Delectable Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies

Brownie History

The first mention of brownies was in the 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook and were described as “molasses cakes baked in tins.” One story tells of a careless cook who forgot to add baking powder to chocolate cake batter and the result was brownies! Another version of the brownie is that the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, during the 1892 Colombian Exposition, received a request from Bertha Palmer for a dessert to put in box lunches for ladies that would not get their hands dirty and thus the brownie was concocted.  Most believe that the brownie was named for its cocoa brown color.

No matter where brownies originated, most of us really enjoy eating this bar cookie, with or without ice cream, and many other ways as well.

Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies

In this post I’d like to present for your eating pleasure Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies. These brownies are flavored with Kahlua, vanilla extract, cocoa, chocolate chips, brown sugar and cinnamon. If you don’t want to use Kahlua, a coffee-flavored liqueur, you could substitute strong coffee instead.

The butter and chocolate chips are combined in a small saucepan and cooked over low to medium heat until the chocolate melts.  After the pan is removed from the heat, the Kahlua and vanilla extract are stirred in and the pan is set aside.

Flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder and salt are combined in a small bowl and set aside.  An egg and the brown sugar are combined in the bowl of a mixer and beat on low until blended well.

The chocolate mixture is added to the mixing bowl and mixed well.

The flour mixture is added to the mixer and blended well. The batter is poured into a greased 8″ square baking pan.

The brownies are baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool completely before cutting.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

Here’s the complete recipe for Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies that may be printed if you’d like:

Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies
Serves 9
A very flavorful brownie with cinnamon, Kahlua, vanilla extract, cocoa and brown sugar dusted with confectioner's sugar.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips
  2. 1/4 cup Butter
  3. 1/4 cup Kahlua (coffee-flavored liqueur)
  4. 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  5. 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  6. 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
  7. 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  8. 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  10. 2/3 cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  11. 1 large Egg
  12. Cooking Spray
  13. Confectioner's Sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine chocolate chips and butter in a small saucepan; cook over low to medium heat until chocolate melts, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in Kahlua and vanilla. Set aside.
  3. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl; stir well and set aside.
  4. Combine brown sugar and egg in a large bowl; beat at low speed of mixer until blended.
  5. Add chocolate mixture and beat well. Add flour mixture and beat until well blended.
  6. Pour batter into an 8" square baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  7. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  8. Remove from oven, let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
  9. Dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.
  1. Strong coffee may be substituted for Kahlua.

Tasty Tip:  Whenever I package brownies or cookies for a gift, I like to use clear plastic bags and tie them off with a ribbon with a holiday tag attached.

                    Cookies in Gift Bags

Down the Rabbit Hole

In thinking about brownies, I remembered being a Brownie, the youngest of the Girl Scouts.  I participated in scouting from the Brownies to the Seniors and I even lead a troop of middle school age girls one year.  I enjoyed being a Girl Scout!  (Still love those Thin Mints, too!)

Girl Scouts have a tradition called a “bridging ceremony” to mark a girl’s move from one level of Girl Scouting to another level.  One of these ceremonies is called a “Fly Up” ceremony.  My Fly Up ceremony signifying my progression from Brownies to Intermediate Scouts took place in a park near the old high school in my hometown where I walked over the bridge there with my fellow scouts.  My Dad teased me endlessly for years and years every time we passed by that park.  He would say “there’s the bridge that Janet flew over.” Even though I’d sigh “Oh, Dad!” secretly I was pleased that he remembered that ceremony. I was blessed that my parents attended events surrounding my activities. Enough about Brownies!

Put Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies on one of your holiday menus soon.

More holiday food will be presented in future posts.

Remember to Savor the Flavor!


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22 Comments on “Delectable Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies

  1. Thank you for linking up to the Holidays Celebration ink Party! Your post has been pinned to the party’s Pinterest board ( Feel free to link up other posts too, and stay tuned for the features on Friday!

  2. Sounds & looks delicious! I def will be making these. Thanks for sharing your recipe with all of us :)
    Have a great week!

  3. Hi Sarah-Ann, Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies – my husband said they were the best! Blessings, Janet

  4. Sounds delightful! I love the addition of kahlua. Wonder how it would be with a little extra espresso powder too… mmmm.

  5. I’m not sure if you had me at Kahlua, Cinnamon or Brownies but the combination sounds heavenly. Stopping by from What’s for Dinner and do hope you’ll stop by and share with our Small Victories Sunday LInkup too that’s open all week long. We promote our participants posts throughout the week!

  6. Hi Tanya, Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments. I’d be honored to stop by Small Victories Sunday. Enjoy the brownies! Blessings, Janet

  7. Yum! These sound delicious. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again on Sunday!

  8. Yumm!!! These sound so delicious…now I’m craving brownies! Thanks so much for sharing at Share The Wealth Sunday and I hope you’ll join us again tonight for an all new party!

  9. Lovely brownies and a lovely post!~! Happy Holidays and thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday and I’ll be pinning this to our TBT pinterest! Hope to see you next Thursday!!

  10. Your Brownies look amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. Hi Miz Helen, Thanks for your comments. I enjoyed your post today of your Christmas Eve traditional foods. It all looked very tasty! Blessings, Janet

  12. These look wonderful and if I have time I will fit them in to bake with my other goodies.
    Thank you for sharing on the OHGFF this last week!
    Happy Holidays!

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