Triple-Chocolate Espresso Brownies

Well we are halfway through the week already and I figured why not celebrate with some outrageously decadent brownies! For some of us this week may already be a short week after having Monday off for MLK Day. Either way, there is only two more work days untill the weekend. To help you make it through until 5 pm on Friday you need to rush home tonight and whip up a batch of these brownies. Seriously, make these. Tonight!! And come back and thank me. 😀 That is unless you don’t enjoy rich, fudgy, deep dark chocolate brownies. And seriously if there is someone out there that doesn’t, I need to meet you! I promise this recipe will change your mind.

They are fudgy in the middle with a shiny, tissue-thin crackly top. They have those incredibly chewy edges pieces for those fans out there. Personally I have always been a center piece gal. That moist, dense, chocolately center is what dreams are made of! 😀 Serve these brownies warm, topped with ice cream and hot fudge sauce. You might even want to throw some chopped nuts on top, you know, to get you through the rest of the week!


Triple-Chocolate Espresso Brownies


  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into quarters
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar (8.75 ounces)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour (5 ounces)
  • Directions:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 8-inch square 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. Place another piece of parchment paper in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
    In medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of almost-simmering water, melt chocolates and butter, stirring occasionally until mixture is smooth. Whisk in cocoa and espresso until smooth. Set aside to cool slightly.
    In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt until combined, about 15 seconds. Whisk warm chocolate mixture into egg mixture; then stir in flour with wooden spoon until just combined. Pour mixture into prepared pan, spread into corners, and level surface with rubber spatula; bake until slightly puffed and toothpick inserted in center comes out with a small amount of sticky crumbs clinging to it, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack to room temperature, about 2 hours.
    Using parchment overhang, lift brownies from pan. Cut into 1-inch squares and serve. Brownies can be wrapped in plastic and refrigerated up to 5 days.

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    41 Responses to “Triple-Chocolate Espresso Brownies”

    1. #
      Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — January 18, 2012 @ 12:54 pm

      Brownies with cocoa and chocolate are always the best. These look fantastic.

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      juniakk @ mis pensamientos — January 18, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

      wow sweet pea, these are double chocolate brownies! i’ve never added expresso to my brownies, but i’ve heard good things about chocolate and coffee – they match well together :).

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      Kim - Liv Life — January 18, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

      Triple Chocolate and Espresso??? Brilliant… yes please!!!

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      cravesadventure — January 18, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

      You are speaking my language with the love for brownies and coffee – yum!

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      thekalechronicles — January 18, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

      Now these are my kind of brownies — after I put walnuts in them.

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      Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 18, 2012 @ 1:47 pm

      These brownies are so up my alley! If I could make one appear on my desk right now I’d be a very happy girl.

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      Judy — January 18, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

      Absolutely! That is one of the best brownie recipes I’ve seen–will have to make it just to be sure though. 😉

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      Maggie @ Kitchie Coo — January 18, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

      These look like everything that the perfect brownie should be. Oh, and I love that they have espresso…chocolate and coffee are two of my favorite flavor combos. Yum!

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      Renate Wignall — January 18, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

      oooohhhhh *drools* I’ve seen something similar with cinnamon and one lot of chocolate was melted and the other chopped and mixed into the wet mix instead of melted. I use real coffee and have to add more flour because it’s more ‘wet’ into the mix. Looking forward to giving these a go!

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      honeywhatscooking — January 18, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

      oh this looks heavenly. I love chocolate brownies, and throw on some espresso and you’ve got a real winner. 🙂 Again, how do you not gain weight? you bake a lot! I always need to make lowfat stuff.

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      ChgoJohn — January 18, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

      These brownies look great! I especially like the tip about allowing the parchment paper to overhang the pan. It really will make removing them easier.

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      Aimee@clevermuffin — January 18, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

      Where have I been? Why haven’t I put espresso in my brownies before? It feels like that moment you discover short cut keys for cut and paste on the keyboard. Everything is going to be better now…

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      Patrice — January 18, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

      I live at 6,000 ft and boxed brownies turn out like rock if we don’t follow the high altitude directions.
      But most other baked goods are fine without adjustments. Do you think I will need to add or subtract something from these so they will be soft?

