Better-Than-Cash Brownies

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

I've been making these brownies for a while -- they're easy and inexpensive, and absolutely delicious -- but had neglected to post the recipe here. I recently made two batches of these as a thank-you gift for someone who refused to take payment for some work done for me, and they were a huge hit. I then realized I couldn't point anyone towards the recipe, as I often do, so it's definitely time to get this recipe on Zaar so it can be shared with everyone! I was told that these were "better than cash", hence the name!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F; lightly grease an eight-inch baking pan (I spray it very lightly with Pam) and set aside.
  2. Place the butter chunks in a glass mixing bowl and microwave on Medium power until melted (I find High power causes the melting butter to spatter all over the inside of my microwave, while the gentler power level seems to prevent this).
  3. Put the cocoa, salt and instant coffee into a sieve (or sifter) and sift mixture into the melted butter -- you may need to use your fingers to force the coffee granules through the sieve -- and whisk until smooth.
  4. Next, add in the sugar and whisk well; then add the eggs, one at a time, whisking after each addition just until blended. Whisk in vanilla.
  5. Using a sieve (or sifter), sift flour over chocolate mixture, then stir with a wooden spoon just to incorporate flour. Batter will be thick.
  6. Spread batter into prepared pan, smoothing top, and scatter a topping of your choice (nuts, chocolate chips, etc), if desired, over top. Twenty pecan halves or walnut halves, evenly spaced out, looks great and suits those who don't like nuts in brownies, as they can easily be picked off.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 30-32 minutes. A tester should come out with some crumbs on it. Do not overbake or brownies will not be fudgey. Let cool, in pan, then cut into small squares. Expect these brownies to not cut cleanly, some bits will cling to the knife.


Most Helpful

Yummy, easy to make, no melting chocolate, like some other recipes I have tried. I think I used the wrong sized tin, so will try a square one next time. Very nice will make these again, loved the coffee idea, made them for Easter Sunday, so thansk from Karren...

Karren@Toronto April 22, 2011

Deeee-licious! Thank you for posting this great recipe. I love the addition of the coffee, very different, and very good! I just put mini-Rollos on top to add some caramel. Haha... a little simpler, but still good!

AliciaDawn November 21, 2009

I was a little skeptical about the instant coffee but when all was said and done it just inhanced the Cocoa flavor and made it richer and more decadent tasting like a gourmet recipe! I doubled the recipe and added Chopped Walnuts and Milk Chocolate Chips to the top before I baked them and OOOH MY Goodness they were just heavenly!!! If I could I would give you at least 6 stars! Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe! It will now be my Go To for Brownies! Thanks Lenny for such a simple but very delicious recipe. I will be making these for the Holidays!

Donna Luckadoo October 16, 2009

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