These 1-bowl Espresso Brownies are what dessert dreams are made of – Spongy, fudgy and loaded with delicious and indulgent chocolate and coffee flavour!

Today I’m bringing together two of my favourite things in the world, chocolate & coffee, to make the most delicious espresso brownies I’ve ever made.

These Espresso Brownies have everything you could possibly look for, they’re gooey and dense, but still quite soft and spongy.

And they’re loaded with amazing coffee flavour!

**This post is sponsored by Pact Coffee. All opinions are my own**

The Best Coffee For Espresso Brownies

Choosing the perfect coffee is what really brings these espresso brownies to the next level.

You want a robust, premium-quality ground coffee that doesn’t overpower but indeed complements the chocolate flavour.
espresso brownies cut into squares, hand holding a brownie on the left down side of the pictureThat’s why I partnered up with Pact Coffee for this recipe – I’ve been testing out the different coffees they offer and I’m totally in love with all of them! 

For these brownies I used Pact’s Fazenda Chapada coffee which was ground finely for espresso machines.

It has a lovely milk chocolate aroma, revealing hints of lingering, creamy, toffee sweetness and flavour.

It’s simply great for a morning espresso cup, and incredibly good for baking treats such as these brownies.

espresso in white cup and plate, next to 3 pact coffee packages

Otherwise, you will be ok by choosing any other high-quality ground espresso coffee, go for 100% arabica when in doubt. Here’s a great guide on the best espresso beans!

Alternatively, you can use espresso powder. What is espresso powder?

It’s a concentrated instant coffee, made with coffee crystals that dissolve in liquid (you can read more here),  and it’s not really for drinking, but more for baking treats.

You could substitute espresso powder/ground beans with instant coffee, but it will lack the amazingly rich roasted flavour of espresso.

So, I wouldn’t really recommend it if you want to go for real, incredibly good espresso brownies.

espresso brownies cut into squares , pact coffee pack on the left down side of the picture

The Best Chocolate For Brownies

When making the perfect espresso brownies, the chocolate plays a fundamental role.

You will need both dark chocolate chunks and cocoa powder for this brownies recipe, so my tip is to choose the best chocolate you have available.

Go for a 65-70% organic dark chocolate,  and use high-quality cocoa powder if possible.

For the dark chocolate, I like to use brands that make it with only cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter and a hint of vanilla.

The best cocoa powder for brownies is the dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder. Dutch-processed, means that the cocoa powder is treated with an alkali solution, which neutralizes some of the acidity.

It also has a deepen flavour and darker colour, and makes brownies overall more chocolatey and delicious. 

How To Make Espresso Brownies

Once you’ve got the right coffee and chocolate, all you need to make these delicious fudgy Espresso Brownies is less than 10 super simple ingredients:

*Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder

*dark chocolate

*free-range eggs




*maple syrup

*a hint of vanilla extract

*a pinch of sea salt

I personally opt for all organic ingredients. But you don’t need to use organic ingredients if you don’t want to.

However, I find that most of the time, is worth investing in organic ingredients, as they taste better and thus make a better final product. 

These espresso brownies come together in a blink and are totally mess-free to make.

All it takes is 1 bowl, 1 baking dish and 40 mins of your time.

  1. Place the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, melt in the microwave for 30 seconds.
  2. Then stir in the sugar and ground espresso, followed by vanilla and maple syrup, and mix until incorporated.
  3. Stir in the eggs, one at a time, wait until is fully incorporated before adding the next one.
  4. Finally, stir in cocoa powder and flour, until just combined. Make sure to not overmix the batter!
  5. Pour the prepared brownie batter into a baking dish and place in the oven for 30-36 minutes.
  6. If you like your brownies super fudgy, take them out of the oven after 32-33 minutes, but for regular fudgy brownies, it will be safe to take them out after 35-36 minutes.

5 espresso brownies on top of each other, next to one other espresso brownies.I can’t stop talking about how good these Espresso Brownies are –  Everytime I make them, the whole family loves them and devours them in less than a blink.

If you love chocolate and espresso, I’m pretty sure these will easily become a weekly staple from now on!

espresso brownies cut into squares, arranged in a grid style, with the brownie in the left down corner slightly in an oblique position.

These melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey fudgy Espresso Brownies are incredibly soft and rich – Sure to satisfy your dessert cravings in a bite.

More Brownies Recipes For You To Try:

Avocado Brownies (Gluten-free and Dairy-free)

Chocolate Coffee Brownie Cake


Please let me know how you liked it! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #thepetitecook! Looking at your pictures always makes me smile *and super hungry*!

espresso brownies cuto into squares and arranged into a grid. Hand holding the left down corner brownie.
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Espresso Brownies

These 1-bowl Espresso Brownies are what dessert dreams are made of - Spongy, fudgy and loaded with delicious and indulgent chocolate and coffee flavour!

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 1-bowl, brownies, chocolate, cocoa powder, coffee, easy, espresso, quick
Servings: 9
Calories: 411kcal


  • 160 gr unsalted butter
  • 150 gr 70% dark chocolate chopped into chunks
  • 60 gr ground espresso coffee (or about 2+1/2 tbsp espresso powder)
  • 210 gr caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp organic maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 100 gr all-purpose flour
  • 50 gr Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • a pinch of sea salt flakes


  • Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F. Spray with oil a 8inch square pan and line with parchment paper. Set the oven rack onto the middle shelf.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, fold in the butter and dark chocolate. Cover the bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, stir the ingredients, then melt for another 30 seconds, until fully smooth and combined.
  • Stir the sugar and ground espresso coffee into the bowl wioththe butter and chocolate. Then add the vanilla extract and maple syrup. Whisk to combine all the ingredients.
  • Stir in the eggs, one at a time, wait until each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next one.
  • Add in the flour, cocoa powder and a pinch of salt, and stir until all the ingredients are JUST combined. Make sure to not overmix the batter!
  • Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and spread it evenly, levelling out the top.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes (see notes), then insert a toothpick into the centre of the pan. If it comes out very wet, the brownies are not done, if it's just slightly wet, the brownies are done.
  • Remove the espresso brownies from the oven and allow them to cool on a wire rack, then cut them into squares and serve.
  • Store leftover brownies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


*If you like super fudgy brownies, take them out of the oven after 32-33 minutes. For regular fudgy brownies, it will be safe to take them out after 35-36 minutes.
*Ovens work all differently, so to be extra safe, check the brownies with a toothpick after 30 minutes. If the toothpick comes out super wet you want to wait for 5 minutes extra, if it comes slightly wet, you can take them out.
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Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 530IU | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 4mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.