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Easy Espresso Brownie Bites

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These chocolate delights will satisfy even the most insistent chocolate cravings. And with a touch of espresso, well, it just puts that spring back into your step. These brownie bites are moist, tender, and utterly chocolaty!

Horizontal side view of brownie bites with mint and fresh raspberries.

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What to Love About Espresso Brownie Bites

Well, almost everything actually! But here are a few specifics about why I love them and know that you will too!

  • Easy Recipe: While I love to make brownie bites entirely from scratch, there are times when you need a helping hand. This recipe provides that “helping hand” by utilizing a boxed mix enhanced with additional ingredients, thus making it utterly delicious. If you’re looking for a brownie recipe without a boxed mix, see my Mini Chocolate Easter Brownie Bites— the Easter eggs are entirely optional, of course!
  • Espresso: Just that word gives me happy vibes, especially around 3 p.m. or 8 p.m., when all the caffeine has run out. But seriously, espresso elevates the chocolate flavor in brownies and gives it that extra “something” that keeps friends and family asking you to make these brownies often.
  • Versatile: One of the things I love about brownie bites is how versatile they are. Perfect for snacking on a Friday movie night, sharing with friends, family, and co-workers, with a pretty topping, they are perfect for teatime or irresistible on a summer holiday table like Memorial Day or the 4th of July!
  • Portion Control: For those of us who might eye that big square of fudgy brownie and think seconds isn’t out of the question.

More serving ideas: These brownies are perfect after dinner or with a cup of coffee. I’ve also made these for Art Walks and receptions. Best of all, they are failproof and one of the easiest desserts you will ever bake.

If you’re looking for a traditional brownie that feeds a crowd, you’ll love our always-popular Fudgy Cakey Family Size Brownies Recipe, which satisfies both the cakey brownie fans and the fudgy brownie fans!

What You Need for Making Brownie Bites with a Mix

Ingredient measurements are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, but here is a quick list of what you will need:

  • Brownie Mix: Look for family size; I prefer a “fudge brownie mix.”
  • Cooking oil: Any neutral cooking oil you prefer will work here.
  • Large eggs: Gives these little guys stability
  • Chocolate chips: Use your favorite chocolate, be that semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate.
  • Optional: Chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

One of the reasons this recipe finds its way into regular rotation at my house is that it’s easy to make—it only requires a bowl, whisk, and a mini muffin tin! Paper liners are helpful for removing brownies from the cups, but not necessary.

Top view of brownie bites in a paper lined mini muffin tin.

How to Make Brownie Bites

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare mini-muffin pan with non-stick spray or line with mini muffin paper liners.

In a large bowl, dissolve espresso in hot water, stir, and let cool slightly. Then whisk in oil and eggs until combined, add brownie mix, and whisk until incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if using.

Portion the brownie batter evenly into the prepared mini muffin cups. I find using a small cookie scoop (affiliate link) makes this task simple!

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the top is just set. Do not overbake, or they can become dry. Place muffin pan on a rack to cool for 10 minutes. Then, using a sharp knife’s tip, remove from the muffin cups and continue cooling on a wire rack.

Can I make these brownies in a standard size muffin tin?

Absolutely! Prepare the muffin cups as directed, but add 5 or so minutes to the baking time.

Do I have to use Instant espresso powder?

No, the brownies will be delicious without espresso. However, baking chocolate goodies with espresso is delicious because it elevates the chocolate flavor without hints of coffee flavor. Instant coffee can work as well.

Serving Mini Brownies

While these brownie bites don’t require anything else as they are delicious all on their own, it’s fun to add a bit of festivity with a garnish. Here are some ideas:

  • A simple dusting of powdered sugar
  • Sprinkling of chopped nuts or halved nuts on each brownie bite.
  • Top with fresh fruit and mint leaves
  • Leave plain and let the brownie bite speak for itself.

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Horizontal view of homemade brownie bites on parchment and garnished with fresh raspberries and mint leaves.

Espresso Brownie Bites

These brownie bites satisfy all the chocolate cravings. Irresistible with a hint of espresso, these mini brownies are moist, tender, and utterly chocolaty!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes
Servings: 38 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil use your favorite neutral cooking oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (18.3 oz) fudge brownie mix
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped (optional)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare mini-muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or line with miini paper liners.
  • In a bowl, dissolve espresso in hot water. Let cool slightly, then whisk in oil and eggs until incorporated. Whisk in the brownie mix and finally, stir in chocolate chips and nuts, if using.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the brownies are just set. Be careful not to overbake these brownies as they will be dry. Let them cool on a rack in the tin for 10 minutes. Using the tip of a sharp knife, run it around the edges of the brownie before removing them to a rack to cool completely.

Notes

  1. Storing: Leftover brownie bites can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. A cool, dry place is best. But you can also freeze them for longer storage for up to 3 months. 
  2. Can I bake these mini brownies in a regular size muffin tin? Absolutely, but increase the baking time by 5 minutes or so.

Nutrition

Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 35mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: espresso brownie bites, brownie bites, mini brownies

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