Mocha Brownie Cups

It’s funny to reflect and think about the fact that just 5 years ago, the thought of drinking coffee was absurd to me.  It wasn’t until mid-college that I began drinking coffee occasionally, and soon after I joined millions of fellow Americans in becoming addicted to the beverage.  Fast forward to real time, and I now enjoy not only drinking coffee daily, but also finding ways to get that wonderful flavor into non-liquid forms.  If you’re an all-things coffee fan as I am, these brownie cups are a must-try for you!
It amazes me how far a packaged mix can sometimes get you.  Yep – the base of this recipe is a box of good ol’ Betty Crocker brownie mix!  I essentially went by the box instructions, but used only one egg to make the brownies super fudgy.  Add in instant coffee and simply pour the batter into cupcake liners.  Then… 
 
Yes, those are Rolos in the middle of each brownie cup!  Because really… how can chocolate-covered caramels not make a coffee flavored brownie better?!
Whip up some mocha icing, spread it on top, and you’re ready to dig in. 🙂 
Mocha Brownie Cups
Makes about 15, depending on size
1 package brownie mix
1/2 cup oil
3 tbsp. water
1 egg
3 1/2 tbsp. instant coffee
15 chocolate-covered caramels (such as Rolos), unwrapped
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line muffin tin with cupcake liners.  Combine brownie mix, oil, water, egg, and instant coffee and stir until mixed.  
Pour into cupcake liners, filling about 2/3 full.  Press one chocolate-covered caramel into the center of each cup.  Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until inserted toothpick comes out nearly clean.  Allow brownie cups to cool completely before frosting.  Once frosted, store brownies in refrigerator.
Mocha Icing
4 oz. reduced fat cream cheese 
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 tbsp. water
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
2 tbsp. instant coffee
Blend all ingredients with mixer on low speed until just combined.  Increase speed to medium and beat about 2 minutes.  Spread icing onto cooled brownie cups.  
Are you a coffee drinker?  Do you enjoy all things coffee (desserts, etc.) or are you strictly a liquid coffee fan?
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4 thoughts on “Mocha Brownie Cups”

  1. Fabulous idea!! You are so creative! I think I want to hire you whenever I decide to open a bakery 🙂 Maybe after I finish grad school…

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