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These Fudgy Kahlua Brownies were rich, dense, even a bit gooey. Brownie perfection in every bite!

With Kahlua in the batter and Kahlua painted over the top of the baked brownie, the subtle coffee infusion intensified the chocolate flavor without nary a whisper of coffee.

Kahlua Brownies on a round white plate with coffee beans and a fork

Fudgy Kahlua Brownies

I first made these uber fudgy brownies back in 2011 as part of a blogger secret recipe club. Members were assigned another blog, then given the task of picking out a recipe from that blog to make and share on the reveal date. The old photo, seen above the recipe, was actually my first acceptance to one of those food porn sites, Foodgawker.  It was actually in focus! But 7+ years later, it was time to make and photograph them again!

Kahlua Brownies on a bed of coffee beans on a square white plate

Tips for Making These Kahlua Brownies

These have to be some of the fudgiest brownies I’ve ever made…just look at them!!!  Hubby noticed the Kahlua taste immediately, but the boys felt it was more subtle, they were all in favor of me making them again.

  • PRO-Tip: Did you know that coffee enhances the flavor of chocolate? The hubby is not a coffee or mocha fan, but I can usually get away with adding a little instant coffee or espresso powder to chocolate desserts.
  • Kahlua, a coffee liqueur, is another, more subtle way to add coffee flavor to chocolate baked goods.
  • As with most baked goods, have your butter and eggs at room temperature. But in this case, the butter was to be melted with the chocolate, so cold butter worked fine.
  • Typically, I mix brownie batter by hand instead of with a mixer. This is to avoid adding excess air to the batter which takes away from the fudginess.  In this case, the sugar and eggs were beaten with a mixer, but when I added the dry ingredients, I kept the mixer on the lowest speed and mixed just until the dry ingredients were incorporated. This also inhibits gluten formation.
  • There is a double dose of Kahlua  in these brownies. First there’s some in the brownie batter, then a tablespoon is brushed over the top of the cooked brownies. PRO-Tip: There wasn’t enough to give a mocha or coffee flavor, but feel free to add a little instant coffee or espresso powder to the Kahlua to enhance the coffee flavor before adding it to the batter.
  • These super dense and fudgy Kahlua brownies cut best when cold. Otherwise you’ll need to wipe and rinse your knife after every slice. Let them sit at room temperature before serving to take the chill off.

I always have a bottle of Kahlua on hand for my family’s favorite Kahlua Bundt Cake. These Fudgy Mocha Brownies, Fudgy Brownies, Rich Fudgy Cocoa Brownies, and Best Fudgy Brownies are worth a gander, too!

Though it doesn’t appear she’s actively blogging anymore, I hope you check out Andi’s blog, The Wednesday Baker. Thanks so much, Andi, for sharing this amazing recipe for the Secret Recipe Club.

Kahlua Brownies on a white plate covered with coffee beans

Kahlua Brownies circa 2011


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Kahlua brownies on a white plate with a red handled fork

Kahlua Brownies

Rich, fudgy brownies enhanced by a double dose of Kahlua!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter (10 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons)
  • 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Kahlua plus 1 tablespoon for brushing on top after baked and cooled


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease 9 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper or foil (I used an 8 inch pan).
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a heat proof bowl, gently melt the butter and chocolate, stopping frequently to stir until mixture is smooth .
  4. In a large mixing bowl combine the sugar with the eggs and beat until light in color. Add the melted chocolate. Mix. Add the Kahlua and mix. Add the flour, baking powder, salt to the batter and mix just until combined.
  5. Scrape into the prepared baking pan and bake for 30 minutes or until the top springs back when touched lightly in center (with the smaller pan, I baked for 35 minutes), and the edges begin to pull away.
  6. Cool in pan, and when cold, brush the top with the tablespoon of Kahlua. Allow this to absorb for a bit before cutting brownies.


Adapted from The Wednesday Baker.


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89 comments on “Fudgy Kahlua Brownies”

  1. These are a step up from any other brownie! Amazing flavor in there cant wait to try them have many Kahlua fans here! thanks Lizzy!

  2. These brownies look delicious, and I remember them from The Wednesday Baker! Great post!

  3. I LOVE! being a part of the Secret Recipe Club. It is such fun! These brownies look amazing! Bad news for pushing me further away from my weight loss goal though. Haha!

  4. Whoa – just pour me some milk!

  5. What a fun idea!!! Love the recipe club, and the brownies??? Yes please!!

  6. Um, yeah, I can see why you choose to make these. Holy delicious goodness!

  7. these sound delectable. YumYum!

