December 8, 2014

Crispy Coffee Brownies // Krusteaz Blogger Bake-Off

Crispy Coffee Brownies Krusteaz 3 gluten free
In the many years of blogging, I don’t think I’ve ever participated in a recipe contest. Surprising, right? Or I did and I just can’t remember because my memory flew out the window when I turned 30. That birthday hit me hard, you guys! I need to start downing fish oils and omega 3s. But meanwhile, I’ve been downing brownies. There are vitamins in there, right? 😉

Krusteaz reached out to me this fall in hopes that I’d participate in their Blogger Bake-Off.  I was immediately on board. I love baking and am always proud of making things from scratch, rather than using something out of a box. That said, I know there are some excellent mixes out there that are great in a pinch. During the holidays when things are go go go, difficult recipes with a slew of ingredients aren’t always feasible. And that’s where Krusteaz can save the day with their new line of Gluten Free Mixes.


For the bake-off, I was sent each of the above mixes and was to choose one to  create an amped up recipe. Naturally, I chose the chocolate brownie mix. I added a little bit of crunch, a little bit of java, and a little bit of love to make these babies…Crispy Coffee Brownies Krusteaz 5 gluten free

Crispy Coffee Brownies

Prep time: 5 min. Bake time: 30 min. Level of Difficulty: Easy


Preheat oven to 325* and lightly grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan. In a medium-sized bowl, stir together brownie mix, water, oil, egg, and coffee grounds until combined. Gently fold in cereal with a spatula. Spoon batter into lightly greased baking pan and spread evenly. Bake at 325°F for 25-30 minutes. Once brownies are done, remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

The crunch gives them a nice texture and the coffee adds some richness. While it’s hard to detect an actual coffee flavor, it gives the brownies some depth. I made these for Thanksgiving and my family gobbled them right up. To me, that means they were a success! Trust me, my little cousins are brutally honest and will tell me flat out if my recipes are a fail. These passed the munchkins’ test…and mine too!Crispy Coffee Brownies Krusteaz 4 gluten freeCrispy Coffee Brownies Krusteaz 1 gluten freeCrispy Coffee Brownies Krusteaz 2 gluten free

If you want to find Krusteaz mixes in your area, they have a store locator that will let you search by product.

Brownie preference: cakey or fudgy?

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  • WAIT I need all of these. STAT, I used to devour Krusteaz lemon squares like there was no tomorrow back in the day…and I love brownies in any form. Fudgy all the way, please! 🙂

    • LEMON SQUARES!! i think it takes a special person to enjoy one of those. i freaking love them. fudgy for SURE! xoxo

  • I’ve never participated in a recipe contest either, but I definitely should! Especially by now. These look fantastic! And on National Brownie Day too, so you get a major kudos.

    • i had no idea it was nat’l brownie day until i saw your instagram comment. thanks for the heads up!!

  • itzyskitchen

    They look perfect! I’ve honestly never been much for brownies…maybe I’m an odd ball 😉

    • i’m much more of a cookie girl too!

  • Nicole Prša

    Before I read your post, I thought originally that Krusteaz was like a cray cray nickname for your own counterpart (like when your too tired to function and Christina is too hard to say it comes out…Krusteaz!) Anyway! Haha these look amazing!

    • hahahahha that’s so great. and little secret: my uncle has called me crusty since i was a kid. so you’re right on it sister!

  • mmmmm im totally craving brownies now! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

    • have you been to baked on east bay?? omg

      • ohh not yet! adding it to my list!

  • Coffee and chocolate???? You know I would so be down with that!

  • Brynn Guster

    Crispies are my secret ingredient in cookies!

    • YES! i prefer them in cookies too!

  • You combined two of my favorite things – chocolate and coffee. This sounds delicious.

  • Biana Perez

    These look amazing!! Just shared them with my friend who is GF so she’s gong to love these!!


  • Megan

    Definitely going to make these for our supper club party on Friday! Thanks for the idea!!

  • i’ve baked some of their traditional boxes before, but nice to see they have gf now. i’m def a fudgy brownie girl — i love the No Pudge guys w/ the yogurt. these look great, with the coffee twist – nice job!

  • Genius idea of adding coffee grounds. I pride myself in using cake mix way too much 🙂 You’ve inspired me- next baked good will be from scratch.

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