My natural response to cold weather (and thus the Polar Vortex) is to bake. Maybe it's that using the oven heats up the a good chunk of the remaining house. Maybe it's some leftover trait from the caveman days needing to add a layer for winter. Whatever the reason, it usually results in a lot of brownies.
I wanted to try this recipe for Cocoa Mocha brownies, but it called for instant coffee granules -something I don't keep on hand. (Why should I when the AeroPress/S Filter combo travels so well?) Googling "how to make your own instant coffee" results in some complicated how-tos and I only needed two teaspoons anyway. Then I ran across a result suggesting that you can substitute finely ground coffee (an espresso grind) in place of instant coffee, That I do have, so into the recipe it went.
The resulting brownies were moist and chocolatey with a noticeable yet not overpowering taste of coffee. (Like a mocha you chew instead of drink.) I took them to a meeting this morning and they were a hit! I'm no longer going to shy away from recipes calling for instant coffee now that I know this hack!