  8. WOW!!! sounds awesome…I’m heading over to your kahlua cake now!

  9. Ooooh, a secret recipe club? What a fun idea! You definitely lucked out with these awesome brownies! A crowd pleaser for sure.

  10. Well done on the Secret Recipe Club, Liz. It sounds so much fun. Just look at these kahlua brownies – and what photos on the coffee beans. They look gorgeous. You’re approaching the 100th chocolate recipe – FAST! 🙂

  11. Love the photos and love the kahlua. Another recipe for me to indulge in.

  12. That looks great – what a mocha combination!

  13. Those brownies are delicious! Thank you for the recipe.

  14. OH these sound good! And the secret recipe club sounds so fun! What a great idea!

  15. These look like real brownies! I signed up for the club and cant wait to get going! I love your pictures also.

  16. Looks really delicious, and it requires so few ingredients.

  17. Yum-another great one from the club-buzzed it.

  18. Oh yes, yes! These sweet treats look so rich and yummy.

  19. Your pictures of these are great! Yum!

  20. How beautiful are these! I absolutely love kahlua…and brownies (as it so happens)…I’d say it’s a win win combo.

  21. OOOh those look so yummy! With the addition of kahlua makes it over the top!

  22. Great looking brownies! Bet they were amazing.

  23. Mmm, I think that fudgy brownies are my favorite treat, can’t resist! They look great :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  24. Wow, those are some majorly fudgy brownies.

  25. These look really good!!! Love the photos!

  26. I’ve overwhelmed at all the delicious pictures of the recipe club! WOW. These brownies sound wonderful Lizzy! : )

  27. I like the sound of this secret recipe club! It seems pretty cool that you get to recreate a recipe. Kahlua cake has always been a family favorite for us too, so I’m sure these would be a hit for us as well!

  28. Yummy yummy yummy! These would not last long at my house.

  29. Great brownie, and I love the idea of the Secret Recipe Club – I am going to have to look into that more!

  30. I do love Kahlua and can only imagine how delicious it is in a brownie. I would have picked this recipe too!

  31. Ooooooh – you did pick a good one! I am a fudgy brownie lover. The denser – the better as far as I’m concerned. Of course you would pick something chocolatey, and a little booze in the mix never hurt

  32. That brownie is not messing around! My brownie recipe is not too far from this, but clearly, I have been missing Kahlua! Some for the brownies and some for me 🙂

  33. First, these look AMAZING!! So rich and fudgy…I think I’m going to check out that site and maybe do one of these fun challenges. Thanks for sharing this great, fun idea Liz!!

  34. Be still my heart, the words fudge and kahlua together with Brownies….sigh….I would love to try those. I have a bottle of kahlua that’s begging to be used, I may have to try this wonderful recipe!
    Thanks for sharing and introducing me to another great blogger!

  35. Boy oh boy do these brownies ever look moist and chewy! Great idea to shoot them on top of the coffee beans!

  36. These are my kind of brownies!! I love the coffee beans in the picture!

  37. this brownie looks good

  38. I’m going to try these for Father’s Day. How can I miss?

  39. These are incredible!! So rich and fudgy! and Kahlua?! YUMMO!

  40. Wow, those brownies look so moist and luscious. Fun to learn re Secret Recipe Club.

  41. the brownies are looking soooo delicious…..cant wait to make them….hope they will turn out as well as yours 🙂

  42. YUMMY! These look so rich and full of fudge. The addition of the kahlua is perfect. Delish!

  43. I’m enjoying my first month in the Secret Recipe Club and checking out all the blogs and recipes. Your brownies look so fudgy and delicious I’m just going to have to make them.

  44. AMAZING recipe! Ohhhh Lizzy… every time I open your site I know I am going to add another dish to my to try recipe list! Ohhhh Kahlua!!! You already know I am chocoholic… and I can’t live without coffee……

  45. yum! kahlua & chocolate together 🙂

  46. Amazing! Awesome! So tempting~~~~

    P.S. Thanks for following me, I follow back.

  47. Kahlua adds a certain richness that is so different from other brownies. I’ve tried these years ago, when they were promoting Kahlua so strongly, and haven’t made it in years.
    Thanks for the inspiration, Lizzy, already printed out the recipe. Looks so rich and super moist, fudgy, and oh, so yummy!

