Heavenly Coffee Brownies Recipe to Satisfy Your Soul

Welcome to the world of delicious Coffee Brownies! As a barista, I believe that adding coffee can make almost anything better, even your classic brownies recipe. Coffee Brownies are a perfect blend of rich chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. It will satisfy your sweet cravings in the best possible way.

I always recommend using coffee instead of water while making brownies. Adding coffee to the batter enhances the flavor of chocolate and makes it more chocolaty. You can use brewed coffee or instant coffee powder for this recipe, depending on your preference.

I understand that some people prefer boxed brownies, thinking that homemade brownies are too complex to make. Don’t worry! This recipe is so easy to follow that anyone can make it at home. Plus, you’ll be amazed at how incredibly delicious your brownies taste when made from scratch.

Are you ready to indulge yourself in a chocolaty caffeine fix? Let’s start baking some Coffee Brownies that will impress everyone at the party!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Brownies
Coffee Brownies

Are you a fan of brownies? What about coffee? If the answer is yes, then you need to try this coffee brownies recipe! As a barista, I am always looking for ways to incorporate coffee into my favorite treats, and this recipe is the perfect combination of rich chocolate and bold coffee flavor.

First off, let’s talk about the ingredients. You’ll need all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, pure vanilla extract, eggs, and some high-quality semi-sweet chocolate. But what really makes this recipe special is that we’re adding instant coffee and hot water right to the batter. This gives the brownies an intense coffee flavor without being too overpowering.

The best part about this recipe? It’s incredibly easy to make. Just whisk together the dry ingredients, melt some butter and chocolate in a saucepan with sugar and vanilla extract before adding eggs one at a time. Lastly, mix in the wet ingredients (the coffee!) before pouring into a greased baking pan. The result? Rich and fudgy brownies with just the right amount of sweetness and caffeine kick.

If you’re a coffee lover like me, you’ll appreciate how well the flavors of chocolate and espresso blend together in this recipe. But even if you’re not an avid coffee drinker, these brownies are still worth making. In fact, they’re so good that they might just convert you into a coffee lover!

So next time you’re in the mood for something chocolaty and decadent, give this coffee brownies recipe a try. I promise you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 A chocolate lover's dream in a bite
A chocolate lover’s dream in a bite

Ingredients you’ll need:

  • Butter – 1 and 1/2 cup of unsalted butter at room temperature and 1/2 cup of salted butter melted.
  • Granulated sugar – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • Pure vanilla extract – 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour – 1 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Instant coffee or espresso powder – 1/4 cup instant coffee or espresso powder
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • Baking Powder – 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips/bars – 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips/bars, chopped into chunks
  • Hot water or brewed Coffee – 2 tablespoons hot water or brewed coffee
  • Icing sugar – for dusting the top

These ingredients are what you’ll need to make the perfect coffee brownies. Make sure to measure all recipe ingredients precisely and accurately, so as to achieve the best results. For a better chocolaty result, use coffee instead of water in the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Addicted to the heavenly aroma of fresh coffee and chocolate
Addicted to the heavenly aroma of fresh coffee and chocolate

Now, it’s time to get your hands dirty and start baking these delicious coffee brownies. Follow these step-by-step instructions carefully for the best result.


  • 12 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee mixed with 1 tablespoon hot water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, melt the chocolate and butter together in the microwave or using a double boiler until smooth.
  3. Add the sugar and mix well.
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time.
  5. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
  6. Stir the dry ingredients into the chocolate mixture until well-combined.
  7. Add the instant coffee and stir until fully incorporated.
  8. Pour the batter into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Let cool before cutting into squares.

You can also opt to add some extras like chopped walnuts or chocolate chips for extra texture and flavor.

There you have it! Enjoy your homemade coffee brownies that will surely satisfy your sweet cravings with its rich and chocolaty goodness infused with coffee flavor.

Substitutions and Variations

 Decadent fusion of two scrumptious ingredients
Decadent fusion of two scrumptious ingredients

Are you feeling adventurous and want to switch up some ingredients in your coffee brownie recipe? Here are some substitution and variation ideas for you!

– Icing Sugar: If you don’t have icing sugar on hand, you can substitute it with regular granulated sugar. Just blend the sugar until it is a fine powder and use it as a replacement.

