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You Had Me at Espresso. (Brownies that is.)

Updated on March 4, 2015
5 stars from 2 ratings of Espresso Brownies

Best Two Things to Come in a Pair

Coffee and chocolate are my two favorite things in the world. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, turkey and gravy, Justin Beiber and bad press---ok, you get the idea.

So when I saw this recipe in the latest issue of Real Simple Magazine, it stopped me in my tracks. They only thing better than eating these two together in a brownie would be sipping espresso while eating chocolate in a French cafe. Since that isn't happening for me anytime soon, this seemed like the next best option.

I'm a latte addict


Coffee is a Bit of an Obsession

I admit it. I live in the coffee capital of the nation, Seattle, and there is no better place for someone like me. Just hearing words like "cold-pressed", "house roasted" and "small batch" gets my heart racing. And that's before I have even had any coffee!

I moved here in 1998 and haven't looked back. I was ordering Starbucks beans to my door in Minneapolis back in 1995 before anyone had even heard the name. And now, my tastes are way too refined for Starbucks. (Or maybe it was just better back then before they became the "fast food" of coffee.)

Ghiradelli Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips Makes These Even Better

I don't know what it is about Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips but they seem bring these brownies up to an entire new level. The original recipe didn't call for them but I added them just because. I highly recommend you do as well.

Best. Brownie. Ever.

The secret? I think the brown sugar is part of it--I have never had such a moist, chewy brownie. I also made this recipe my own by adding only half the amount of espresso since I wanted a more subtle coffee taste to come through.

This brownie is the bomb. It reminds me of when you order the warm brownie with ice cream at a great restaurant. (These are even better re-heated the next day.) I say send a batch to the next legislative session with cold milk to go around. You'd be surprised at how much can be accomplished with these babies in the room.

You Had Me At Espresso Brownies

  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) Butter, plus more for pan
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon brewed strong coffee or espresso
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8-inch square pan well.
  2. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine butter and unsweetened chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring in-between until melted. Let cool slightly.
  4. Whisk in the sugars, eggs, espresso and vanilla until smooth. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in the Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips. Spread the batter into prepared pan and bake until a toothpick in center comes out with just a few crumbs attached, 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely in the pan. Cut into 16 squares.

Bet You Can't Eat Just One


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    • RTalloni profile image


      3 years ago from the short journey

      Mmmmmhmmmmm. :)

      Good idea on mailing these to legislators, too, for it does seem they need a wake up call!

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Looks just delicious.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Good morning. It's St. Patrick's Day. Aye! Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, my New and Special Friend.

      That is a deal. I will be glad to make all the coffee we can drink.

      Thanks for being my Folllower and Friend.


    • Tamirogers profile imageAUTHOR

      Tami Rogers 

      3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thanks so much Kenneth..If I get to Alabama I'll bring a batch and you can make the coffee! HA!

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Wow! I am freaking--OUT. Voted Up and all of the choices. Great topic and graphics to binge upon. You, dear Friend, are one talented writer.

      Loved this.

      Seconds, please.


    • travmaj profile image


      3 years ago from australia

      That is an awesome combination - I'm not a huge coffee fan but I'm confident I could handle this package - lovely, thank you.

    • Tamirogers profile imageAUTHOR

      Tami Rogers 

      3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thanks so much CrisSp.. They'll go great with your sesame chicken!

    • CrisSp profile image


      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Who could resist this kind of temptation? I have my own version of gluten free but will also bookmark this for a variation. Yum!

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Chocolate and coffee addict here to give a big thumbs up! Pinned to my dessert board

    • Tamirogers profile imageAUTHOR

      Tami Rogers 

      3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I promise may not even taste the coffee-my husband doesn't and he hates coffee! That's why I added less..but as a coffee lover, I can tell it adds to and deepens the chocolate flavor! Thanks for stopping by!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm not a fan of coffee, but I am a fan of chocolate and brownies...also I'm a tea drinker. I've heard of Green Tea Brownies, but they can't possibly taste as good as your recipe! :)

    • Tamirogers profile imageAUTHOR

      Tami Rogers 

      3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thanks so much Kim! I am smiling as I sit here drinking my latte.. A brownie would be good about now!

    • ocfireflies profile image


      3 years ago from North Carolina


      I am positive I would not be able to eat just one. Like so many others coffee and chocolate are favorites. Voted up and shared.

      Going to go get another cup of coffee. Smiles. Just wish I had some of your brownies to go with it.



    • Tamirogers profile imageAUTHOR

      Tami Rogers 

      3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thank you @FlourishAnyway..You don't have to love coffee to love these brownies! My husband hates coffee and can't stop eating them!

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      3 years ago from USA

      Well done! This makes me want to try it and I don't even drink coffee.

    • Tamirogers profile imageAUTHOR

      Tami Rogers 

      3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thanks Julia! After many years of visiting my brother out here I finally gave in! And yes, the food and coffee scene definitely played a part!

    • Julia Eppehimer profile image

      Julia Eppehimer 

      3 years ago

      These look delicious! I'm excited to try them. So did you decide to move to Seattle simply for the coffee?

    • Tamirogers profile imageAUTHOR

      Tami Rogers 

      3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thank you @billybuc.. Hope you get a chance to make them!

    • Tamirogers profile imageAUTHOR

      Tami Rogers 

      3 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      Thank you Anna! So glad you enjoyed the recipe--you must try it and yes--I agree there is something sexy about this combo..should have called it 50 shades of brownies!

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yes please....yum yum coffee and these brownies too....sounds like a plan to me.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps Pinned

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I can't imagine a better recipe. My two addictions rolled up in one neat package. :) Thank you!

    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 

      3 years ago from Scotland

      You just made a recipe sexy with your very clever title and coffee love affair.

      Genius title and your introduction did reel me in. I am a bit of a coffee addict too and your brownies do look very tasty.


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