brownies / chocolate / holiday / kahlua

Game Time

Every Lifestyle magazine tells me the same thing: Superbowl=brownies.  Not sure why.  One would think with all the chili/wings/fried chicken/pulled pork sliders with Doritos crushed into the buns/bacon greased everything that dessert would consist of an orange slice or a stomach pump.  But if Martha, et al tell me it is the perfect time for brownies, who am I to break tradition?  It would be like not Tebowing in the end zone?  Right?  I read that somewhere.  Please to explain to me this American pass time? I didn’t have TV growing up.  I have a nerdy father.  I spent my first Superbowl party making out with a born again Christian!  European football doesn’t need helmets!!  I’m just doing what the media tells me!!!

So yeah, Kahlua Brownies

Kahlua Brownies

I was eating it as I took pictures of it. Couldn't help myself.


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon double dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 3/4 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light-brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Kahlua or other coffee liquor
  • 3/4 cup (4 1/2 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 2/3 cup chopped nuts, such as walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8-by-8-inch square baking pan with foil, butter all surfaces and dust with cocoa powder.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside

In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan on low heat, melt butter.  Add chocolate and espresso.  Stir until smooth.   Remove from heat, stir in both sugars until well combined.  Add eggs, vanilla, and Kahlua and continue stirring until well incorporated. Sift flour mixture over batter, and stir until just combined. Pour batter into prepared baking pan; smooth top with the back of a wooden spoon or a spatula. Bake for 15 minutes.  Sprinkle marshmallows, chocolate chips and nuts evenly across the top.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, about another 15 minutes (30 minutes total). Be sure not to over bake. Let cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into 9 or 16 brownies.


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