– Salted Butter: In case you only have unsalted butter at home, simply add a pinch of salt when creaming the butter and sugar. This will help balance out the flavors.

– Instant Coffee: Instead of using instant coffee, try brewing 1/2 cup of strong coffee and letting it cool before adding it to your brownie mix. This will give your brownies an even stronger coffee flavor.

– Semi-Sweet Chocolate: If you can’t find semi-sweet chocolate or prefer something less sweet, dark chocolate chips or chocolate with a higher percentage of cocoa solids can be used instead.

– Espresso Powder: To make an alternative espresso powder at home, grind one shot of espresso beans into a fine powder. Add two teaspoons of this powder to your recipe as a replacement for store-bought espresso powder.

– Substituting Water with Coffee: Instead of using hot water in the recipe, try replacing it with brewed coffee or even leftover coffee from the morning pot. This will impart an even deeper flavor to your brownies.

– Adding Walnuts: For extra texture and crunch, add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to your batter. This would work particularly well with dark chocolate espresso brownies.

With these substitutions and variations, you can create unique twist to your coffee brownies based on what you have on hand or what flavors excite you most. Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix things up!

Serving and Pairing

 Satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings all at once
Satisfy your sweet tooth and caffeine cravings all at once

Coffee brownies are best enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee, of course! The pairing of the chocolaty brownies with the coffee better highlights the flavors in both the espresso and the chocolate. Since this recipe already incorporates coffee, I recommend making a pot of freshly brewed coffee to go with it.

If you’re looking for a creamer to pair with your coffee, I suggest using one that complements the flavors in the brownies. A vanilla or caramel creamer paired with a plain black coffee will help bring out the subtle sweetness of the brownies. Alternatively, a hazelnut or almond creamer can accentuate the nutty and chocolatey flavors.

For those who like to indulge in some extra sweetness, I suggest adding some icing sugar on top of the brownies before serving them. It not only looks visually appealing but also gives a hint of additional sweetness when biting into the gooey and soft texture of these delicious treats.

Coffee brownies are best served warm or at room temperature. They are perfect for an afternoon tea party or as a dessert after dinner. Serve these beauties with whipped cream, berry compote or ice cream, and they will definitely become your signature dessert.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A match made in heaven: coffee and chocolate
A match made in heaven: coffee and chocolate

To truly enjoy coffee brownies, it’s important to know how to store and reheat them. If you plan on making these brownies ahead of time or have left overs, follow these tips below for the best results.

Make-ahead: You can easily make the brownies a day in advance and leave them out covered at room temperature. If you prefer to make the brownies in advance, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the unfrosted coffee brownies in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 1 month. When you’re ready to serve them, simply defrost them overnight in the fridge and decorate with coffee frosting.

Storing: To store the coffee brownies that you’ve already frosted, transfer them to an airtight container with parchment paper between each layer. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Freezing frosted coffee brownies is not recommended, as the texture of the frosting may change once thawed.

Reheating: To warm up your already stored or refrigerated coffee brownies, preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove them from their container and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop them into the oven for 5-10 minutes so they can heat up without burning or turning rubbery. You can also microwave individual pieces of coffee brownie for about 10-15 seconds if you prefer an easy and quick way to reheat.

Remember that reheating will only improve flavors if you use coffee creamer paired with brewed coffee or espresso powder while baking the brownies initially. When done right reheating brings out a subtle coffee aroma that smells just as good as it tastes!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Perfect dessert for any coffee addict
Perfect dessert for any coffee addict

Making coffee brownies is a deliciously satisfying experience, but it can be tricky to get them perfect every time. Here are some tips to help you achieve coffee brownie bliss:

1. Use quality ingredients: It’s important to use high-quality ingredients when making coffee brownies. This means using pure vanilla extract, unsalted butter, and good quality chocolate chips. Using fresh brewed coffee or instant coffee can also make a huge difference in the flavor of your brownies.

2. Mix the cocoa powder with hot water: To enhance the flavor of the chocolate in your brownies, mix the cocoa powder with hot water and instant coffee, instead of just adding it to the dry mix. This will make your batter smoother, and it will also enhance the chocolate flavor.

3. Don’t overmix: When mixing the wet and dry ingredients together, be careful not to overmix. Overmixing can lead to tough and rubbery brownies.

4. Measure ingredients accurately: Baking is a science, so make sure you measure your ingredients accurately. Use measuring cups and spoons, and follow the recipe instructions carefully.

