Espresso Brownies

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend. I *might* be slightly hungover this morning after a night of 80s dancing with friends. But it was totally worth it to let loose and shake off a bit of stress as life gets back to normal. While I recover, please give a warm welcome to Roxana who has brought some gorgeous espresso brownies to share with us.

Hello, Savory Simple fans. I’m Roxana; the baker, photographer and writer behind Roxana’s Home Baking ~ where passion meets cravings. I’m happy to be here today, sharing a recipe for espresso brownies. I’m a chocoholic at heart and love everything that pairs deliciously with chocolate. Coffee is one of those ingredients you can’t go wrong with once you add a little to fudge brownies.

I’ve made these brownies a couple of weeks ago and few days later I had to make another pan. They were so good everyone asked for more. The second time I made them I took them to the next level adding a thing layer of espresso frosting on top. They had so much coffee flavor, one square could have been eaten instead of your morning cup of coffee.

They were the perfect chocolate-coffee brownies. Rich with a strong coffee flavor. Keep away from kids, this a grown-up treat. To make it even more grown-up you could add a little bit of coffee liquor to the frosting or even a tablespoon or two to the brownie batter.

To make these brownies it’s really easy. You start by melting the chocolate with the butter. Once melted and slightly cooled you mixed it with the eggs and sugar. Slowly the flour and cocoa is added to form the batter. Pout the batter into a prepared dish and bake until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let the brownies cool completely before spreading the coffee buttercream on top. Slice and enjoy your cup of coffee!

Espresso Brownies


Espresso Brownies
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  • 5½ ounces unsalted butter (1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons)
  • 4½ ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coffee extract
  • 2 tablespoons espresso powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder
  • 1-2 tablespoons cold black coffee
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  1. In a small saucepan put the butter and chocolate and place over medium heat. Stir until melted and smooth. Leave to cool for a couple of minutes.
  2. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 11x7 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl add the 3 eggs and the sugar and start mixing on low-speed slowly increasing to medium until the eggs become pale and thicken. Without turning the mixer off, stir in the warm chocolate.
  4. Add the coffee extract and espresso powder followed by the unsweetened cocoa and all-purpose flour.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool completely before frosting them.
  6. To make the frosting, cream the butter, espresso powder and cold coffee in a mixing bowl slowly adding the powder sugar. If needed add more cold coffee or sugar until you reached the desired consistency.
  7. Spread over the cooled brownies. Cut and enjoy!


Thank you Jen for having me on your beautiful blog.

I hope you’ll enjoy these espresso brownies and I’ll see you again soon on Roxana’s Home Baking. You can also reach me on Google + | Pinterest | Facebook.

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  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Oooh, these brownies are calling my name! Well done, Ladies!

  • Kathryn

    These brownies look so delicious, love the combination of chocolate and coffee.

  • Carla

    Love espresso! Seriously I think I would die without coffee ;) The brownies look fudgy too, which is soooo much better than cakey brownies.

    P.S. Thanks for linking to my cookie recipe!

    • Jennifer Farley

      You are very welcome!

  • Emily @ Life on Food

    Yes, please. I will take two. One for now and one for when I start to come off the first caffeine kick.

  • Christina @ The Beautiful Balance\

    These look incredible! I would eat the frosting with a spoon if it was in front of me :P

  • Monet

    I think 80s dance night sounds amazing! As do these beautiful brownies. Just love the flecked topping! Thank you for sharing another delectable creation. I hope you are having a restful Sunday afternoon, and I hope you have an even better week. Hugs and love!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m feeling a bit more recovered this evening! 80s dance night is always a blast. Thanks for the kind words and have a great week, Monet!

  • Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking

    Hi Jen,
    Thanks for having over your beautiful blog. It’s been a pleasure.
    Thanks everyone for the lovely words

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you for sharing these yummy brownies!

  • fabiola@notjustbaked

    Hopefully you are not too hungover! LOL. I love coffee and espresso with chocolate anything, it makes it so much better!

    • Jennifer Farley

      It hasn’t been too bad! Water to the rescue :D

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    These are my kind of brownies, I love the espresso!

  • Tracey

    Mmmm, even though I don’t drink espresso, I really love using it in baking. These look phenomenal!!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction

    I think my heart just skipped a beat, Roxanna/Jen! That frosting! Oh my lanta… that FROSTING!!!

  • Jennie @themessybakerblog

    Mmmm, these brownies look so good. I have to say, 80s dancing is totally worth the hangover. I love 80s music! Thanks so much for the mention!

    • Jennifer Farley

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by, Jennie :)

  • Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    I love brownies as is, but brownies with frosting are even better. Great guest post!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    Hope you’re recovered by now! And great guest post. I absolutely love Roxana! These brownies look pure sinful!

