Friday, January 6, 2012

Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies

Once the holidays are over, we sometimes want a lighter fare, even a lighter dessert. After all of those sweets and calorie laden meals, we want something with less calories and fat. We are having company tomorrow, and I found this recipe in my Cooking Light Cookbook.  I had Kahlua and of course I had cinnamon, and it was a little lighter on the calories, so this recipe would be perfect.  Even though the recipe is lighter, the brownies are rich and fudgey, with the Kahlua flavor in the background, which doesn't overpower the chocolate and coffee. These brownies don't need frosting, because of the light Kahlua glaze. If you like chocolate and coffee, then you will love these brownies. I took a tip from Lizzy@@That Skinny Chick Can Bake to brush a bit of the Kahlua on the tops of the cooled brownies to enhance the flavor.  Thanks Lizzy, the flavor the brownies is amazing.

Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies
Adapted from Cooking Light
    • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup Kahlua
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2/3 cup brown sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • cooking spray
    • 1 Tbsp Kahlua for brushing on tops of cooled brownies
    •  *** I doubled the recipe and baked in a 13x9 pan for about 33 min.
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Combine chocolate chips and butter in a small saucepan; cook over medium low heat until chocolate melts, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in Kahlua and vanilla - set aside.
  3. Beat brown sugar and egg in a large bowl until well blended. Add the chocolate mixture and beat well. then add the remaining dry ingredients. Coat an 8 in square baking pan with spray and pour batter inches.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  5. Cool in pan on rack.  When cool brush 1 Tbsp of Kahlua over cooled brownies.
  6. Wait to cut brownies, until the Kahlua is set.
  7. Cut & enjoy


  1. Yummy brownies..and I love this recipe! Look and sounds fantastic!!!!
    Have a beautiful weekend!!!

  2. I remember this recipe and the Kahlua on top does sound like a good tip. It is amazing how much just a splash of liqueur can do for a dessert. Delicious treat.

  3. I just love Kahlua and chocolate together! I could easily eat a few of those! Hope your company loved them!

  4. Oooh, these sound amazing, Becky!!! Thanks for the mention...I need to whip up a batch, myself :) And your lighter version is a better idea this time of year! Have a great weekend, my friend! xo

  5. OH, Becky!! I'm really, really, really trying not to bake. You are making it difficult!! What a treat!

  6. Sandra-These brownies are so good! Have a great weekend, too.

    Tina-Liqueur does make a difference in the taste of baked goods, and you know that :)

    Jen-These are very addicting, I had to sample them, to make sure that they were OK, wink, wink.

    Lizzy-Lighter is better this time of year! thanks for the tip about the glaze.

    Kim-I'm not gong to be baking for a while. I have to tell myself that.

  7. Looks like we're all scaling back a bit post-holiday...but these look like a great guilt-free indulgence!! Time to break out my bottle of kahlua, it appears!

  8. Wendy-Yes, we are. Soup and salad look very good to me, now.

  9. Hi Becky this looks wonderful
    following you on google friends :)
    regards Akheela

  10. Akheela-Nice to see you here. These are yummy brownies. "liked you" on FB.

  11. Oh my! These are my kind of brownies! I'm going to have to give these a try next time I make brownies. And, great idea to brush some Kahlua on the cooled brownies!

  12. Love the Kahlua brownies, Becky! Looks, and sound oh, so delicious! Maybe, I can just have a bite, since I'm on the WW diet!

  13. Jill-Than you for your sweet words. Brushing the Kahlua on the cooled brownies adds a lot of flavor.

    Elisabeth-These brownies are good. Hope that you can enjoy a bite:)

  14. Serious great recipe got to make these for the office they will love your for them too!

  15. Claudia- Your office will love them, and they're quick to make:)

  16. I absolutely have to make these. I love Kahlua and cinnamon. What a great combo!


Print friendly