Fudgy Kahlua Brownies with Browned Butter Icing

I’m excited to share a recipe that I twittered about the other day… it created quite the discussion on Twitter as well as puddles of internet drool: Kahlua Brownies with Kahlua-Browned Butter Icing.

I was saddled with the task of sending a treat along with my husband (who was headed to a Laker’s game viewing party).  Since I was creating a brownie for a bunch of manly, sports-obsessed men, I wanted to try something that had a bit of alcohol in it.

These have Kahlua (can sub any coffee-flavored liqueur) in the brownie itself. I also brushed a couple of Tablespoons of Kahlua on the brownies as they came out of the oven… and watched it soak into the top and down through the warm layers.  The browned butter icing also has a bit of Kahlua in it.

Although the flavor of Kahlua is prominent in these brownies, they were apparently kid-friendly… my little one loved them as much as we did. Am I a horrible mother for allowing my child to eat Kahlua brownies? Maybe that’s why he was so sleepy that night… (kidding, of course!)   Next thing you know, he’ll be asking for Kahlua in his hot chocolate 😉

Additional notes:
*These are a FUDGY sort of brownie (the best kind)… not a cakey brownie to be found in this bunch.
*They’re an EASY homemade brownie to make… just mix and bake, and ice when cool.
*They’re addicting… consider yourself warned!

This recipe can be found HERE.

Other great-sounding dessert recipes on the blogs that contain Kahlua:
Ice Cream Ireland: Kahlua- Espresso Ice Cream
The Gourmet Foodie Blog: Kahlua Cupcakes
Sugar & Spice: Chocolate- Kahlua Cake
Rah Cha Chow: Kahlua Fudge

94 Responses to “Fudgy Kahlua Brownies with Browned Butter Icing”

  1. postedJun 15, 2009 4:23 AM
    Liz Ross Brooks

    YUMYUM love kahlua, can’t wait to try this one!

  2. postedJun 15, 2009 3:53 AM

    Wow these look amazing! The pictures show just how fudgy they are, my favorite kind of brownies too. I’ve been looking for a really good brownie recipe and this looks like it! Love the Kahlua too.

  3. postedJun 15, 2009 3:55 AM

    “Best eaten within a couple of days?” If any of them manage to last that long! 🙂 I hear Starbucks also has coffee-flavored liqueurs, though this was a while back and I’m not sure they carry them anymore.

  4. postedJun 15, 2009 5:21 AM

    I love Kahlua and these look sinful!

  5. postedJun 15, 2009 5:19 AM

    Lori, the brownies looks really good! I’m a huge fan of hazelnut flavour so I think I’m going to try this with Frangelico.

  6. postedJun 15, 2009 5:28 AM

    Hooray! So glad the post is up. These look absolutely amazing. I wasn’t craving chocolate yet this AM, but now I am for sure. My mom used to make a trifle with Kahlua in it when I was a kid and we were only allowed to try a little bit of it. I loved it, though. This reminds me of that in brownie form. Yum!

  7. postedJun 15, 2009 5:35 AM

    Holy cow, those look fabulous! I’m sure you won top wife award from the guys watching the game. Can’t wait to try these.

  8. postedJun 15, 2009 5:40 AM

    Oh I have to ATTEMPT these!

  9. postedJun 15, 2009 6:10 AM

    These look dangerous…but oh so good!

  10. postedJun 15, 2009 6:18 AM

    Oh, how I wish I had seen this last night! I made regular old boring brownies. I’ve added espresso powder to brownies before, but Kahlua sounds like an even better idea! They look fabulous! How in the world do you get such perfect cuts?

    • June 15th, 2009 @ 6:37 AM

      Susan- to get perfect brownie cuts… chill the brownies first (that’s my secret 🙂 )

  11. postedJun 15, 2009 7:09 AM

    Ooh these look fab! The suspense and wait for the recipe was well worth it!
    Amazingly clean cuts too, great job 🙂

  12. postedJun 15, 2009 8:30 AM

    omg these look so amazing! i could eat all of them right now!

  13. postedJun 15, 2009 7:33 AM

    I’ve been waiting for these!! I can’t wait to make them!!

  14. postedJun 15, 2009 8:49 AM

    You had me at Kahlua…

  15. postedJun 15, 2009 8:26 AM

    Wow, your brownies look perfect!! Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for the Kahlua?

    • June 15th, 2009 @ 9:08 AM

      Memoria- unfortunately, I don’t know of one! You could probably just sub coffee or espresso and make these more of a coffee-flavored brownie instead of kahlua.