  48. These look amazingly good! What a great flavor combo!

  49. Great pictures! Brownies look so inviting.. 🙂

  50. So rich and moist. I love the kahlua addition. Liquor in sweets always gives me such a giggle. 😉

  51. Oh Lizzy, I can see why you couldn’t resist this recipe, looks and sounds pretty darn good.
    definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing

  52. I can see why you picked that delicious looking brownie! Sounds amazing…yum! Perfect pick for the SRC 🙂

  53. Woah, these look amazing. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  54. I love kahlua too and these brownies look amazing! I recently heard of SRC and it sounds like a lot of fun 🙂

  55. You had me at kahlua…and you had me at brownies! This is a win-win recipe for me 😀 Thank you for sharing it, I know I’ll try this one out soon.

    I’m also taking part in the Hearth & Soul hop and that’s how I found your blog 🙂

  56. The Secret Recipe Club sounds like fun! And, it looks like there are some great recipes that I’ll have to check out later. With Kahlua in these brownies, they just have to be fantastic!

  57. I’m catching up your blog and three sweets in a row. I need to live next to your house Lizzy….Who’s getting spoiled by all these sweets!? So envious!

  58. I can see why these Kahlua brownies would become family favorites. So many delicious looking dishes in all the links on your post, gone are the days we used to buy magazines for inspiration on what to make for dinner;-)

  59. A great choice 🙂 I love the addition of the coffee liquor!

  60. The moistest brownie EVER? I’ll have two please! Best part of this recipe??? That you BRUSH more Kahlua on top of the baked brownie. HECK yeah! 😀

  61. these sound amazing. i have on e problem though. how much does 1 cup of butter weigh?

  62. Karin, thanks!!! One cup of butter is 8 ounces or 225 g. Hope you try these 🙂

    Thanks, everyone for your kindnesses!!!

  63. These are so dense and fudgy. Slammin recipe!

  64. Kahlua in those fudgey looking brownies. Oh I’m in heaven 🙂

  65. You can’t go wrong adding kahlua to anything! YUM!

  66. I have so been craving brownies lately. Yum!

    I hope you’ll stop by my weekly link-up, Sweet Tooth Friday and share your recipe!

  67. Oh my goodness, these look and sound so good.

  68. Oh my, these look absolutely decadent, and so, so delicious! The Kahlua would add the most wonderful flavour too. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  69. I’m really glad you made these cuz now I’m going to make them! Brushing more Kahlua on top of the brownies is like frosting on the cake 😉 I also love your first photo with the brownie sitting on top of all those coffee beans!

  70. All I can say is booze and baking… ooooh these brownies have my name all over them 😉

  71. These look delicious…and yet another brilliant thing to do with Kahlua besides spike the morning coffee!!

    Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

  72. I love kahluah and I love chocolate so will be definitley making these!

  73. I found your blog through the YBR. This brownie looks amazing. And I love the idea of the secret recipe – what fun!

  74. Lizzy, these brownies look perfect and mouthwatering. Going to bookmark this to try them soon. What a great round up for your recipe club. Thanks for having participated in June’s YBR:)

  75. Hope she bakes these for you, Javed 🙂

  76. Yummy Liz, my favourite flavours!!!

  77. Yep, they wouldn’t last long here either Liz! One more cup of coffee and I have to get moving… Snowy morning in Philly and I have to get something fattening baked for the big game today:@)

  78. Oh my! I can see how these were worth re-visiting! They need to be in the food hall of fame!

  79. Coffee and chocolate are a huge favourite in my house, sometimes I even add a pinch of cinnamon or cayenne pepper to up the ante!

  80. Oh these Kahlua brownies look and sound fantastic! Although I don’t mind a subtle coffee flavour, I’d probably intensify it by adding extra coffee in the batter or making Kahlua caramel. Indeed, I have some Kahlua leftovers from the holidays…the question is should I stick to my diet? 🙂

  81. I’m so glad you brought these little gems back, chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven!

  82. Divine recipe! I love kahlua and it’s perfect in these brownies. 

    Tip – I use my plastic lettuce knife if I need (or want!) to cut brownies warm. It never sticks and will even cut clean when they’re hot. Any plastic knife will work. 

  83. These look soooooo moist and fudgy!! LOVE!!

  84. Be still my heart – these brownies are so fudgy and delicious! 🙂

  85. This looks AHHmazing!

  86. You had me at Kahlua painted over the top!

  87. Pinned! Fantastic recipe dear Liz. We love the flavor of coffee in desserts (traditional tiramisu is one of our favorites) and we’ll be definitely making this one, really really soon!:) M-m-mmm!
    It’s also evident that since 2011 you are making the web more beautiful and the food blogging world richer with each post.
    Sending you our love,
    Mirella and Panos

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