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Chocolate Coffee Brownies

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Brownies are a delicious and very special treat when made from scratch. The nice thing about these brownies is the use of coffee as a wonderful flavor enhancer. The coffee also helps keep the brownies moist and adds a certain richness to the overall brownie. 

Coffee is one of those ingredients that just adds something special to just about anything you put it in and these brownies are no exception. Even if you are not a coffee drinker, you might just be surprised at how good these dessert bars are.

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups of sifted flour

1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of cold margarine

14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa

1 egg

2 tsp. prepared coffee

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. baking powder

Heat oven to 350 degrees

Directions

In a bowl, combine 1 cup of flour and sugar. 

Cut butter until crumbly and mix with flour and sugar. Press mixture firmly into the bottom of a 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan and bake for 15 minutes.

In a large mixing bowl combine remaining ingredients and mix well. Spread over prepared crust and bake for 20 minutes or until center is set.

When cooled, cut into bars and store lightly covered. Yields about 20 bars.

This recipe came about simply because of two truly delicious things: fresh coffee and chocolate…anything. This is a great recipe to try with flavored coffees as well. This basic recipe can be altered in a few different ways like using almond extract instead of vanilla. You can also experiment with the amount of coffee you add to this recipe; more coffee adds flavor, but can also thin down the recipe.

These brownies are great for a weekend treat, lunch time surprise or at any social gathering. Please exercise caution when serving these delights to your friends and family: put the plate down, grab yourself a brownie and then run! They really are that good.