A couple months ago, I visited a place very foreign to me.
Walking in, I found myself in a room of chattering men and women, some talking to their friends, some talking to the people behind the counter. I could make out nothing anyone said as it all ran together, accompanied by a subtle, but very present instrumental piece playing in the background. It wasn’t the masses of people or the music that threw me off. It was the people behind the counter. One could assume they were translators of some sort as they repeated orders or reworded things when people pointed at the wall of words behind them. It would remind one of a teacher’s chalkboard, with all those names and numbers. It was as if English, math, and language decided to throw a party at …
A coffee shop.
Yes, I seriously had a very real nervousness about Starbucks. It was a foreign world. The only coffee I knew was the black kind that we made in our coffee maker every single morning. There are three kinds: The Mary Frances (aka black) the Dad (aka a little sugar) and The Mom (chocolate powder, milk, and sugar)
My first time there I ordered the exact same thing as my friend. I probably freaked her out a little, asking her again and again what was there. She ordered for me too I just learned last night the difference between a cappuchino and a frappuchino. I still don’t know if iced coffee comes plain or with flavoring and if you can order any drink there iced, frap style, or with whip. If you are one of my friends, you always order the black or the skinny. That’s just how she is and I will admit, it makes things easy. I personally would expand my horizons if I had half an hour to study … and $6 to burn on sugar.
Honestly, take me for a walk. Coffee dates are great, don’t get me wrong, but I’d really rather do something else
And that has nothing to do with these brownies. There is no coffee flavor, only a 1/3 cup of coffee to make these the most fudgy and chocolatey brownies ever. That 1/3 cup coffee was supposed to The Mom, but it was brewed too strong, so it became The Mary Frances. (I knew I had a link!)
These brownies are a spin off of my all time favorite fast fix brownies. I’m over the shame of using store bought ingredients this week, so here you go.
Store bought sugar cookie dough.
Store bought brownie mix.
Store bough peanut butter chips.
BUT homemade coffee You could go to Starbucks and get a cup for this if you really want to go all store bought on me. After this post, you can believe I have absolutely no room to judge.
It irks me everytime, but these brownies turn out better than my homemade ones every time. The brownies always turn out incredibly fudgy, but not fall apart in your hand fudgy. The best kind of firm fudgy.
If I had had time, I would’ve tried them with this vegan cookie dough, these better than box paleo brownies (doubled), and these healthy peanut butter chips. That is my next project, but for you, I give you the best brownies I make here at La Barista Nada. I hope you try them, they are always a hit!
- 1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
- 1 (19 oz) bag Duncan Hines Fudge Brownie Mix
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ cup brewed coffee
- ½ cup oil (I used melted coconut)
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup peanut butter chips
- Lightly greased 9x13 baking pan. Preheat oven to 350.
- Press sugar cookie dough into pan.
- In a large bowl, beat, eggs, coffee, and oil. Stir in brownie mix until mixture is thick and smooth.
- Stir in chocolate chips. Pour over cookie dough.
- Sprinkle peanut butter chips on top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes or until top is crackly and no longer bubbly.