Need a jolt? Look no further than these Gooey Espresso Brownies! Gooey chocolate infused with espresso will wake you up and give you the sugar jolt you need to get through the day!
I’m keeping this short. You have brownies to bake in time for tomorrow’s breakfast and I need you to get started.
My words will be short. Photos will be shoved in yo’ face. More photos than words.
Flow with me… These brownies.
There’s about ½ cup of espresso in these brownies. Yah, I did that. Why? Because coffee is for breakfast, and for some reason chocolate is not. Some people frown upon it. The only way I could have a brownie for breakfast was by adding copious amounts of espresso to brownie batter.
Chocolate. Loads of melted chocolate. So.Much.Chocolate. A little bit of cocoa powder. Chocolate chips.
All mixed in one glorious bowl and then baked just enough. Just enough because this mama jamma stays underbaked and gooey. Theoretically, you must wait three hours for the brownie batter to set.
I am impatient. So impatient. I did no such thing. I popped the pan in the freezer and allowed the brownie batter to set, not freeze. Just set. Not pictured the dulce de leche I drizzled over them. So much of it. Dulce de leche. Do that shit. Don’t skip it.
I cut the brownies and because it was Saturday I could afford the all day, up until 2AM coffee jolt this brownie gave me. I’m sensitive to caffeine. Worth it, ‘cause this brownie is gooey like a mothertrucker.
So… If you dig:
So much chocolate
Underbaked, gooey brownies.
This one’s for you, boo.
Gooey Espresso Brownies
- All-purpose flour, spooned in measuring cup then leveled - 1¼ cup
- salt - 1 teaspoon
- Unsweetened cocoa powder - 2 tablespoons
- semi sweet chocolate chips - 11 ounces (about 2 cups)
- Unsalted butter, cut into pieces - 1 cup (2 sticks)
- Granulated sugar - 1 cup
- Light brown sugar, tightly packed - 1 cup
- Ground espresso - scant 1/2 cup
- Large eggs, room temperature - 5
- Vanilla bean paste - 1 tablespoon
- semi-sweet chocolate chips* - 1 cup
- Dulce de leche (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray an 8x8 square pan with cooking spray and line the pan with parchment paper leaving a slight overhang.
To a medium bowl add flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Whisk to combine and set aside.
In a large bowl set over a small saucepan half-filled with simmering water, add the chocolate and butter. Stirring occasionally, allow the butter and chocolate to melt completely. Turn off the heat and remove the bowl from the pot of simmering water. Add the sugars and espresso and whisk to completely combine. Set aside and allow the mixture to come to room temperature.
Add 3 eggs to the chocolate/sugar/espresso mixture and whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the remaining eggs (2) and whisk until combined. Stir in the vanilla bean paste, but be sure NOT to over-whisk at this stage. Otherwise, this will change the texture of your brownie.
Sprinkle the flour mixture over the chocolate/espresso mixture and with a rubber spatula, fold until somewhat combined, but you can still see large bits of flour. Add the chocolate chips* and fold until mostly combined.
Pour the brownie batter into the pan. Place in the oven and bake for 43-45 minutes, rotating the pan midway through baking. What you’re looking for is the edges to be set, but the middle should jiggle a bit when the pan is moved. Don’t worry, this will all set.
Remove from the oven and allow the brownies to cool for at least 4-5 hours before cutting. Lift from the pan, cut into squares (large or small) and serve. Note – The brownies will be very gooey. And you’re going to dig that. Drizzle with dulce de leche, if desired. Or serve with ice cream.
Store at room temperature in an airtight container or wrap with plastic wrap for up to 3 days.
Makes 9 large brownies, 18 smaller brownies
*Note: For photo purposes, I folded half the chocolate chips into the batter and sprinkled half on top of the batter.
Brownie recipe adapted from Brown Eyed Baker