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The Best Coffee Chocolate Brownies You Will Ever Eat!

Coffee chocolate brownies bring together rich coffee and chocolate topped on a sugar cookie crust to make the best brownie you will ever eat! These homemade brownies are full of rich flavor and chunks of bittersweet chocolate and are so delicious with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee! 

coffee chocolate brownies

I need something chocolate. Let's be perfectly clear, it’s not a want; it’s a need.

Ever have one of those days? Oh, good! I was hoping it wasn't just me!

After browsing through my recipe book, I came across my three favorite flavors; chocolate, coffee & sugar cookies. Could my favorite flavors really be mixed into one glorious recipe? Oh, yes. Yes, they can. And if I really want to live on the edge, I will savor each morsel while drinking my morning coffee. Double bonus!

Coffee Brownies With Box Mix

I love to bake many things from scratch but there are a few things where I prefer using my favorite box mix. One of those things is brownies. The perks of using a mix? 

  • Time saver- mix and bake. Simple.
  • You can choose between fudgy and cake-like texture, something hard to do with a recipe from scratch.
  • Your brownie will always be consistent- consistently good!  

Related recipes: Classic Sugar Cookies, Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie, Monster Chocolate Chip Cookies, Nutella Sugar Cookies, 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

The Best Coffee Chocolate Brownies You Will Ever Eat!

These really are the best brownies you will ever eat! You can have your craving satisfied in one single bite.

Oh, wait, it’s my craving we are trying to curb, isn’t it. Well, once you see what these look like, you will have the craving too, I guarantee it. 

A few tips to help with this recipe:

  • When you make your morning coffee, set aside a small amount (1/3 cup) to cool. Then fill up your mug to start your day.
  • Not a brewed coffee fan? No worries. Keep a small jar of instant coffee on hand. I really like to use the Starbucks instant coffee packets– they are small and travel well too. 
  • On your next trip to the store, grab an extra brownie mix and roll of sugar cookie dough because it never hurts to have these on hand for a quick treat!
coffee chocolate brownies stacked

How to Add Coffee to Brownies 

A little fun fact I learned from years of baking is that coffee is a flavor enhancer when chocolate is involved. If you want to bring out the rich, deep flavor of cocoa, add a little bit of brewed strong coffee.

It doesn’t take a lot- anywhere from a ¼ cup to no more than 1 cup of java will bring your cakes, muffins, and brownies to a whole new level of goodness.

Start by setting aside a small amount of brewed coffee. 

coffee cup with coffee

What You Will Need For Coffee Chocolate Brownies

Chopped Chocolate

How to make Soft Coffee Brownies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. This is pretty much standard for any baked goods. 

ingredients for coffee chocolate brownies

Next, press sugar cookie dough into an ungreased bottom of 13x9x2 pan (jelly roll pan) and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine dry brownie mix, eggs, oil and cooled coffee and stir until just combined.

Pour brownie batter over cookie dough, spreading evenly to edges.

coffee chocolate brownies chips

Sprinkle with chocolate chunk pieces.

Bake until edges are set and get ready for some awesome flavor! 

Chocolate chunks on coffee brownie

Cool in pan on wire rack.

coffee chocolate brownies in pan

Can You Bake with Coffee Grounds? 

I see this question often and thought I would try to address it here since this recipe calls for coffee. 

If you are making baked goods using coffee, it is preferred to use brewed or dissolved coffee in your recipe. Coffee grounds are course and in their raw form will be a bit bitter and rather crunchy. 

Since we are trying to draw out the flavor profiles of the chocolate, brewed coffee is better. 

Keep your brewed coffee grounds for use in soaps (they make a great exfoliant!) or to spread in your garden for those acid-loving plants (like hydrangeas). 

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Coffee Chocolate brownies pin image

When you make these, and I know you will, you’ll find they are perfect for the holidays and are quick and easy enough to make for treats on a cookie tray or last-minute bake sales.

Yield: 12

Coffee Chocolate Brownies

coffee chocolate brownies

Coffee and chocolate come together to create the perfect brownie! Coffee brings out rich chocolate flavor and baked on top of a cookie crust. A great dessert or bake sale treat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 16 oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 box, 19.5 oz. milk chocolate brownie mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup strong coffee, brewed and cooled
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Press sugar cookie dough into ungreased bottom of 13x9x2 pan (jelly roll pan). Set aside.
  3. In large bowl, combine dry brownie mix, eggs, oil and cooled coffee and stir until just combined.
  4. Pour brownie batter over cookie dough, spreading evenly to edges.
  5. Sprinkle with chocolate chunk pieces.
  6. Bake 40 minutes or until edges are set.
  7. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  8. Cut into bars when cool.
  9. Store bars in airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 489Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 377mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 8g

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Original Post: 11/11/14

Updated: 12/6/19 

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