Brownies are a great genre to experiment in. Everyone has a default go-to recipe, easy enough for them to bake half-asleep. Only this time I tried an experiment which might transcend to become by default brownie recipe… presenting Espresso Kahlua Brownies.
What I like about the recipe is that it gets the chocolate flavoring not from cocoa but dark melted chocolate. I feel that always makes a difference when it comes to cookies and brownies. Melted chocolate gives it a richer flavor and keeps it moist.
A classic chocolate brownie with an intense coffee kahlua flavor: rich, gooey, divine. To make these even more decadent I gave it a cream cheese frosting and drizzled it with chocolate making it the perfect weekend treat.
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 2 large eggs
- 1¼ cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tablespoons instant espresso powder
- 2 tablespoons Kahlúa or other coffee-flavored liqueur
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 25 espresso coffee beans
- Preheat oven to 350°F. and butter and flour a 9-inch square baking pan, knocking out excess flour.
- In a small heavy saucepan melt butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring, until smooth. Cool chocolate mixture to lukewarm.
- In a large bowl with an electric mixer beat together eggs, sugar, vanilla, espresso powder, and Kahlúa until mixture is thickened and pale. Beat in chocolate mixture. Into a bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt and beat into batter just until blended well.
- Spread batter evenly in pan and arrange coffee beans in 5 rows of beans each. Bake brownies in middle of oven 30 to 35 minutes, or until a tester comes out with crumbs adhering to it. Cool brownies completely in pan on a rack before cutting into 25 squares.
Brownies keep, layered between sheets of wax paper in an airtight container at cool room temperature, 5 days.
58 Responses to Espresso Kahlúa Brownies
the decoration is so pretty ! looks gorgeous an…
You said the magic word: Kahlua. I’m in.
Like winnie the pooh says ,” I am so rumbly in my tumbly”
I want some!!
You definitely know what good is…Kahlua, chocolate and coffee-yum! For these, I would say anytime is the right time to eat. Saved and buzzed!
Oooh. I love espresso brownies (especially when they’re THAT moist and fudgy!) but with Kahlua? Will you never stop taunting me and my attempts not to bloat back up? ;) Looks amazing, and I know my wife would adore these too.
YES PLEASE!!! Looks like i might be baking over the holidays after all! :)
HECK YES! Those look amazing.. I am totally digging the espresso. My mom makes these cookies during the holidays that have espresso in them and they are SO amazing. I cannot even imagine how good it must be in brownie form!
ooh these look lovely! great idea x
kahlua in baked goods is amazing. my friend made a cake with this before! i love the white chocolate drizzle here~ D
My kind of brownies! This flavor combo is PERFECT!
I wonder if these have enough caffeine to keep me up at work..hmmm. :D
These look great–and I totally agree, I prefer brownies that get their flavor from very dark or unsweetened chocolate, not cocoa powder.
Wow , coffee and kahlua with chocolate, cannot get better than that. Ultimate indulgence!
Mmm…what’s not to love about the flavour combo of Espresso Kahlua and brownie! Your photos are drool worthy An :)
Oh my word…these are just beautiful! Look at that icing just oozing down the side of the brownie! And I just love the addition of coffee to chocolate. Even in small amounts, it just brings out the richness of the chocolate. These look really moist. A great way to jazz up your go-to brownie recipe! : )
Outstanding photo. That little drip is making me go a little googly-eyed. Neeeeed brownieeeeee.
Love the beautiful frosting!
I really enjoyed your post. I will come back to learn more.
This might just be the best brownie ever!!
This is my kind of brownie, wow! =]
I usually put a little coffee in my brownies but Kahlua… YUM!! The frosting is gorgeous!
Wow! These are incredible! I put a little bit of coffee in a chocolate cake I make, but Kahlua? GENIUS! They look so moist and delicious! Yum!
oooh myyyyy .. such a perfect treat for the season.. get me some some kahlua on the rocks with this one! gorgeous clicks!
These look beautifully dense and fudgy, and the perfect sugary pick-me-up with a dash of alcohol and coffee. Yum!
I love their texture and appearance. Totally decadent. Beautiful pictures as well. First time at your blog and your recipes are mouthwatering!
Awwee..I want..want that slice..Kahlua in brownies, double dhamaka!
They have come out well!:-) I like the coffee brown crust resting over the darker shade.
These do look rich and decadent. Love your frosting! I was surprised to see that 25 espresso beans went into this recipe too. I’ll skip the morning coffee for a few of these ;)
These brownies look amazing!! I just love chocolate and coffee together and adding Kahula is perfect! The frosting looks so beautiful, you did a wonderful job!
Kahlua makes everything so good and make brownies even better
Absolutely fabulous !!!!!
DIVINE!!! I will take one dozen please! wowsers they look good
Oh wow! These are so beautiful and I absolutely love the flavor combination! I want, I want :)
Gorgeous art using the icing :) I was literally drooling!!!
I am a sucker for a rich and gooey brownie! Love the icing on there, perfect!
Wow these brownies look fabulous! I love that icing too. Yum!
And the frosting oozing over the side certainly pushes it over the top!!
You have done amazing things to brownies! I love this!
If this is wrong I don’t wanna be right! lol
Oh my coffee and kaluha such a winning combination. I also like the ‘frosting’ on top reminds me of eclairs which I love as well!!
These brownies are so pretty! They sound so yummy too! mmmkahlua.
These are “almost” too pretty to eat!
I love the way you glazed them, sort of like napoleons, but what lies beneath..OMG..fudgy, kahlua love. Two of these would hit the spot right now!
Oh my, I have to make this for an adult only treat soon! I love that there is not much sugar and so much chocolate and coffee flavor. Sounds delicious.
This look so amazing and too pretty to eat! can i have one now?
You are right, dark melted chocolate does pack a lot more flavor than cocoa powder. These brownies look great!
Delicious! I love brownies and I love Kahlua so I think I’m going to love these :) I only try a brownie recipe if it uses melted chocolate, cocoa brownies are never chocolatey enough for me.
I’ve had this…yay! Kept popping a bit of it everyday in the microwave and relished it for days. And the cream cheese frosting was so picture perfect. Thanks An.
Thanks Gayatri! So glad you enjoyed it. xx
Oh my! Can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about these!!
Seriously there is nothing to say! Brownies…. espresso….. kahlua….heaven! I have to make these!
These look and sound heavenly. That little drip of icing running down over the edge of the brownie makes me drool.
Happy New Year! Those brownies look amazing!
These are perfect!!! Espresso and Kahlua? Heaven! I’ve wanted to make a brownie similar to this but can you believe it if I say that no one would probably eat them? My men are brownie purists… a fault indeed. Now I have to enjoy them vicariously through the screen… thank you.
I bet these are just amazing!!! Would love one with my coffee for breakfast right about now :-)
Really elegant. I love all kinds of coffee related recipes, so , this works for me. I love it!
How beautiful! I just love the pretty glaze on top, but I know I would love the kahlua and coffee flavors even more :)
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