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Mocha Brownies – June’s Dessert of the Month

Before you say it, yes…brownies were dessert of the month in April…just a few short weeks ago. But Caramel Cashew Brownies and these Mocha Brownies are different. Very, very different.

I know. I know.

This is really an indication that I have a brownie problem.

Please. Send help. Brownies anonymous, anyone?!

So I served these to a group of ladies last week…and well they got an interesting response. Lizzie said that she doesn’t like the taste of coffee AT ALL, but thought they were delicious. And Becky let the word “tongue-gasmic” slip as she was describing them.

I will take them both as complements. And you should take them as…I better make these right now!

Seriously, I might have binged on these a little.

Here are the culprits. Both of these goodies I got at the BlogHer Food conference.  I have not priced out the dark chocolate with roasted cacao nibs because I’m afraid to know.  But here’s the thing…any dark chocolate bar will do.  These don’t HAVE to have the roasted cacao nibs.  Although they were a crunchy-licious addition. (If you look close enough, there is a little black arrow in the top photo. That’s one of the cacao nibs.)

The real kickers in this recipe are the 2 (not 1), but 2 via instant coffee strips. (Are these called strips?! I’m blanking on what these little container/bag/holder things are called?! Do they even have a name?!) These are mandatory. They are often on sale…and I’ve even seen coupons.

The general method for making these is identical to the Caramel Cashew Brownies…with just a few ingredient switches.

I won’t keep you waiting any longer…here they are!

Mocha Brownies

Adapted from Caramel Cashew Brownies

Yield – 16 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 35 minutes


  • 4 oz. dark chocolate,  chopped
  • 1 cup (dairy-free) margarine or butter
  • 2 cups chocolate chips, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla (or use homemade vanilla extract!)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 packets Starbucks via instant coffee


  • Preheat the oven to 350 and grease and flour a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Melt the chopped dark chocolate with the margarine or butter and 1 cup of the chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir together. Let cool while you start on the next part.
  • In a stand mixer or mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla. After the chocolate mixture has cooled, beat it into the eggs mixture. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
  • Then gently fold in the instant coffee and the rest of the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean in the center.
  • Let cool slightly before cutting and serving.
  • Try not to binge. Try really hard! 😉