Desserts/ Recipe

Gooey {Espresso} Triple Chocolate Brownies

I like chocolate. A lot. Not quite as much as I like apples and cinnamon, but pretty darn close. Especially if it comes in cake form.

Mmmmmm…. cake form….

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In fact, my love of all things chocolate and cake has only grown as I’ve gotten older. Except for when I was a vegetarian. When I went veggie, my interest in sweets dwindled to pretty much zilch. I just wasn’t that into them. Then, I brought back the meat and perplexingly, my sweet tooth returned as well.


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I’m not a scientist (at least not a “real” scientist by scientist standards – because you know, sociology isn’t “real” science) so I can’t say with 100% certainty that there’s a direct meat-sweet correlation, but it certainly seems so. At least in my body. So, now that I eat meat, I eat sweet. Not at the same time though because as much as I love my grass-fed (NOT grain fed) PEI Striploins, and as much as I love me some good quality chocolate, I do not love them together. At least I don’t think I do. Hmmm… I feel an experiment coming on.

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Anyway. I love chocolate. And cake. So when I was researching my Secret Recipe Club assignment this month – Chris at Mele Cotte – and spotted her Triple Chocolate Brownies, I knew I’d found my recipe. These chocolate brownies are so good, I wish I could take credit for them. Seriously.

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Rich. Decadent. Triple chocolate. Cake. I’m not even kidding – you want chocolate? This is the recipe for you. Life just doesn’t get any more chocolate than this.

And considering that this is my final Secret Recipe Club assignment – yes, I’ve bowed out of the club to pursue other interests (like podcasting) – I thought I should do a big send off for myself with a crap ton of chocolate and nuts – which is pretty much how I think nuts should be if they’re going in my mouth. Covered in chocolate.

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Gooey Triple Chocolate { Espresso } Brownies




Yield 25 cookies



  • 8 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 5 oz. Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • ½ Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 6 Large Pastured Eggs, room temperature
  • 3 Cups Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 C Luke-Warm Espresso
  • 1 Tsp. Fine Sea Salt
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 – 1½ cups Chopped Nuts, lightly toasted.


  • 8 oz. Dark Chocolate, roughly chopped
  • ½ C Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter, room temperature


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 °F. Line a half-sheet pan (about 13 x 18×1) inch with foil and grease with non-stick spray or a little butter.
  2. Pour some water into a double boiler (or medium sized saucepan) and place over medium heat. If using a pot, cover with a medium-sized heat proof bowl. You'll use this to melt the chocolate and you want it hot, but not so that the boiling water hits the bottom of the bowl. Put the brownie chocolate and butter in the bowl and melt over medium-low heat. Whisk frequently to blend and avoid burning. When completely melted, add cocoa powder. Whisk thoroughly to combine. Remove from stove to cool slightly while preparing the other ingredients.
  3. In another bowl, mix flour and salt; set aside.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, mix eggs, sugar, vanilla and coffee until combined and light in color.
  5. Carefully pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, mixing continuously to combine. Do this in batches so you temper the mix and don't cook the eggs with warm chocolate. Fold in the flour and mix until just combined.
  6. Transfer to the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or an inserted knife comes out almost clean. Do not over-bake or you'll end up with tough brownies! Cool completely before preparing ganache.
  7. Ganache: Place chocolate in a small heat-proof bowl; set aside. In a small saucepan, slowly heat cream until it just begins to boil. Pour over chocolate and let stand for about 30 seconds; whisk until chocolate is melted and mixture is blended. Add butter; mix until smooth. Chill briefly until thickened (approx 15 minutes). Spread over brownies & top with chopped nuts. Let stand at least 1 hour, then refrigerate at several hours (if you can) before cutting into servings.
  8. Eat.

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Do you have a chocolate obsession? Another kind of treat? Any strange food correlational experiences? Can you verify my sweet-meat hypothesis?

  • A Couple in the Kitchen
    February 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Oh yeah…that’s what we probably would have picked, too. They look amazing.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:52 AM

      Thank you so much! It’s been wonderful being a part of SRC with you!

  • Erin @ Making Memories
    February 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    WOW! That’s chocolate overload. Well, for an amateur. I’ll take two =o) YUM!

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:52 AM

      HA! Agreed. We’re no amateurs. Not with chocolate anyhow. We can handle this 😉

  • Chris
    February 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Perhaps for best line I have read in a while! “now that I eat meat, I eat sweet”. I am thrilled you chose these triple chocolate sweets! I forgot about them. And your pictures…there are no words (that are G rated). Love! Thanks so much!

