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Espresso Brownies

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Strong-brewed espresso roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate lend extraordinary richness to these crowd-pleasing brownies.
15 min
2 hr 40 min
32 servings

What You Need

pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Bittersweet Chocolate
cup  butter, cut into pieces
Tbsp.  strong-brewed MAXWELL HOUSE Italian Espresso Roast Coffee
cups  granulated sugar
tsp.  vanilla, divided
cup  flour
cup  PLANTERS Walnuts, chopped
pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
Tbsp.  butter, softened
cups  powdered sugar
tsp.  ground cinnamon

Make It

HEAT oven to 350°F.

SPRAY 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour.

MICROWAVE chocolate, 3/4 cup butter and espresso in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add granulated sugar and 2 tsp. vanilla; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each until batter is smooth. Stir in flour until combined. Stir in nuts. Spread evenly in prepared pan.

BAKE 22 to 27 min. or until top is firm and toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. Cool completely in pan on rack.

BEAT Neufchatel and 6 Tbsp. butter with mixer until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar; mix well. Blend in remaining vanilla and cinnamon. Spread over cooled brownie layer. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Enjoy your favorite foods while keeping portion size in mind.
Special Extra
Line pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Spray foil with cooking spray. Use foil handle to lift brownies from pan before cutting to serve.
Make the chocolate glaze
Microwave 6 oz. BAKER’S Bittersweet Chocolate, 2 Tbsp. butter, 1/2 cup whipping cream and 1 Tbsp. strong brewed MAXWELL HOUSE Italian Espresso Roast Coffee in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 to 2 min. until butter is melted and chocolate is almost melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and glaze is smooth. Cool 20 min. or until room temperature, stirring occasionally. Pour glaze over frosting, then spread evenly. Refrigerate brownies 3 hours or until chilled.
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