It is a truth universally acknowledged that chocolate makes everything better. And as finals are approaching for me, I find that chocolate is one hundred percent necessary to study and get through them. Even if you're not stressed, chocolate is always an option. And I find that chocolate and coffee are one of the best combinations. 


These espresso brownies are super simple to make and sound and taste like gourmet treats. Add in a hint of coffee to your simple brownie and a delicious glaze and you've got the perfect treat. This recipe can be made with a brownie mix (if you're in a rush or just plain lazy) or you bake them homemade, just pick a simple recipe. I used a boxed mix.


I got this recipe off the Food Network it was from Giada De Laurentis. 
The ingredients for this brownie mix are:
a brownie mix or homemade brownie recipe + ingredients for that recipe/mix
semisweet chocolate chips (if not already in box mix)
2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons of instant coffee or espresso powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of confectioner's sugar
1 tablespoon of butter (room temp.)


Instructions:
Preheat the oven according to your mix or recipe.
Follow the instructions of the brownie mix or your homemade brownie recipe.
Add in chocolate chips and 2 tablespoons of espresso powder or instant coffee.
Grease the pan and bake according to recipe or mix.
Allow brownies to cool.
While the brownies cool, dissolve 2 teaspoons of espresso powder or instant coffee in 2 teaspoons of water. Whisk in the vanilla, then later whisk in the butter and the confectioner's sugar. Pour the glaze over the brownies and chill for about 2 hours or until glaze has set. 
Cut brownies, and enjoy.





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