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You have never met a brownie like this before. Let me explain what these salted caramel mocha nutella brownies are all about…

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

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You may have had a certain Starbucks drink with a similar flavor, but let me just be real clear here, although these brownies were indeed inspired by that famous Salted Caramel Mocha drink (that come fall people go crazy for), these brownies I am showing you today are a million times better than that drink could ever be (that has GOT to be a run on sentence!).

I am sure of it.

Believe it or not, I have never actually had a Starbucks drink. Not even those famous Pumpkin spice lattes. I feel like this is a little crazy, since it seems like most people in the world live off of Starbucks, but I don’t drink coffee, so it has just never interested me. When I was middle school though, I always wanted the Christmas cups from Starbucks that I would see people carrying around. I thought they where the coolest. And not gonna lie, I still do, I am a sucker for anything involving Christmas. It’s bad.

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

And speaking of Christmas, these brownies would be PERFECT for the month of December. I know we are still a few months off, but I am just stating the fact. Also, how is it that Christmas is only 89 days a way (yep, I looked)?

That is just too soon. Way too soon. I am not ready for this year to be over, it went so fast. PLUS, I feel like the barn is never going to be done on time. We are still shooting for Thanksgiving, but oh my gosh there is just so much work to be done in the shortest amount of time. Too much work. Everyone is extra nervous about it. Me especially because, hello I am dying for it to be completed already. I am just praying we do not get any early snow storms that will set us back. As crazy as snow in October sounds, it happens here – often.

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

Here is the deal with these brownies. They are decadent, but who doesn’t love a little decadence come fall? I have all these apple and sweet cinnamony pumpkin deserts that I want to share with you guys. Think like two whole pages full of apple/pumpkin recipe ideas. But then the thought of brownies took over in my mind and there was no turning back… and really fruits can never make a dessert like chocolate can. So maybe apples + pumpkin next week? Originally, I wanted to share this recipe in December, but I bumped it it up a couple of months because, well I really just could not wait to make them.

And when I called my mom for advice on whether to make extra sweet chocolate brownies or apple pie she obviously said brownies. Chocolate always wins.

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

I am on a huge salted caramel kick (or a cinnamon kick or a pumpkin kick… it depends on the day). I really want to make everything with some kind of caramel. Caramel apples, caramel brownies and pretty much anything chocolate, but then covered in caramel. I didn’t even used to like caramel, especially caramel apples because they were too hard to eat (I swear I had braces forever!), but I have clearly gotten over this, as I am going caramel crazy over here.

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

Ok so, these Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies are pretty simple. Meaning they do not take a whole lot of time to prepare AND if you are really desperate for a chocolate caramel fix, you can totally eat these while still warm. Preferably with a semi-giant scoop of vanilla ice cream (always).

I actually allowed mine to cool. I know, you probably do not believe me. Trust me, it was hard. So hard, but I wanted pretty brownie squares, so I waited. Err, well actually my patience got the better of me and I ended up sticking the whole pan in the freezer to get them to cool down faster. It worked like a charm, but you just cannot forget about them. Going back to a frozen pan of brownies is not fun. No fun at all.

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

I made a quick coffee caramel sauce that I spiked with Kahlua because, well, why not? It’s Friday, it’s officially fall and those are the only two excuses I need. Plus, Kahlua rules in my opinion. This is actually the sauce I used last year for this skillet cookie.

Don’t be afraid of making this caramel, it’s pretty basic. You can definitely use a store-bought caramel sauce, but this coffee caramel really plays up that whole mocha theme going on here. Plus, homemade is alway better if you can.

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

And finally, aren’t you excited this is only the BEGINNING of fall?

