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espresso brownies with conversation hearts candy
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Espresso Brownies With Kahlua Ganache

Espresso Brownies With Kahlua Ganache is a homemade brownies recipe made with chopped chocolate and flavored with espresso powder. A Kahlua chocolate ganache topping and conversation heart candy are the crowning glory for this perfect Valentine's Day dessert!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chilling Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: espresso brownies, homemade brownies without cocoa powder, kahlua brownies
Servings: 15
Calories: 475kcal
Author: Gwynn Galvin



Kahlua Ganache:



  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 7-inch x 11-inch baking pan with foil leaving a 2-inch overhang.
  • Melt unsweetened chocolate and butter over medium heat in a medium saucepot, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and stir in sugar and espresso granules until blended and smooth.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla, stirring after each addition.
  • Stir in flour and salt until blended and smooth.
  • Transfer to prepared baking pan and bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Using foil overhang, transfer brownies to wire rack and cool completely.

Kahlua Ganache:

  • While brownies are cooling, place chocolate chips in a heat-resistant bowl. Microwave heavy cream and Kahlua until hot. Pour over chocolate chips and let stand 5 minutes or until chips begin to melt. Stir until smooth. Add butter and stir until blended. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until spreadable.
  • Top brownies with Kahlua Ganache. Cut into 15 squares and top with conversation hearts.


Makes 15 brownies.
Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips
  • Line your baking pan with foil leaving a 2-inch overhang. That way you can easily lift your brownies out of the pan to cut them.
  • You can easily substitute instant coffee powder for the espresso powder for a milder flavor
  • Prefer not to use Kahlua? Just substitute an additional 2 Tablespoons heavy cream for the Kahlua


Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 618IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg