TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso or other coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon boiling water
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 186 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve espresso granules in boiling water. Stir in the egg, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla until blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; stir into sugar mixture until blended.
  2. Transfer to an 8-in. square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean and brownies begin to pull away from sides of dish. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Cut into squares. Yield: 9 brownies.
Originally published as Bedtime Brownies in Light & Tasty February/March 2008, p53

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kristiracines User ID: 2843872 170623
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2011

"OK, so the flavor on these brownies was very good - but the cooking time is wrong. I baked for 20 min (the minimum) and they were too hard & chewy. I will make them again, but I will try reducing the oven temp or time. Once again, the flavor was great."

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