Easy Rich Brownie Recipe With Instant Espresso

Brownies always make things better. And brownies with coffee? Well, that makes things perfect.

Brownies with instant espresso are easy to make and have a pop of flavor that chocolate lovers and coffee lovers…love.

Espresso-Infused Brownies

Brownies on a counter. Two brownies are stacked on top of each other.

Espresso-infused brownies are the ultimate indulgence for people who love the rich and decadent flavor of chocolate.

Like most amazingly good brownies, this recipe has that crackly top we all love and a fudgy center.

With this recipe, you can upgrade your brownie game with espresso-infused flavors that are sure to impress everyone you share it with–that is, if you can share it. It’s hard to turn loose of these delicious treats.

A brownie on a white plate. There's a scoop of ice cream on top and it's drizzled with chocolate syrup.

The Benefits of Using Coffee In Baking

Coffee is not only a delicious beverage but also a versatile ingredient in baking.

When you use it in baking, coffee can bring out more of the flavor of chocolate and add a subtle and delightful aroma to baked goods, making them a more decadent treat.

Coffee also contains natural acids that can help activate baking powder and baking soda (if your recipes call for it), making your baked goods rise more evenly and creating a lighter texture.

So, there are a few great reasons to not only drink coffee but to add it to your desserts.

Ingredients Needed For The Recipe

The decadent brownie recipe calls for a few simple ingredients that you most likely have in your pantry.

  • Melted butter – I usually melt mine in a microwave-safe bowl.
  • Vegetable oil
  • Brown sugar
  • White sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Instant coffee or espresso
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Chocolate chips

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

A brownie on a white plate with a scoop of ice cream. There's chocolate drizzled on top.

How To Make The Espresso Brownies

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, add the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar and mix.
  3. Next, add the vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and eggs and mix well.
  4. Pour the flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, and instant espresso or instant coffee granules into the bowl and mix to combine.
  5. Add the chocolate chips to the bowl and mix.
  6. Spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Pouring melted butter into a large mixing bowl.

Get the recipe started by pouring the melted butter into a large mixing bowl.

Brown sugar in a bowl with melted butter.

Next, add the brown sugar to the bowl.

White and brown sugar in a bowl with melted butter.

Add the white sugar to the bowl.

Pouring vegetable oil into the bowl with sugar and butter.

Pour the vegetable oil into the bowl.

Eggs in a bowl with sugar and butter.

Next, add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix well.

Flour in a bowl with brownie ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients to the bowl, starting with the flour.

Cocoa, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl with brownie ingredients.

Next, add the unsweetened cocoa powder, salt, and ground cinnamon.

Some people don’t like the added taste of cinnamon, so it’s optional.

Instant coffee in a bowl with brownie ingredients.

Add the espresso powder to the bowl and mix the ingredients until they are combined.

You can use instant espresso or instant coffee for this recipe.

Chocolate chips in a bowl with brownie batter.

Finally, add the chocolate chips to the bowl and mix.

Brownie batter in a baking dish.

Spread the brownie batter into a prepared dish and bake for approximately 40 minutes.

Baked brownies in a baking dish. They are sliced and one brownie has been taken out.

Allow the baked brownies to cool and serve.

Store the brownies in an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap. You do not need to refrigerate the brownies, although they will last longer if you do.

Variations on the Coffee-Infused Brownie Recipe

If you want to switch things up and try something new or different, here are a few variations on the coffee-infused brownie recipe:

  • Add some chopped nuts, such as walnuts or pecans, to the batter for some extra crunch.
  • Swirl in some caramel sauce or peanut butter for a delicious twist on your favorite brownie recipe.
  • Use dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips for a richer, more intense chocolate flavor. Or, use milk chocolate or white chocolate chips for a more subtle flavor.
  • Top the brownies with a layer of chocolate ganache or chocolate frosting for an extra decadent treat.
  • Frost the brownies and top with some broken candy bars for some chocolate chunks.
A brownie on a white plate. There's a scoop of ice cream on top and it's drizzled with chocolate syrup.

Serving Suggestions and Pairing Ideas

The homemade brownies are delicious all on their own, but they also pair well with a variety of other flavors. Here are a few serving suggestions and pairing ideas:

  • Serve the brownies warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream right on top for a classic dessert. Drizzle some chocolate or caramel syrup over the top.
  • Eat the brownies with a cup of freshly brewed coffee (from your leftover coffee) for the ultimate coffee lover’s treat.
  • Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the brownies. Add some whipped cream or fresh berries for a pop of color and a different texture.
  • Pair the brownies with a glass of red wine, such as a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon or a fruity Pinot Noir.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Recipe Q: Can I use instant coffee instead of ground coffee? A: Yes, you can use instant coffee instead of ground coffee. Just make sure to dissolve the instant coffee in a small amount of hot water before adding it to the batter. Q: Can I use a different type of flour for this recipe? A: You can use a gluten-free flour blend or almond flour instead of all-purpose flour if you prefer. Just keep in mind that the texture and flavor may be slightly different. Q: Can I make these brownies ahead of time? A: Yes, you can make these brownies ahead of time and store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Frequently Asked Questions About The Espresso-Infused Brownies

Q: Can I use instant coffee instead of ground coffee?

A: Yes, I used instant espresso instead of ground coffee for this recipe. Instant coffee or instant espresso will work.

Q: Can I make these brownies ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can make these brownies ahead of time and store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. But they will be mush fresher and tastier if you make them the day you plan to serve them.

Easy Rich Brownie Recipe With Instant Espresso

Espresso-infused brownies are a wonderful treat that’s easy to make at home.

By adding a rich coffee flavor to your brownie recipe, you can bring out the flavor of the chocolate.

The easy dessert can be made and in the oven in less than 30 minutes. The hardest part of this chocolate brownie recipe is waiting for them to cool off.

A brownie on a white plate with a scoop of ice cream. There's chocolate drizzled on top.

Easy Rich Brownie Recipe With Instant Espresso

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Indulge in rich and fudgy chocolate brownies made espresso. The brownies are rich, decadent, and best of all easy to make.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of melted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of instant coffee or Instant ground espresso
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 12-ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Add the melted butter to a large bowl.
  3. Next, add the brown sugar and white sugar.
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and mix.
  5. Pour the flour, cocoa, salt, cinnamon, and instant espresso into the bowl and mix well.
  6. Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix.
  7. Spread the brownie batter into the baking dish and bake for about 40 minutes.

Notes

If you want fudgy brownies, the cake tester will come out with a little bit of wet batter. If you like your brownies cakey, let them cook until the cake tester comes out clean.

If you want a more intense coffee flavor, add another tablespoon of instant espresso of coffee to the mixture.

If you want to be able to lift the brownies out of the pan easily, first grease the pan and then line with parchment paper.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 313Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g

Nutrition is approximate.

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