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Cappuccino Brownies

There’s something magical in coffee that intensifies the flavor of chocolate. These three-layer wonders freeze well, but somehow most of them disappear before they reach the freezer. —Susie Jones, Buhl, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter, cut up
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Dissolve coffee granules in hot water. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in vanilla, chocolate mixture and coffee mixture. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture until blended. Fold in walnuts.
  • Transfer to a greased and floured 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For topping, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until blended. Add confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and vanilla; beat on low speed until combined. Spread over bars. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • For glaze, dissolve coffee granules in hot water. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; cool slightly. Stir in cream and coffee mixture. Spread over cream cheese layer. Let stand until set. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled brownies in plastic wrap and foil. To use, thaw at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 brownie: 353 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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