Espresso Brownie Bites with Kahlua Buttercream Kisses

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Sometimes grown-up gatherings call for grown-up desserts. And these Espresso Brownie Bites with Kahlua Buttercream Kisses are the sweetest little way to top off an evening with friends, or a New Year’s Eve celebration.

You already know how much I enjoy my mini treats, for both their fun attitude and their small pop-in-your-mouth size. And as we pull away from Christmas, with all its trays loaded with cookies and fudge, I appreciate even more having just a bite-sized sweet nibble to finish off a meal.

The brownies are deep and dark and fudgy, with a touch of espresso for maturity. And the frosting is creamy and luscious, and spiked with Kahlua, a coffee flavored liqueur that I find irresistible. With a dusting of cinnamon, these bites are everything warm and inviting, and perfect proof that there’s more than one way to ring in the new year with a little kiss.

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Espresso Brownie Bites with Kahlua Buttercream Kisses

Yield: about 40 brownie bites


    for the espresso brownie bites:
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, diced
  • 3 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/2 c. sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • for the kahlua buttercream:
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 T. heavy cream
  • 4 T. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 tsp. espresso powder
  • 3 c. powdered sugar, sifted
  • cinnamon, for dusting


for the espresso brownie bites:

Preheat oven to 325°. Fold a long piece of heavy foil into a 13" wide strip and fit it inside a 9"x13" metal baking pan, leaving foil overhang on the 2 long sides. Spray the foil with nonstick spray.

Stir the butter and chocolate in a large heavy saucepan over very low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the sugar, and then the eggs, 1 at a time. Whisk in espresso powder, vanilla, and salt. Then sift the flour over the chocolate mixture and stir to blend well. Transfer batter to prepared pan.

Bake brownies until slightly puffed and dry-looking and tester inserted into center comes out with some moist batter attached, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack.

Run a knife around the inside edge of the brownie pan. Use the overhanging foil as an aid and gently lift the brownies from the pan. The pan I used produces a brownie that is 1/2" thick. Be sure your round cutter is taller than 1/2". Press round cutter (mine is 1-3/8'' in diameter) firmly into the cooled brownie. Use a thin metal spatula to lift the cookie cutter filled with brownie from the foil. Gently press the brownie out of the cutter. Repeat the cutting process until your brownie looks like a big piece of swiss cheese.

for the kahlua buttercream kisses:

Add butter to a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer until smooth. Add cream and mix to combine. In a small bowl, combine Kahlua and espresso powder, stirring briskly with a spoon to dissolve the espresso powder. Add Kahlua mixture to butter and mix again. With mixer on low speed, add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition. Beat a bit, until light and fluffy.

Spoon buttercream into a pastry bag fitted with a large plain tip (I used Wilton #12). Add a little kiss of buttercream to the top of each brownie bite. Finish by dusting top of buttercream lightly with cinnamon by shaking cinnamon through a fine mesh strainer.

Note: If you don't want to pipe on the little buttercream kisses, you could easily spread some buttercream onto the top of each brownie bite, and then finish with a dusting of cinnamon.


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51 Responses to “Espresso Brownie Bites with Kahlua Buttercream Kisses”

  1. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Mini treats are the best and we love brownies. These are so fun!!

  2. #
    Tara @ Unsophisticook — December 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

    These are adorable! Perfect for New Year’s Eve.

  3. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — December 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

    What a treat! A wonderful way to end the year!

  4. #
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — December 28, 2012 at 10:04 am

    These look so perfect, I can’t wait to try them!

  5. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — December 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

    These are just perfection!!!

  6. #
    Marly — December 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I am so into mini desserts at this point – perfect for holiday parties. Love these photographs!

  7. #
    Sommer@ASP — December 28, 2012 at 10:44 am

    What little beauties! Happy New Year!

  8. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 28, 2012 at 10:51 am

    These look so sophisticated! Which is funny because they’re brownies. :) I love how pillowy the buttercream kisses are. Oh, and that’s a great cake stand. Enjoy the rest of your holidays!

  9. #
    Heather @ Heather's Dish — December 28, 2012 at 10:54 am

    I can see myself eating waaaaaaaaaaay too many of these bad boys!

  10. #
    TidyMom — December 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    oh Brenda these look and sound incredible!!! Wish I had a few in front of me right now!!

    Happy New Year!

  11. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Kahlua, Brownies & Espresso um YES!

  12. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 28, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    I love, love, love the sound of these! And they’re so pretty too!

  13. #
    Angie — December 28, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Ohh, I love these, they are gorgeous!

  14. #
    Kim | At Home With Kim — December 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Brenda! These look so divine. What I happen to love about them is that they are small…. so even though I’m watching what I eat, I could make these for New Year’s Eve and not totally blow my eating goals!!! Gorgeous photos my Friend. Happy New Year!!!!

