I like to have my mid-afternoon cup of coffee (or tea) with something sweet, and I’m not alone.

The quest to pair a nice, comforting cup of java with the ideal companion is a constant ambition in my office. So don’t settle for the same old boring take-out cookie or vending machine pastry when you can pair your cup with one of these satisfying coffee companions…

1. Lemon Scones with Strawberries and Cream

Whether you prefer yours dense or airy, plump or flakey, or traditionally smeared with fruit preserves, scones are a delicious teatime or coffee break treat! However, these traditional buttermilk scones are infused with lemon rind for a tart treat and dressed with fresh hulled strawberries and clotted English cream!

 

Source: Canadian Living

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2. Mini Sticky Buns

If you don’t mind getting a little sugar on your favorite coffee mug, these sticky-sweet mini buns make the perfect coffee buddy! Baked up warm and fresh from the oven with plenty of cinnamon, toasted pecans, and brushed with a sticky brown-sugar glaze. I’d even add some raisins to my batch!

 

Source: Martha Stewart

3. Chai Shortbread Cookies with Sea Salt

Craving an afternoon pick-me-up? Try a frothy latte or cup of matcha green tea paired with a completely different kind of cookie—a satisfying shortbread cookie infused with chai tea! These buttery biscuits are almost as warm as your cup, thanks to the soothing flavors of cinnamon, allspice, vanilla, sea salt, and nutmeg.

 

Source: FoodieCrush.com

4. Raspberry Almond Bites

Pretty pink sandwich bites with dark raspberry jam and creamy mascarpone filling—oh my! Trust me, these dainty little sweets are as tasty as they look. Cute, tiny, and sweet makes the perfect tea or coffee coupling.

Source: BBC Good Food

5. Tiramisu Cupcakes

Make dessert your stress buster—both baking and eating! Get your work stress out by mixing up the flour and butter and adding the extra special ingredients that make these tiramisu cupcakes so delightful, a sprinkling of instant coffee, thick cream cheese, vanilla, and a splash of dark rum…yum!

Source: Yummly.com

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6. Handheld Blueberry Pies

Pie isn’t the most convenient food to eat at your desk, but these compact, handheld blueberry pies are enveloped in flakey puff pastry and filled with blueberry goodness that doesn’t overflow all over your tie.

 

Source: Inspired Taste

7. Vietnamese Coffee Sundaes

A strong, hot brew (i.e., Vietnamese or Turkish coffee) lends a nice energy boost when you pair it with something cool and sweet. Create a heavenly ice cream sundae by layering 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream with strong coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and crushed peanut brittle.

Source: Huffington Post

8. Chocolate Lovers’ Éclairs

Éclairs to the French, profiteroles to the British, and cream puffs to Americans, this classic Parisian pastry tube is filled with thick whipped cream or custard and topped with decadent chocolate glaze. It pairs perfectly with coffee!

Source: Taste of Home

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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