Coffee Cardamom Brownies


If you like Turkish coffee and you like brownies, you will love these. If you like brownies but you’ve never had Turkish coffee, give them a try! Cardamom and coffee both complement chocolate extremely well.

I’ve fallen completely in love with the Gourmet cookbook my sister gave me for Christmas. Now that I finally have the energy to do stuff after school besides collapsing on the couch and watching 30 Rock on hulu, I’ve been having the urge to bake. A lot. I’ve made way too many plain brownies in my life so this time I wanted to step it up a little bit. Mike suggested adding cardamom, based on this cardamom-chocolate torte I made last year.

While I was looking for the cardamom, I happened to come across a little packet of Starbucks Via that I ended up getting in a weird trade with some people at Thai brunch in Berkeley (a story for a different day). Anyway, I immediately thought of Turkish coffee, and these brownies were born. Via is much finer than other instant coffees, so if you don’t have any, I’d use about 1/2 a tablespoon of instant espresso.

In pregnancy-related news, I’ve now told all the other teachers at school and am telling my students as they ask. Obviously middle school is quite the rumor mill, and I’ve been asked numerous times already this year, but now I’ll finally be able to tell them the truth! Another teacher at school had a baby 6 weeks ago and brought him to visit yesterday. I held him for a little while and could not believe that in less than 6 months I’ll have one of my own. It definitely still doesn’t seem real!

Recipe:
(adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook)

1 stick butter, cut into tablespoons
2 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
1 tube Via or 1/2 Tbsp instant espresso

Preheat the oven to 325 F.

Grease and flour an 8″ square pan. Shake out excess flour.

Melt the butter and chocolate in a 3 qt saucepan over low. Remove from the heat, let cool slightly, then stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, cardamom and coffee. Stir into the chocolate mixture, mixing just until all traces of flour disappear.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the pan on a wire rack completely before cutting into squares.

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10 Responses to “Coffee Cardamom Brownies”


  1. 1 Moodles March 10, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Oh, for yum!

  2. 2 Clare @ Fitting It All In March 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    All of your recipes are so unique and interesting!
    So glad I found your blog – I’m about to run my first marathon and went vegetarian about a year ago. Can’t wait to keep reading!

  3. 3 Jen March 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I love The Gourmet Cookbook too! And that Katharine Hepburn brownie recipe is my go to. I love your additions of cardamom and coffee. I will definitely try that next time I make these!

  4. 4 Kate March 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I love chocolate mixed with unexpected flavors. It’s such a great base to work with.

  5. 5 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies March 12, 2011 at 12:41 am

    I’ve never tried cardamom in brownies before but I’m loving the idea. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe.

  6. 6 Heavenly Housewife March 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    This sounds absolutely wonderful. i am a cardamom fiend, so I am sure to love these. I put this one in my bookmarks.
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. Please stop by when you get a chance, I’m doing a fab $80 Amazon gift card give-away đŸ˜€

  7. 7 arugulove March 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    These look so delicious. I think I’m going to make them for my book club next week. I’m a little confused by the measurements though. 2.5 ounces of chocolate and 1/4 cup of flour? Both seem low to me, but I rarely make brownies and I’ve never used unsweetened chocolate so I just want to make sure it’s right when I attempt them.

    Thanks! I’m super excited for this recipe.

    • 8 Cate March 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

      They seemed really low to me too, but it worked out! It makes a tiny pan, though, so you might want to double it if you’re making enough for a crowd. I hope you like them!

  8. 9 Kelsey March 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Oh yum! Now I know what to do with my one random pack of Via!


  1. 1 “Food Tip” del giorno—Cardamom! | mangia con me! Trackback on March 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

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