Indulge in Decadent Espresso Brownies Today!

Looking for a mouth-watering brownie recipe that will send your taste buds on a wild ride? You’ve come to the right place! As a seasoned barista, I have created the perfect recipe that is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters – Espresso Brownies that taste just like the ones you get at Starbucks!

Now, you might be wondering, “why bother making my own copycat version when I can just buy them from the coffee shop?” Well, let me tell you, there’s nothing like the satisfaction of baking your own homemade treats. And with this recipe, you’ll be able to enjoy Starbucks-quality brownies without leaving your house.

Not only are these Espresso Brownies rich and fudgy, but they also have an intense espresso flavor that will be sure to wake you up in the morning or satisfy your sweet cravings anytime throughout the day. Plus, with some simple substitutions and variations, you can easily customize this recipe to suit your taste preferences.

So what are you waiting for? Follow along as I guide you through each step of this easy-to-follow recipe and show you how to make the perfect copycat Espresso Brownies. Get ready to indulge in a decadent chocolatey treat!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Espresso Brownies (Taste Like Starbucks)
Espresso Brownies (Taste Like Starbucks)

Are you a coffee lover with a sweet tooth? Then, you are in for a pleasant surprise with this Espresso Brownies recipe. This Starbucks copycat is a guaranteed hit that combines the rich chocolate taste of brownies with the bold and robust flavor of espresso. Trust me; this recipe will become your new go-to dessert.

Imagine biting into a moist and fudgy brownie that has an intense espresso flavor layered on top of a double chocolate base. Delicious, right? One bite of these brownies, and you will feel like you’re in heaven. These brownies taste like the real deal at Starbucks but without emptying your wallet!

The best thing about this recipe is its versatility. Whether it’s an after-dinner dessert or an indulgent snack, these Espresso Brownies can be enjoyed at any time of day. Plus, they are perfect for sharing with family and friends.

So what are you waiting for? Get your baking gear prepared, assemble your ingredients, and create a batch of these heavenly Espresso Brownies. You will thank me later!

Ingredient List

 Enjoy the bold flavors of Espresso Brownies!
Enjoy the bold flavors of Espresso Brownies!

Let’s delve into the ingredients that will make these Espresso Brownies as delicious as those served at Starbucks. You will require the following ingredients:

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp espresso powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 6 ounces baker’s unsweetened chocolate squares, chopped in pieces
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Additional Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips/chopped pieces

It is important to have all of these ingredients measured out and ready to use before starting on the recipe in order to prevent any mishaps throughout the process.

The Recipe How-To

 These Espresso Brownies taste like they're straight from Starbucks - but even better.
These Espresso Brownies taste like they’re straight from Starbucks – but even better.

Preheat oven to 350°F

Before we begin, preheat your oven to 350°F. This will ensure that the brownies cook evenly and to perfection.

Melt Chocolate and Butter

In a small saucepan over low heat, melt 1 cup of bittersweet chocolate chips and 6 ounces of baker’s unsweetened chocolate squares with 1 cup of unsalted butter, stirring frequently until smooth. Set aside and let cool slightly.

Whisk Eggs and Sugar

In a large bowl, whisk together 1 ¼ cups of granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons of espresso powder. Add in 4 eggs and beat until the mixture is pale and thick.

Add Dry Ingredients

Sift in 1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt into the egg mixture. Use a spatula to gently fold the flour mixture until everything is well combined.

Combine Chocolate Mix and Batter

Add the melted chocolate mixture to the bowl, stirring continuously until it’s well incorporated. Fold in 1 cup of chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips.

Pour Batter into pan

Pour the batter into an 8×8 inch baking dish lined with parchment paper, smoothing out the surface with a spatula.

Bake for 30-35 minutes

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with moist crumbs attached. Be careful not to overbake as you want the brownies to be moist and delicious.

Cool then Serve

Remove from oven and let cool on wire racks for at least one hour before slicing into thick pieces. These espresso brownies taste like Starbucks copycat like nothing else!

Substitutions and Variations

 Get ready to indulge in the ultimate coffee and chocolate combo.
Get ready to indulge in the ultimate coffee and chocolate combo.

