10/12/10

brownies w/ espresso-cream cheese frosting topped w/ salty shortbread crumbs


Yes that is a very long title for brownies isn't it? But I wanted to really dress up a good batch of brownies. I love brownies with frosting on them--sweet on top of salty-sweet. Killer cavity making material I know, but if you're gonna indulge you might as well make it grand. The topping came about when I had leftover crumbs from my creamsicle cheesecake; had stored them in the freezer for future use. Those crumbs are just so good I hate to waste. And I have used my espresso-cream cheese combo before on my espresso-cream cheese rice krispie treats which were to die for good. I had kept that combo in the back of mind to use again hopefully on a cake or cupcake. I need to make a cupcake with this frosting combo STAT.
These brownies are really good. I mean they just satisfy that sweet & salty craving instantly. I ate a fair share of them and yes, ate the frosting with a spoon; to taste test--a few times.


brownies w/ espresso-cream cheese frosting topped w/ salty shortbread crumbs
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Brownies:
(use your favorite brownie recipe or you can use what I used from alton brown)

Soft butter, for greasing the pan
Flour, for dusting the buttered pan
4 large eggs
1 cup sugar, sifted
1 cup brown sugar, sifted
8 ounces melted butter
11/4 cups cocoa, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour, sifted
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square pan.

In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow. Add both sugars. Add remaining ingredients, and mix to combine.

Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square pan and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness with the tried-and-true toothpick method: a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan should come out clean. When it's done, remove to a rack to cool. Resist the temptation to cut into it until it's mostly cool.

Frosting:
1 – 8 oz pack of cream cheese, room temp
½ Starbuck Via, regular roast
¼ - ½ cup of sifted confectioners sugar (use more or less depending on your sweetness preference)
Sprinkle finished brownies with remaining Starbuck Via, (optional but wonderful)

Salty shortbread crumbs:
(I had leftover crumbs from when I made the creamsicle cheesecake, but I think this amount below would be enough for the topping?)
1 sleeve (more or less) of Lorna Doone cookies, crushed fine
A pinch or two of sea salt

Assemble:
Once brownies are cooled, spread frosting nice and thick, sprinkle with salty shortbread crumbs, then sprinkle with remaining Starbucks Via for decoration.

53 comments:

  1. Yes please. I would like to dive into a pile of these and never come out.

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  2. Oh my gosh! The salty shortbread crumbs is just genius. I don't think I've ever homemade a batch of brownies from scratch. I think its time to try!

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  3. Geez, you know how to push our #%&*@ing buttons!

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  4. Dawn - I love it! You gotta stop doin g this to me. LOL
    I am working on your cheesecake challenge, BTW. I smell a guest post. If you are interested, you know where to look. :)

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  5. I'm dying for one of these right now!

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  6. I will not lick the screen
    I will not lick the screen
    I will not lick the screen...again

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  7. These look DIVINE! I want them. NOW!

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  8. Just the title alone makes me DROOL. I'll definitely be making these.

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  9. Half the reason why I bake at ALL is to "taste test". It's the best part. Until you realize you've taste-tested half a batch. Not so good part. These brownies sound amazing! Seriously dressed up.

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  10. OMG this looks too good to be true! how can so many wonderful things be packed into one dessert? yum!

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  11. i kind of just started to salivate

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  12. I think you are on a mission to kill me, aren't you?

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  13. Taste testing is the best part of being the baker/cook! These look absolutely amazing!

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  14. i can't wait for you to come to l.a. and bake for me!!!

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  15. These are too good to be true. I am making these brownies and I will not share. Gorgeous!

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  16. I love sweet and salty. These sound so good, I think I could eat one (or two) right now!

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  17. OMG, you're killing me here with these close-up photos of frosting and cream. How can anyone resist looking at THAT? Yum! And imbued with espresso? Even better! ;)

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  18. I love a sweet and salty combo and these look delicious. Another recipe added to my "To Try" pile.

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  19. Taste testing encourage. Either with a spoon or ladle. You must always know what you're feeding others, right?

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  20. Are these chewy or cakey brownies? I just love the fudgy chewy kind. You've done it again, Dawn. I can't wait to visit your bakery some day.

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  21. whoa baby!

    brownies…my fav
    espresso…my fav
    starbucks…my fav
    creamsicle & salty…killer

    are you long lost my twin???

    great post!

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  22. You make the yummiest recipes and take fantastic pictures!

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  23. Please send 2 dozen to the address below:D All donations to my sweet cravings are happily accepted.

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  24. Please send 2 dozen to the address below:D All donations to my sweet cravings are happily accepted.

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  25. wow wow wow wow! stop right there! that looks INCREDILE. You always have the best ideas! Thank you so much for this, I love sweet and salty brownies!

    -Amalia

    http://buttersweetmelody.wordpress.com

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  26. I love the top of this brownie :)

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  27. You're killing me--these are incredible! Would love 2 or 3 right now. Now!

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  28. I just have to say that I am new to your blog and your photos are absolutely mouth watering!! What a wonderful gift you have. Keep up the good work.

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  29. Holy crap!!! I hope you saved me some. Did you? did you? :)

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  30. Ohhhh. Salty Shortbread Crumbs. GREG

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  31. i mean, fate. had to have been, all those ingredients coming together to sing like that :) you have any extra?

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  32. you had me at the alton brownies but seriously? salty sweet in the topping?! yum-o! this one's a must-make, for sure!

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  33. holy moly! 3 of my faves all in one!

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  34. OMG...did I say OMG? Wow that looks absolutely delicious!

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  35. Ooh yumm! Can't believe you made brownies even better :D

    I usually hate any kind of frosting on brownies, but I want this one, now!!

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  36. salty shortbread crumbs? WINNER!!

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  37. oh wow, this sounds amazing!cream cheese and coffee, have to keep that in mind.

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  38. wow.. this looks so good and addictive:) i love it.

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  39. Yes - super long title for brownies but oh how I like'em!

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  40. You ate them? You didn't take a bite then give them away? You know how offensive that would be, lol. Just giving you a hard time, chica. I wouldn't want these to leave my sight let alone my kitchen. These are incredible, but then I expect nothing less coming from you. So when are you opening a bakery?

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  41. It's all about the frosting! And your salty shortbread is the perfect foil. I love that salty/sweet combo!

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  42. These look really good and highly addictive.

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  43. Woweee--these look like a mouthfull of deliciousness. Keep these fabulous recipes coming! :-)

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  44. What unique brownies - I love the crumb topping! I love how versatile brownies are :)

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  45. Good God. Have they invented a system where you can reach through the computer screen and grab something yet? They need to get on that.

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  46. very clever, dawn, as usual. these little beauties have it all. fireworks in the mouth, no doubt!

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  47. Thanks for the inspirations. I made these yesterday to try a brownie recipe from Murray Jaffe's "The Perfect Recipe Baking Book", suggested by our friend, Anna. These are stellar. And I love your food photos.

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  48. New to your blog... and I love it. These are especially fun with the salty shortbread crumb topping! I can't wait to try!

    Susan www.ugogrrl.com

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  49. Wow, you sure glammed up a dish of brownies. I love the idea of the salty crumbs on top for texture and taste. Brilliant!

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  50. holy MOLY. these look and sound absolutely decadent. mmm...i must try these soon!:)

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  51. These look seriously addictive. Wowzers! Can't I have a slice right this very minute??

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  52. Oh my word --- the PERFECT dessert. Absolutely perfect...
    -Elizabeth K

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