Kahlua-Cinnamon Brownies

by Rachel Gurk on January 13, 2012 · 46 comments

in Cookies & Bars

I’m in love with these brownies. They are super fudgy and super delicious. I told you that when I started “Build A Better Me,” there would still be plenty of chocolate. Well, here it is!

These brownies are so flavorful. The combination of Kahlua and cinnamon might sounds strange but it works so well. By the way, as this post goes live, I am starting a 3-day juice cleanse. Yeah. Good thinking there, Rachel.

These would be so perfect with a dollop of whipped cream. Or even better, Kahlua-spiked whipped cream.

Or Kahlua-spiked buttercream frosting.

Or ice cream and hot fudge. Mocha hot fudge!

Actually, if we’re being honest here, I thought about drizzling some Kahlua over these brownies while they were still hot. Someone want to try that for me and get back to me on the results?

Kahlua-Cinnamon Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

Serving Size: one small brownie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 Tablespoon espresso powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup plus a Tablespoon of packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar for sprinkling on top, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine 1/4 cup of chocolate chips with butter in a small saucepan and heat over low heat until melted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in Kahlua and vanilla extract.
  3. In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, cocoa, espresso powder, cinnamon, salt). In a separate large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and egg. Add chocolate mixture, while continuing to whisk, and beat until smooth. Stir in dry ingredients just until combined and moistened. Fold in 1/4 cup of chocolate chips.
  4. Coat a 8" square pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with 1 teaspoon granulated sugar (optional, but it is so pretty!).
  6. Cut into 16 servings. Or 4. Whatever. I won't judge.
http://www.rachelcooks.com/2012/01/13/kahlua-cinnamon-brownies/

Verdict: I could easily eat a whole pan. You think they are just a normal brownie but they. are. so. good. The cinnamon and the Kahlua, well, it just works.
Husband’s take: If I’m putting a brownie in front of him, you probably won’t hear too many complaints.
Changes I would make: Nada!
Difficulty: Easy!

Do me a favor folks: Make these brownies, cut them into four pieces and eat…four. Do it for me. Sitting here drinking my juice and drooling over these brownies.

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sanjeeta kk January 13, 2012 at 5:50 am

That piece is for me :) love those gooey goodies. Cinnamon and Kahlua..perfect combo!

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2 Kathryn January 13, 2012 at 5:57 am

I never would have thought of combining kahlua and cinnamon but these brownies look so delicious!

Good luck with your juice cleanse too, you are a braver person than me!

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3 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 13, 2012 at 6:56 am

brownies, kahlua, cinnamon…you’ve got my faves going!

And anytime you can get your dessert on and your booze on, in one fell swoop, you’ve done a good deed :)

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4 Mackenzie January 13, 2012 at 7:14 am

I am making these. They sound FAN.TAS.TIC!

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5 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 13, 2012 at 7:35 am

This idea is fantastic! Love this flavour combo!

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6 Alexis @ There She Goes January 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

i could easily put down 4 of these bad boys.

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7 Julie @ Table for Two January 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

YUM! What a great combination — you definitely know how to play with flavors! Chocolate and Kahlua is such a warm and lovely flavor :) I like the sugar on top for the crunch!

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8 Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook January 13, 2012 at 8:54 am

I don’t know how you could make those brownies and not eat them. You’ve got an iron will. Maybe I’d have blended them with some ice cream to make a milkshake and say its part of my “juice cleanse” plan =D

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9 Rachel January 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

In all honesty, I made them a couple of weeks ago and am I just posting about them. So I’m drooling over them but don’t have them actually here to tempt me. I would definitely crack under that kind of pressure!

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10 kelley {mountain mama cooks} January 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

I am catering tonight and making fajitas for my clients. I wanted to make a small dessert but haven’t been inspired…..until I saw THIS in my google reader. I can’t wait to give these a try. Cinnamon and Kahlua? Yes, please!!!! And, good luck on your cleanse!

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11 Bev Weidner January 13, 2012 at 9:32 am

I could SO freak out on these.

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12 Jennifer | Mother Thyme January 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

Kahula in brownies, brilliant! Love these!

