almond roca brownies

October 7, 2013

in Bars & Bites

Brownie lovers tend to fall in one of two camps – fudgy versus cakey. I prefer my brownies on the fudge-like end of the spectrum and these decadent Almond Roca brownies are no exception. A splash of Kahlua plus instant espresso intensify the rich chocolate flavor; scattering chopped Almond Roca over the batter adds crunchy toffee goodness.

Almond Roca Brownies | Tutti Dolci

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Almond Roca Brownies | Tutti Dolci

Almond Roca Brownies
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp Kahlua
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp instant espresso
2 large eggs
1 large egg white
3/4 cup flour
3 ounces Almond Roca, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 325°F and line an 11 x 7-inch baking dish with 1 sheet of parchment paper, allowing 2 inches to hang over each end. Place butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a large bowl and stir the mixture until combined – the texture will appear granular at this point. Stir in Kahlua, vanilla, and espresso; add eggs one at a time, stirring well after each one. When the batter is thick and shiny, add the flour and stir until completely incorporated, then beat briskly for 40 more strokes.

Spread batter evenly in lined pan and tap pan once to remove air bubbles; scatter Almond Roca over batter. Bake for about 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out slightly moist with batter. Cool completely on a wire rack. Just before cutting, chill pan in the freezer for 20 minutes. Lift up the ends of the parchment and transfer the brownies to a cutting board; cut into squares using a sharp knife. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

Yield – 18 brownies
Calories – 165 per brownie)
Carbs – 23


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1 Nancy/SpicieFoodie October 7, 2013

I fall in the “If it’s a brownie, I’m eating it!” category. Lol:) Yours look scrumptious, Laura!


2 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) October 7, 2013

I prefer my brownies fudgy as well – love the addition of Kahlua!


3 Valerie October 7, 2013

I’m definitely in the fudgy camp too! These look deliciously decadent!!


4 Lora @cakeduchess October 7, 2013

I’m also leaning towards more fudge like type brownies and these look divine, Laura! Love the Almond Roca crunch and flavor on top:))


5 Monica October 7, 2013

We had a lot of almond roca growing up for some reason. It’s one candy/chocolate my mother actually liked. I used to love scraping the outer layer off before eating the crunchy center. Great idea of adding it to a brownie! I bet it’d be great in cookies too.


6 Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen October 7, 2013

Fudgy brownie camp member, here! What a fabulous way to dress up a fudgy brownie to taste even better…with Almond Roca crunchy goodness on top! Mmmm. Terrific concept and recipe, Laura!


7 Deb October 7, 2013

A tin of Almond Roca is a favorite holiday treat in our family. These enticing brownies would make my family swoon! I can’t wait to spoil them with a new brownie recipe!


8 Cristina October 7, 2013

A decadent, chocolatey treat! Good stuff in these brownies (cocoa, Kahlua, Almond-Roca and espresso – fantastic! :)


9 The Ninja Baker October 7, 2013

Your recipe is a baker’s dream come true, Laura! One bowl for mixing such gorgeous ingredients like Kahlua, espresso and Almond Roca? I’m in! Thank you for the keeper recipe.

P.s. Almond Roca is also very reminiscent of my childhood in Japan. It was the ultimate gift from relatives in America.


10 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts October 7, 2013

Great minds, both of us making brownies for today! These sound fantastic!


11 Liz October 7, 2013

Mmmmm…you can’t beat fudgy brownies with chunks of candy! These look amazing, Laura!


12 Gina October 7, 2013

Team Fudgy over here, or is that team pudgy? These sound like brownie heaven. Beautiful as always.


13 Claire @ Claire K Creations October 7, 2013

Am I allowed to be a fickle brownie lover and say I can never decide. I love them both! The only ones I don’t like are the super duper dense that are like solid chocolate. I’d rather each chocolate than those!


14 Julie @ Table for Two October 7, 2013

I’m fudgey all the way. Hands down. I love brownies and I would eat this entire pan!