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 24 Brownies
Calories Per Serving: 357 kcal

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Salted Coffee Caramel (or 1 1/2 cups store-bought salted caramel sauce)

  • 1 cup black coffee
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar add 1/4 white sugar if you like a sweeter cookie
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk or heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon Kahlua
  • maldon salt for sprinkling, flaked sea salt


  • To make the the caramel add the coffee and brown sugar in a medium sauce pot. Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes or until the mixture has reduced to 1/3 cup. Slowly add the coconut milk and butter, whisk to combine. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat to a low boil and cook 5 minutes longer, until the sauce has thickened and coats the back of a spoon. If using a candy thermometer do not let the sauce go above 180 degrees F. Remove from the heat and stir in the Kahlua and a pinch of salt, set aside.
  • To make the brownies. Line an 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper or foil, letting the edges over hang from the pan so later you can easily lift the brownies out of the pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add the butter and milk chocolate to a medium size mixing bowl that is microwave safe. Microwave the butter and chocolate on 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until melted and smooth. This takes me about 1 minute and 30 seconds.
  • To the melted chocolate mixture add the sugar and instant coffee, whisking until completely combined. Add the vanilla, Kahula and eggs and whisk until smooth. Stir in the cocoa powder, flour and salt until smooth and just combined, try not to over mix the batter. It will be thick. Pour half the batter into the prepared pan. Dollop teaspoon size amounts of Nutella over the batter. Drizzle with three-fourths of the caramel (you may need to warm the caramel over the stove if it has set). Spoon the remaining batter over top, using a spoon to lightly smooth out the batter. It's ok if the batter does not cover up all the Nutella + caramel.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the brownies are set on top. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Just before slicing, heat the remaining caramel over the stove. Cut the brownies into bars and then drizzle the warmed caramel over the brownies. Sprinkle with salt. EAT!

Salted Caramel Mocha + Nutella Brownies | @hbharvest

It means there is so much more of this to come + boat loads of apples, pumpkins and caramel too!

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  1. For the brownie batter portion of the recipe, is it 2 cups of butter or 16 tablespoons? As written it’s unclear. I ended up using 2 cups of butter and the result was very greasy. I suspect the measurement should have been 16 tablespoons instead. Very disappointed.

    1. Hey Jenn,
      Sorry for any confusion, the recipe calls for 2 sticks of butter which is equal to 1 cup or 16 tablespoons. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

      1. Thanks for responding. As written, the recipe says “2 cup sticks unsalted butter 1 OR 16 tablespoons” so I appreciate the clarification. Thanks again!

  2. 4 stars
    Like some other people in the comments, I had some issues with the caramel. Because of my fussy one-year-old, I couldn’t fully commit to waiting for the initial mixture to reduce to 1/3 cup, especially when some people said it took them close to an hour, so after ten minutes of boiling, I just moved on to the next step. I was able to completely cool the caramel before I actually made the brownies, which helped get the caramel to the consistency shown in the video – definitely runnier than many of the caramels I’ve made before, but able to coat a wooden spoon. Except now I just had a great deal more of it than I was supposed to. I wonder if the type of coffee you’re using matters? Either way, I’m mystified how anybody kept their mixture below 180 degrees the whole time while still getting a simmer/boil. Y’all are wizards.

    But all’s well that ends well – I just used less caramel in the brownies since I had so much and have saved the rest for topping. The brownies came out fudgy and luscious and delicious – probably the best brownies I’ve ever had. Well worth all the caramel drama that came before!

    1. Hey KL,
      Yes, that is totally fine to do! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  3. Those brownies look amazing!
    Can’t wait to try them.
    However, I have 66% dark chocolate, can I use that instead of milk chocolate or will it ruin the taste?
    4 ounces of chocolate, is that around 113 grams?
    Can I omit the Kahlua in the caramel or substitute it with vanilla extract?
    If I make this a day ahead, should I store it in an airtight container or just loosely cover it and keep it at room temperature?
    Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi there! Yes, you can use 66% dark chocolate and you can omit the Kahlua.

      Airtight container at room temp is great for storing!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    These are possibly the best brownies I’ve ever made. I’ve made them twice in the past several weeks. Even when I only had half the instant espresso powder on hand, they still tasted incredible. They take a bit of time to set, so if you eat them warm from the oven, they may feel underdone. Still tremendous. Fudgy, chocolatey, with a subtle coffee and subtle caramel hint. Dangerous.

