Now, don’t get me wrong – I really do love cooking with my kids and seeing them enjoy the food we have all helped put together. However, sometimes I feel like making something by myself that I don’t have to share with them – and these brownies are just perfect! They’re an indulgent sweet for the grown-ups, and because I’ve included Kahlua in both the brownies as well as the chocolate icing, the taste really comes through – so make sure you hide them from the kids!
This brownie recipe is rich and dense – and what I really love is that because it doesn’t contain any chocolate (yep, really!) you probably have all of the ingredients sitting in your fridge and pantry right now! If you can’t wait until they have cooled to add the icing, you can enjoy them straight from the oven – simply sift a little icing sugar over the top or serve them with some vanilla ice-cream.
Kahlua chocolate brownies
Makes: 20 pieces
Prep Time: 2 hrs 30 mins, including cooling time
Cooking Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs 5 mins
- 150g butter
- 1 cup caster sugar
- ¾ cup cocoa
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 eggs
- ⅔ cup plain flour
- ¼ cup Kahlua
For the icing:
- 1 cup icing sugar mixture
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 40g butter, softened
- 1 tbsp boiling water
- 1 tbsp Kahlua
- Preheat your oven to 160°C and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking paper.
- Place the butter, caster sugar and cocoa into a large saucepan. Cook, stirring regularly, over a low heat for 5 minutes or until butter has melted and ingredients are combined.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the vanilla extract, eggs, plain flour and Kahlua. Whisk to combine.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out with a few moist crumbs.
- Allow the brownies to cool completely in the tin before making the icing.
- Place all of the icing ingredients into a small bowl and mix together until combined. Use a spatula or a butter knife to smear the icing over the top of the completely cooled brownies. Give the icing 20 minutes to set and then cut into pieces and enjoy.
- You can also enjoy these brownies without the icing. Just dust with a little icing sugar.
- They will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- If your icing is too stiff and not coming together, add an extra teaspoon of boiling water.
Lauren is the creator of the blog Create Bake Make where she shares simple delicious and most importantly easy recipes that the kids can help make and the entire family will enjoy. A keen home baker, Lauren is also a mum to three boys, so when she isn't breaking up arguments over toy trucks, you will find her in the kitchen baking up a storm! In her rare quiet moments, you will find her curled up with a book or the latest magazine, enjoying a hot coffee or indulging in her slight online shopping addiction.