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!
Cappuccino Brownies
(Very 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)
Brownies
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.
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?