      • Christina replied: — January 24th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

        I don’t have much experience with high altitude baking (we are surrounded by corn fields). To keep the brownies soft, try adding another egg to the batter. You could also try raising the oven temperature 15°F to 25°F and bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Here is a great article about high altitude baking that you might find helpful. If you give them a try I would love to hear how they turn out! 🙂

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      Rach @ This Italian Family — January 18, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

      Oh my gracious, those just sound amazing!

    15. #
      Kelly — January 18, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

      These brownies look amazing, what a great recipe! Oh and I thought you should know my mom sent me your funfetti whoopie pie recipe and absolutely raved about your blog! xoxo

    16. #
      Emily @ Life on Food — January 18, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

      I love brownies for the crinkly top. That and the chocolate. These look delicious! Certain to help you get through the rest of the week.

    17. #
      Young Wifey — January 18, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

      I could’ve used these at 3:30 this afternoon! They look decadent!

    18. #
      Megan — January 18, 2012 @ 6:39 pm

      This is my favorite brownie recipe. I make it whenever I need to whip up a quick dessert to bring somewhere.

    19. #
      fitnessnfoodiegirl — January 18, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

      Chocolate and Coffee… you just can’t go wrong!

    20. #
      myfudo — January 18, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

      My! This brownie recipe really looks amazingly delicious… The espresso powder will indeed keep me up till the next baking day. Thanks for sharing!

    21. #
      Jen at The Three Little Piglets — January 18, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

      Just adding the words triple chocolate makes them extra good!

    22. #
      Joy — January 18, 2012 @ 8:01 pm

      You had me at triple chocolate.

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      livingth3sw33tlife — January 18, 2012 @ 9:16 pm

      You won me over with “That moist, dense, chocolately center is what dreams are made of!” OOOOHHHHH YEEEAAAAAA!! I couldn’t agree more. Such a decadent and delicious treat 🙂

    24. #
      Jill Mant~a SaucyCook — January 18, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

      Chocolate, Espresso….a winning combination and your lovely photo’s make them even more irresistible!

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      indiraadams — January 19, 2012 @ 12:04 am

      Easy ingredients and a delicious dessert? I will defiantly be making this as soon as possible. Thank you for this recipe gem!

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      sprint2thetable — January 19, 2012 @ 9:15 am

      These do look incredible! If I had to choose one dessert to eat for the rest of my life, it would be brownies. I love that little flaky crust on top.

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      RavieNomNoms — January 19, 2012 @ 9:56 am

      OH MY GOODNESS!! May I please have one? Those look amazing! I love the espresso

    28. #
      The Food Hunter — January 19, 2012 @ 9:57 am


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      IamSimplyTia — January 19, 2012 @ 10:02 am

      Please send me one…….or 10 pieces soon….please! These look so good. I am saving this recipe to try. Coffee and chocolate = Unadulterated Bliss!

    30. #
      Shannon from Healthiful Balance — January 19, 2012 @ 10:37 am

      Wow, those brownies look amazing! 🙂 Whenever I try making brownies they never look as great as yours!

    31. #
      Lacy — January 19, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

      Oh man these sound so good!! And they look heavenly! I love the added instant espresso, I’ve never tried that before. I bet these are heaven!

    32. #
      Eliot — January 19, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

      Your recipe sounds delicious. I guess great minds think alike! I have a pseudo espresso brownie scheduled to post for Saturday.

    33. #
      Marnelli — January 20, 2012 @ 3:52 am

      Oh my they look so wonderful. I love it! 🙂

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      anne duncan — January 20, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

      Love these brownies! Can’t stop eating them! 2 of my favorite things chocolate and coffee.

      • Christina replied: — February 2nd, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

        I am so glad that hear that you enjoyed the brownies Anne! Thanks for letting me know how they turned out for you! 🙂

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      Beth Michelle — January 21, 2012 @ 8:48 am

      Oooo these brownies look so decadent!!

    36. #
      ladybroomis — January 23, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

      Reblogged this on ladybroomis and commented:
      These look unbelievable and like something I would love to try to make. I just made a batch of brownies so the next one will have to be these!

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      Bibi — January 24, 2012 @ 11:39 am

      Coffee and chocolate….two of my main food groups that keep me going all day,lol Looks so delicious.

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