Ole’ Cafe’ Brownies – Secret Recipe Club

by Suzanne on June 11, 2012


Ole' Cafe' Brownies

What kind of person would I be if I were to have been assigned a blog named “Smells Like Brownies” and not pick a brownie recipe to make?

Well, I’m NOT that kinda person.  YAY me!!

Melissa is the genius over at Smells Like Brownies.

Don’t be expecting any recipes with fruit.

Nope, this stay-at-home, married-to-a-man-who-doesn’t-give-two-hoots-about-cooking, lady who thinks pumpkin should pass her lips with every recipe that she makes – whew! – does not like fruit.

Zip, zilch, nada.

However, give her some chocolate and she will go to town!

Well, unlike Melissa’s husband, my Mountain Man does like fruit.  But he also is a brownie-a-holic and can’t leave them alone.  So, for the betterment of all mankind, I decided to make Melissa’s Coffee Brownies.

Sort of.

Mostly the same, but with a bit of Mexican chocolate thrown in for good measure, thus, the title of this post. So, here we go!

Ole' Cafe' Brownies

Cafe' Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert, Snack
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Serves: 16
Brownies are kinda like the perfect food. Good for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. These brownies incorporate the best of the best, chocolate and coffee.
  • Brownie Ingredients:
  • ½ cup Salted Butter
  • 3 oz. Mexican Chocolate
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • ⅔ cup Flour
  • ¼ tsp. Baking Soda
  • Filling Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp.+ Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp. Instant Coffee granules
  • 2 tbsp. Salted Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Ganache Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • ⅓ cup Heavy Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To make the brownies, melt butter and Mexican chocolate over low heat in a small saucepan. In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and vanilla until light and creamy. Combine flour and baking soda with the eggs, sugar and vanilla and slowly add the chocolate mixture.
  3. Spread the brownie batter into a greased 8″ square baking pan. Bake for 25–30 minutes.
  4. As soon as the brownies come out of the oven, combine the cream and coffee granules in a small bowl; stir until coffee is dissolved. In a small mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until no chunks of butter are visible. Add the coffee mixture and beat until it becomes creamy. Add a tinsy bit more cream if mixture is too thick. Spread over cooling brownies.
  5. In a small saucepan, combine chocolate chips and cream. Stir over low heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is thickened. Cool slightly. Carefully spread over filling and let stand for 30 minutes, or until the ganache is set.
  6. Store in the refrigerator.

BTW, this recipe says it “Serves 16”, but if you are at my house, it serves 2.  Just sayin’ . . .

The brownies do “fall” a bit when you spread the coffee filling.  I suppose that should happen, if not, well . . . blame me.

I’m getting out an extra glass for some ice cold milk, just for you.  Take the rest of the day off.  You have my permission.

And come on over!

Or you can just make some for yourself.  Melissa, I thank you and my Mountain Man thanks you.  Fabulous!  And thanks to my Grandma Caison for teaching me how to embroidery and cross-stitch when I was about 5 years old.  These are a couple of cup towels that we made back in the day.

Ole' Cafe' Brownies

Ole' Cafe' Brownies, Antique Tea Cup Saucer and 1960s Tea Towels

And if you want to see all the other goodies from the Secret Recipe Club, check them out here!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

heather June 11, 2012 at 4:23 PM

woah, now those look rich and delicious. great pic indeed! Hope you stop by and check out my SRC colossal cookie in a pan!



Katrina June 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Yum to brownies! I need to go check out that blog! Sometimes nothing is better than a good ol’ ganache on top of brownies! 😉


colleen June 11, 2012 at 5:07 PM

These sound amazing. Oh, and brownies generally serve just 2 (or maybe 1) in my house too…. 🙂


Jayasri June 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Mmm., so many ingredients in a brownie, I am interested too in that blog now, they are making me that I should bake one too…, I made two recipes from my assigned blog will have to post it may be tomorrow!, thanks suzanne, enjoyed my assigned blog


Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos June 11, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Brownies really are about the perfect dessert. I love that these have coffee and ganache and you took them over the top with Mexican chocolate! Milk definitely required!


Lisa~~ June 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Your brownies looks and sound amazing and I love that you used the Mexican chocolate.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC entry: Candied Popcorn.

Cook Lisa Cook


angie June 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM

fabulously delish choice suzanne! It looks wonderfuL!


Julie June 12, 2012 at 1:41 AM

Wow! Those look like amazing brownies.


Trisha June 12, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Coffee in a brownie – not that sounds like some serious yum! BTW Suzanne, I love the napkins, I used to make stuff like that when I was in school. I’ll have to whip up a few of them again! Thanks for jogging my memory 🙂


Kirstin June 12, 2012 at 6:37 AM

Yummy! good choice. brownies are so yummy


Corina June 12, 2012 at 12:09 PM

i love the idea of coffee in brownies. These would be a perfect pick-me-up snack


Dan June 13, 2012 at 6:05 PM

The brownies look great. Maybe I think I saw a brownie or chocolate cake recipe in this month’s SRC that uses zucchini in some sneaky manner – probably worth a try. Better than getting scurvy from not eating your veggies 🙂


Barbara @ Barbara Bakes July 6, 2012 at 4:06 PM

I always have to laugh when a 8×8 brownie recipe says it makes 16 serves. I always cut it into 9 pieces and eat the middle goey piece. I’ll have to check out her site.


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