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Cappuccino Brownies

There’s something magical in coffee that intensifies the flavor of chocolate. These three-layer wonders freeze well, but somehow most of them disappear before they reach the freezer. —Susie Jones, Buhl, Idaho
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter, cut up
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • GLAZE:
  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Dissolve coffee granules in hot water. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Stir in vanilla, chocolate mixture and coffee mixture. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture until blended. Fold in walnuts.
  • Transfer to a greased and floured 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • For topping, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until blended. Add confectioners' sugar, cinnamon and vanilla; beat on low speed until combined. Spread over bars. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  • For glaze, dissolve coffee granules in hot water. In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; cool slightly. Stir in cream and coffee mixture. Spread over cream cheese layer. Let stand until set. Cut into bars. Refrigerate leftovers.
    Freeze option: Securely wrap and freeze cooled brownies in plastic wrap and foil. To use, thaw at room temperature.
Nutrition Facts
1 brownie: 353 calories, 25g fat (13g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • Nessa.03
    Jan 2, 2015

    Wow delicious! They were a hit! Very rich but good. Will definitely make again!

  • IslandWife
    Jul 14, 2014

    These were very good. I left the cinnamon out of the cream cheese layer - just a personal preference. They are very rich, and very tasty! Thank you for sharing!!

  • s_pants
    Oct 13, 2013

    These freeze very well. Let them thaw at room temperature and then refrigerate before serving as they are best served chilled. The flavor is good except I wasn't too fond of the cinnamon with the cream cheese layer.

  • spinesplitter
    Sep 7, 2013

    Too much coffee flavor. The topping tasted better on a bagel.

  • trudyirene
    Apr 23, 2013

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  • Lisa George
    Apr 23, 2013

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  • mkc3301
    Oct 2, 2012

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  • Gamer28
    May 11, 2012

    I made these for my brother's birthday one year. I'll definitely be making these again!

  • marrisa_s
    Feb 14, 2012

    These were easy to make and they turned out great but i just didnt like them. I didnt really taste the coffee and i didnt like the cinnamon in the middle layer, individually each layer was delicious, just not so good all together.

  • mommylu
    Feb 7, 2012

    Yummy! These took a little time to make, but came out perfect. The flavors go together so well and the texture is nice and creamy. The cream cheese filling with cinnamon is amazing! I could eat that with a spoon. I'll be making it as a frosting in the future. I'm a little concerned I'm going to gain 10 lbs. after making these!