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Coffee Brownies + Coffee Almond Icing

The girls over here at Be Well love coffee in all forms. We also love anything by the Blue Eyed Baker. Finally, we believe in good dessert- we aren't in to wasting calories on store bought finds.

Kathleen took her brownie recipe, added some coffee to it and I topped it with some delicious chocolate coffee fudge icing. Together, we created a monster. You must try it. But only if you have a group of people to share them with. These can be dangerous in large doses.

Did you know that coffee has been used to add depth to the flavor of chocolate? They compliment each other so well! But, we didn't need science to tell us that!

I went through a phase of making "healthier" desserts and while I still do sometimes, I learned that desserts are ok as long as they are just that. Treat sweets as true desserts and eat them after a meal and only on special occasions. I also decide how "worth it" the treat is to me. If it's home made, count me in but those Walmart brownies? No thanks--been there, done that.

We teamed up to bring you and Birmingham Bloggers this creative and delicious brownie recipe using IceBox coffee.

Coffee Brownies with Coffee Almond Icing
3/4 cup flour
1/4tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 stick butter
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup coffee
2 cups chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

1. Preheat oven to 325
2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and set aside
3. In a sauce pan combine butter sugar and water, bring to a boil and then remove from the heat
4. Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips and vanilla until smooth
5. Transfer to a large mixing bowl
6. Add eggs and beat in one at a time
7. Gradually add in flour mixture and stir until mixed
8. Add the other 1 cup of chocolate chips and mix until just combined
9. Pour into a greased 9 X 9 baking pan
10. Bake about 30 minutes (may need longer depending on the oven) or until a toothpick stuck in the brownie comes out fairly clean

*Its optimal for the toothpick to be lightly battery as it will continue to cook when you take it out of the oven
*Let it cool for 10-15 minutes and then spread the icing when warm

For the coffee almond icing:
1 stick of butter (!)
3 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
6 tablespoons coffee (Icebox coffee or regular coffee- brewed and chilled)

1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter.
2. Turn off the stove and mix in the remaining ingredients.
3. Spread a generous layer over the brownies and enjoy!

What is your favorite coffee flavored dessert?

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