Kahlua Creme Brulee

Kahlua Creme Brulee is surprisingly easy to make but looks and tastes impressive! It’s the perfect make-ahead dessert for dinner parties and special celebrations. It all starts with simple ingredients like egg yolks, whipping cream and sugar.

Kahlua creme brulee recipe with fresh raspberries and mint garnish

I used to think that anything as decadent, delicious, and FRENCH as creme brulee must be difficult to make. Then an old co-worker shared her recipe with me and I realized just how easy it actually is!

It does require a few precise steps, but the ingredients are simple and the method is easy to follow.

Why You’ll Love It

  • Tried and true recipe. A creamy cold custard topped with sweet sugar crust is a crowd pleaser. You’re guests will love it!
  • Make-ahead. You will need to make this the night before OR several hours ahead so it has time to chill and set. This makes it great for a dinner party.
  • Rich flavor. It’s made with Kahlua so it has that rich coffee flavor, making it a lovely dessert course to serve with an after dinner drink.
Kahlua creme brulee recipe in ramekin on white plate


See full instructions in recipe card below.

  • Large eggs. You’ll use the yolks only for this recipe so save the whites for another use like breakfast omelet or scrambled egg whites.
  • Granulated sugar.
  • Whipping cream.
  • Instant coffee granules.
  • Kahlua. Substitute with other brand of coffee liqueur if you wish.
  • Vanilla extract.
  • Brown sugar. This is used for the topping but you can substitute with white granulated sugar too.
Kahlua creme brulee dessert recipe

More Recipes with Kahlua

If you love this Kahlua creme brulee, try these other delicious recipes made with the coffee flavored liqueur.

When we were in France many years ago my husband ordered creme brulee for dessert about 90% of the time. Making this dessert is a great way to remember our trip and share our experience with others.

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kahlua creme brulee dessert recipe, garnished with raspberries

Kahlua Creme Brulee

Yield: 6 ramekins

This Kahlua Creme Brulee recipe is elegant enough for a special dinner party or celebration. It’s so easy to prepare and is an impressive make-ahead dessert for entertaining.


  • 7 yolks from large eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 cups whipping cream
  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup Kahlua
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar {for topping}


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until slightly thickened and pale yellow.
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the cream and coffee over medium heat, until it reaches a boil and the coffee has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  4. SLOWLY whisk cream mixture into egg yolk mixture. Add in Kahlua and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  5. Ladle evenly into 6 oven-proof ramekins (1/2 cup size) and set in a shallow baking dish.
  6. Add boiling water to baking dish so it comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 30 minutes or until tops are set, however the custards will remain jiggly until fully chilled.
  7. Remove ramekins from water bath and let cool to room temperature. Cover and chill over night.
  8. To add the sugar topping, preheat broiler and add a shallow layer of brown sugar to the top of each custard, making sure the sugar is lump-free and fluffy. Let the ramekins come to room temperature before putting into hot oven.
  9. Heat 5-6 inches from broiler until sugar begins to caramelize. Keep an eye on it so the sugar does not burn.
  10. Remove and let cool before chilling another 2 hours.
  11. Garnish with mint leaves and raspberries, or chocolate covered coffee beans.


If you make creme brulee often it’s a good idea to invest in a small kitchen torch to melt the sugar topping, instead of using the broiler.

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  1. You are speaking my language! What a delicious idea! This is going on my “Recipes to Try” board ASAP. I am now CRAVING sweets! Yum!

  2. One of my all-time favorites! This Kahlua Creme brûlée sounds amazing, Chris! Love this recipe.

  3. Creme Brulee is one of my favorite desserts, but I has yet to think to add Kaula! This is going to be insanely good!!

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