If you love chocolate, coffee and brownies, you are going to love this recipe.


Once upon a time, at least 15 years ago,  I found this recipe in a magazine while at a friends house. It sounded so good that I took the time to write it down.  That was before we all had a camera phone in our hand and could snap a picture of the recipe or read it on facebook. 


I still have and use that same, hand-written recipe.

I love all things sweet … however, this dessert is truly a gourmet brownie.

Brownie on another level … kinda brownie.

May-not-be-your-kids-favorite kinda brownie, unless they too enjoy a cup of java in the mornings. Although my kids wolf them down.

These are like coffee-ice-cream kinda good.

Okay, I will get on with it. You catch my drift.

I’ve often wondered if a person could use a boxed brownie mix and top it with this frosting. But, the brownie part of this recipe is so good, I haven’t tried it.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup un-sweet cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla


  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9×13 baking pan. For thinner brownies use an 11×16.
  3. Combine dry ingredients – Flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  5. Remove from stove and mix in sugar. Then mix in eggs one at a time until blended. Add vanilla.
  6. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients. Pour into greased pan.
  7. Bake 20-25 minutes.
  8. Frosting – Dissolve coffee in vanilla and two tablespoons of water and set aside. (Note: Cooking the coffee with your butter mixture will make the flavor really strong and give it a more bitter flavor. It’s not bad, but doesn’t taste as smooth.)
  9. In saucepan, heat the brown sugar and butter until melted and well blended.
  10. Remove from heat and with a wire whisk beat in the coffee mixture then powdered sugar until smooth.
  11. Spread over the cooked brownies and let set for at least 20 minutes while hot.


Gather the goods! Mix according to the above directions.

fresh baked

Fresh baked cake right out of the oven. Brownies will pull away from the sides of the pan.

frosting ingredients

Get the frosting ingredients laid out so you can mix them together quickly.

Use your whisk to get all the lumps out and mixed smoothly.

Look at this java love! It’s wonderful. You will thank me later.

coffee brownie