Try Molly Yeh’s Intensely Decadent Turkish Coffee Brownies

Food Network personality Molly Yeh’s coffee-infused brownies are an absolute delight for the senses. With cocoa powder, espresso powder, and cardamom, these treats are not for the faint of heart. 

But they are for the most dedicated of chocolate lovers. Here’s how the chef makes this moist, decadent dessert.

Food Network personality Molly Yeh wears a print dress in this photograph.
Food Network star Molly Yeh | Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery

Yeh’s Turkish Coffee Brownies are ultra-rich and moist treats

Although the chef’s intensely flavored brownies feature a prominent coffee flavor, they still pack a chocolaty punch in each bite. 

Her brownie recipe includes granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, kosher salt, unsalted butter, vanilla extract, eggs, and chopped toasted walnuts. Complementing the amped-up coffee and chocolate flavors are unsweetened cocoa powder, instant espresso powder, and ground cardamom. 

Its accompanying chocolate-coffee glaze requires powdered sugar, cocoa powder, melted unsalted butter, brewed coffee or espresso powder with a teaspoon of water, honey, vanilla extract, ground cardamom, kosher salt, and sprinkles for the topping.

You can find the complete recipe, video, and reviews on Food Network’s site.

Yeh doesn’t go light on the espresso in her brownie recipe

To start, the Girl Meets Farm host toasts and coarsely chops the walnuts so they’re ready to go when it’s time to incorporate them into the recipe. 

In a large bowl, the dry ingredients are combined, including the cinnamon and cardamom. “The cardamom just adds a nice floral, woodsy element,” Yeh says in the Food Network video for this recipe (see above). 

The wet ingredients are now mixed together in another bowl, starting with the eggs (“I like starting with my eggs first in case there’s any shell that gets in them”), the cooled melted butter, and the vanilla extract. Once it’s all stirred, the wet and dry ingredients can be combined, along with the walnuts. “You can use any nut in these. You can even just skip the nuts,” Yeh adds.

The chef pours the batter into a greased, parchment-lined square pan. They’re baked in a preheated 350-degree F oven for about 25 minutes, “until the center is set.”

While the brownies are cooling is the best time to whip up the glaze ingredients. Spread the frosting on when the brownies are completely cooled. Add the sprinkles and serve them up!

Reviewers loved Yeh’s aromatic and intensely flavored brownies

Chocolaty brownies are a treat, but brownies with the unmistakable taste of coffee and cardamom take the classic snack to another level.

“These are AMAZING! Will definitely be making this again. Love the cardamom in this recipe,” one reviewer wrote on Food Network’s site.

Another happy fan of Yeh’s recipe added, “This was an absolute treat and great fun to make. The coffee and cardamon made this particularly flavorful and delicious.”

Lastly, one home baker noted that the brownies are delicious any time of year, but could see them wowing guests during the holidays: “I’ve never used cardamom in a recipe. I loved it! This recipe would be a great dessert on Christmas. The taste is warm and comforting.”

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