The beauty of this Espresso Brownies recipe is that you can easily customize it to fit your preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Gluten-free: Use gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour to make this recipe gluten-free.

– Nutty: Add chopped nuts, such as almonds or pecans, to the batter for a crunchy texture.

– Extra chocolatey: Swap some or all of the baker’s unsweetened chocolate squares for bittersweet or dark chocolate. You can also add chocolate chunks or chocolate chips to the batter for more chocolate goodness.

– Espresso-free: If you don’t have espresso powder on hand or prefer to skip it, you can still make delicious brownies by omitting it from the recipe. The brownies will have a slightly different flavor profile but will still be rich and fudgy.

– Salted caramel: Drizzle salted caramel sauce over the brownies before serving for an extra decadent dessert.

– Mocha twist: To make double chocolate mocha brownies, mix 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder with 1 tablespoon of espresso powder and add it to the batter. You can also drizzle some melted white chocolate over the cooled brownies for a pretty presentation.

No matter which variation or substitution you try, these Espresso Brownies will still taste like Starbucks copycat brownies!

Serving and Pairing

 These brownies are perfect for coffee lovers who also have a sweet tooth.
These brownies are perfect for coffee lovers who also have a sweet tooth.

One thing that makes these Espresso Brownies the perfect treat is that they pair well with a variety of beverages. They taste amazing with a cup of strong coffee or espresso, which really enhances their rich, chocolatey flavors. You can also try serving them alongside a tall glass of cold milk, which balances the bittersweet chocolate and provides a refreshing sip.

For those who are feeling a little adventurous, you could even try pairing these delicious brownies with a hot chocolate or chocolate frappuccino. The combination of the intense cocoa flavor with the espresso undertones creates an unforgettable taste experience. These Espresso Brownies were originally inspired by the popular Starbucks bakery treats, so if you’re looking to recreate that Starbucks dessert experience at home, this recipe is perfect for you.

When it comes to serving these brownies, be sure to cut them into small squares or rectangles as they are quite rich and fudgy, and a little goes a long way. You could also sprinkle some extra espresso powder or cocoa powder on top for added texture and visual appeal.

Whether you’re hosting guests for dinner, throwing a party or simply indulging in your sweet tooth cravings at home, these Espresso Brownies will become your go-to recipe for an irresistible dessert. Just grab your favorite beverage and enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Rich and delicious, these brownies are sure to satisfy your cravings.
Rich and delicious, these brownies are sure to satisfy your cravings.

One of the great things about these espresso brownies is that they can be made ahead of time and stored for a few days. So if you’re planning to serve them at a later time or just want to make sure you always have a sweet treat on hand, here are some tips:

To make-ahead: Once the brownies have fully cooled, wrap them tightly with plastic wrap and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can freeze them for up to 1 month.

To store: If you’ve already cut the brownies into individual servings, place them in an airtight container with layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To reheat: There’s nothing quite like a warm fudgy brownie fresh out of the oven. To achieve this, preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C) and place the brownies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 5-7 minutes or until heated through.

When reheating in the microwave, use short intervals of 10 seconds or so to avoid drying out the brownies. You can also add a little bit of moisture by placing a damp paper towel over the top before microwaving.

Keep in mind that reheated brownies will lose some of their initial texture and may become slightly dryer than when freshly baked. Nonetheless, their amazing flavor and rich chocolatey taste will still be intact!

Pro tip: For those who desire an extra kick of caffeine, drizzle some espresso glaze on your reheated espresso brownies before serving!

Tips for Perfect Results

 These decadent brownies are so simple to make, you'll never go back to store-bought.
These decadent brownies are so simple to make, you’ll never go back to store-bought.

Creating the perfect brownies requires patience, attention to detail and some tips and tricks to get them just right. Here are some tips for making these espresso brownies taste like Starbucks and to ensure they come out perfectly every time.

Tip #1: Use high-quality ingredients. When making espresso brownies, it is important to use high-quality ingredients, such as baker’s unsweetened chocolate squares, bittersweet chocolate, and pure vanilla extract. Using real butter instead of margarine will give your brownies a richer flavor and texture.

Tip #2: Be precise with measurements. Exact measurements are crucial when it comes to baking. Use a measuring cup to measure flour and cocoa powder, and weigh any solid ingredients like chocolate or butter. Accurate measurements ensure consistent results every time.

