They were both a little hesitant about finding their way around a building that they were not familiar with. I got an excited text later in the morning from my daughter saying she got her schedule and found her first class ok. Yay!  I knew they would do fine!

So, now all we have to do is get our son settled at college this coming weekend.  I’m doing ok with that at this very moment.  But I’m sure the minute I have to leave without him all the waterworks will get started again because that’s my first baby!

I made it through his graduation and open house without any tears. It’s exciting to see how he has grown into a responsible and caring adult.  But leaving him in another state is going to be rough. All you mommas of older kids understand, right? I need your prayers and any tips you have for getting through the first few days and weeks.

A few months ago we made these brownies for his open house party.  His first request for the dessert bar was this easy tiramisu.  Since there are so many creamy layers that isn’t exactly a finger food dessert.

So, we did a layer of coffee frosting and chocolate on top of these homemade chocolate chip brownies. Cutting them into little squares with a chocolate covered coffee bean on top made them look so cute.

  • For the Brownies;
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • For the Coffee Frosting;
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • For the Chocolate Topping;
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 pan with foil. Spray with nonstick baking spray.
  2. Whisk together the melted butter and cocoa powder.
  3. Beat the sugar,eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the chocolate butter mixture and mix again.
  4. Stir together the salt, baking powder, and flour. Slowly stir that into the butter mixture. Spread in the prepared pan and bake for 25-28 minutes*, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out a little sticky. Remove and cool completely.
  5. Stir together the cream and instant coffee.
  6. Beat the butter and salt until creamy. Slowly add the powdered sugar and coffee cream while beating.
  7. Once everything is mixed in, beat it on high for 1 minute or until light and fluffy. Spread on top of the cooled brownies.
  8. Place the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds. Stir until melted and creamy. Heat an additional 15 seconds, if needed. Spread on top of the frosting. Let the chocolate set before cutting into 16 squares.

*Oven temperatures vary from house to house. Use an oven thermometer to see how your oven runs. If your oven runs hotter, bake closer to the 25 minutes. If your oven is exact at 350, bake for the 28 minutes.

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