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Arabic Coffee Brownies

These rich, fudgy brownies are made with espresso powder and Yemenite hawaij spice, and taste just like a thick cup of hot Arabic or Turkish coffee.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Arabic
Keyword: arabic coffee, brownies, chocolate, coffee brownies, coffee cake, dark chocolate brownies, espresso, espresso brownies, turkish coffee, turkish coffee brownies
Servings: 16 pieces
Author: The Elegant Economist


  • 8x8" (20x20cm) Baking Pan


  • ½ cup unsalted butter (one stick / 8 Tbsp / 115g)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200g)
  • Tbsp espresso powder
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp hawaij spice for coffee (or ⅛ tsp ginger, ⅛ tsp cinnamon, ⅛ tsp cardamom, and ⅛ tsp nutmeg)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour (96g)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder, sifted (50g) unsweetened
  • ¼ tsp fine sea salt


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C)
  • Grease an 8x8" (20x20cm) baking pan with butter or baking spray, or line with parchment.
  • In a large bowl, combine your butter, sugar, espresso powder, vanilla extract, and hawaij. Mix thoroughly so that the butter and sugar are well-combined. You can do this in a stand mixer if you'd like as well.
  • After the butter, sugar, espresso, vanilla, and hawaij are well blended add your eggs and mix again until the eggs are thoroughly combined.
  • Add the flour, cocoa powder, and salt, and stir until all dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Spoon into your lined baking pan and smooth out the top.
  • Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until firm in the center. Let cool in the baking pan for 10 minutes before removing and cutting. Enjoy!