Delectable Mocha Brownies Recipe: Savor the Richness

My dear coffee lovers, I have something special for you today! If you are anything like me, then you can’t resist a delicious cup of coffee, especially when it comes in the form of a sweet treat. That’s why I am excited to share this mocha brownies recipe with you.

I have always been passionate about combining my love for coffee and chocolate into mouthwatering desserts that will satisfy any sweet tooth. So, it was no wonder when I stumbled upon this recipe that my taste buds were jumping with joy. Trust me; these chocolatey, gooey, and rich mocha brownies are just what you need to get your caffeine fix in the most delicious way.

Coffee lovers know there is nothing quite like the taste and aroma of freshly brewed espresso or some instant coffee granules. It adds the perfect kick to these fudgy brownies that will make your taste buds go crazy. The best part? They are so versatile; whether you are making them for a quick dessert or a potluck party, everyone will love them.

So break out your oven mitts and mixing bowls because it’s time to indulge in these decadent mocha brownies that will become a family favorite in no time. With just a little bit of baking magic (and some help from this recipe), you’ll be making the most delicious mocha brownies in your kitchen. Get ready to treat yourself to the best coffee brownie experience ever!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Brownies
Mocha Brownies

Are you a fan of chocolate and coffee? Then get ready to fall in love with this recipe for mocha brownies! These delectable treats combine the bold flavors of dark chocolate and espresso coffee, creating the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness in every bite.

Not only are these brownies incredibly delicious, but they’re also easy to make. This recipe uses simple ingredients, most of which you likely have in your pantry already. In fact, one of the beauty of this recipe is that you can always substitute some ingredients like margarine for unsalted butter or use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar if you don’t have those items on hand.

What sets these mocha brownies apart from other chocolate desserts is the addition of espresso powder. By adding espresso to the batter, it enhances the flavor of cocoa, making it richer and deeper in taste. These brownies are almost like a decadent dessert and a pick-me-up all at once!

One thing that makes me love these mocha brownies is their versatility. Have them as a late-night snack, pair them with coffee or milk at breakfast, or serve them alongside ice cream for dessert – there’s no wrong way to enjoy these chocolatey delights!

So if you’re looking for a dessert that packs a flavorful punch and is incredibly easy to make (and enjoy!), then give this mocha brownie recipe a try. Trust me – your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Decadent and rich Mocha Brownies ready to be sliced!
Decadent and rich Mocha Brownies ready to be sliced!

Let’s take a look at what we need to make these decadent Mocha Brownies:

  • Brownie Mix: 1 (18.3 oz) box
  • Unsalted Butter: 1/2 cup, melted
  • Eggs: 2 large
  • Water: 1/4 cup
  • Instant Coffee Granules: 2 tsp
  • Cocoa Powder: 3/4 cup, spooned and leveled
  • All-Purpose Flour: 1/2 cup
  • Powdered Sugar: 1/2 cup
  • Dark Chocolate: 100g, melted
  • Espresso Powder: 1 tsp

For the mocha buttercream frosting:
Unsalted Butter: 1/2 cup, room temperature
Powdered Sugar: 2 cups
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: 3/4 cup, spooned and leveled
Espresso Coffee: 2 tsp
Water: 1 to 2 tbsp

Note: please refer to sections (5) to (8) for substitution options, variations, tips for perfect results, and make-ahead instructions.

The Recipe How-To

 You can't resist the gooey dark chocolate combined with espresso in these brownies!
You can’t resist the gooey dark chocolate combined with espresso in these brownies!

Now that you have all the ingredients ready, we can move onto the fun part – making the mocha brownies!

Preheat and Prep

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) for a conventional oven or at 325°F (163°C) for a convection oven.
  2. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish with butter or shortening.
  3. You can line the dish with parchment paper for easy removal and clean-up.

Brownie Mix

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt one cup of unsalted butter and ½ cup of dark chocolate in 30-second increments until both ingredients mixture is smooth.
  2. Add instant coffee granules to the mixture and stir until dissolved.
  3. Alternatively, you can also use espresso powder for a stronger coffee flavor.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add 2 cups of granulated sugar and 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder.
  5. Combine brownie mix ingredients by stirring them together.
  6. Then add four large eggs (at room temperature), one teaspoon of vanilla extract, one teaspoon of salt, and two teaspoons of instant coffee granules or espresso powder to the mixing bowl.
  7. Stir until all ingredients are well combined and batter is smooth.


  1. Pour the batter into your greased baking dish and smooth evenly on top with a spatula.
  2. Place your dish in the oven and bake for about 35-40 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean aside from some fudgy crumbs sticking to it.
  3. Remove from the oven once done and let it cool in its dish for about twenty minutes.

