20 servings

Best Bar Cookie. These gooey bars are as rich as anything you'll find in a bakery. They are a welcome treat in a lunch box, as a weeknight dessert, or any time you need a sweet treat. --Recipe by Kathleen Kanen (January/February 2005)

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Coat bottom of a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

Step 3

Combine coffee granules and 1/4 cup hot water, stirring until the coffee granules dissolve.

Step 4

Combine butter and semisweet chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 1 minute or until butter melts; stir until chocolate is smooth.

Step 5

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, unsweetened cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Combine coffee mixture, butter mixture, vanilla extract, and eggs in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add coffee mixture to flour mixture; stir just until combined. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with toffee chips. Bake at 350° for 22 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

Ratings & Reviews

daneanp's Review

June 15, 2014
Ooey, gooey, chocolate deliciousness. I thought I had toffee chips but they turned out to be peanut butter chips. OMG, great sub. I still prefer the toffee for the crunch though. Be sure to have some milk on hand.

Kelly910's Review

April 11, 2014

gkd1029's Review

January 14, 2014

FarmerD's Review

December 11, 2013
I might give these six stars, if I could. True enough, the "batter" was more like heavy dough, but a wonderfully, fudgy, gooey brownie is the result. I took care not to over-bake, per other reviewer comments and the fact that I was using a glass pan which I understand to bake faster. They were shared with kids and grownups and every last one was crazy for them, having seconds in spite of the richness. Lacked the toffee and can only imagine how that would be a fun addition, or, maybe, crumbled Heath bars? Mmm.

London1's Review

July 21, 2013
I added some extra water as I found the batter very dry. I also cut down the sugar. I found the brownies more cake-like; not rich like a brownie. They were okay but I wouldn't say they are worthy of a remake.

joyceam's Review

February 15, 2013
FANTASTIC!!! I replaced the instant coffee/hot water with 1/4 cup Kahlua, and it turned out really well. You can't taste the coffee flavor, just makes the chocolate taste richer. I didn't have toffee chips, so I just left them out. Would be good with whatever topping you prefer (e.g. nuts, chocolate chips, chopped up toffee candy bars...mmmm). Had to cook for about 30 mins. Came out really fudgey - yum! Best straight from the oven, but still moist the next day. These are some of the best brownies I've made/tasted. The dough is pretty thick, but nothing my stand mixer couldn't wrestle!

CherylMD's Review

February 05, 2013
Really excellent. Everyone, even self-proclaimed non-brownie aficionados came back for seconds. I doubled the batch, put in a 9 x 13 and baked for 30 to 35 minutes. They were completely fudgy. I could see (if you were having trouble with moistness, which we did not) you might want to try adding baby food prunes to moisten it up. The batter was stiff, but that did not stop us from incredibly moist brownies. I concur with others, take them out before you think they are done.

MereUbu's Review

February 01, 2012
Hands-down favorite brownie recipe ever! I can't imagine how anyone could make these and have them turn out dry. Maybe too much flour and overbaking? I've made them at least a dozen times, and they've never been anything but fudgey, moist, and full of naughty coffee/toffee goodness. Every member of my family (the kid included) asks for these all the time. They're also delicious frozen, chunked, and served on ice cream. I'd give these six stars if I could!

cubbieter's Review

September 05, 2011
Great recipe. Helpful hints: 1. Do not overbake. 2. Do not attempt to double or triple the recipe unless you have a good arm for mixing. 3. If you decide to triple the recipe, it will bake nicely in a jelly roll pan. I have been using this recipe since it's debut in 2005. Family and friends LOVE it. Happy baking.

dani123's Review

November 13, 2010
Amazing! These are probably one of the best items to come out of my oven, and I bake a decent amount. Highly recommend for a party or gathering, because otherwise it would be pretty easy to eat the whole bunch. For those who are keeping an eye on their diet, a single serving isn't too bad for you, either!