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6 Ingredient Espresso Brownies

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Isn’t the simplest usually just the best?

This is just exactly how I’m feeling with these 6 ingredient espresso brownies. With eggs, sugar, butter, flour, cocoa, and espresso? Yeah.

Basic is the best.


Espresso brownie.

Lately I’ve been trying to avoid caffeine for a number of reasons. (This from the girl who is currently typing out all the words about how she’s currently into chocolate and espresso. FOR REAL I honestly don’t know how you deal with it sometimes.)

Reason #1: It gives me a brain full of jittery hyped-up edgy feelings. Friends. WE DO NOT NEED MORE OF THESE FEELINGS. Just trust me – I have enough of those to cover for both you and me. You’re jealous, I know.

Reason #2: It squashes my appetite. You can be honest with me – is this a real thing or is it in my head? I swear, those jittery feelings from the morning secretly morph into a tight, nervous-like stomach for the afternoon which kills my interest in food. Americano with breakfast = no desire for lunch. I mean… who is even talking right now? This is getting weird.

Reason #3: Ummm time is a little bitty problem. I’m running late 101 times out of 100 and I’m trying – seriously ACTUALLY trying now that I’m 30 and an adult and all that – to change that life pattern, so cutting the coffee in the morning is actually what I call a morning short cut. Little wins.

Espresso brownie batter in a dish.

Okay but the sad thing is this: I actually LOVE coffee. And I really love dark, rich, deep and super strong coffee. And I’m not ready to completely give up on caffeine.

And so I’ve been drinking decaf Americanos and lattes for a little treat (*wheee*) when I need something rich and dark and delicious in mug form… and then when I need a more significant boost of love? I’ve been making 6 ingredient espresso brownies. I don’t know, apparently the caffeine content here doesn’t touch my brain with quite the same intensity as the full blown double shot latte – either that or I’m so intent on not giving up this chocolate and coffee combo that my brain can compensate for the caffeine? Or paired with sugar… wait. No, that doesn’t really make sense.

Doesn’t matter.

What matters is THIS BROWNIE – a treat-yoself-Friday-brownie – being all warm and gooey and getting involved in your life in a matter of 6 ingredients and 40 minutes.

EGGS / COCOA / BUTTER / SUGAR / ESPRESSO / FLOUR – and there it is. The simplest of beauties.

DeLallo espresso in a jar with a spoon.

This DeLallo espresso is my latest pantry obsession at the studio. I’m not drinking it, so I eat it in everything chocolate that you could ever dream of. Totally rational.

It seriously makes MAGIC with chocolate and – bonus! – you can just stir it right into your mixes and batters.

I made a few versions of these brownies and tried dissolving that espresso into hot water before adding it but DANG GIRL nobody got time for that. just pour the espresso powder straight in the pot. No, seriously. Straight. In.

Go on, get up in there and make that chocolate brownie batter rich and dark and otherworldly and then feel good that this day gifted you not only chocolate, but chocolate in its most romantic espresso brownie form. Is that barely crispy-chewy top (with gooey insides duh) not just totally on point? The crackles. I’m weak.

Espresso brownie with a bite in it.


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Espresso Brownies stacked on a plate.

6 Ingredient Espresso Brownies

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 1218 1x


6 Ingredient Espresso Brownies! With eggs, sugar, butter, flour, cocoa, and espresso. So simple and so very delicious! YUM!


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  • 1 cup salted butter, melted
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup DeLallo espresso powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter and the sugar. Add the espresso powder and mix until combined. Add eggs and mix until combined. Add the flour and cocoa powder and stir to combine. Add a pinch of sea salt and/or a handful of chocolate chips if you’re feeling ambitious.
  3. Transfer to a 9×13 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 30 minutes or until set in the middle (I usually like to underbake mine so 30 minutes is just about right for that – if you want more chewy brownies, go for 35-40). Eat and be happy!
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: espresso brownies, brownie recipe, easy brownie recipe

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Thank you to DeLallo for making these delicious espresso brownies possible and for sponsoring this post! Use the code PINCHOFESPRESSO at checkout to receive half off your purchase of espresso powder!

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I love your writing style, Linday! So fun and upbeat! Oh, and these brownies look DIVINE. A++

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      Hi Lindsay! I’ve baked these brownies a countless number of times. Thank you for such simple recipe that I can whip up in a short amount of time.

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Omg yes I hear you with the jittery, anxious feelings! I’ve stopped coffee too and changed to tea. I’ve been loving matcha lately. Can’t wait to try your match tea latte!!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Aw, Lindsay, I forgot to wish you a happy birthday!! Well, happy, happy late birthday to one of my favoritest bloggers!! I hope you had a great one and this new year turns out to be even more awesome than you imagine! Thanks for another fantastic year dedicated to POY!! I love everything about you and the blog, and am so thankful I bumped into you guys. Still hoping to meet you IRL someday…

    P.S. You had me hooting over your reasons to give up coffee …#sotrue

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Wow! Lindsay these look amazing. I am also a die-hard-caffeine-addict, so I have no idea how you’re making the switch to decaf. I have found that when coffee gives me the jittery caffeine feeling (read, frantic, crashing later in the afternoon, vowing to never drink coffee again, and then drinking it the next morning) I switch to black or green tea. There’s still some caffeine in there, but not so much of the bad effects that coffee has. At any rate, these 6 ingredient espresso brownies look divine! I can’t wait to make them myself!



  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I feel you 100% with the jittery feelings and loss of appetite from caffeine. I love coffee so so much and just within the past 6 months I’ve switched over to decaf and it’s made a big difference. And also with the running late problem..I swear I’m always 15 minutes late to everything no matter how much time I think I give myself haha. These brownies look incredible though!! Espresso + chocolate is life.

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    I am not so much for coffee, but I love coffee flavored things. Weird, right? I love including espresso in brownie recipes because it totally magnifies the chocolate flavor; WIN! Love that this recipe is so easy and straightforward but results in such super fudgy brownies!

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Have them baking in the oven right now, Lindsay! It is 11:13pm, but had them on my mind since the post yesterday! Cant wait…23 minutes to go. Seriously!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I own that espresso powder and it is everything. These are everything. And no you’re completely correct in that my morning coffee squashes my appetite, though for me it’s only for an hour or so and then I’m all about food!

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      Diann Slade

      OMG…Iwas dreaming about espresso brownies and found your site. I put in pecans and semi dark chocolate and I used special dark chocolate cocoa powder. It was heaven in every bite. Now I have them from myself. LOL

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I am totally with you Lindsay! I love my brownies (we are totally on the same wave length today) and sometimes the simple recipes are the best aren’t they? Your photos are beautiful, as always!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      That’s a good question. The serving size for the espresso powder is (I believe) about 1 teaspoon. so that would put each serving at just under one serving of the espresso… am I doing my math right?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      No, because it won’t dissolve in the same way. 🙁 It would be like coffee grounds in the brownies and that doesn’t sound too good to me.

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Fair warning: This is a BIG OL batch of brownies!! The good news? Left over brownies from this recipe are perfect for making rum balls! I put 1/2 cup espresso powder in the brownies and put salt on top of the rum balls to compliment the coffee and deep chocolate flavors! It is the kind of delicious that makes you feel like you’re walking the wild side!!

    Thank you for the delicious recipe!!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Hahaha, I don’t drink coffee but I definitely love my green tea and I can drink SO much. It tastes so refreshing and warming! Anyhow, what is the best flour to sub for the all-purpose flour? I generally don’t use it in baking–mainly almond flour or coconut flour!

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Can’t wait to try these. Do you know if I find this expresso powder in any stores? Thanks!