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13 Sally January 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

Rachel- YUM!!! I’ve never baked with Kahlua before. Your recipes are so creative. I just love the combos you come up with!! :)

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14 Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) January 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

My parents were sad to discover that Kaluha no longer is just the coffee cream liquor, but that it now also includes rum. Do you think this changes the flavor at all?

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15 Rachel January 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I don’t think so, they are delicious! The Kahlua is a pretty muted flavor after baking which is why I also added espresso powder to bump up the coffee flavor a bit. You could always use a different type of coffee liqueur or homemade.

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16 Rachel January 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Also, I just saw this on Kahlua’s FB page: “Kahlúa is the original rum and coffee liqueur, we have been using the same delicioso recipe since 1936!” I’m no Kahlua expert, I just like to use it in recipes :)

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17 Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) January 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Haha I guess they just changed their label! Thanks :)

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18 Christina @ This Woman Cooks! January 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’m going to have to try these in a few months! Yum!

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19 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts January 13, 2012 at 11:52 am

I am a sucker for brownies; I just can’t resist!!
Good luck on the 3 days of juice – that is more restraint that I have!

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20 Lisa January 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

Oh, my these look wonderful! Kalua, coffee and chocolate are hands down my favorite!

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21 jackie @ marin mama cooks January 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm

These look dark, moist and rich. I made brownies as well last night and between my hubby and kids, they are about gone!

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22 Deanna January 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I could eat the whole pan. I love Kahlua.

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23 Cassie @ Bake Your Day January 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

These look like they have a perfect brownie texture. Love the kahlua!

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24 Lynn Steinberg January 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I am on a cleanse as well! Hard when we write about food all day. These look amazing and brownies will always be part of my rotation.

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25 Rachel January 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

Oh it is torture, isn’t it? I was trying to read other people’s blogs yesterday to comment….so hard!!!!

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26 Jamie @ thrifty veggie mama January 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Yummy! The sugar on top looks so pretty. Good luck with your juice cleanse!

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27 Megan January 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

I think I’ve met my brownie soulmate!

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28 Rachel January 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

Right? Let me know if you try them!

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29 Amrita January 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

If you let me, I won’t even cut it in four, just eat it all! (And I have eaten whole brownie/cake batches before *sheepish look*)

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30 Rachel January 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

Works for me!

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31 The Food Hunter January 13, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Build a better me just went out the window…first index to eat a pan of these

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32 Baking Serendipity January 14, 2012 at 12:31 am

I am all over the eating four request…with Kahlua drizzled over each! I never thought of this pairing before, but it is entirely genius and decadent. You may have just made my new favorite brownies :) PS: I have a giveaway going on that I think you’ll be in to!

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33 Leslie Means @ Her View From Home January 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm

yea – these look amazing! How fun would it be to add red or pink sugar to these bad boys for Valentines!? Love it!!

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34 Nessnix @ TheGrooVyFoody.com January 14, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Wow! These look SOOOO good– you’re doing a juice fast and I’m off gluten but I want to bust out the brownie pan so bad, right now. This gluten-free thing is NOT going to last long. :)

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35 Rachel January 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm

I would fail miserably at that!

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36 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen January 15, 2012 at 11:22 am

All of my favorite flavors, they must be an amazing chocolate fix!

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37 Autumn@Good Eats Girl January 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I love all things made with Kahlua. These look amazing!

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38 nat@thesweetslife January 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

i recently made brownies with chocolate liqueur and they were AWESOME—i imagine these were similar :)

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39 DessertForTwo January 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

Yum! Love this flavor combination!

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40 Kitchen Belleicious January 17, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Love that you added the flavor of kahula in these brownies! Delish

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41 Tracey January 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

I just so happen to have a big bottle of Kahlua sitting on my kitchen counter :) I was going to make cupcakes (and probably still will) but might need to add brownies to the to-do list!

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42 Sasha January 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Sorry to hear about the juice :/
These look great. And I have a brand new bottle of Kahlua at home! I should give these a go.

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43 Alisha September 28, 2013 at 12:20 pm

The look awesone!! But one question, does the liquor cook away?? I cant make brownies in my housr and not give some to the kids. Are tgey ok to eat them to??

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44 Rachel Gurk September 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Honestly, I’m quite sure it does. However, with that being said, just to be on the safe side, I don’t think I’d serve them to my 3 year old or anyone who abstains from alcohol. But I’m a little crazy and overly cautious.

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