  5. Hello tieghan,

    Could you pls recommend which brand of Kahlua would work best with this receipe ?

    Also, can this Kahlua based receipe be offered to young children as well ?


    1. HI! Linked the brand below. And yes, you can serve these to children, but you feel uncomfortable with that, then just omit it from the recipe. Not a big deal. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  6. My coffee/sugar mixture burned because it never reduced to 1/3 cup and I had to boil it for a very long time. Any ideas what I did wrong?

    1. HI! I am sorry you had trouble. Was there anything you did differently at all? Any info will be helpful to help me problem solve and figure out what might be happening for you. It’s hard to know without knowing any details. Hope I can help you and again sorry you are having trouble! xTieghan

  7. What would be the best way to prepare these ahead even by a couple hours? Can I cook these, cool them and than warm them back up?

    1. Hey Julia! You can cook these up to 2-3 days ahead. Serve them at warm temp or you can warm them just slightly in the microwave before serving. Either option is great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. HI! You could try using a GF, but I have not tested the recipe this way, so I am uncertain how they will turn our. Sorry I could not help more. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂

  8. The video doesn’t seem to be working for me (and it’s the same for a few other recipes I clicked on from the “videos” page.

    1. So sorry for the trouble. Here is the link to the video. Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday ? ?

  9. Can you brew regular coffee and use that instead of black coffee? And also can I leave the Kahlua out from the Caramel sauce? Thanks!

    1. Regular coffee will be great. And yes, you can omit the Kahlua from the recipe. Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love the brownies!

  10. Wow, these are one of the best brownies ever. They have the perfect texture and the taste is amazing. Made them yesterday afternoon and by evening almost all of them were gone, that’s how good they are.

  11. These are amazing… a couple of thoughts. I followed the recipe to a T. The caramel sauce took almost an hour to get reduced… it was delicious, but took a lot more time than the recipe stated. Because of this I didn’t have time to let them cool as much as you said – we made them for a birthday and had to leave 🙂 So they were good, but I was kind of unsure if all the effort had been worth it. But the next day they were beyond amazing. So the cooling really is key. My friends still ask about “those brownies”.

    1. So sorry it took longer than expected! I am so happy they were still really good!! Thank you for making them Marlen!

  12. Hi, this is so crazy! I’m supposed to be on diet but I happened to glance at your post while eating a juicy sweet California navel orange and I said to myself, “oh, I need to make this”! So I will make this next week! When you said Kaluah, what exactly is that? Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipes!

    1. Hi! Kaluah is a kind of liquor. You can omit if you’d like. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love these. Thanks!

  13. My daughter and I made these over the weekend. They didn’t turn out as decadent as shown. Nor as gooey. More cake-like. What did we do wrong?

    1. HI! It sounds like you possibly over-mixed the bater. That can lead to a dry and cakey brownie. Let me know if you have questions. Sorry for any trouble!

  14. Wow! This has got to be one of the best brownies I’ve ever had. Very thick, rich & decadent! Made for the kids on our movie night (watched Batman vs. Superman by the way) And they loved this recipe. I did have trouble with the coffee caramel, but not from your recipe, but from me… i should have got it to the boil like in step one and as shown in your video. and i should get a candy thermometer. But the taste of that caramel is out of this world amazing!!! Will definitely make again.
    These Brownies Rock.
    Thank you!!!

    1. YES!! These are my whole families favorites too!! To die for!! So so happy you liked them!! Thanks so much! (:

  15. I made these for my mom on Mother’s Day. They were a HUGE hit! Exactly what mom wanted on her day. Thanks for putting together such a fun/decadent/wonderful recipe. My caramel was a little runny… It cooled down to a thicker consistency, but I was a little nervous while making them that I’d drown the batch in brown sugar coffee…!

    Thanks again!

  16. My husband made these for me last Mother’s Day and now they are my must-have Mother’s Day dessert. Your brownies are the BEST that I have ever had — I couldn’t resist going back for seconds. Thank you for sharing such a delicious treat with all of us!

