Mocha Brownies with Coffee Frosting


These are the best mocha brownies that I've tasted. I got this from a friend at work, and now I make them all the time.

close up view of Mocha Brownies with Coffee Frosting, garnished with chocolate shavings on a white platter
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
48 brownies



  • ½ cup shortening

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 4 teaspoons instant coffee granules, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon hot water

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar

  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

  • 1 ½ tablespoons milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  2. Make brownies: Melt shortening and butter in a small pan over low heat; pour melted mixture into a mixing bowl. Stir cocoa into butter mixture until well combined, followed by sugar.

  3. Dissolve instant coffee with hot water in a small bowl; stir into cocoa mixture. Whisk eggs into batter, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir flour, vanilla extract, and salt into batter just until moist. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool completely.

  5. Make frosting: Beat softened butter with vanilla extract in a bowl. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until creamy using an electric mixer on medium speed. Dissolve instant coffee with milk in a small bowl; add to frosting. Increase mixer speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Frost cooled brownies.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
7g Fat
17g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 58mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 43mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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