Coffee Cream Brownies

Rich brownies topped with a creamy coffee buttercream frosting and a decadent chocolate ganache. So rich, so chocolately, so delicious! With three layers of deliciousness, how can you go wrong? The second I saw these brownies over at Crustabakes, I knew I had to make them. Yesterday we went over to a friend’s house for a barbecue and I knew that these would be the prefect dessert to bring.

Coffee Cream Brownies

Rich brownies topped with a creamy coffee buttercream frosting and a decadent chocolate ganache.

Yield: 16 brownies


For the Brownies:
1/2 cup butter, cubed
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

For the Coffee Cream Filling:
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup confectioner’s sugar

For the Chocolate Ganache Glaze:
1 cup (6 ounces) semi sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream


Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 8 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir until combined and very smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. Add chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Add flour and baking soda and stir until just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.
Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
For the filling, in a small bowl combine cream and coffee granules. Stir until the coffee is dissolved.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and confectioners sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in coffee mixture. Spread over brownies.
For the chocolate ganache, in a small saucepan over low heat combine chocolate and heavy cream. Cook and stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is thickened. Cool slightly. Carefully spread over filling. Let chocolate gancahe set up completely before cutting.

Recipe Note: Once the brownies are completely cool, you can place the pan in the refrigerator to help the chocolate ganache set up.

Source:Crustabakes, originally from Taste of Home

31 Responses to “Coffee Cream Brownies”

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    Megan Chromik — May 22, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    These sound amazing. I always love adding espresso powder to brownies, so I know I would enjoy pairing them with a coffee cream.

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    Alicia at AliGirl Cooks — May 22, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    What a great idea! I love the coffee cream and chocolate ganache glaze! So delicious.

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    crustabakes — May 22, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Thanks so much for the mention! i hope you and everyone else from the bbq enjoyed this!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 22, 2011 @ 4:39 pm

    These brownies look amazing, no wonder you wanted to make them!

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    Happy When Not Hungry — May 22, 2011 @ 7:47 pm

    These brownies look so decadent and delicious!!!!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — May 22, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    I love this! Coffee and chocolate are two flavors made to go together. Can’t wait to try these.

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    Caroline — May 22, 2011 @ 11:32 pm

    Wow, these look so rich, moist and delicious! Yum.

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    Ryan — May 22, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

    These look amazing! I know so many coffee lovers who would adore these (including myself). :) They look so moist and delicious!

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    Kim - Liv Life — May 23, 2011 @ 12:13 am

    Oh MY!!!! I want one, please!!! I love everything about these guys… this recipe will see my kitchen soon!!!

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    Cara — May 23, 2011 @ 5:27 am

    YUM! Chocolate and Coffee are always delicious together!

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    Lena — May 23, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    mmm, this must be divine. Coffee cream is delicious! also come by to let you know that i’ve posted the peanut butter truffles brownies today and had linked it back to yours. Have a great week , Christina!

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    freshandfoodie — May 23, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    Oh my. You’re really pulling at my heart strings with this one! These look amazing and I love the idea of coffee cream.

  13. #
    Shelby — May 23, 2011 @ 8:17 pm

    These look amazing…I am definitely keeping these locked in my memory and will have to try them soon!

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    KonstantKraver — May 24, 2011 @ 2:52 am

    Oooh these look so sinful and I usually am not a fan a coffee but for these I would happily make an exception

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    shabs — May 24, 2011 @ 3:32 am

    Oh My !!! those brownies look so good and congratz on top 9 :)

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    KitchenGeisha — May 24, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    Been offline for a little bit, so I’m playing catchup with your recipes. 😀

    The first thing I thought of when I saw these (other than “feed me one NOW!”) was Chocolate Mint Brownies. I like coffee, but I’d rather have a mint brownies. So I will take this recipe and force it into a mint version.

    You gave me some great gorund work to start with, thank you!!

    • KitchenGeisha replied: — May 24th, 2011 @ 7:55 am

      Sorry, that should have been “ground work”.

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — May 24, 2011 @ 8:01 am

    These look amazing and I will be making them today!

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — May 24, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    Wow, so seriously, these look unbelievably amazing!

  19. #
    alyce — May 24, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    coffee and chocolate are two flavors that go so well together.

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    Michelle Benoit (ChocolateCentral) — May 24, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

    I’ve seen a lot of brownies. In fact, I consider myself a brownie connoisseur, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better looking brownie than these. They are brilliant!

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    Sara — May 25, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    Yum – coffee and chocolate is the perfect combination!

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    Lucie — May 25, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    These sort of remind me of a French Opéra cake–looks delightful!

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    Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie — May 25, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    Um, yes please!! This looks insanely good! Makes me wanna take a bite and smile for the camera. :-p

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    MonicaR — May 29, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

    Made these last night for a birthdayparty, converted it to metric and gave it a go (had to add more butter to the coffecream)..
    It did not disappoint :)
    Everyone loved it, and sneaked off for seconds/thirds/lost count 😀

    This recipe will make my list of recipes to bring out when I need something that will leave everyone awestruck 😉

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Christina replied: — June 6th, 2011 @ 9:57 pm

      You are so welcome! I am so glad that you were able to convert the ingredients and that everyone enjoyed them! :)

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  26. #
    Hotly Spiced — September 17, 2012 @ 8:33 pm

    The topping on these brownies looks amazing. I think that would make them extra decadent.

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    Sarah — September 18, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

    I’d like to use starbucks VIA in the coffee buttercream layer, but I’m afraid the microground coffee in it might make it gritty. Has anyone had experience with this? Should I try to dissolve it in the cream, then strain it? Thanks! :)

    • Christina replied: — September 23rd, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

      You should be able to use the Starbucks VIA in the buttercream as written in the directions since it is instant coffee. If you give these brownies a try I would love to hear how they turn out for you! :)

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    Liz — August 12, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    Lovely recipe. I have so many brownie recipes, but this one sounds special. Thank you.

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