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Palm Beach Mocha Brownies - Rich & Fudgy! That Skinny Chick Can Bake

If you’re a fan of mocha desserts, these Palm Beach Mocha Brownies are the ultimate treat! They’re rich, dense and irresistible!

This Fudgy Brownies Recipe could be the best you’ll ever make! With a crisp crust and a dark fudgy interior, you’ll be sold after your first nibble!!!

Why You’ll Love these Mocha Brownies

  • They are super fudgy with a contrasting crisp topping!
  • If you’re a mocha fan, you can use a full tablespoons of espresso powder for the ultimate coffee-infused brownies.
  • These homemade brownies are perfect for those who don’t want any interference from nuts, chocolate chips, or other add-ins. Just plain brownie perfection.

For 15 years, our book club meeting in December has involved a lot of gift-giving. My presents always come from the kitchen…I’ve made vanilla extract, limoncello, biscotti, caramel sauce, etc.  This year, I decided to make Spicy Sugared Cashews along with some decadent, adult fudgy mocha brownies.  Adult only because my children will certainly taste the espresso powder and almond extract and complain that they taste funny, although my 23-year-old is positive he won’t be bothered by a little coffee taste. 

James Beard award winner, Maida Haetter, and her recipes do not disappoint; she is a master of chocolate and desserts.  If you haven’t tried her recipes, these Palm Beach Mocha Brownies are an excellent place to start!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is coffee and espresso added to so many chocolate desserts?

What Does Mocha Mean?

What Does the Almond Extract do to the flavor of Brownies?

Where Did the Name Palm Beach Brownies come from?

Tips for Making this Fudgy Brownie Recipe

  • This recipe is a little different from the one in Haetter’s cookbook, Book of Great Desserts (affiliate link). There’s just one tablespoon of instant coffee, 4 eggs, ¼ teaspoon almond extract, and a 15-minute beating time when the eggs are added.
  • If you have family members who don’t enjoy mocha, decrease the espresso powder to 1 tablespoon or even just 1 teaspoon as it will bring out the chocolate without screaming coffee.
  • PRO-Tip: Do not adjust the number of eggs, but feel free to decrease the instant coffee and almond extract for less intense flavorings.
  • They’re also baked in a jellyroll pan. I prefer a 9 x 13-inch cake pan for thicker brownies.
  • I like lining my baking pans with nonstick foil or regular foil sprayed with Pam or a nonstick baking spray. The foil acts as a sling to help lift the brownies (as a whole) out of the pan and onto a cutting board. It also makes for easy pan cleanup!
  • Do not overbake or these won’t be at their maximum fudginess. Use a toothpick test to check doneness. The toothpick should come out barely dry.

I’d forgotten all about this recipe till 4 years after I published this post. That’s when my friend, Claudia, of What’s Cookin’ Italian Style Cuisine, was searching for an espresso brownie and made this recipe. As soon as she posted, I started wondering about what sort of photo I shared so early in my blogging career.

Well, I found there was room for improvement. I baked up a batch of these fudgy mocha brownies immediately as Nick was heading to a friend’s lake house for the weekend and those boys always appreciate a little sweet treat. My oldest, Tom (mentioned above when he was 23), is a huge fan of mocha desserts (he’s the only one of my children who drinks coffee), so I saved a number for him, too. Bill tasted them, but I knew that there would be too much espresso for him to be thrilled with the results. He didn’t mind that they all left the house very quickly. 

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Rich, dense and full of that chocolate and coffee flavor combination, these Palm Beach Mocha Brownies are amazing!

Fudgy Mocha Palm Beach Brownies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 24 brownies

Fudgy mocha brownies adapted from Maida Heatter


  • 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 sticks butter, cut into chunks
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2-2 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder (I use Medagalia Doro brand)
  • 3 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups flour


  1. Preheat oven to 425º. Line 9 x 13 pan with non-stick foil or use regular foil and spray with Pam. Set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter in microwave...using 30 second intervals and stirring till smooth and melted. Mine took 2 minutes total. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, almond extract, salt, espresso, and sugar on high for 10 minutes. Mix in chocolate till combined. Add flour and mix just till blended.
  4. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 15 minutes, then lightly cover with foil and bake another 15-20 minutes. Do not bake any more. Toothpick inserted in the middle will come out wet and covered with crumbs.
  5. Let cool at room temperature. Place pan in refrigerator and chill till very cold. Remove from pan using foil. Remove foil.Brownies are too gooey to be cut at room temperature.
  6. To cut, first trim away all the edges Then cut into bars. Store and serve cold.


May decrease the espresso powder to 1 tablespoon or even 1 teaspoon for a less intense mocha/coffee flavor.

If you prefer less almond extract, decrease it ¼ teaspoon.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 2gSugar: 31gProtein: 4g


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