Because I’m not a baker by nature (all of that precision and rule-following and all), I tend to tweak wherever I possibly can. And this recipe is a perfect example of my mad scientist efforts paying off big.
Now don’t be scared that there is instant coffee in this thing. If you are not a coffee drinker, I get it (well, maybe not, but I love you anyway). It’s an acquired taste for some. However, I dare you to actually TASTE the coffee in this recipe. The coffee is there to amp up the flavor of the chocolatey goodness. It makes the chocolate even better, if that’s possible. And of course, if you happen to have some chocolate chips lying around, why would you want them to feel left out? Get those in here too to ensure chocolate overload.
Guaranteed that anyone who has one of these babies with their morning wake-me-up will not be falling asleep in any meetings in the coming hours. Your boss can thank me later for the alert and eager faces at the conference room table.
Gooey Chocolate Brownies
Simple as can be, but oh-so-darned-good, you'll want to toss that diet out the window and dive in for a second square--if your co-workers or party-goers haven't cleaned them out already!
Heat the oven to 350 degrees for a metal pan, or 325 for a dark coated or glass pan. Spray pan with cooking spray.
Combine brownie mix, oil, eggs, and water in a medium mixing bowl. Take care to mix thoroughly to smooth out any pockets of dry mix, but not to over work the batter (that can make for tough brownies).
Add 3/4 cup of chocolate chips and 1 tbsp. instant coffee. Mix to incorporate into batter.
Pour batter into sprayed baking dish. Bake for 28-30 minutes, depending on directions given on brownie mix.
Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips over the top of the batter.
Cool completely before cutting into 12 squares. Tip: if you use a slightly wet knife, it should ensure that the brownies don't stick to the knife.
Note that the baking times may vary depending on 1) the instructions on whichever brand of brownie mix you have, and 2) the size and type of pan you use. Make sure to follow those carefully to avoid drying out these chocolatey lovelies!
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