      • March 1st, 2010 @ 2:42 PM

        @RecipeGirl, Actually, the alcohol cooks off. I haven’t read the recipe (I’m afraid I might immediately bake), but I’m sure if you heat the kahlua over the stove for the butter frosting that would work to cook off as well.

  16. postedJun 15, 2009 9:47 AM

    Ooh, these do look good. I’m drooling looking at your beautiful photos. Of course anything made with Kahlua has to be great, right? Great job.

  17. postedJun 15, 2009 10:44 AM

    Did you say Khalua! Sweet!

  18. postedJun 15, 2009 10:48 AM

    Wow these look good! I love baking for others so I can sample and then get them out of the house:) I love fudgy brownies too, they are the best!

  19. postedJun 15, 2009 12:40 PM

    oh my! coffe , chocolate and brownies. three of my favourite things 🙂 yummy

  20. postedJun 15, 2009 12:57 PM

    Fudgey brownie doused in kahlua? Oh, I know I’d be in heaven eating one of those (or the whole pan without telling anyone!).

  21. postedJun 15, 2009 1:12 PM


  22. postedJun 15, 2009 1:15 PM

    love the looks of it!! It looks super fudgy!

  23. postedJun 15, 2009 1:36 PM

    Fudgy Kahlua Brownies…Count me in. They look sinful!!!

  24. postedJun 15, 2009 2:18 PM

    kahlua brownies…..mmmmmm they look so delicious

  25. postedJun 15, 2009 2:24 PM

    Look at that fudginess! Me loving brownies AND Khalua would go ga-ga for them! Plus they’re so perfect looking!

  26. postedJun 15, 2009 2:28 PM

    Oh, you’ve done it again! 🙂 YUM!

  27. postedJun 15, 2009 2:46 PM

    OMG these look so amazing – So decent and love the notes at the end!!

  28. postedJun 15, 2009 4:11 PM

    I need to get a bottle of Kahlua now! yum!!! I love that its in both the brownie and the frosting!

  29. postedJun 15, 2009 4:23 PM

    Well, as a pretty manly dude, I’m going to say that showing up to a basketball game with brownies is perfectly a-ok. I mean we need excuses to arm wrestle anyways.

  30. postedJun 15, 2009 7:20 PM

    Oooh! I am totally down with the alcohol-infused cupcakes, but now I might have to get into the brownies too! These look sooo moist and delicious!

  31. postedJun 15, 2009 7:41 PM

    Looks so good, I especially like that browned butter frosting – yum!

  32. postedJun 15, 2009 7:55 PM

    Okay, those look amazing! Seriously, I want to know how you can make such crazy, wonderful desserts all the time and still manage to watch your weight?

    My family is so deprived of desserts because I’m so afraid if I have them in the house, I won’t be able to resist?

    Do you just have a teeny weeny bite?

  33. postedJun 16, 2009 7:06 AM

    FUDGY BROWNIE FOOD PORN = just made my Tuesday 🙂

  34. postedJun 16, 2009 7:32 AM

    This is sinful Lori! 🙂

  35. postedJun 16, 2009 9:44 AM

    While I don’t “do” Kahlua, the brownies look awesome! Wow.

  36. postedJun 16, 2009 12:40 PM

    I’m so going to make these for a 4th of July potluck. Thank you for sharing! They look wonderful.

  37. postedJun 16, 2009 1:56 PM

    Oh my these look and sound intensely delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

    And you’re no worse a mother than my mom and aunt who let my cousin and I gobble up handfuls of rum balls one Thanksgiving… we slept all day 😉

  38. postedJun 16, 2009 4:03 PM

    i have waited my whole life for a brownie like this… at least for a brownie that *looks* like this. definitely moving this to the top of my “to try” queue. maybe the epic quest for the perfect brownie can finally end, and this recipe and i can become bff’s.

  39. postedJun 16, 2009 7:17 PM

    These are fantastic!

  40. postedJun 16, 2009 9:56 PM
    Jamie Lee

    The aroma of the Kahlua liqueur alone is already very tempting! What’s more when you put them into the butter icing as well!


  41. postedJun 16, 2009 10:57 PM

    My mouth is watering! These look amazing!

  42. postedJun 17, 2009 5:51 AM

    these sound AMAZING…they’re now on my must bake list!

  43. postedJun 17, 2009 8:39 AM

    These…look…insane!!! I am DEFINITELY going to have to make these!!! By the way, I just added you to my blog roll. Love your site!

