Bar #46: Toffee Coffee Brownies

Hello gorgeous.
Listen friends…these bars are seriously good.  Like, I love them so much that one of these days when I name my favorite bars (out of my 100), these will surely be in the top five.
A few things you should know…
1. Don’t be scared of the coffee.  These bars don’t taste strongly of coffee, the coffee is just a nice accent to the chocolate flavor.  If you simply are not a coffee lover, leave it out and replace it with water.
2. Make these bars in an 8×8 baking dish for a thicker brownie.  Even if the box of brownie mix says it’s for 9×13, you can still make it in an 8×8.
3. The key to great brownies is not to over cook them.  Brownies are so much better under-done!
Shopping List
1 box of brownie mix
1/2 cup room temp or cold brewed coffee, divided  
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese, softened
3 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups toffee pieces (I used Heath Toffee Bits)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease (I used Pam) either an 8×8 baking dish or a 9×13 baking dish.
In a mixing bowl, combine your brownie mix, 1/4 cup of the brewed coffee, 2 eggs and vegetable oil with an electric mixer.  Stir in your butterscotch chips.  Pour batter into prepared baking dish.
Bake brownies 25 to 27 minutes if using an 8×8 baking dish or 18 to 20 minutes if using a 9×13 baking dish.
Remove brownies from oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.
To make your frosting, mix your cream cheese, powdered sugar and a splash of your remaining coffee with an electric mixer.  Add more powdered sugar if it’s too thin and more coffee if it’s too thick.  Once your frosting reaches the desired consistency, stir in one cup of your toffee pieces.  
Frost cooled bars with your frosting and then sprinkle the remaining toffee pieces across the top.
Cut into squares and serve.
All you’re doing is taking a box of brownie mix and making it extra fancy!  Trust me, your family will love it!

Enjoy!

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  • Sabrina July 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I know I will love these. I love toffee. LOVE it. Sometimes, I make your "everyday brownie" and replace the butterscotch chips with toffee bits. Yumm. Making these ASAP.

  • Kimm Atwood July 6, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Anything with Heath toffee bits my husband LOVES so this will be a must try!!!!

  • April Parrish July 6, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I love coffee and I love toffee so this sounds perfect. I can't wait to try! 🙂

  • Jenny M July 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Oh Shay, these sound so good. I only wish we could reach out and virtually taste test your work. I can just imagine this alongside a scoop, no, an entire pint, of Ben and Jerrys coffee heath bar crunch this summer. YUM!

  • Jaren July 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    I absolutely love coffee in chocolate desserts! These do look like a winner!

  • Brittany Williams Martin July 7, 2014 at 12:45 am

    Going to make the vegan version of this! Looks delicious!

    –http://soulalien.blogspot.com/

  • Melanie Lien July 8, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Oh my gosh. I am so making these!

  • Farryn August 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Shay,
    If I make them in a 9×13 pan, can I double the recipe to make them thicker? Also, how long would you recommend baking? Thanks.

  • Mix and Match Mama August 8, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I wouldn't double the recipe for the 9×13…it will make too much batter. Maybe make two batches in the 8×8 inch pan for more brownies?

  • coltnd December 15, 2015 at 1:04 am

    I'm going to make these for my bunco Christmas party. Can they be made ahead of time? If so, how many days? I know some of your bars can be made 2 days ahead of time.