Get an energy buzz with Mocha Toffee Brownies

Photo by Ali

Ali writes at Divine Domesticity. She is also the Blissfully Delish editor at the online magazine Blissfully Domestic, where I’m also an editor for Digital Bliss.

Needing a bit of an energy boost? Try my Mocha Toffee Brownies. They are fantastically ultra rich, ultra chewy, and ultra caffeinated. Enjoy them with a big glass of milk. The original recipe came from Cooking Light, so you don’t even have to feel too guilty about indulging.

The coffee flavor is initially quite strong, I won’t lie. If you were to find it too strong, I’ve got some great news! I found that after freezing these brownies for a few days, then defrosting, it made them much less potent on the coffee flavor, and also incredibly moist.

Mocha Toffee Brownies

Makes one 9″-square pan

  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup toffee chips

1. Preheat oven to 350-f degrees.

2. Coat bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

3. Combine coffee and hot water, stirring until coffee dissolves.

4. Combine butter and chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at high 1 minute or until butter melts; stir until chocolate is smooth.

5. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine coffee mixture, butter mixture, vanilla, and eggs in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add coffee mixture to flour mixture; stir just until combined. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with toffee chips. Bake at 350º for 22 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

If they haven’t all been gobbled up, store leftover brownies in an airtight container for up to a week or wrap tightly in aluminum foil and freeze for up to four months.

Recipe originally from Cooking Light

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Oh yes, this sounds delicious! Chocolate & coffee – two of my favorite things!

    If I didn’t have a craft fair this weekend for which I’m busting my butt to get ready for this week I’d probably try these today. I must remember this for next week, thanks for sharing!

  2. I can’t believe these are from Cooking Light!! I’m definitely going to make these this weekend and have no guilt about enjoying them!!


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  3. Yummy. This sounds amazing! Thanks!

  4. oh my gosh! yum!

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  5. Those sound fantastic. I think I’d only indulge before noon though.

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  6. I will sure try the recipe!
    Gives me a wonderful ideam as I am preparing my Christmas presents list….I like to give bakery to everyone except my immediate family.

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  7. Wow. Those are next on my list of baking experiments.

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  8. Sound delicious, Ali! Thanks for sharing this recipe. It even looks like something I could try to make. Great, now I’m starving.

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  9. I SO do not need any more caffeine, especially mixed with copious amounts of sugar. I am also SO forwarding the recipe to my wife and hoping we’ll be munching on them by the weekend.

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  10. Ok… I want that in my mouth… now. It sounds like the perfect treat. I love coffee. I love caffeine. I love brownies. And you have combined their forces to make an uber treat. I don’t know if I am ready for it. I don’t know if the world is ready for it!

    Hehe, thanks for the recipe!

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  11. Oh – my – gosh! This recipe looks divine! I’m printing it off and getting the ingredients for my husband. He’s our resident baker.

  12. Oh my! thank you for sharing, toffee chips have just been added to the shopping list!

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  13. those look delish – wonder how they would do if you left the coffee out completely…my husband won’t even touch it if there’s coffee in it. Any thoughts? Thanks for the recipe!

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  14. oh, this looks and sounds so delicious and I have a chocolade allergy. So I will sit in front of your picture for half an hour, dreaming of chocolade…

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  15. Yummo!! Maybe I can serve these this weekend to our community group. Thanks for giving me the idea – that’s one less thing to plan! 🙂

  16. My husband would love these, but I don’t bake this kind of stuff anymore b/c I will eat and eat . . . . great for a potluck or special occasion though!

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  17. Just a note to say they are awesome!

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  18. Oh, Lordy! If my husband hadn’t already married me, these would do the trick!

  19. Hi Ali, just wanted to thank you for the recipe. We made them yesterday and they were gone in minutes! All I have to say is scrumptious!

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  20. I’m so glad these turned out well for you guys!! It has been a while since I made these actually, and now I’m jazzed to make them again. 🙂

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