Triple-Chocolate and Espresso Brownies

A triple-threat chocolate treat, these dense chocolate brownies are topped with a delectable layer of chocolate and cream cheese frosting and a sprinkling of chocolate-covered espresso beans.

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  • Yields: 20 brownies
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Bake: 30 mins 350°F
  • Cool: 45 mins
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Triple-Chocolate and Espresso Brownies
Ingredients
1/2
cup butter
4
ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
3
ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
1
cup sugar
2
eggs
1
tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder or instant coffee crystals
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/4
teaspoon baking soda
1/8
teaspoon salt
1
cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces
1
recipe Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
 
Chocolate-covered coffee beans, coarsely chopped (optional)
Directions
  1. In a medium saucepan cook and stir butter, bittersweet chocolate, and unsweetened chocolate over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; cool. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with heavy foil, extending the foil over edges of pan. Grease foil; set pan aside.
  2. Stir sugar into cooled chocolate mixture. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon just until combined. Stir in coffee powder and vanilla. In a small bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in semisweet chocolate pieces. Spread batter evenly in the prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Spread Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting over cooled brownies. Using edges of foil, lift brownies out of pan. Cut into bars. If desired, sprinkle with chopped coffee beans.
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To Store:

Place bars in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw bars, if frozen. Let refrigerated bars stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients
1/2
1
3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/4
Directions
  1. In a small saucepan, heat and stir semisweet chocolate pieces over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat; let cool. In a medium bowl, stir together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Stir in melted chocolate until smooth.
Nutrition Facts (Triple-Chocolate and Espresso Brownies)
    Per serving:
  • 250 kcal cal.,
  • 15 g fat
  • (9 g sat. fat,
  • 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 4 g monounsatured fat),
  • 36 mg chol.,
  • 93 mg sodium,
  • 29 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 23 g sugar,
  • 3 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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