Trader Joe's just released yet another addictive dessert: coffee-spiked brownies. Luckily, they're easy to re-create at home.
A lot of great desserts have come from the masterminds at Trader Joe’s, including a deep dish chocolate chip cookie and a birthday cake candy bar.
But TJ’s knows their most buzzed-about treats come from combining coffee and chocolate, as is evident in their uber-popular Brownie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Most recently, they released Sumatra Coffee Brownies, and we're giddy just thinking about them (or maybe that's the caffeine kicking in).
The brownies are made with ground Sumatra coffee beans (known for its full-bodied character and bold flavors) and coffee extract—so you might not want to eat these right before bed. Trader Joe’s suggests serving the brownies with their Coffee Bean Blast Ice Cream and Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce, or eating it alongside an affogato. We’ll alternate between the two ideas until we run out of brownies (they’re sold in bags of four for just $3).
What makes their mocha treats so addictive? A splash of brewed coffee, a shot of espresso, or a spoonful of espresso powder enhances the chocolate flavor in desserts. That's why we have an entire collection of them.
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To re-create TJ’s new brownies, try your hand at our Espresso Brownies or our Mocha-Walnut Brownies. Or, choose between fudgy, chewy, or cake-y brownies and add a tablespoon of instant espresso powder to the batter.