  15. #
    Aggie — December 28, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Beautiful and totally irrestible!

  16. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    These are my kind of brownies, I love the espresso and Kahlua buttercream!

  17. #
    JulieD — December 29, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I LOVE mini desserts too! These are awesome, Brenda!!

  18. #
    Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — December 29, 2012 at 1:30 am

    These look perfect Brenda. I must make them soon. Happy New Year. I hope you all feel better soon. xo


    • Brenda replied on December 29th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks, Heather. Slowly, slowly, we’re on the mend. Happiest New Year to you!! xo

  19. #
    nest of posies — December 29, 2012 at 10:30 am

    oh my! these look amazing & so pretty all at the same time!


    • Brenda replied on December 29th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you, Kellie – and Happy New Year!! xo

  20. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — December 29, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Like Whoa. I seriously can’t imagine a more perfect desert for NYE! Delicous annnnnd GORGEOUS!

    • Brenda replied on December 29th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you, Laurie! :)

  21. #
    Julie — December 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Its so lovely to find your site. These after dinner delicacies are such an elegant way to celebrate the new year.

  22. #
    Diane {Created by Diane} — December 29, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Oh I just love how pretty theses are!

  23. #
    Sheila — December 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Spectacular! These look and sound so amazing!

  24. #
    Shaina — December 30, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    These look perfect for ringing in the New Year!

  25. #
    Lynna — December 30, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    These are super adorable! I love all of your brownie bites ideas. ♥ Happy New Year!

    • Brenda replied on January 1st, 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thank you so much, Lynna. There can never be too many brownies in my world. :) Happy New Year to you, too!

  26. #
    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I just passed out. I adore these!!

  27. #
    Amy — December 31, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    This is a super cute presentation. We just made these today. We had a bit of an issue with the frosting separating (boo!!!) but the brownie flavor is to die for. Happy New Year!!

    • Brenda replied on January 1st, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Hi Amy! I wish I knew what was up with the frosting, as I haven’t had any issues. I would maybe just recommend beating it really well at the end. It should not be separating.

  28. #
    Micha — January 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I found your blog because someone had pinned this recipe and I’m making these for a cocktail party tonight. My girlfriends and I are celebrating surviving the holidays with family and kiddos being home for two weeks. So excited to try these, you had me at kahula buttercream :)

  29. #
    Amanda — January 6, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Oh. My. Gosh! These look and sound so amazing Brenda!

  30. #
    Christy @ My Invisible Crown — January 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Wow! I love brownies with Kahlua and the buttercream sounds amazing! They’re also super cute!!

  31. #
    lctan — February 12, 2013 at 12:03 am

    wud luv to try your recipe but can u pls advise me the measurements in ozs instead of “c”. I cannot measure “c” accurately – I prefer measurements in ozs or grams. Also what is “T” measurement. Thanx.

    • Brenda replied on February 12th, 2013 at 7:47 am

      Hello – you can find many sites online that offer measuring equivalents. “T” refers to tablespoon. Thanks – hope you like these!

  32. #
    vicky — February 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Hi these look delish!! do u think they would freeze ok?

    • Brenda replied on February 13th, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks, Vicky. I have not tried freezing these, but I think it would work fine. If you try it, please let me know – thanks!

  33. #
    Robin — February 16, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Great recipe! These taste amazing. I took them to a party and they were gone in five minutes with everyone asking for the recipe. I will definitely make them again, and again! I frosted them with a knife, rather than piping the icing.

  34. #
    Karen — March 15, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Hi! I am new to your site and am completely enamored! What a joy! So many things I’m anxious to make. :) Do you think this recipe would translate well with mini muffin pans? Thank you in advance! Have a beautiful weekend!

  35. #
    Mary — March 25, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    A friend made these for a baby shower, and they were a huge hit! I’m here to print out the recipe – I’ll definitely be making them myself!

    • Brenda replied on March 25th, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      I LOVE to hear this, of course! Thank you so much for letting me know – and enjoy your batch, too!

  36. #
    Valerie — November 27, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    these were a huge hit, thanks for the recipe!

    • Brenda replied on December 1st, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Yay! Thank you for coming back to let me know, Valerie.

  37. #
    Celeste — December 12, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Ummm Whats the T mean Tea spoon Table Spoon?

    • Brenda replied on December 12th, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Hello Celeste – T. is for tablespoon. (tsp. is for teaspoon) I hope you like this recipe…I’m making it for a Christmas party this weekend!

  38. #
    Rebecca — January 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    I have made these, as this recipe was published last Feb. for Valentines Day. They are simply delicious. I also made the brownie bites and used your raspberry butter cream, and that also was out of this world. I find that people enjoy bite sized desserts rather than a big slab of cheesecake. I find it easier and really more attractive.
    Thank you again for a great recipe(s). They are special and “go-to’s”.



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