May 31, 2013

Mocha Frosted Brownies

First sign you know you are getting old . . .

. . . I was called a "ma'am" today.

I was walking down the aisle at Walmart when some young boys came running around the corner and one of them said "excuse me ma'am," NOT "excuse me miss", he called me "ma'am"

That's it, I'm officially old :)

Times like this call for a good, down-right amazing, dessert.

My mocha frosting reminds me of coffee ice cream.

It has just enough coffee flavor and is perfectly sweet.  It's rich and creamy and pairs perfectly with a chewy chocolate brownie.

I originally made a batch of homemade brownies that claimed to taste just like a box mix, but I thought they tasted horrible.  They were way too bitter and needed way less cocoa and more sugar.  I still have yet to find a chewy homemade brownie recipe that can beat a box mix.  Does anyone have one?

I ended up making a box mix and they were perfect, as always.  So you only get a frosting recipe today and not a brownie recipe. 
Mocha Frosting
From: Jenn@eatcakefordinner 
(Printable Recipe) or (Printable with Picture)

1 tsp. instant coffee granules
1 tsp. warm water
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
pinch of salt
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 c. powdered sugar
2 Tbl. cocoa powder
brewed coffee or milk, if needed 

Dissolve instant coffee in warm water; set aside.  Beat butter, salt and vanilla until creamy.  Add one cup of powdered sugar and the cocoa powder and beat until combined.  Add dissolved coffee and mix until combined.  Gradually mix in remaining powdered sugar, adding a little cold brewed coffee or milk, if needed, to reach desired creamy consistency.  Beat for a few minutes or until light and fluffy.  Makes enough to frost an 9x13-inch pan of brownies.    


  1. Honey, I just started getting "ma'am"-ed and I'm barely old enough to legally not be a minor. You're still young, haha.

    Coffee desserts are so good. I'm down for making these as soon as the sun comes up and I won't be waking up the rest of the house banging around in the kitchen. :)

    1. Yeah, it totally threw me off guard. What? A "ma'am" are you serious? Ha ha. Glad I'm not the only one :)

      Let me know what you think of the frosting if you end up trying it!

  2. I checked out your recipe and it sounds great. It has 3/4 cup more sugar than the last recipe I tried which is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks for taking the time to give me the link! - Jenn

  3. This recipe is great! I can find these easily in my kitchen! :D

  4. Here's a brownie recipe I love. It's from Better Homes&Gardens cookbook. They're a moist brownie if you like that kind, and they're pretty easy to whip up.

    Perfect Brownies: 2- 1oz squares unsweetened chocolate
    1/2 cup butter or margarine
    1 cup sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1/2 cup sifted enriched flour ( I've tried adding 1/4 cup
    more flour for a firmer brownie, but prefer the original
    1/2 cups walnuts (opt.)
    Melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan. Mix sugar and eggs together and beat well. Blend in melted chocolate and butter. Add vanilla and flour. Pour in to a greased 8x8x2 square pan. Bake in a slow oven, 325 degrees for 35 minutes. Frost or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

    Hope if you try these you'll enjoy them. Deb Plapp,

  5. These are gorgeous! I just made mocha brownies the other day! SOOOO good.

  6. These look so pretty!! And yes, the ma'am thing.. It makes me feel old too!!!

  7. Hi Jenn,
    Im old so I belong here... Lol!..You have such mouth watering Mocha Frosting and I just want to grab from the screen and eat...and because of this I am happy to become your new follower.I love all your food here. Would you be interested to know about Filipino Fusion Food?..thats where my heart is..and I write about it. Thanks and have a blessed weekends..

  8. Amazing blog and wonderful recipes!
    You have a new follower now, directly from Italy!

    I'm waiting for new ideas ;)

  9. Here is a recipe for homemade brownie mix that you might like to try: - I am going to try those, and double your frosting recipe to frost them since the brownies are 9x13. I'm sure it will be delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe! Anything with coffee is a winner :)


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