Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis’ espresso brownies are just as thick and fudgy on their own. Add the alluring sparkle of a Food Network star and it elevates this dessert to an unforgettable chocolaty experience.
What do you need to make De Laurentiis’s espresso brownies?
For this Intense Brownie recipe (ingredient quantities, recipe videos, and reviews can be found at on the Food Network website), you’ll need to have on hand: cooking spray, water, vegetable oil, eggs, espresso powder, boxed brownie mix, semisweet chocolate chips, vanilla extract, powdered sugar and unsalted butter.
In the Food Network video for this recipe, De Laurentiis explains, “Coffee and dessert can be difficult to juggle at a finger-food reception. Here’s a solution: espresso brownies. This recipe is super easy.”
How to put this recipe together
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine water, oil, eggs, espresso powder (“espresso powder gives that wonderful, strong coffee flavor but it mixes really well because it’s just powder”), and brownie mix (” Just use your favorite brownie mix. No one needs to know they’re boxed!”). Stir until it’s well mixed (“don’t over mix because I still want to keep it light and fluffy”) and add the chocolate chips. Grease the batter in a 9 by 13 pan and bake for a little over 30 minutes.
While the brownies are cooling, the Espresso Vanilla Glaze is ready. Dissolve two tablespoons of espresso powder in two tablespoons of water. Add vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and room temperature butter (“butter just hardens the glaze faster and gives it a thicker consistency”) and whisk until well combined. This glaze is now poured over the brownies and kept in the refrigerator until the glaze is set. Cut brownies into serving size portions and enjoy!
Home cooks praise De Laurentiis’ espresso brownies
Reviewers liked De Laurentiis’s brownies but they went on a sweet glaze.
“I’m not a big fan of brownies. Glaze, ohmi… especially this one, Crazy Cake!! Tastes of combo, really good baked, cake is like a donut!!! Just me washing it Give me a big pot of black coffee!!! 5 stars are for the glaze!,” said a home cook.
Another reviewer said, “I’ve made this recipe dozens of times with a variety of brownie mixes and it never fails me. These will keep you awake at night, partly because of the caffeine and partly because you Can’t stop thinking about them.
“I make these all the time! I make them in an 8×8 pan, so they take a little longer to bake, but I love thick brownies. The glaze is great,” said another fan.
“These are my go-to brownies when time is short and I love the taste of mocha. They are great for at work as well as for bake sales for family and friends. Yummy!,” another home baker shared.
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