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.)

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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