Espresso-Walnut Brownies

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These are really great espresso brownies and you can taste the coffee, but it's not overpowering. I make them for the office quite a lot and they're always gone the same day. The refrigeration step is important - it's hard to wait, but it makes a difference!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 35 mins
1 8-inch square pan


  • cooking spray

  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts

  • ¾ cup self-rising flour

  • ¼ cup cocoa powder

  • 3 tablespoons finely ground dark roast coffee beans

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter

  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate

  • 1 ½ cups white sugar

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray an 8x8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Line the pan with aluminum foil; spray foil with cooking spray.

  2. Place walnuts on a baking sheet.

  3. Toast walnuts in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Leave oven on.

  4. Sift flour and cocoa powder together in a bowl. Stir in coffee. Set aside.

  5. Fill a saucepan 1/3 of the way full with water and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Place butter and chocolate in a large heat-proof bowl and set the bowl over the simmering water. Reduce heat to low and stir chocolate mixture frequently until completely smooth, 3 to 4 minutes.

  6. Remove bowl from heat and stir in sugar. Whisk in eggs and vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture just until absorbed; stir in toasted walnuts. Pour batter evenly into the prepared baking dish.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until a crust forms on top and center is still slightly gooey, 30 to 35 minutes.

  8. Remove from the oven and set the pan on a wire rack to cool to completely, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate 2 hours to overnight; cut into squares.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

247 Calories
16g Fat
26g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 247
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 136mg 3%

* 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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