15 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings October 7, 2013

I grew up with Almond Roca! It’s quite hard to find them here in Canada, though. It’s not as popular. For what reason, I don’t know. Almond Roca is so addicting! I put it on top of my yogurt as well. A.R. on brownies? SOLD!


16 Ashley@BakerbyNature October 7, 2013

Mmmmm! These brownies look so fabulous!!! I need em.


17 Tieghan October 7, 2013

I am a fudge brownies girl all the way! These look amazing!


18 Hannah October 7, 2013

Laura, these brownies are insane! I’m definitely in the fudgy brownie camp, too. Can’t wait to bake a batch!


19 Suzanne October 7, 2013

Yum, I love my brownies any way I can get them except dry :), but I do prefer fudgy! These look really good Laura.


20 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories October 7, 2013

Totally gorgeous. Love Almond Roca!


21 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 7, 2013

Almond Roca!!! Whenever my mom comes to visit me, she buys a big can of almond roca… LOL. She said it reminds her of her high school days (in Seattle) or something like that. I didn’t know this sweet until she started to look for it. She has special heart for brownies (her first American sweets) too. I am saving this recipe and make for her.


22 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 7, 2013

I definitely prefer brownies to be fudgey-otherwise they’re just square cakes to me :P And did you say Almond Roca? I love that stuff! :D


23 GourmetGetaways October 8, 2013

I love the fudgy type of brownie the best… but all brownies are delicious. Your images are making my tummy grumble!


24 Gintare @Gourmantine October 8, 2013

I’m on a fudgy brownie lover all the way, these are beyond fabulous!


25 Diana October 8, 2013

Oh, dear! These look so delicious. I adore the fudgy ones although I cannot say no to any of them :)


26 Jennie @themessybakerblog October 8, 2013

Fudgy brownies. One bowl. Where do I sign up? Pinned!


27 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 8, 2013

Easy one bowl brownies?! Count me in please!


28 Sue/the view from great island October 8, 2013

One bowl is the holy grail of baking…and these brownies look so sophisticated, definitely holiday worthy!


29 Kate@Diethood October 8, 2013

These look AWESOME! Give me fudgy or give me death! #TEAMFUDGY!


30 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 8, 2013

So fudgy and chewy and chocolaty! These are everything I’m craving right now. What a wonderful, decadent treat!


31 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You October 8, 2013

These brownies look divine, Laura! I wish I could eat many of them.


32 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} October 8, 2013

Okay – Almond Roca is one of my favorite candies! And in a brownie – now that is brilliant!


33 Maria@PinkPatisserie October 9, 2013

Love these! I’ll take brownies any way, cakey or fudge! And almond roca? Love!


34 Liren October 9, 2013

Did you say Kahlua? And Almond Roca? In the same sentence? My goodness, Laura, you know the way into my heart for sure!


35 vanillasugarblog October 9, 2013

if there was good high quality chocolate used in baking said brownies, then I will eat it, no matter if it’s raw, fudgy, cakey, whatever!


36 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 9, 2013

splash of Kahlua plus instant espresso intensify the rich chocolate = YES! I love adding instant espresso to my brownies and use enough TJs bourbon vanilla I may as well add Kahlua!



37 Patricia Scarpin October 10, 2013

I have just finished my lunch and I wish I could grab these brownies through the screen – they look amazing, Laura!


38 Kiran @ October 10, 2013

I’m sure ive never had almond roca before!! Feel missed out :D


39 Patty October 13, 2013

I’m a fudgy brownie lover and these look just perfect Laura!


40 Christy @ My Invisible Crown October 21, 2013

I had never had almond roca until I got it as a topping one day at Pink Berry and fell in love! I bet these brownies are to die for so I MUST make them soon. I’m a fudge-gooey-chewy brownie girl. I need that pan that looks like a snake and gives every piece an edge.


41 Laura October 25, 2013

I LOVE almond chocolate bars, so I think I will have to try these! Pinning now!

PS I have always felt that brownie lovers belong in a triangle, cakey, chewy, fudgy. :)


42 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) November 8, 2013

I was sold on these as soon as I saw Almond Roca in the title.



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