  44. postedJun 17, 2009 11:41 AM

    Oh my goodness those look fabulous and these are a MUST make bake!

  45. postedJun 17, 2009 11:43 AM

    Oh my goodness Lori! You make me want to make these! I am bookmarking because I do want to…I just have to be good right now and if I make them, I will eat them! These look amazing!

  46. postedJun 17, 2009 12:30 PM

    These kahlua brownies look fantastic. The flavor combination reminds me of a rich chocolate kahlua cake I use to make years ago. I may have to dig that recipe out too!

  47. postedJun 17, 2009 4:35 PM
    Garden Tools

    Wow, that looks absolutely delicious! You did a great job presenting the pictures too, I will definitely have to try this recipe when I have some time this weekend 🙂

  48. postedJun 17, 2009 7:02 PM

    Oh my gosh. Wow. Those are just incredible looking brownies. The fudginess is killing me right now! The frosting looks crazy good too!

  49. postedJun 17, 2009 7:09 PM

    Oh man, those look divine! Fudgy brownies are my favorite kind – yum!

  50. postedJun 18, 2009 9:26 AM

    What’s the point of all the photos? Did someone just recently get a very nice digital camera and control themselves? One shot would suffice, really.

  51. postedJun 18, 2009 11:33 AM

    love all the photos! all the more tempting. 🙂 what a great flavor combination… i can’t wait to make them!

  52. postedJun 18, 2009 11:41 AM

    yeah too many photos. I think you should stop putting so many chocolate chips in your chocolate chip cookies too. I mean, seriously, one chip per cookie would suffice.

  53. postedJun 18, 2009 11:42 AM

    Ok…one look at these brownies and I was done for. If you could snap a shot that I could blow up and use as desktop wallpaper, I would be all about it. Pay no attention to negative comments…obviously someone feels that their way of doing something is the only (mediocre) way.

  54. postedJun 18, 2009 11:04 AM

    Made these last night and they look SO good!! I can’t wait to share them with my boyfriend’s family on Father’s Day!!

  55. postedJun 18, 2009 11:27 AM

    The brownies look wonderful Lori and I love how many beautiful pictures you have included. Makes want to just dig right in!

  56. postedJun 18, 2009 11:31 AM

    JoJo – why the hell do you care? You can never have too much food porn!

  57. postedJun 18, 2009 11:31 AM

    These look fabulous! I love all of the photos–they make me want them even more.

    I love a lot of photos in a post, because I can appreciate the work behind all of it.

  58. postedJun 18, 2009 11:33 AM

    The photos are lovely! Don’t let one negative comment keep you from doing your beautiful work!

  59. postedJun 18, 2009 11:33 AM

    Lori, I’m relishing every single photo and angle you’ve snapped of this Brownie.

    I too like posting a few pics to help ‘drive home’ how good a recipe/dish is.

    It sounds like someone is still upset that they are using a Vivitar camera in 2009…tsk!tsk!

  60. postedJun 18, 2009 11:39 AM

    Holy cow! Lovin’ everything about these.

    You had me at the first photo and by the last I had a ‘puddle of drool’. 😉 LOVE all the photos showing the fudgy chocolatey goodness. MMMmmmm….chocolate and kahlua!

  61. postedJun 18, 2009 11:46 AM

    Sometimes I make something and it turns out so good that it’s tempting to put many photos since I can’t post samples, right?!

  62. postedJun 18, 2009 11:50 AM

    Beautiful photos. And as far as I’m concerned… there are NEVER enough!

  63. postedJun 18, 2009 11:50 AM

    Gorgeous photos Lori! Seriously, the effort it took to “complain” about too many photo’s..? Sounds like somebody is just not a happy camper in their own little world! Keep the photo’s coming, girl!

  64. postedJun 18, 2009 11:52 AM

    Oh no Lori! Why so many photos, why? SO many pixels of gorgous brownies are hurting JoJo’s eyes.

  65. postedJun 18, 2009 11:56 AM

    I love the photos! Its like TASTING with our eyes!! And these are definitely on my wish list!! Please – next time – more photos – less calories that way..thanks for sharing!

  66. postedJun 18, 2009 12:02 PM

    Don’t you DARE change a thing. And I am making these babies!!

  67. postedJun 18, 2009 12:19 PM

    Keep doing what you do and dont listen to commnets from people who obviously font have enough sweetnes in their lives.

  68. postedJun 18, 2009 12:52 PM

    These look so incredibly gooey and fantastic!! Bah humbug to anyone who can only look at one picture of these! I would like to see and taste them from every angle!!