  17. Totally don’t get they caramel sauce – 2 cups liquid to 1 1/4 sugar? Mine was so runny and never coated the back of the spoon. I added more sugar, cooked it longer, never thickened, just got darker and darker. I’m an experience cook, but I check my Fanny Farmer cookbook and none of the sauce recipes have anywhere close to 2 cups of liquids. Is this a typo?

    1. Hi! I am sorry you are having trouble. Did you reduce the coffee down to 1/3 cup in the first step? The recipe is correct as written so the only thing I can think is that you either skipped reducing the coffee or just did not boil it long enough. It also thickens greatly as it cools. Hope I can help and sorry for the trouble!

  18. So I was looking for a recipe that I could make for my chocolate-and-coffee-loving boyfriend. And I think we have a winner! These brownies sound incredible! Just two questions (I’m new to baking!):
    1) When you say instant coffee, are you referring to the granules, or should I prepare the coffee first?
    2) My boy really likes dark chocolate. Could I substitute it for the milk chocolate, or would that be too overwhelming since it already has cocoa powder?

    Thanks so much for this recipe!

    1. I use the granules (unprepared) and yes, sub whatever chocolate you love! Dark will be great!

      Hope you love these!! 🙂

  19. Looks great. Quick question, Is the coconut milk in the recipe the sweetened coconut milk or the unsweetened variety (like what’s used in Thai cooking).

  20. It’s Valentine’s Day and I’ll be making these for my one true love…ME!
    Because as Rupaul says, if you can’t love yourself, how in the he** are you going to love anybody else?

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  21. I was lead here by your picture. Whomever takes your pics, is a very distinctive photographer because when I saw this recipe I told my son “It looks like that messy BBQ pic/recipe I tried a few months ago.” Low and behold..I was right!
    Miss T…you are young but you got it going ON!
    I love your site, your recipes and you definitely have your own vision.

    Lots of Love from DC!

  22. your site is great your pics are great- just some advice, take more pics of the process, and less pictures of the finished product unless you get creative and stop taking them from all the same angles. SERIOUSLY IT’S SO BORING.

  23. Love the sound of this recipe and I want to make it for my ladies’ group. However we have one person who is allergic to gluten. Any way to make these gluten free?

    1. Hey Renee, I think that if you use a gluten free flour blend that should work great!

      Hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions!

  24. These brownies are amazing!!! I made them for a Super Bowl party this past weekend and brought the leftovers to work on Monday. They have universally been declared some of the best brownies ever consumed. I thank you (and curse you) for the recipe! The caramel sauce did take me significantly longer to make (took forever for the coffee/sugar mixture to reduce to 1/3 cup) but was worth the effort! So delicious!

  25. Hello- If I make these a night a head will they be okay or will the caramel that is in the batter not do well?

    I was thinking I could make the brownies and save the caramel for tomorrow to heat and put on before the event I am attending.

    1. Hey Ryan,
      Making them ahead works great. Hope you love these and please let me know if you have any other questions.

  26. Question–I plan on bringing these to a thanksgiving potluck. Can I pour the caramel over them beforehand, slice, and serve after a couple of hours, or do you think it’s best to reheat the caramel to pour over the bars right before I serve them?

    1. I think either would be great! If you want them slightly warm, I would re-warm the caramel, but if you don’t care just pour the caramel over the brownies before hand. Both are very good! Hope you love the brownies!

  27. Holy chocolate! Made these this week and EVERYONE who tried them couldn’t stop saying how delicious they were. Best brownie ever! Thanks for the recipe.

  28. I am having alot of trouble getting the caramel to thicken – I have tried doubling boiling time and 2nd batch even tripling the time. I am not sure what I am doing wrong

    1. Hey Sue, my guess is that you just need to let the caramel cool down a little and it will thicken as it cools. Did you allow coffee to reduce down to about 1/3 or 1/4 cup, then add the remaining ingredients? It’s hard to tell what could the problem not being there, did you taste it? Does it taste like caramel? Hope I can help you fix this, sorry for the trouble!