  • Karly

    I hardly ever frost my brownies, but I think this is totally the way to go. Espresso and chocolate go together like peas and carrots. Only way tastier. ;)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    These look incredible! I don’t drink a lot of coffee but I really like coffee flavoured items and brownies with icing are just the best :D

  • Roger Stowell

    Love the frosting idea. There are always some brownies in the cake box in our kitchen. I think they need some frosting. Nice one.

  • Little Kitchie

    Wow, these are gorgeous brownies!!! I love the combination of espresso and chocolate – can’t beat it.

  • katie

    Yum! any time we can combine two of my favorite things I’m a happy girl!

  • Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers

    Chocolate and Espresso! Yes please! My favorites!!! I am soooooooooo loving these brownies!!! Great guest post today Jen! Hope your not hungover to bad! :)

  • Julia

    I really enjoy sweets with coffee in them! These look really yummy.

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    LOVE coffee + chocolate. Hello, mochas? I love you. PS, why wasn’t I invited to an 80s dance party?! I can break down some seriously awesome moves if I say so myself.

  • natalie @ wee eats

    These look so good, and the espresso means I can have it for breakfast, right???

  • Valerie

    That frosting is calling to me! Love a little brownie love on a Monday- thanks, Roxana!
    (Jen, I’m about to dig out some old mixed tapes…if only I could find something to play them on!) :D

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

    Brownie – espresso – frosting. I’m speechless!

  • Jackie @ Domestic Fits

    I always like my brownies with a side 80’s dancing :)
    These look amazing!

  • Reem | Simply Reem

    Coffee and Chocolate together… LOVE!
    These brownies are just perfect deliciousness!

  • Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker}

    80’s dancing – YES! I love those nights! These brownies look so stinking good!!

  • Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings

    I LOVE the 80’s!!!! Great memories there…did I just date myself there? LOL. I love Roxana’s stuff! She makes the most down-home baked goodies. It’s such a treat to see and delight in her desserts! She is truly one of the more talented bakers in the blog world. And these espresso brownies…superb!

  • Elizabeth

    You can never have too many variations of brownies! They’re all good. These look especially great!

  • Kiran @

    These are the type of brownies that would go so well with me — since I can’t live without coffee!

  • Jessica@AKitchenAddiction

    Fantastic brownies! I could go for a big brownie with my coffee this morning!

  • Andre Bowers

    Hi, this recipe sounds delicious. I’d love to make it but was wondering about some substitutions. I’ve never seen ‘ “coffee extract”. Can I use a teaspoon of ‘espresso” instead? Also, I’ve never seen, “espresso powder.” Can you suggest possible substitutions?

    • Jennifer Farley

      Hi Andre! As always, we can never promise that substitutions will give you the same quality results as the original ingredients. Everything here can be purchased at gourmet or speciality stores as well as online shops such as Amazon. You can try omitting the extract and powder but the final product will be more like traditional brownies.

  • Jess

    Sounds like a good time, well worth the headache, Jen. Love the fudginess factor on these brownies, Roxana – looking forward to trying them!

  • Emma @ Just Shmying Around

    these look unreal, i wanna make that frosting and put it on everything!

  • Katie Brigstock

    These look delicious! I love coffee and chocolate but I always think the coffee flavour gets lost in recipes however this espresso flavour topping looks like it would give them that extra coffee kick! I can’t wait to try them! x

  • Katie Brigstock

    These look delicious! I am a huge fan of coffee and chocolate but think that sometimes the coffee flavour gets lost in some recipes but this espresso frosting looks like it would give them that extra coffee kick! I can’t wait to try them! x

  • Lisa

    These look amazing…coffee and chocolate…perfect combination. I usually use a 70% bittersweet for baking, how do you think it would work in this recipe?

    • Jennifer Farley

      I think that would be wonderful!

  • Becky

    Is coffee extract easy to find? I have never used it, but assume it’s in the same area as vanilla extract? Love coffee and chocolate together and I think this combination would really let the coffee flavor shines as it sometimes gets lost. If extract cannot be found would espresso powder or cold espresso be a good substitute? Thanks!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’ve seen it online and in specialty shops. I think you could easily swap it out for some room temp espresso and (optionally) a small spoonful of espresso powder to kick up the flavor.

  • rumela

    Oh so yummy! I want to try this recipe soon!!

  • Linda

    I made these yesterday to bring to work for “Chocolate Day” and so far they are a hit. I made a double batch to bring some to my old unit and the tray of extras is on my desk which was my first mistake…I can’t stay out of them! Jennifer I do have a question for you on these. My frosting doesn’t have the little flecks of espresso….did you use a particular grind? Mine was a pretty fine powder. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    • Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking

      Hi Linda,
      So glad to hear these brownies were a hit for the Chocolate day at work. Actually chocolate day sounds lots of fun!
      To answer your question, I use Espresso Powder from King Arthur Flour. Hope that helps.