  69. postedJun 18, 2009 12:56 PM

    Lori, if I can’t taste those brownies, the next best thing it drooling over your stellar photos. You go girl, we’ve got your back.

  70. postedJun 18, 2009 6:07 PM

    My oh my – those look so decadent and fabulous!!!

  71. postedJun 18, 2009 10:42 PM

    SO wonderful!!! I can’t wait to try some of these!

    I loved all of your photos – can’t get enough for this kind of chocolate yumminess, I say!

    I have to wipe up all of the drool on my keyboard now. 🙂

    Hope you don’t mind if I share a link to this on my Chocolate Friday post – too good not to share!

  72. postedJun 19, 2009 3:44 AM

    Oh, wow, those look wonderful!

  73. postedJun 19, 2009 8:21 AM

    this is love on a plate right here, girl. i dive right now into the batter!

  74. postedJun 19, 2009 8:27 AM

    Hahaha Jojo got OWNED!! And how!
    Teach you not to leave bitchy comments on food blogs! 🙂

  75. postedJun 19, 2009 10:02 AM

    Oh me oh my!!!!! Can I have one???? These look crazy good Lori!

  76. postedJun 21, 2009 8:52 AM

    Those brownies look so thick, dense and chocolaty and good!

  77. postedJun 21, 2009 7:45 PM

    Wow, Kahlua? What a great idea! I can almost taste these just from the pictures. The icing looks amazing too. I am definitely going to make these with the wife and kids this week. Thank you!

  78. postedJun 23, 2009 9:23 AM

    Wow, these brownies look delicious! Kahula is my absolute favorite. Thanks for the great recipe =)

  79. postedJun 23, 2009 11:20 AM

    Wow, those do look insanely fudgy and browned butter frosting I know was amazing. I don’t drink (at all)so I’m not sure what kahlua adds to it. I’ll have to track down one of those single serving shots to give this a try.

  80. postedJun 24, 2009 4:57 AM

    Girl! Those sound so good, I cannot wait to try them, when the weather cools off a bit 🙂 YUM!

  81. postedJun 24, 2009 1:37 PM

    These sound amazing and pish posh on worrying about your kid eating these. My favorite when I was little was rum cake!

  82. postedJun 28, 2009 9:37 PM

    These were SOO good. At first I was sad because I had to make a grocery store run for the chocolate chips, but they turned out to be the tastiest things ever. *gives sumbleupon thumbs up*

  83. postedJul 1, 2009 3:37 PM

    This recipe looks amazing! Thank you for sharing.

    I’ve included it in my Top 25 recipe posts on Twitter because its such a winner!!


    Thank you again for the beautiful post.

    Bridge x

  84. postedJul 17, 2009 1:07 PM

    The recipe is wonderful, however the batter is more suited to a 9×13 than 9×9…I actually greased cupcake tins and made little cupcake brownies instead (recipe made 30)!

  85. postedMay 24, 2010 9:07 PM

    I just made these, and they are amazing! I tried to tell my husband they were awful & he didn’t have to eat them, but he didn’t believe me! Thanks for the great recipe!

  86. postedDec 20, 2010 2:51 PM

    Ok, these brownies are ri-DIC-ulous good!! Holy cow! I made a batch one night and, while tasty, were still a little on the cake-y side. WELL — the next morning I just had to sneak a taste to see how the icing set up and WOWZERS!! The brownies were ultra-fudgey and the icing was, well, to die for! Between three of us, we finished the entire pan in a weekend. THANK YOU for such an incredible recipe! I’ve been fielding requests since to make them again 🙂

  87. postedAug 7, 2012 4:33 PM



    After googling “Espresso Kahlua Brownies” your photo pops up and here I am saving your recipe. Can’t wait to bake and eat!

  88. postedNov 17, 2013 4:27 PM

    Haven’t made these yet but I will. I was wondering how you got them cut so perfect? Did you freeze them slightly? Thanks

    • November 17th, 2013 @ 9:43 PM

      I like to chill my brownies a little bit in the refrigerator before cutting. You get nice, clean cuts that way!

  89. postedDec 30, 2013 9:34 PM

    Made these tonight and they are to die for. The change I made was to use Bailey’s in the frosting instead of Kahlua. Next time I will make them totally B-52 and use Grand Marnier to brush on after baking. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  90. postedJan 21, 2014 9:45 AM

    @Rae Actually, the alcohol does not all cook out – see http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400900/Does-Alcohol-Really-Cook-Out-of-Food.html

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