Yesterday I made a delicious brownie recipe, something that is perfect for these last cold months of winter. Filled with chocolate, coffee, and caramel bits, they are scrumptious when first coming out of the oven, and perfect for a late night treat with a warm drink. You could make this by taking a box mix and adding the coffee, chips, and caramel, but I really wanted to try and make some from scratch. I was so happy that I did!
- 3 ounces of baking chocolate
- 2 sticks of butter
- 1 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/2 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 3 eggs
- 2 Tablespoons of instant coffee
- Handful of caramel bits (I used Werther’s soft caramels and cut them in half)
- Baking chocolate chips (I bought the chunky kind)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 inch glass baking dish (or something close to those measurements.
- In microwave safe bowl, melt chopped baking chocolate. Once melted, put aside and melt your butter in another bowl. Add them both together in a large mixing bowl.
- Whisk the sugar, vanilla, flour, cocoa powder, and salt into the butter and chocolate mixture. Whisk in the eggs and instant coffee and mix for about a minute until it is smooth (and it is a bit thick at this stage)
- Stir in your caramel bits and chocolate chips. I added chunks of sea salt as well and mixed everything together.
- Pour the batter into your baking dish and put it in the oven. It should bake between 30 – 35 minutes (mine baked for 32)
- Let cool before you serve. The caramels do tend to sink to the bottle, which wasn’t a problem for me, but you want to wait at least 10 minutes before you cut them up, or the caramel will still be liquid and it will make a mess! They are delicious hot, but also serve well when they are cold and you have a nice drink!
If you make these, let me know what you think! They have a mocha flavor to them, the coffee isn’t super strong, so they go well with a nice cup of coffee still. I think this is the perfect end-of-winter treat to warm me up!
I’ve been working on a lot of fun projects lately, which has been making me feel very creative. I came across this quote which I love, and thought I would share:
“The ability to take what is most painful in the human condition and then redeem it in a work of beauty has always been seen as the sacred task of artists.”
— Roger Scruton