Mocha Brownies

As I was trying to figure out what to make this week, I realized I’ve never made brownies with frosting. I guess that’s not completely true. I’ve made brownies with peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache and I’ve also made Texas sheet cake. But never just brownies with just some sort of frosting. I decided to do that this week. Hubby requested mocha brownies, so I upped the amount of coffee in the brownie batter and made some coffee flavored frosting.

I used my go-to brownie recipe. It never fails me. It already calls for instant coffee, so I just bumped it up to 1 Tbsp. I used 1 Tbsp in the frosting as well. These brownies had a great jolt from the caffeine and everyone seemed to enjoy them. I couldn’t wait to try these, so I frosted and cut them while they weren’t completely cool. I love that these brownies have chocolate chips in them. So when you eat them still warm, the chocolate chips are all gooey and delicious!

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Mocha Brownies

Yield: ~36


For the Brownies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp espresso powder, optional
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips

For the Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp instant coffee


For the Brownies
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" x 13" pan

In a saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar and stir to combine. Return the mixture to the heat briefly, just until it's hot, but not bubbling; it'll become shiny looking as you stir it. Heating this mixture a second time will dissolve more of the sugar, which will yield a shiny top crust on your brownies.

Transfer the sugar mixture to a medium-sized mixing bowl, if you've heated it in a saucepan. Stir in the cocoa, salt, baking powder, espresso powder, and vanilla.

Whisk in the eggs, stirring until smooth.

Add the flour and chips, again stirring until smooth.

Spoon the batter into a lightly greased 9" x 13" pan.

Bake the brownies for about 30 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, or with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it. The brownies should feel set on the edges, and the center should look very moist, but not uncooked.

Remove them from the oven and cool completely on a rack.

For the Frosting
In a bowl cream butter and vanilla. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium speed. Dissolve instant coffee in milk and add to the mixture. Beat until lightly and fluffy.

Spread the frosting over the cooled brownies.

Brownies adapted from King Arthur
Frosting Recipe from Blog Chef

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4 Responses to “New favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe”

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    Martha — September 29, 2007 at 1:44 am

    I’ll have to try these. I’ve always been a fan of the Nestle Tollhouse recipe, though I substitute Ghiarardelli double chocolate chips (I think they’re now called 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips) for the Nestle’s. I highly recommend them!

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    Bronwyn — July 11, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    I found your post on the Chocolate Chip Cookie Debate, pt. 1. My roommate uses vanilla pudding in her cookies, and they do have this wonderful extra flavor, creamy, almost eggy… I can’t quite describe it, but I love it!

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    Haley — December 21, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    So I was sitting here, trying to figure out how in the world you got your cookies to look so cakey and awesome. Mine turned out really flat and crispy. Surely the butterscotch pudding mix I used doesn’t make THAT big of difference from the vanilla…

    That’s when I realized. I only put 1 1/4 cups of flour in. Wow. Maybe I should pay attention to what I’m doing haha! Aside from my idiocy, this recipe was so simple, and I think the butterscotch is a good choice (even if I can’t taste them in full glory). I will make these again!

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    Jen — December 22, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    That’s funny Haley. Good luck if you make them again.

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