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Espresso Brownie Bites with Kahlua Buttercream

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Espresso brownie bites are one of my very favorite, stretch it a long way recipes! Decadent, rich, chocolatey, chewy, chunky brownies with a hint of Kahlua in the creamy, buttery frosting; super versatile. Perfect for every day, holidays or any special occasion. 

If you are looking for other “makes a lot” desserts try these; sugar cookie bites (and bars), Best Easy Blondies and these decadent Mint Fudge Brownies.

Close up image of espresso brownie bite with kahlua buttercream and blue sprinkles.

This recipe is one of my favorites to make for two reasons; you can make oodles all at once, they look super fancy without much fuss and I know I said two reasons, but here’s a bonus; they are deliciously decadent!

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This is the PERFECT basic brownie recipe, once you make these you will rarely go back to boxed, I say rarely, because if I’m truly honest, sometimes it’s still quicker and easier to make a boxed brownie mix.

The only change I made here is adding some espresso powder, hence Espresso Brownie Bites, you don’t really taste the espresso, but it sure does enhance the chocolate.

How to Make Espresso Brownie Bites

Want to make a basic brownie, these are the ones for you! Just omit the espresso powder and ba-da-bing…you have moist, chewy, chocolatey brownies! Or try my Lunch Lady Brownies!

Adding sugar to butter for espresso brownie bites

Start by adding your butter to a medium sized pot, over medium heat.

Mixing in eggs for brownies

Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar. Mix in the whole eggs. Next add the vanilla.

Adding vanilla for espresso browniees

Dump in the cocoa powder, regular or dark, it doesn’t matter, I mixed half and half this time.

Adding dark cocoa powder to brownie mixture

Stir in all-purpose flour, just look at that deep dark chocolaty goodness!

Add sea salt & baking powder.

Add the flour to the one pot brownies

If desired, add espresso powder and stir well until all ingredients are combined. About 1-2 minutes by hand.

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Finally, add chocolate chips, 1 cup. I did ½ cup of mini chocolate chips and ½ cup of regular chocolate chips.

Adding mini chocolate chips to brownie batter

Pour batter into parchment lined 9×13 inch pan or spray well. Though if you plan on cutting these into shapes, you probably want to line it with foil or parchment.

Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes until sides start pulling away from edges and top has set. Don’t overbake.

brownie batter spread into pan

HOW TO OVERBAKE BROWNIES

Yes, I am being a bit tongue in cheek, but truly it’s one of our biggest mistakes we make in baking brownies! Here’s how to overbake brownies!

  1. Don’t trust the recipe.
  2. Leave brownies in longer because the center doesn’t look quite done
  3. Before you know it, you have a nice chocolate brick that you had hoped to be rich, chewy, thick brownies!
  4. Don’t overbake your brownies! Okay, I’m done, thank you for listening to this BSA (Brownie Service Announcement).

Remove from oven and allow to cool on a wire rack for 20 -30 minutes.

PRO TIP: If you need to speed up the cooling process, cool 30 minutes, then place in the freezer for 30-40 minutes until firm, but not frozen.

Brownies will slice or cut easily from this point. If need be, once frozen, remove them from the baking pan for easier storage, if you need to make oodles of brownies, it’s easy to wrap and freeze the entire pan.

Before cutting, allow to thaw for 20 minutes making cutting them much easier.

How to Make Creamy Kahlua Buttercream

Add the softened butter to the bowl of a mixer. Whip it until nice and fluffy while you prepare the espresso, cream, Kahlua mixture.

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CAN I REPLACE KAHLUA?

OF COURSE! Replace Kahlua with the same amount of cream, so instead of 1 tablespoon cream, you will now use a total of 5 tablespoons of cream.

Cream and espresso powder in measuring cup


But if you decide to use the Kahlua, then mix the espresso powder into your Kahlua and stir well to dissolve, mix into the butter mixture. Do you have one of these mini measuring cups? I use mine ALL-THE-TIME!

Mix in a pinch of salt, yes sea salt, just a pinch.

Adding powdered sugar to butter and kahlua mixture.

With mixer on low-speed, add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition.

Beat a for 1-2 minutes on medium-high, scraping down sides once or twice, until light and fluffy.

pastry bag fitted with piping tip ready to frost brownie bites

Spoon buttercream into a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip (I used Wilton #12) pictured in first picture and a star tip for the below picture. Be creative.

How to Make Brownie Bites or Buttons

To make the brownie bites, remove partially frozen brownies from freezer, lift out of pan using parchment or foil and set on cutting board.

Using a small 1 ½” round cookie cutter, cut “bites” out of the brownies as close to the edge and to one another as possible.

round cookie cutter on top of brownies making "bites"

I find it helpful to cut all the brownie bites and place into a container that you will be serving or storing in.

The large Rubbermaid Take-A-Longs are some of my favorites, they are nice and roomy and keep them fresh or frozen if you need to freeze them.

Once you have cut the brownies, begin frosting them. Starting on the outside edge, swirl around.

Or if using a smooth plain tip, just put the tip straight down and squeeze gently lifting at the same time, making a little “kiss.”

Pastry bag filled with frosting "piping" frosting kisses onto brownie bites

Below I used a star tip. Decorate them however you want, they freeze beautifully even frosted.

 rows of brownie bites with star frosting kisses.

I made these for a wedding and added a chocolate covered espresso bean to finish them off.

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What are Brownie Guts?

Oh and don’t you dare throw away the cuttings.

We call them brownie guts in our family and they are delicious by themselves, crumbled on top of ice cream, make a trifle with them or tuck them into a lunch box, anyway you want to consume them!

Brownie pieces left over after cutting bites.

And as long as we’re doing bites of things, give my Sugar Cookie Bites a try, they are perfect for the holidays, change up the sprinkles, tint the frosting and you have super easy, festive and delicious cookie bites.

hand holding a frosting brownie bite with blue sprinkles.

CHRISTMAS MINT BROWNIE BITES

Check out my recipe for Andes Mint Brownies and make these darling minty, holiday favorites!

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Everyone absolutely loved these. You will not be disappointed. I would go lighter on the Kailua though it was a little sting for me and maybe make some alternate frosting for non alcohol friends but OMG are they good