      1. I had the same problem. I boiled it for about 30 min before I gave up. Since I didn’t have all day, I made the brownie batter meanwhile so the caramel never had a chance to cool. Hope that wasn’t a crucial step!

    1. Hi! Just leave the instant coffee out, no substitutions needed for the brownies. For the caramel, you sub water, apple cider or bourbon. Hope you love these brownies and please let me know if you have any more questions.

  29. Omg ! Intensely addictive – i gotta make them – however wish they were just there – lying on the kitchen counter for me devour! Brilliant photography too

  30. Decadent is right. I was practically drooling while reading this post. Love your photos. This recipe is perfect for a special occasion knock your socks off dessert.

  31. Oh man, I now am craving chocolate. And I still have some salted caramel sauce in the fridge…I am seeing these in my very near future…like, 30 minutes. Lovely, Tieghan!

  32. Yeahhhhh when I make these, there is NO WAY I could wait until they’re cooled to eat them. I’m digging right in with a fork!

  33. These look so over the top delicious and gooey I think I’d need to eat the whole pan with with a spoon. Washed down with a gallon of milk. HEAVEN!

  34. hey look at you becoming a household name!!! will you remember the little people who love your blog when you become famous ; )
    From Betty Crocker email (see attached link) “Celebrate National Pancake Day with these sweet buttermilk pancakes by Betty blogger Tieghan Gerard. They can be made in less than 30 minutes!”

  35. Okay. So. I have been following (stalking?) your blog for a little while. Silently. But, I am breaking that silence to say that you are officially my favorite person. First, the amount of creativity you have in the kitchen is bananas. Second, your photography is on point. So gorgeous. Third, I too have never had these iconic Starbucks drinks and feel like a total outcast. coffee is meant to be black imo. But I seriously want to go get one just to have the cup and feel cool, ya know?

    1. Haha! Thank you so much for breaking the silence and your kind words AND for reading daily!!! I agree, coffee should be black. I mean I cannot drink it for the life of me, but black is the way my dad and all my brothers drink, so black all the way! 🙂

      Thanks again, Jordan!

  36. hubba hubba. So many of my favorite things. Even during fall, chocolate always wins over apples in my book!

  37. These look like such a messy-delicious dessert. The kind that stick all over your fingers and “oh no!” you have to spend the next ten minutes licking caramel off of them. YUM!

    1. Thank you, Laura! The photos did not turn out the way I wanted, but I guess they get the point across. Hope you are enjoying the first weekend of fall! 🙂

  38. Oh man, these are INTENSE! Love it! Obsessed with any baked goods that involve flaky salt.

    Also, love those mugs! They’re either Anthro or West Elm, but I can’t remember! I’ve seen them before! 🙂

    1. Isn’t flaky salt the best? My dad hates when I salt dessert, but i cannot help it. So good!

      Thanks Laura! Hope you are having fun in NYC!

  39. Whaaat??? These look INSANE!! I think my chocolate loving husband would DIE for these!! I can;t wait to make them!

  40. These brownies look AMAZING but, as a British follower, could you tell me how much butter is in a “stick” I don’t want to mess it up by using too much/too little. Thanks in advance. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! There is 8 tablespoons (1/2 cup) in one stick. So there is a total of 16 tablespoons or 1 cup of butter. I hope that helps and please let me know if you have any other questions. Enjoy!

  41. I like your mom. Chocolate DOES always win. I have learned this many times in my 24 years on this earth.
    And, these brownies, do you ship? Cause I want 30! Pinned!

  42. Salted coffee caramel!? If I was a recovering caramel addict I’d be relapsing right now! This is everything! Homemade caramel is my life.

  43. OK it’s Friday morning and I would rather make brownies instead of going to school–LOL.
    Have a great fall weekend.

      1. These brownies look ooey, gooey and delicious. They look messy, but I’d lick the countertop clean. BTW, where does one find a counter top that looks like a rich, gooey brownie? My sister sent me your webside on Facebook for your Toasted Coconut and Chocolate Chunk ROASTED Banana Bread. Can’t wait to make it, better yet; can’t wait to eat it!!!