Chocolate Mocha Ganache

  1. Heat up ¼ cup of water and mix it with two teaspoons of instant coffee granules in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir until the coffee granules have dissolved.
  2. Melt 1 1/2 cups of chopped dark chocolate over a double boiler or use the microwave at 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring with a spatula in between, until chocolate is completely melted.
  3. Add the coffee mixture into the melted chocolate and whisk together to make the chocolate mocha ganache.

Assembling and Serving

  1. Once your brownies are cooled, spread the freshly made ganache on top – be generous!
  2. Chill brownies for an hour in the fridge before slicing them.
  3. Use a sharp knife to cut into desired sized pieces.
  4. Serve when chilled for the best chocolaty flavor or let them reach room temperature to experience that delicious fudgy texture inside.

Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy your delicious mocha brownies while sipping on some hot coffee or even better, some Irish mocha!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect marriage of coffee and chocolate, ready to be indulged!
The perfect marriage of coffee and chocolate, ready to be indulged!

If you’re looking to switch things up a bit, or if some ingredients in the recipe are not your cup of coffee, there are a few substitutions, and variations you could try your hand at.

One substitution that is quite common in baking is to replace butter with margarine or shortening. While it won’t give you the same flavor as using butter, margarine and shortening could make your mocha brownies moist with a longer shelf life.

In case you don’t have instant coffee granules on hand or prefer to use brewed coffee instead, dissolve two teaspoons of instant espresso powder in a quarter cup of brewed coffee, and add it to the mixture. This will give your brownies an intense coffee flavor.

If you don’t have enough unsalted butter, but still crave those perfect chewy mocha brownies, just substitute half of the unsalted butter in the recipe for peanut butter. This combination will lend your brownies a nutty undertone along with that perfect chocolate mocha flavor.

For a gluten-free alternative, replace all-purpose flour with gluten-free flour. You may not get the exact same texture as using regular flour, but it will do the trick in terms of taste.

Lastly, another variation that’s worth trying is adding chunks of dark chocolate or white chocolate chips into the batter. The melted chocolate and coffee brownie combination in every bite are sure to tickle your taste buds.

With these substitutions and variations added to your baking arsenal, you can tailor this mocha brownies recipe to fit every preference or dietary requirement.

Serving and Pairing

 These brownies are your perfect companion when you're craving for chocolate and coffee!
These brownies are your perfect companion when you’re craving for chocolate and coffee!

When it comes to serving mocha brownies, I recommend cutting them into small squares as these little bites are quite rich and indulgent. They are perfect for a mid-morning or afternoon treat, or even as a dessert after dinner.

But what’s better than indulging in a rich and decadent chocolate dessert? Pairing it with a cup of coffee, of course! The mocha flavor in these brownies pairs perfectly with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. I recommend brewing a strong pot of coffee and enjoying it alongside your delicious chocolate mocha brownies.

If you’re looking to mix things up, you can also try pairing these brownies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The creamy sweetness from the ice cream complements the rich chocolate flavor and adds an extra layer of indulgence to the dish.

Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, try pairing your mocha brownies with a glass of red wine. This might sound unusual, but the deep rich flavor pairs surprisingly well with the flavors in the brownie. Just make sure to stick to a fruitier variety like a Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon.

In conclusion, mocha brownies are incredibly versatile and can be paired with a range of different drinks depending on your mood and preferences. Whether you go for coffee, ice cream or wine, you’re in for an indulgent treat when you enjoy these decadent treats.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Bite into these mocha brownies and let the flavors overwhelm your senses!
Bite into these mocha brownies and let the flavors overwhelm your senses!

When it comes to Mocha Brownies, they are best served fresh out of the oven, but if you have leftovers or want to make them ahead of time, there are ways to ensure they stay moist and delicious.

To make these brownies in advance, you can bake them a day or two prior to serving. Once the brownies have cooled completely, wrap them tightly with plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container at room temperature. The brownies will remain fresh for up to four days.

If you want to enjoy your Mocha Brownies over a longer period of time, it’s possible to freeze them. To do so, make sure the brownies have completely cooled before wrapping individual portions in plastic wrap and placing them in an airtight container. These brownies can be kept in the freezer for up to three months.

When you’re ready to eat the frozen brownies, let them sit at room temperature for a few hours before serving to allow them to thaw and return to their full flavor and texture.

To reheat Mocha Brownies that were previously baked, simply place them on a baking sheet and heat in a preheated oven at 350°F for about five minutes or until warmed through. If you want to keep your brownies moist while reheating them, cover with aluminum foil during the process.

Keep in mind that once you have reheated your Mocha Brownies, they should be consumed within two days. Always ensure that the stored or reheated brownies are covered properly and stored in an airtight container to maintain their freshness. Trust me, no one wants dry or stale brownies!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Elevate your brownie game with the addition of coffee and chocolate chips!
Elevate your brownie game with the addition of coffee and chocolate chips!

