I seize any opportunity that I can to make a delicious baked good. We had friends coming over last night, and this recipe had been on my mind ever since I saw it on How Sweet It Is
. I love chocolate, I love coffee, and the combination is even better!
generously adapted from How Sweet It Is
, so much so that I’m not going to post the original recipe. Follow the link if you’re interested in it)
1 box of brownie mix (I get the kind that makes a 9×13 pan), prepared as directed (although I always slightly increase the wet ingredients–water and oil–for a extra moist brownie)
1 Tbsp instant espresso powder (I’m guessing I put about that much in. I should start measuring things if I am going to continue this blog).
Chocolate chips (I used about a cup of semi-sweet)–Fold into batter.
Bake as directed on box. Mine took 25 minutes in a (greased) glass 9×13 pan. Cool before frosting.
(this recipe is a mix of this one
and Betty Crocker’s vanilla buttercream)
1 stick of butter, softened
1 lb powdered sugar (~4.5 cups)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 Tbsp instant espresso (or coffee) powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 Tbsp milk (although mine took at least 5 to get the consistency I desired)
Cream butter with an electric mixer. Add sugar, cocoa, and espresso gradually. I had to manually stir for awhile because apparently my arms are stronger than my mixer. It was having a hard time. I don’t have a great mixer, I would love one of these
. It is on sale right now if anyone wants to buy it for me. Message me and I’ll give you my shipping address. :) Sorry, back to the recipe. Stir in vanilla and milk in 1 Tbsp increments until desired consistency is reached. I went back to the mixer at the end to get it fluffy and smooth.
Spread on cooled brownies. I added sprinkles to make them pretty!
Verdict: Oh my, these are very very good. Very rich, but very, very good. Please enjoy with a glass of ice cold milk. I am still avoiding milk for my little one’s sake, but my oh my would these be good with milk.
Husband’s take: “These are better than I expected.” “I could eat the whole pan.” “I thought these would be too rich, but I can’t stop eating them.” He had lots of good things to say! I think they earned his approval. My friends liked them as well.
Changes I would make: I really don’t think I would make any changes. These are really good. If you followed the original recipe for the brownies, I am sure they would be delicious; but to be honest, I think boxed brownies are great and I’m not sure it would be worth the hassle. But that’s just me. I like to take a shortcut whenever I can.
Difficulty: Easy. The frosting is a bit of a hassle and a bit of an upper body workout in my case, but if you had a good mixer it would be a breeze.
What is your favorite way to dress up a brownie?