Sep 21 2010

I’ll Take My Coffee with a Hit of Chocolate

Published by at 9:12 am under Dessert

The other night I went out for a comfort food dinner of lasagna and fresh-baked bread at Chow, and after sipping a glass of white wine, it occurred to me that I’m still about eight years old at heart. After my plate was taken away, all I could think about were brownies.

It’s no revelation that I love sweets (who doesn’t?) but I’m sure everyone will understand that after some dinners, chocolate isn’t an option. It’s a necessity. A lifeline.

Back at my apartment I found away to unite my young and old souls with Chocolate Coffee Brownies. The gooey chocolate is everything your inner eight-year old craves, but the bitter, aromatic coffee taste adds just the complexity your sophisticated side craves. These brownies fall somewhere in between sweet and bittersweet, and you even get a little caffeine in the mix.

Still, a brownie is a brownie. Don’t even think about eating this one without a tall glass of cold milk for dunking.

Chocolate Coffee Brownies

Adapted from the Fudgy Coffee Brownies on

Ingredients (Makes 20 brownies):

2 sticks butter

5 oz. unsweetened chocolate

3 tbsp. instant coffee

1 and 3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

5 eggs

1 cup flour

1 tsp. salt

1/3 cup milk chocolate chips

Powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 x 13-inch baking pan.

In a large saucepan, melt butter, chocolate and coffee on low heat, stirring continuously (keep the flame very low and avoid boiling to ensure the chocolate doesn’t burn). Remove from heat and set aside for about 5 minutes to cool.

Stir in sugar about a half a cup at a time, then stir in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, using a whisk to break up yolks and incorporate them into the batter. Stir in flour, then salt, then finally the chocolate chips.

Pour batter into baking pan and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the brownies comes out clean. Cool completely, and sprinkle powdered sugar on top, if desired. Cut evenly into squares.

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