Mocha Brownies Recipe

There are plenty of fun ways to make brownies (you know, one of the best desserts in the entire world). There's just something about the gooey treats that is so comforting, and thinking of enjoying one with a cold glass of milk makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. These mocha brownies combine the traditional brownies flavor with a touch of espresso powder, making them absolutely perfect for any coffee lover. The combination of the chocolate and mocha is incredible, and trust us when we tell you that you're going to want to make these over and over again.

Recipe developer Jessica Morone is great at making sweet treats recipes, and this is no exception. "My favorite thing about this recipe is that you can make the whole recipe in one bowl, so it is really quick and easy," Morone shares. "I love the addition of coffee in brownies because it really adds a depth of flavor that regular brownies don't have." 

Keep scrolling to find out how to make these incredible brownies.

Gather the ingredients for the mocha brownies

The great part about these brownies is that they require just a few common ingredients, making it simple for bakers who may already have a lot of things at home. When you head to the store, you will need to get some unsalted butter and granulated sugar. Next, swing by the baking aisle and pick up vanilla extract. And what recipe for mocha brownies would be complete without some instant espresso powder?

Moving down the list, you will also need some eggs and all-purpose flour. Next, pick up cocoa powder and salt. After that, you can head home and get to work! 

Take care of prepping the basics

As with most recipes for brownies, you will need an oven to make these tasty treats. Before you do anything else, be sure to turn the dial of your oven to 350 F. That way, it has time to get nice and hot as you tend to the rest of the prep work. This step is very important because if you don't take the time to preheat the oven, it could ruin the brownies. 

Next, grab an 8x8-inch baking pan and grease it with cooking spray. After that, be sure to line the baking pan with parchment paper. Set the pan to the side. Now, melt your butter. Place it in a large, microwave-safe bowl so you can use the bowl to add the rest of your ingredients later. "I would just melt the butter in [the microwave], it should be melted after about 30 seconds," Morone shares. Be sure to do this ahead of time as the melted butter is easier to mix with the other ingredients.

Mix your ingredients

Once your butter is melted, add the sugar, vanilla extract, and espresso powder to the bowl. Crack the two eggs over the side of the bowl and discard the shells. Beat the eggs with the other ingredients until well-combined. 

Now's a good time to mention that if you want to add some extras, like chocolate chips, to the brownies, you can. "You could definitely add chocolate chips to make them extra chocolatey," Morone shares. "But if you do that, and you try to check for doneness with a toothpick, you have to be mindful that if you put the toothpick through a chocolate chip, the brownies might seem like they aren't done when they actually are." 

Finally, add the dry ingredients, including the flour, cocoa powder, and salt to the wet ingredients. Gently mix them until you form a smooth batter.

Bake the mocha brownies

With all the ingredients well-combined, pour the contents from the bowl into the prepared pan. Set the timer on your oven for 22-25 minutes, and bake until the center of the brownies is set. "If you want [the] brownies to be really fudgy, then you [should] take them out of the oven when the center is set, but has a slight jiggle," Morone notes. "If you want them to be more cakey, then cook them until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with just a few crumbs on it." 

Serve and enjoy

Once you take the brownies out of the oven, place them in a safe spot on your counter and allow them to cool. Once completely cooled, cut and serve them to your lucky guests. These are plenty rich and decadent on their own, but they would also go very well with a scoop of ice cream. And of course, don't forget to serve them with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk. And once you're done indulging, you can save the rest for later. "If you store these in an airtight container they should last 3-4 days," Morone notes. 

We hope these mocha brownies hit the spot!

Mocha Brownies Recipe
5 from 101 ratings
For the coffee lover in your life, whip up a batch of these easy and delicious mocha brownies. They prep in a single bowl and will be ready in 35 minutes.
Prep Time
Cook Time
mocha brownies cooling on rack
Total time: 32 minutes
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ tablespoon instant espresso powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Lightly grease an 8x8-inch baking pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, and espresso powder. Beat in the eggs until well combined.
  3. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Gently mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until the batter is smooth. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake the brownies for 22-25 minutes in the preheated oven, until the center of the brownies is set.
  5. Allow the brownies to cool to room temperature, then cut and serve.
Calories per Serving 190
Total Fat 10.9 g
Saturated Fat 6.6 g
Trans Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 56.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 22.9 g
Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
Total Sugars 16.8 g
Sodium 62.8 mg
Protein 2.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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