Starbucks Espresso Brownies

Craving Starbucks’ Espresso Brownies at Home? We’ve Cracked the Code!

Calling all chocolate lovers and coffee aficionados! Have you ever fallen head-over-heels for the rich, fudgy, and oh-so-slightly-caffeinated magic of Starbucks Espresso Brownies? Well, you’re not alone. My wife, a dedicated coffee and chocolate enthusiast, was equally captivated by these delectable treats.

After savoring one too many (okay, maybe not too many!), she embarked on a mission to recreate the Starbucks experience in our own kitchen. And guess what? She succeeded! Not only did her homemade version capture the essence of the original, but it also became a runaway hit at her work’s charity auction, fetching a whopping $75!

Intrigued? We’re thrilled to share the secrets behind these delightful brownies, so you can indulge in their goodness anytime the craving strikes.

The Key Ingredient: Unveiling the Espresso Magic

The secret weapon in these brownies isn’t just any ordinary chocolate – it’s the jolt of real espresso beans that elevates them to another level. Here’s how we incorporate it:

  • Ground Espresso Beans: Using freshly ground espresso beans takes the flavor to another dimension. Just make sure they’re finely ground for even distribution.
  • Espresso Powder (optional): This readily available ingredient packs a powerful coffee punch, and a little goes a long way. You can find it at most grocery stores in the baking aisle.

Tips & Tricks for Brownie Perfection

  • Don’t Overmix: Overmixing can lead to tough and dense brownies. Mix until just combined, then stop.
  • Baking Time is Key: Keep an eye on your brownies towards the end of the baking time. They should be slightly fudgy in the center, not completely dry.
  • Level Up the Presentation: Sprinkle some powdered sugar or cocoa powder on top of the cooled brownies for a touch of elegance.
  • Warm it Up: For an extra gooey experience, warm up a brownie in the microwave for a few seconds before indulging.

See the Magic Happen: Watch the YouTube Video!

Want to see these Starbucks Espresso Brownies come to life visually? I’ve created a step-by-step video showcasing the entire process. From melting the butter to achieving the perfect fudgy texture, this video provides a visual guide that will make your brownie-baking journey a breeze.

So ditch the store-bought treats and whip up a batch of these homemade Starbucks Espresso Brownies. With their rich chocolate flavor, subtle hint of coffee, and perfectly fudgy texture, they’re sure to become a new favorite in your household. Just be warned – they might disappear as quickly as they did at my wife’s auction!

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Starbucks Espresso Brownies Recipe

Starbucks Espresso Brownies

Recipe by Jason Hill –
Nothing beats a freshly brewed cup of espresso in the morning. But it’s also fabulous in a number of baked goods as well.
This fudgy, gooey Starbucks Espresso Brownies recipe was developed by my wife after she became addicted to them at the shop more than a decade ago. They are perfect alongside a cappuccino or vanilla latte — delightfully dense and fudgy. 
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12


  • 8 oz. Baker’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolate Squares chopped
  • 1 oz. Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/4 cups butter
  • 3/4 cup finely ground Starbucks Espresso beans
  • 3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Ghirardelli semisweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks


  • Preheat oven to 300 F.
  • In a medium-size pot over low heat, melt butter. Add baking chocolate and the 1 oz. of chocolate chips, stirring constantly over low heat until smooth. Remove from heat.
  • In a large bowl of a Kitchen Aid mixer, stir sugar and ground espresso on low speed until well incorporated.
  • On medium speed, gradually add the melted chocolate-butter mixture, salt, eggs and vanilla. Beat until well blended.
  • Reduce mixer speed to low and add flour until everything is incorporated; add chocolate chips last, just to blend.
  • Spread batter evenly into a buttered and floured 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 70 minutes, or until center comes out clean when toothpick is inserted.
  • Since cooking times vary, start checking after about 55-60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • Cut into squares or triangles and keep refrigerated until ready for service. These brownies taste best served cold.
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AboutJason Hill

Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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