Movie Night: Java Brownies!

April 7, 2005



Caryn, in cozy pajamas, lies on the opposite end of the couch as Matt, dressed like an Abercrombie model. Love Actually plays on the television and a plate of half-eaten brownies is placed conveniently in front of them.


Do you think he’s attractive in person?

Caryn studies Andrew Lincoln’s face.


Oh, yeah, I’m sure he is. But I haven’t met him.


Not him. Your boss.

She pulls at a chewy brownie.


I guess.


You guess? That means yes.

Matt steals another brownie himself.


Whatever. I doubt he’ll be my boss much longer. He’s about to shoot another movie.


No retainer while he’s away?

Caryn laughs. Matt licks chocolate off his fingers.


Oh well. You make a mean brownie, but you weren’t really qualified for the job in the first place.

Caryn scowls at Matt.


You know, I sometimes wonder why a guy like you has such a penchant for romantic comedies. Aren’t you late for another date?


Shh! Here’s my favorite part.

If refrigerated, these brownies are quite a chew. Room temperature keeps them right at the brink of melting.

Java Brownies

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter

8 oz. good, bittersweet chocolate, chopped

2 eggs

1/4 cup Starbucks Coffee Liqueur

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In large saucepan, melt butter and sugar. Remove from heat and add chocolate, stirring until melted. Whisk in eggs until combined. Stir in liqueur. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Pour batter into greased 13×9-inch pan.

3. Bake until toothpick inserted in center is sticky (not clean), 15-20 minutes. Cool in pan on rack. Pour ganache over brownies when cool.


1/2 cup heavy cream

6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup Starbucks Coffee Liqueur

1. Heat heavy cream in saucepan just until boiling. Remove from heat and add sugar and chocolate, stirring constantly until smooth. Stir in liqueur. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

8 thoughts on “Movie Night: Java Brownies!

  1. Nic

    Ooo. I’ve been looking for an excuse to try that Starbucks liquor. Thanks Caryn. I’m assuming that I could substitute some other liquor if I wanted to mix up the flavors a bit?

  2. charlotte

    Wow! What great photos…and Java Brownies! I’ll have to make them tommorrow night! I’ll check in and read more of your blog too!

  3. tanvi

    Hey Caryn!

    those brownies look mighty good- too bad i dont have access to the liquer. do you think the brownies would suffer if i replaced the liquer with brewed espresso?

  4. caryn

    Nic, I think you can substitute other liqueurs…I was thinking about a little Grand Marnier myself.

    Tanvi, I would brew the espresso very strong and maybe sneak in a tsp. of vanilla extract.

    I guess you can substitute anything. Brownies are kind of hard to screw up. :)

  5. mrs D


    Your Grand Marnier idea sounds quite good too!

    Heck, if the Mr. hadn’t consumed all of our cream sherry while making our paper chef entry (seriously!), I’d try a cream sherry version. (Or better yet, the Java version with cream sherry gastrique on top!)

  6. caryn

    Mrs. D, all of them sound good! This recipe is definitely open to substitution. There’s more liquid in them than a cake-y brownie, which of course makes them more chewy…but leaves the recipe open to swapping liquids for different variations. Let me know if you make any of them!

  7. ko

    i couldn’t wait to try this recipe. but perhaps you baked yours in an 8×8 or 9×9 pan instead of the specified 13×9. i baked this recipe as stated this afternoonn and i have the thinnest brownies i’ve ever seen – and i’m a pretty good baker. did you use a different size pan or double the recipe? your brownies are THICK.


  8. caryn

    Ko, yes, they are sort of thin brownies. Because I like them chewy, I don’t want them to be too thick. I’m afraid the picture might be a little misleading. …because I’m so close, they look a little bigger than I cut them. And the ganache adds a little height. You could bake them in a smaller pan if you want. I do hope you like them though. I just made them again yesterday.


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