Tip #3: Don’t overmix the batter. When mixing the batter, be careful not to overmix it or else they will be tough and dry. Mix until everything is just combined, and then stop. This will help achieve that desired fudgy texture.

Tip #4: Use freshly brewed espresso. Freshly brewed espresso adds an extra depth of flavor to these brownies. If possible, use freshly ground coffee beans to make your espresso.

Tip #5: Add a pinch of salt. Adding a pinch of salt enhances the flavors in all baked goods, including these espresso brownies. Do not skip this ingredient as it makes a significant difference in the taste.

Tip #6: Chill before cutting into squares. To avoid messy and crumbly brownie slices, let them cool completely before cutting them into squares. It helps if you chill them first; this leads to cleaner cuts as the brownies firm up more after being chilled.

By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to creating delicious Starbucks copycat espresso brownies rich in fudgy chocolate goodness with a hint of coffee-flavored goodness!


Before we wrap things up, let’s answer some frequently asked questions about this espresso brownies recipe. I want to ensure that you have all the information you need to make the best version of these starbucks copycat espresso brownies. So, without further ado, here are some FAQs you might have in mind.

What are Starbucks brownies made of?

This recipe consists of a mixture of sugar, enriched flour (containing wheat flour and vitamins), eggs, and canola oil. It also includes milk chocolate made with sugar, cocoa butter, Belgian unsweetened chocolate, whole milk powder, nonfat dry milk, milk fat, soy lecithin (used as an emulsifier), and vanilla extract. Additionally, there is the presence of semi-sweet chocolate chips, which add a umami flavor to the recipe.

Is there caffeine in espresso brownies?

Wondering if these brownies will give you a caffeine boost? With ½ cup of instant espresso powder evenly distributed throughout the batter, these brownies pack the caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee in each square.

How many calories are espresso brownies from Starbucks?

The Espresso Brownie at Starbucks contains 370 calories per serving, which equates to 82 grams. This information was reported on March 11, 2009.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, these Espresso Brownies are truly an amazing treat that any coffee and brownie lover will instantly adore. The rich, fudgy texture with a hint of espresso flavor and a double dose of chocolate make these brownies irresistibly delicious. Plus, they are super easy to make and can be adapted to meet different dietary preferences such as gluten-free options.

By following the tips included in this article, I can guarantee that you’ll successfully recreate the Starbucks-worthy chocolate chunk brownies. Whether you’re enjoying them alone, with a friend or serving them up at a party, your guests will be blown away by the taste and texture of these Espresso Brownies.

So go ahead and give this recipe a try, you won’t be disappointed! And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not try creating an OMG Brownie Frappuccino from Starbucks’ secret menu to pair with your freshly made espresso chocolate brownies? It’s the ultimate indulgence for coffee and chocolate lovers alike.

Espresso Brownies (Taste Like Starbucks) Recipe

I searched high and low and finally found this recipe for espresso brownies that are very similar to the ones no longer sold at Starbucks.
I was thrilled to have stumbled upon it and have to share since so many people on line were searching for it with no avail! Enjoy!

For the brownies

  • 1 (8 ounce) package baker’s unsweetened chocolate squares, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups real butter
  • 3/4 cup starbucks espresso beans (ask them to grind for espresso)
  • 3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

For the ganache topping

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or rest of bag remaining from 2T above)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Melt butter and stir in 2 T chocolate chips stirring until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl combine sugar and espresso. Use a hand mixer on medium speed and add butter/chocolate mixture from #2 above. Now add salt, eggs and vanilla and blend well.
  4. Reduce mixer speed and add flour. Blend to incorporate and then stir in the chopped 8oz of bakers chocolate.
  5. Spread batter into a greased and floured 9×13 pan. Bake for 55 to 70 minutes. Check often.
  6. Remove and cool.
  7. Microwave whipping cream until almost boiling.
  8. Pour hot cream over 2 cups of chocolate chips in a small bowl.
  9. Add 1T butter which makes the ganache shine.
  10. Spread ganache over brownies and put in fridge to cool.
  11. Serve chilled for best cutting and taste.
  12. Enjoy!
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