So, last week we were all "it's been a rough day, we need some chocolate." Ok. So maybe that was at breakfast today too but just go with it...
For these goldi-locked bakers, chocolate chip cookies seemed like not enough chocolate and chocolate cake seemed like not enough chocolate, but brownies sounded just right. Brownies with a caffeine kick. The Cappuccino Brownie. We know, sounds fancy, right?
Now, we use the term "brownie" very loosely here. It's more like coffee-scented fudge. Brownies cooked to that perfect point in between gooey and gross.
As a result, it would maybe be inappropriate to serve these to guests because they would inevitably be covered in chocolatey coffee scrumptiousness and you'd have to tell them that they have chocolate on their face and then they would, in turn, tell you that you have chocolate on your white shirt and you're thinking "why did I wear white today when I knew I was going to be eating under-cooked chocolate coffee fudge, of course I was going to spill something on it!" So annoying. But Oxy Clean works miracles. Really.
Rather, we recommend just eating these by yourself. The whole pan. With a tall glass of milk. For breakfast is ok too.
Makes 36 brownies
1 pound dark brown sugar
1 ½ sticks (¾ cups) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons instant espresso coffee
2 eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour a 13- by 9-inch baking pan.
Dissolve instant espresso into 1 tablespoon of boiling water. Set aside.
Heat butter and sugar together in glass bowl over a pan of hot water on the stove or in the microwave until completely dissolved. We prefer the microwave method because it's easier and cleaner. Beat until the sugar/butter mixture is smooth. Add in the dissolved coffee and allow the mixture to cool.
In a separate bowl, sift together baking powder and flour.
Once cooled, add the eggs and vanilla to the sugar/butter/coffee mixture and blend well. Then, stir in the flour mixture until blended and then add the chocolate chips. Turn into baking pan.
Bake for 25 minutes. These brownies are best slightly under-done. Seriously. Do not even think about over-baking these.
Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting and serving. PS- They are good frozen too. Yum!