Rich chocolate toffee espresso brownies are a perfect unique chocolate brownie indulgence.
There are a few posts on this blog that are what I dub “accidental recipes”. Accidental recipes happen when messing around in the kitchen, creating what you didn’t know you wanted out of what you have. In this case, I didn’t know I wanted dark chocolate-rich brownies with just a hint of espresso and toffee. At least, I didn’t know until I made them.
This past December, via various groups, I had around 4 cookie exchange parties. The thought of repeating cookie recipes for each bothered me, so I made a different cookie for every party. One party got peppermint chocolate sandwich cookies, I forget what I made for two others, and I made salted caramel chocolate chip cookies for the fourth. The cookies were almost salted toffee chocolate chips cookies. When I went shopping for the ingredients, I couldn’t find the baking caramel bits! So, not knowing if I’d make it to another store before the exchange, I picked up toffee bits as a not-identical-but-still-tastes-good substitute for the caramel. A trip to another store happened, and with caramel baking bits procured, I found myself with an “extra” bag of toffee baking bits.
So when I decided I wanted to make brownies one day, and I didn’t want “plain” brownies, I grabbed the bag, and ate a tablespoon or two of toffee bits while searching the pantry a little more. It’s called research and is very scientific. 😉 Anyway, I saw the espresso powder I use to add flavor to things like my Cuban coffee truffles, and grabbed it to add to the brownies too. These are the result, and after one bite, I had to write everything down for the blog and snap a few pictures. This way, I won’t forget what I did and can make them again.
I hope you enjoy the recipe, darlings!
- 7 ounces semisweet or dark chocolate, chopped (or you can use chips in a pinch), 198 g, about 1 1/8 cups
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter, 113 g
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 15 g
- 1 cup granulated sugar, 198 g
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 eggs, large
- 1 1/2 tbsp instant espresso powder, 9 g
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, 120 g
- 3/4 cup toffee bits, 117 g, divided
- Preheat your oven to 350 F (gas mark 4, 177 C). Spray an 8x8" pan with nonstick cooking spray (or butter well), and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl, melt together the chocolate and butter. Start with 1 minute at 50% power, then stir. Add additional 30 second increments, as needed, until smooth. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and espresso powder. Stir in the eggs one at a time, then add the flour and two thirds of the toffee (1/2 cup). Mix until just combined and then pour into your prepared baking pan. Top the brownies with the remaining toffee bits.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until the brownies look slightly puffed and the edges are just starting to set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack at least 1 hour until the brownies come to room temperature. Remove from the pan and cut into squares. Enjoy!