5. Use parchment paper: Line your baking pan with parchment paper for easy removal and clean-up after baking.

6. Cool completely before frosting: Let your brownies cool completely before frosting them. If they are still warm, the frosting will melt and slide off.

7. Experiment with different frostings: Coffee frosting is a classic pairing for coffee brownies, but don’t be afraid to try other flavors! Try adding peanut butter or cream cheese to your frosting for added flavor.

8. Store properly: Store your brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. To extend their shelf life, you can store them in the fridge for up to a week or freeze them for up to three months.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to make perfectly chocolaty and coffee flavored brownies every time. Enjoy!


Now, you may have some questions about this delicious coffee brownie recipe. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help you achieve perfect results every time.

What does adding coffee to brownies do?

Incorporating coffee into your brownie batter can intensify the decadent chocolate flavor, similar to how adding espresso and coffee taste enhances chocolate desserts.

Can you add coffee to box brownie mix?

Did you know that a simple boxed brownie mix can become even more indulgent with just one ingredient? Instead of adding a measly half-cup of water, use brewed coffee to get a deeper, more decadent flavor in your brownies. Trust me, it’s worth the switch.

Can you use coffee instead of cocoa powder for brownies?

If you’re in need of a cocoa powder replacement, instant coffee can be a suitable option. Another way to incorporate coffee into your recipe is by brewing some and using it as a liquid ingredient. However, keep in mind that you may need to tweak your recipe to avoid ending up with a mixture that is too liquidy.

Can I use coffee creamer instead of water in brownie mix?

To take your coffee up a notch, consider swapping out water or milk for a dash of your preferred flavored coffee creamer. The possibilities are endless: picture the tantalizing taste of hazelnut creamer complementing a Nutella swirl mix-in or a Southern butter pecan creamer meshing with some toasted pecans as a mix-in.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, coffee brownies are a perfect treat for coffee lovers who also enjoy rich and chocolaty baked goods. By using coffee in the recipe, you can elevate the flavor of the brownies and make them more unique and unforgettable. Moreover, making homemade brownies with coffee is easy and fun, regardless of whether you use a brownie mix or a recipe from scratch.

What’s more, with just a few ingredient substitutions and variations, you can customize your brownies to fit your preferences and dietary restrictions. For example, instead of using all-purpose flour, you can use gluten-free flour or almond flour if you’re avoiding gluten. Or if you prefer fudgier brownies, you can increase the amount of cocoa powder and decrease the amount of flour.

Lastly, to make your coffee brownies even more indulgent, consider pairing them with a delicious coffee frosting made from icing sugar, unsalted butter, brewed coffee or espresso powder, and vanilla extract. This will add an extra layer of flavor and creaminess to your dessert.

So don’t hesitate to try out different variations of coffee brownies on your own or search for some exciting recipes online. I’m sure that once you try them, you’ll be hooked on this heavenly combination of coffee and chocolate.

Coffee Brownies

Coffee Brownies Recipe

Another delicious brownie recipe -- just try it, it's a little different, and makes a nice change!!
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Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Servings 20 brownies
Calories 125.9 kcal


  • 1/2 cup salted butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 squares unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee, divided
  • 3 tablespoons hot water, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, dividd
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa


  • Preheat oven to 325°F On the stove, set a metal bowl over a pot of simmering water (or use a double boiler) and add 1/2 cup butter, and the sugar and chocolate. Stir a few times as butter and chocolate melt.
  • Meanwhile, dissolve 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee in 2 tablespoons hot water. Add to butter and chocolate, mixing until smooth. Remove chocolate mixture from heat and cool until barely warm before whisking in eggs and 1 teaspoons vanilla.
  • In another bowl, mix flour and salt. Whisk into chocolate mixture until smooth. Spread in a greased 8x8 - inch baking pan. Bake in center of oven 25 minutes, or until top is just set.
  • To make the icing, combine remaining butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder in a small bowl. Mix in remaining instant coffee and vanilla and 1 tablespoons hot water, stirring until smooth. Ice brownies in their pan while still hot. When cool, cut into 20 pieces.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 651gCalories: 125.9kcalCarbohydrates: 16.5gProtein: 1.4gFat: 6.7gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 30.8mgSodium: 56.5mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 13g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert
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