Mocha Caramel Brownies

Mocha Caramel Brownies
Recipe by Dragon

Yippee, today is National Chocolate Cake day! I know, I know, these are brownies but they are chocolate. I doubt anyone would complain after one bite of these creamy, fudgey mocha caramel brownies. Enjoy!

Makes: Approximately 20 squares

8 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 tablespoon coffee liquor
1 cup butter, soften
1 cup flour
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch cocoa
1 tablespoon instant espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup chocolate covered caramel balls

4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon coffee liquor
8 oz package cream cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 cups confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
Chocolate covered caramel balls to garnish

1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 375F. Line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper.

2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat. When the chocolate is melted, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the coffee liquor. Set aside.

3. Whisk together the flour, instant espresso, cocoa, cinnamon and salt.

4. With an electric mixer on medium-high, beat the eggs and sugars until they are thick and pale, about 2 minutes. Lower the mixer speed and pour in the chocolate, mixing only until it is incorporated.

5. Add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed until it is incorporated. Fold in the chocolate covered caramel balls.

6. Scrape the batter into the pan and bake for 35-40 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack and allow the brownies to cool to warm or room temperature.

7. To make the frosting, melt the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over low heat. When the chocolate is melted, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the coffee liquor. Set aside to cool slightly.

8. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Pour melted chocolate into cream cheese and mix on medium speed until well blended. Add vanilla and pinch of salt. Add the confectioners sugar, a little at a time. Slowly add heavy cream until the frosting is at spreading consistency. Frost the brownies.

9. Lift the brownies out of the pan, using the parchment paper edges as handles and transfer to a cutting board. With a long-bladed sharp knife, cut the brownies into desired size squares (about 20). Top each square with a chocolate covered caramel ball.


Sara said...

Wow, these look amazing. It just doesn't get any better than homemade brownies!

Anonymous said...

Oh thank you Dragon! This is what I want to make myself for my birthday!! Chocolate, espresso, chocolate covered caramel balls. Oh my, all of my absolute favorites. Thank you for this birthday present of a recipe!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What scrumptious Brownies! Beautiful!



Vijitha said...

Wow lovely brownies! tempting click.

Donna-FFW said...

OMG! Just look at the thick frosting layer! I love it! All that goodness in one little brownie..oh my!

Rajani said...

chococolate, coffee and caramelyou have the three Cs in one recipe! it must taste like sin! yumm

Patricia Scarpin said...

Oh, I haven't had brownies in so long! These are making me drool!

Finla said...

I want these atleast one.
DELIICIOUS. Drool drool droll

Spryte said...

That looks great!!

♥ mesa para 4 said...

God that looks so yummy ...and beautiful too...abraço

vanillasugarblog said...

OMG that frosting! Holy smack-a-doodles! God that looks soooo good.

Núria said...

Mmmmmmm so good! 20 and you only show us one... where have gone the other 19? Has Winnie Pooh been around your house? I would love to fill my tummy with those :D

veggievixen said...

oh wow, that looks so good. mocha and chocolate are a close second to chocolate and peanut butter. mmm :)

Anonymous said...

coffee liquer in that uber creamy frosting sounds fantastic!! happy national chocolate day. i wish i had a slice of that to really make it a celebration :)

Anonymous said...

Hahah had no idea that there was a chocolate cake day. I would've marked it down on my calendar.

pigpigscorner said...

Looks really delicious...and with the frosting...yum yum! I can never say no to chocolate!

Anonymous said...

mmm...This looks delicious! Looks like your Chocolate Day was a sweet one.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Mocha and caramel are sooooooooooo good together! Yummy looking brownies!

Anonymous said...

Wish I'd known about Chocolate Cake Day beforehand - I'll take any excuse! I'm not about to complain about semantic arguments, either - these brownies look delicious.

to2sassy said...

I torture myself several times a day (dieting) by looking at tastespotting. I have skimmed past your pic several times and managed to resist clicking on it to add to my "recipes to try file" But ALAS! The pic wore me down. These look scrumptous! I guess its an extra 2 hours on the treadmill so I can try these

Anonymous said...

You're kidding - I missed national chocolate day?! I'm going to have to make up for that, and soon. ;)

Lo said...

I can't believe I missed it. Peef is gonna kill me :) ... maybe I can make it up to him by making him a batch of brownies??!!

These look fab. Seriously. Nothing better than a fudgey brownie.

Bunny said...

I want these! I'm going to make these for Super Bowl they sound wonderful!! I have a question , I've looked and looked for expresso powder in my grocery store and can't find it, can I use instant coffee?? Also what chocolate covered caramel balls did you use??

Anonymous said...

Yummy! I love brownies, but that frosting takes it over the edge. Love it!

Sherry Trifle - Lovely Cats said...

Oh delish! I'm definitely going to make these.

Peter M said...

These are devlish Dragon...are you serving them 2 by 2? I certainly wouldn't stop at one.

Jacque said...

Oh my gosh, those look positively decadent! I'll bet the two layers are wonderful together.

test it comm said...

That brownie looks really good!

Jeanne said...

Oh, that's really decadent - pure diet evil :) Well done!!

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