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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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12 Responses to “Funfetti Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — March 4, 2013 at 8:50 am

    These are so festive – love them!

    • beantownbaker — March 4th, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

      Sprinkles make everything festive 🙂

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    Krystal R {Mrs. Regueiro's Plate} — March 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    What festive looking cookies! Looks fantastic!

    • beantownbaker — March 4th, 2013 @ 1:51 pm

      Thanks! Love your new picture!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — March 4, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Love that you were able to adapt them from an already favorite cookie

    • beantownbaker — March 4th, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

      I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve adapted those cookies to fit my needs. They’re awesome.

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    bETH — March 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Mixed the dough last night, can’t wait to get home and bake these tonight!

    • beantownbaker — March 6th, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

      Yay! I hope you love them 🙂

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    Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden — March 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I’m a huge fan of all sorts of cookies, I am always glad to find new,creative recipe.

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    Sues — March 8, 2013 at 7:48 am

    I love making Funfetti cookies, but have never added chocolate/white chocolate chips. The more the merrier!! 🙂 And they’re super pretty!

    • beantownbaker — March 9th, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

      Thanks! Funfetti makes everything better.

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    Katie — September 4, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Can this dough be frozen?

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