in Montreal. BUT I can definitely save this recipe for later! I love cookies and cream and I love coffee!

  2. Hmmm sounds delicious!

  3. Hannah says:

    I’ve been meaning to try making my own affogato at some point, but have never thought of adding in cookies. Brilliant addition!

  4. This looks amazing. I love affogato as a special treat at Italian restaurants. Now I know I will be making one of these at home soon.

  5. Alana says:

    Love this sweet story!! I can totally picture you with a book and a hash brown!! And this affogato looks like perfection. I want one rn!!

  6. Decio Vargas says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Looks so good :)

  7. You nailed it! This loos so scrumptious! Thanks!

  8. Affogato is so my “thing”. I’m italian, I’ve had plenty of those: a good gelato and a good espresso :-) . Never had it with cookies, though. And I have to say that I love it! Superb pictures!

  9. This sounds really good Steph!

  10. Marion Bag-ao says:

    i think im going to like your recipe. im gonna try to make some of this tomorrow! thank you so much for sharing this! :)

  11. Nancy says:

    this is awesome!! What recipe plugin do you use? Mind sharing?


    1. Stephanie Le says:

      hi nancy! i don’t use one, it’s all custom code.

  12. Pony says:

    Yummy! Will definitely try!

  13. Meissa says:

    I just discovered your blog today (how have I been living without it?!) and I must say how much I love your blog and this story! It’s such a perfect memory of your time with your dad and your love of coffee. My dad passed away a year and a half ago and these are the kinds of stories and memories that last a lifetime. Thanks for sharing. Also, definitely making this affogato soon :)

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