White Chocolate Espresso Brownies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

Espresso powder and white chocolate takes these brownies to a whole new level!

One of the best jobs I’ve had, just out of highschool, was working at a coffee shop.  I worked in pretty much all the stations; coffee, dishes, waitress and kitchen.  It was really my first experience working in the kitchen…and I only wish I’d paid better attention!

Javas was not just popular for their coffee, but also for their baked goods.  They made a killer brownie, and amazing chocolate mousse pie.  But, my all-time favorite dessert was the double chocolate espresso bars.  They had a dense dark chocolate cookie base with not just a hint, but a whack of espresso coffee flavor.  On top of the chocolatey-espresso cookie base was sweet white chocolate chip topping, and drizzle…I think.  It’s hard to remember at this point.

I stumbled upon the brownie recipe from my former workplace in a charity cookbook, and knew I had to make them!  But I wanted incorporate those white chocolatey, espresso flavors in that I loved so much.

White Chocolate Espresso Brownies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

White Chocolate Espresso Brownies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

I’ve been avoiding making brownies for a reason.  Don’t tell anyone:  I’m not that much of a chocoholic.

Please don’t judge me!  It’s just that sometimes, I find chocolate desserts to be too rich.  Often, I’d prefer a light, lemony cookie.  Or a cinnamon-sugar apple blondie.

But sometimes a rich, dense, gooey dessert is just called for.  Especially when I packs a caffeine-fueled wallop!

White Chocolate Espresso Brownies | sweetpeasandsaffron.com

These brownies are dense.  Gooey.  Chocolatey.  They have a definite espresso flavor…a double dose from the brownies and the ultra-thin, sweet chocolate espresso frosting.  And a creamy, sweet white chocolate drizzle.

The batter came together easily during nap-time.  And the frosting and white chocolate drizzle were so quick I could do that part while Kai was partially entertained by his exersaucer.  {of course while saying ‘look at me mom, look at me!’ as best a 6-month old can}

Translation:  Delicious.  Fast.  Easy.

White Chocolate Espresso Brownies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 9
  • ½ cup butter (unsalted; melted; 113g)
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (100g)
  • ½ cup brown sugar (110g)
  • ⅓ cup cocoa powder (40g)
  • 2 eggs (medium)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all purpose flour (63g; fluffed, spooned & leveled)
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons espresso powder
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter (unsalted; at room temperature; 28g)
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar (30g)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder (15g)
  • ½ tablespoon espresso powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips (for melting)
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips (to scatter over frosted brownies)
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Line a metal pan with foil; grease with spray oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine melted butter with sugars and cocoa powder. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. In a separate, small bowl, mix flour with baking powder and espresso powder. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Fold in white chocolate chips.
  4. Pour batter into pan; bake for 15-20 minutes, until edges pull away from foil and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.
  1. Combine butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder, and espresso powder and beat with electric mixer until well combined. Add vanilla and milk- add the milk by the tablespoon until you reach the consistency you would like. Spread over cooled brownies.
  1. Melt white chocolate in 10 second increments in the microwave, stirring frequently. Pour into a ziplock bag, snip the corner, and drizzle over frosted brownies. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips, if desired.


Recipe adapted from Java’s Coffeehouse recipe in the Bulkley Valley Community Cancer Care Cookbook (volume 1)

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