Kahlua Brownies with Browned Butter Kahlua Icing

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These fudgy Kahlua Brownies are topped with a browned butter Kahlua icing!  Watch the video showing you how to make these Kahlua Brownies, and then scroll to the bottom of this post to print out the complete recipe so you can make them at home!

Kahlua Brownies with a bottle of Kahlua
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 Kahlua Brownies have Kahlua (can sub any coffee-flavored liqueur) in the brownie itself. I also brush a couple of tablespoons of Kahlua on the brownies as they come out of the oven… and watch it soak into the top and down through the warm layers.

The browned butter icing also has a bit of Kahlua in it.

stack of Kahlua Brownies with Browned Butter Kahlua Icing

Although the flavor of Kahlua is prominent in these Kahlua Brownies, they are 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 gets so sleepy when he eats them… (kidding, of course!)

Next thing you know, he’ll be asking for Kahlua in his hot chocolate ????.  Kidding again.  I LOVE Kahlua in my hot chocolate!

Fudgy Kahlua Brownies with Browned Butter Kahlua Icing

These are such great fudgy brownies, and if you’re a fan of Kahlua… I think you’re going to love them.

Additional notes on Kahlua Brownies:

  • 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, so consider yourself warned!

Kahlua Brownies

Here are a few more recipes using Kahlua that you might enjoy:

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4.37 from 22 votes

Kahlua Brownies

These are the best fudgy brownies with your favorite liqueur added in!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 16 brownies
Calories 523kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownies, kahlua, kahlua brownies



  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons Kahlua, divided
  • 2 large eggs


  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream
  • cups (more or less) powdered sugar (sifted after measuring)


  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a 9x9-inch pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.


  • In a medium bowl, sift the flour, salt and baking powder; set aside.
  • Set a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (pan shouldn't be touching the water). Place the chocolate chips and butter in the bowl and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool a bit.
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine the sugar, 1/2 cup Kahlua and eggs. Pour in the buttery chocolate mixture and beat until mixed well. Mix in the dry ingredients and beat just until combined.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top cracks slightly and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean (it might be slightly gooey on the bottom of the toothpick- that's okay!) Remove the brownies from the oven and immediately brush warm brownies with 2 tablespoons of Kahlua. Let the brownies cool completely. I like to refrigerate them after they have cooled down a bit.


  • Place the butter in a saucepan and heat until lightly browned. Remove from heat and add Kahlua and whipping cream. Whisk in the powdered sugar until you have the consistency that you desire (you should be looking for a thick, smooth icing that is still pourable). Pour on top of the cooled brownies and spread to the edges to cover completely. Refrigerate until set. Chilled brownies are easiest to cut... use a large, sharp knife, wipe clean after each cut, and you'll get nice, clean cuts.



  • *Store brownies in covered container. They're best if eaten within a couple of days.


Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin A: 500IU | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.6mg
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  • Samantha wrote:

    Could you make these with brownie mix if your in a pinch?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I have never tried that…

  • Linda wrote:

    I’m trying to print this recipe & can’t find the print spot

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      The recipe is at the bottom of the post. Inside the recipe card, click the PRINT button.

  • Holly wrote:

    Made it for thanksgiving, followed recipe exactly. It turned out beautiful and delicious. The icing was too sweet and there was no Kahlua flavor. 🙁 still delicious tho. Next time I’ll double the Kahlua and cut down sugar powder.

  • Denise wrote:

    I just tried this recipe for a Thanksgiving Day dessert. It failed. Followed the recipe exactly except that I used an 11 x 7 baking dish because that’s all I had available. As it baked it overfilled the dish, spilling into the oven and ended up collapsing in the middle of the brownines after I checked it for doneness with a toothpick. I have to wonder if I had just pulled it out of the oven without checking with the toothpick if it would have held up. Very sad because these look so amazing in the pictures.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Ok, Denise first of all I’m so sorry that this didn’t work. I just made these for my husband’s 50th birthday party a few days ago using the pan indicated in the recipe and they turned out perfect. I’m not sure what happened with yours!!

  • Cindilyn wrote:

    How can this be kid friendly

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      There is quite a bit of Kahlua in these brownies so I would suggest using another recipe if you’re serving to kids.

  • Melody wrote:

    Sent some of these to my husband’s work. Doubled the recipe and overbaked them accidentally. I’m a terrible baker. Still, the pan came home empty… might have been licked clean. People are asking him questions, now. I think I’m being followed. Consider whether you’re ready to go off the grid before making these…

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Haha, glad you enjoyed!

  • Becky Hardin wrote:

    Making these soon! They sound so amazing!

  • Toni wrote:

    This was so totally irresistible! Such an amazing treat!

  • April wrote:

    This is the dessert I never knew I needed. Holy moly these brownies are GOOOOOOOOD.

  • Beth Pierce wrote:

    What a savory dessert! This was just what I was looking for to cure my sweet tooth! Perfectly delicious and easy too!

  • Eden wrote:

    Seriously so delicious!!! Best flavor combo!

  • Jenn wrote:

    I am so glad I did I test run on these because they are not great. So sad because I usually love kahlua and chocolate together.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Sorry you didn’t care for them!

  • Aimee-lee wrote:

    Will dark chocolate chips work ok for this recipe? It was a choice between milk or dark.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Yeah, I’d probably choose dark over milk.

  • Michael Conrad wrote:

    How should I adjust the temperature and bake time if I wanted to try and make individual brownies using a cupcake pan?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      No idea, sorry!

  • Stephanie Manley wrote:

    Who could resist one of these?

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore wrote:

    This is totally irresistible!

  • Heather wrote:

    WOW!!! This is an amazing brownie. Perfect for girls night!

  • Joanne wrote:

    The texture of these brownies is so rich, dense, and fudgy! love!

  • Melissa Sperka wrote:

    So rich and fudgy and that icing..oh la la

  • Aysegul Sanford wrote:

    Kahlua is my favorite after dinner drink. And now, this is my favorite after dinner dessert. Spectacular.