A little white chocolate and coffee can add new life your basic boxed brownie mix. Mind you, there is nothing wrong with using boxed brownie mix if you don’t have a lot of time. However, that boring basic batch can become an awesome treat for your sweetheart with just a few easy additions and a little extra time.
I grew up on boxed brownie mix. For a long time, they were my “go to” take-along for pot-luck dinners. Brownie mixes have gotten more diverse in recent years — but even those options are usually only “with nuts”, “with caramel” or “with more chocolate to make them gooey”. If you have some white chocolate and a way to make coffee, you have all you need to take that basic box and make it into a treat to wow your friends.
To get started, just read the instructions on the box of mix; however, instead of water, add coffee (and any flavor will do — I just wouldn’t use too dark of a brew or else it might end up being a little bitter). Using a bar of white baking chocolate, I broke half of it into small pieces and added them to the mix (baking chocolate won’t melt and be absorbed into your brownies like smaller chips would be). I put the brownie mixture into an 8″ x 8″ baking pan, and baked as instructed on the box (make sure you use a toothpick to test whether the brownies are done before you remove them from the oven).
When the brownies are done and the toothpick comes out clean, top the still hot brownies with a cup and a half of white chocolate chips. Cover the pan and allow the chips to melt, about 5-10 minutes. Once the chips are completely soft, smooth them across the top of the brownies so that they are completely covered, and then set aside to cool.
Butter cream icing is very easy to make from scratch, and home made is always better than store bought. All you need is confectioners (powdered) sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder (or espresso powder), corn starch, a softened bar of butter, and a few tablespoons of coffee. My only word of warning is to blend carefully — powdered sugar tends to go all over the place if you put your mixer on too high of a speed to start, and it makes a heck of a mess.
Once you are done making your icing, spread it on your now-cooled brownies. You can decorate the top with strawberries, raspberries, or if you really want to be fancy, use some pink frosting to make a heart or to write a little love note to your sweetheart.
I cut my finished brownies into squares, set up a selection of coffees from Gourmesso Coffee so that my friends could pick what flavor of coffee they wanted to drink with their brownies, and boom, happy faces all around!
If this recipe sounds good to you, you might also like to give our Mocha Fudge Cake or White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies a try, or this Chocolate Cheesecake Dip from our friends at Cravings of a Lunatic. All go great with a cup of hot coffee — or a big glass of milk!