Espresso Brownies Recipe

espresso brownies

Espresso Brownies, filled with the richness of cocoa, a shot of espresso and a hint of Kahlua liqueur, there’s hardly anyone who could resist these super-delicious brownies! They are very easy to make, and you can experiment with several flavored coffee powders to make a version that works best for you. For regular cocoa brownies, omit Kahlua and add some chocolate chips instead if you want. These come out somewhere between cakey & chewy – ultra-moist and sinfully delicious, these Espresso Brownies are a perfect dessert for a cocktail party!

I’m going to send these luscious Espresso Brownies to Susan’s Blogiversary Bash, and also to Kelly for her Gordon Ramsay Celebration!

Just like the key to a good cuppa Joe is the quality of espresso beans that go into making it, similarly, a good Espresso Brownie recipe depends a lot on the type of Espresso shot that goes inside. I love brewing my own coffee, which means relying on good espresso machines to do their job. Use what you want, ready-made or home-brewed, but know that this is going to affect the outcome of your Brownies!

1 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup bittersweet dark chocolate – chopped
1/2 cup butter (1-stick)
1 cup all purpose flour
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp instant espresso
1 tbsp kahlua liqueur (optional)
1-1/4 cup sugar (or adjust to your taste)
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
confectioner’s sugar(optional)- for dusting

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 11 x 7-inch (or 10″ square) non-stick baking pan and set aside.

Melt the chocolates and butter over a double boiler & stir until smooth to make a ganache. Then remove from heat and keep aside.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and espresso. In another mixing bowl, beat sugar, egg and vanilla on medium high until light colored, about 2 minutes.

Beat in the chocolate until well combined. Add the flour mixture slowly into the egg mixture until well blended. Finally stir in the Kahlua liqueur. If you like your brownies a bit fudgy, leave it like this; but if you need a more cake-like texture, beat the mixture for another 1 min, to aerate it even further.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted 2 inched from the side comes out clean.

Cool completely, then cut into 8-10 rectangles. To make clean cuts of the brownie, allow it to cool entirely (about 45-60 mins) once out of the oven. Then use a plastic knife to cut into even slices.

Variations: You can use amaretto instead of kahlua; use any flavored coffee instead of plain espresso if you like.

Dust the Espresso Brownies with a sprinkling of powdered (confectioner’s) sugar, and eat your way to heaven!

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Sinfully Good Cocoa Brownies
Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


  1. I made these today and they were FABULOUS!! I made them for my Supper Club – we were doing a Restaurant Recreation theme. I wanted to make the Starbucks espresso brownies. The only thing I changed was to add 1/2 cup of bittersweet chips to the batter at the end, so we would have pockets of melty chocolatey goodness like the ones they made. They were pretty spot on! I posted them over on my blog with a link back to yours. Thank you for sharing this!!

  2. hmmm !!! yummy I love espresso and chocolate. this is a must try for me. They look so good

  3. Mansi, these sound so good! In all the brownies I’ve eaten, I’ve never had an espresso brownie. It’s about time that changes.

  4. Yum!Espresso brownies!They look wonderful!

  5. They look so good

  6. yum yum yum!!!!

  7. yummy, expresso brownies are absolutely delicious! and these look fantastic 🙂

  8. thanks people! glad you all liked them!

    Susan – its your party, I think you can eat all you want, as long s you have some for me:)

  9. Oh, how I heart espresso brownies! I’m excited to try this particular recipe.

  10. Holy Moly! These brownies look to die for! Thank you so much for sending them over for the party! I just hope I don’t eat them all before everyone else gets here! 😉

  11. That looks great! I think I might actually try out the recipe for a mixer Thursday night…no one can resist delicious-looking brownies!

  12. wow! another brownie recipe and this looks so yummy!

  13. lovely recipe! the brownies look delicious! and you have a great blog too:)


  14. awesome!! I would love to have a bit of these! in fact, I’m going to try them this evening itself, as soon as I get hands on some Kahlua!:)


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