When it comes to baking mocha brownies, following the recipe correctly is key to achieving perfect results. However, there are still some tips and tricks that can help make your brownies even better. Here are some tips I recommend for perfecting your mocha brownies:

Firstly, make sure you use good quality chocolate in your brownies. Chocolate is the star ingredient in brownies, so it’s important to use a high-quality dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids. This will give your brownies a rich, intense flavor that perfectly complements the coffee.

Secondly, do not over-bake your brownies. Over-baking can dry out the brownies and cause them to become hard and crumbly. It’s best to take them out of the oven when there are still a few moist crumbs sticking to a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies.

Thirdly, melt the butter and chocolate together gently in a double boiler instead of using the microwave. This ensures that the chocolate doesn’t burn and the butter doesn’t separate or bubble up.

Fourthly, while adding instant coffee granules to your batter for flavoring, mix them well with water before adding them to avoid lumps in your batter.

Fifth, do not skip greasing your baking pan with shortening or margarine before pouring in your mocha brownie batter; this will make removal a breeze!

Lastly, let your mocha brownies cool completely before cutting them into portions. This allows the chocolate to set and makes it easier to handle so they won’t crumble when sliced.

In conclusion, these simple steps can make a big difference when making mocha brownies from scratch and create an unforgettable taste experience for you and your loved ones.


Before wrapping up this recipe, I would like to address some of the most frequently asked questions about this mocha brownies recipe. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or new to the kitchen, these helpful tips and clarifications will ensure your experience making these chocolate delights is a success. So let’s dive into the answers below!

What does adding coffee to brownie mix do?

Incorporating coffee into your brownie recipe enhances the richness and intensity of the chocolate flavor, just as it does in chocolate desserts.

What is the secret to moist brownies?

Looking to elevate the taste of your boxed brownies? Swap out the water for rich and creamy milk. Not only does milk add more flavor, but its higher fat content will result in brownies that are even more indulgent and decadent.

Does adding coffee to brownie mix make it better?

For a bakery-level fudgy brownie experience, try substituting water with coffee. Chocolate and coffee are known to work in harmony, often featuring together in gourmet chocolate desserts and other sweet treats.

What are Starbucks brownies made of?

The ingredients for this recipe include enriched flour, sugar, eggs, canola oil, and milk chocolate. The milk chocolate is made up of cocoa butter, Belgian unsweetened chocolate, whole milk powder, nonfat dry milk, milk fat, and soy lecithin. Additionally, there is a semi-sweet chocolate included in the recipe.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the mocha brownies recipe is truly a delightful treat that’s easy to make and full of mouth-watering flavors. With its irresistible chocolate and coffee combo, it’s no wonder why it’s a popular choice for dessert lovers all over the world. Just follow the simple steps provided in this article, and you’ll be making these delicious treats in no time.

To enhance your experience and give your taste buds a real kick, consider incorporating some variations or substitutions mentioned in this article. Whether you prefer to use margarine instead of butter or want to add dark chocolate chips to your batter, there are many ways you can customize this recipe to suit your preferences.

So if you’re looking for a delicious and easy-to-make dessert recipe that won’t disappoint, give the mocha brownies recipe a try. It’s perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a family gathering or just a casual night in with friends. Trust us – your taste buds will thank you!

Mocha Brownies

Mocha Brownies Recipe

Delightful brownies dedicated to those who crave chocolate and coffee!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 brownies
Calories 137.4 kcal



  • 1 (22 1/2 ounce) box betty crocker Original Supreme brownie mix (with chocolate syrup pouch)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

Mocha Frosting

  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon very hot water
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter or 2 tablespoons margarine, softened
  • 2 -3 teaspoons water

Chocolate Chip Glaze

  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening


  • Heat oven to 350ºF.
  • Grease bottom only of 13x9-inch pan.
  • In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, chocolate syrup, water, oil and eggs about 50 strokes or until well blended. (Mixture may be lumpy.)
  • Stir 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules into batter.
  • Spread batter in pan.
  • Bake 28 to 30 minutes (bake 25 to 27 minutes if using dark nonstick metal) or until toothpick inserted 2 inches from side of pan comes out clean or almost clean.
  • Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • In large bowl, dissolve 2 teaspoons instant coffee in hot water.
  • Stir in remaining frosting ingredients until smooth and spreadable.
  • Spread frosting over brownies.
  • In 1-quart saucepan, heat glaze ingredients over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth; drizzle over brownies.
  • For brownies, cut into 6 rows by 6 rows.
  • Store tightly covered.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 34gCalories: 137.4kcalCarbohydrates: 21.1gProtein: 1.1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1.4gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 63.8mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 7.2g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Bars, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, For Large Groups
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