The reason these are called Triple Threat Brownies is there are three key ingredients that set these apart from your every day, ordinary brownies. Now please don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with an ordinary brownie. In fact, I would argue there is nothing ordinary about a brownie. I think I’ve mentioned before on the blog here that I’m not a fan of cake. I’m talking about your standard birthday cake with frosting on it. That doesn’t excite me at all. I do like a good Bundt cake (always makes me think of My Big Fat Greek Wedding – click on the link to watch the Bundt cake scene from the movie, it’s hilarious.) I also like a nice, chewy brownie. Speaking of “ordinary brownies” I have a funny story for you. I was getting all of the ingredients out to make these Triple Threat Brownies and my husband said, “what are the brownies for?” I said, “I’m doing a blog post on them.” He said, “You’re doing a blog post on ordinary brownies?” I said, “Of course not! I never make anything ordinary!” He’s still apologizing for that comment :). But seriously, what is ordinary, anyway?
So, what’s the triple threat?
- Ground Coffee
- Dark Chocolate Chips
- Heath Toffee Bits
They are super easy to make, but taste like you put a ton of time and work into them. That’s the kind of recipe I like, if you haven’t noticed. Recipes that are easy to prepare, but taste like you spent a lot of time on them.
Start with a box of store-bought brownie mix. My favorite is the Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix. I have tried many different boxed mixes, and this is by far my favorite. I live in Colorado, so I have to follow the high altitude instructions, but just follow the instructions on the back of the box.
Before mixing in the wet ingredients, add 1-1.5 tablespoons of ground coffee to the dry brownie mix. It adds a nice mocha flavor to the brownies. If you don’t like a strong coffee flavor, add less. I think 1.5 tablespoons is just right. I buy fresh coffee beans at Costco and just grind them up in my coffee grinder. Please don’t put a K-cup in your brownie mix. I know it’s tempting, but just don’t do it.
Mix the coffee in with the dry mix and when it’s all incorporated, add the wet ingredients and stir until everything is combined. Next, add the chocolate chips and Heath Bar pieces. The toffee will melt and get ooey-gooey inside of the brownies. Excuse me while I wipe the drool off of my chin.
Next is a tip I learned from The Pioneer Woman (I LOVE that woman!) Place some parchment paper in the bottom of your baking pan to make the brownies easy to lift out. Genius!
Since Easter is coming and I’m extremely excited for Spring, I cut some brownies out with butterfly and flower cookie cutters. There is no reason you have to reserve your cookie cutters for cookies! Cutting food in fun shapes is so much fun for the kids and if you’re a kid at heart like I am, it’s not too bad for adults either ;).
I hope you’ll give this recipe for Triple Threat Brownies a try and come on back and leave a comment and let me know how you like them. Take a photo and tag #ketchumkitchen on Social Media. Show me your uniquely shaped brownies! Come on, let’s have some fun together.
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