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:53 AM

      HAHA- thanks Chris!

      PS. Don’t worry about G rated words. I’m more a R kinda gal 😉

  • Deanna Segrave-Daly
    February 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    And what a SRC send off this is! Love the photo showing how high up these brownies go – heaven.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:53 AM

      Thank you Deanna!! You’re amazing!

  • Our Eating Habits
    February 17, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    They look so….good!!!!

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:54 AM

      You look so….. good !!! 😉 xo!

  • Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}
    February 17, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    One word – AMAZING! These are simply mouthwatering. Good luck in your new adventures with podcasting.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:54 AM

      Thank you Lisa! I’m super excited – I hope we’ll stay in touch!

  • chelsy
    February 17, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Ummmmmmm…yes, please! I’ll take a dozen. Gorgeous photos!

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:55 AM

      Thanks Chelsy! Sometimes the light just works out for the pictures. Now if I could just harness that, I could save the world! (or at least feed them chocolate)…

  • Casey @ Salted Plates
    February 17, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    holy moly!

  • Aurica
    February 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    uuhhhhhh, crunchy, fluffy and an amazing brownie recipe, got to be deliciousness and very tasty..:)

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:55 AM

      hahahaha – that’s the point! All about the texture Aurica!

  • Feast on the Cheap
    February 18, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I am really regretting having looked at these before lunch. YUM

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:56 AM

      haha – thank you! Now go make some 😉

  • Margaret
    February 18, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Those brownies would definitely bring me back to sweets, if I ever left.
    And I am sorry you are leaving before I got a chance to have your blog assigned for SRC!!

    Good luck.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      LOL…. I’ll never leave sweets again! So rich. So tasty. So…treaty 😉

      Thank you Margaret! We should do our own recipe swap! I’ll make something of yours, you make something of mine… So fun!

  • Alex
    February 18, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    I love chocolate, too. More importantly, I must love your brownies. How can one not? The photos are incredibly inviting!

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      Thanks Alex 🙂 Appreciate that! I’ll have to make another batch soon, me thinks.

  • Karen - Cinnamon Frued
    February 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    Love this- that first shot of those thick brownies got me!

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 6:58 AM

      Excellent….so my plan is working then, Karen? xoxo!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    February 19, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Way to go out with a bang! I can only handle rich chocolate in small doses, but I want some of this. Lots of this, in fact. Mama like. It’s weird that I just said that because I’m not a mama, but I like the phrase and I’m pretty sure that’s not a good enough reason to procreate. Back to the cake, this looks phenomenal.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      Bang bang! (is it wrong that I have a plastic toy gun on top of my fridge? I just shot it out of excitement. Usually it’s reserved for Person of Interest but these brownies were just so good Meghan!)….

      Honestly, these are pretty rich and I had to give half my first one to J because it was just too much. Ice cream would cut through that though… Because evidently I need to eat more.

      PS. We’ll both call ourselves “mama”… without being mamas… and piss all the mamas off… haha

  • Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    February 19, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Oooh, we are meant to be friends. I am ever-torn between chocolate and apples and cinnamon. These look soo good, and yes, an excellent way to consume nuts 😛

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 7:00 AM

      Heck yeah we are Anna! 🙂

  • Katrina
    February 20, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Mmm, those definitely look delicious. You’ll be missed at SRC. Will be back to your blog.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 7:01 AM

      I look forward to seeing you around Katrina! Thank you so much 🙂

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    February 21, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I wouldn’t mind putting more nuts in my mouth if they were always covered in chocolate. Yep, I said it. Had to. But in all seriousness, these look amazing. I’m pretty sure my love of chocolate increased the year I went veggie, and it stayed just as high when I returned to my meat-eating ways. No complaints here though.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 7:01 AM

      HAHAHA… I’m so glad you did Amanda because I didn’t want to be the only one to go there!!! hahahaha…

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  • Teresa, foodonfifth
    February 23, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    I, too, am a lover of all things chocolate and your little delightful bites look just fine. Can we ever get too much chocolate, or too many brownies…really! Never! Wonderful pics Kristy.

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 7:02 AM

      Thanks Teresa! Not nearly as beautiful as yours but I’m trying 😉 More chocolate!

  • Maria
    February 24, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Oh these look just heavenly!!!!

    • Kristy Gardner
      February 26, 2014 at 7:02 AM

      …I prefer to think they look “sinful” Maria! 😉

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  • Mike Smith
    April 29, 2016 at 3:48 AM

    These brownies look so damn yum! A must try for just about everyone.
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