Chocolate Stout Brownies with Irish Cream Frosting

Chocolate Stout Brownies with Irish Cream Frosting |

I’m finding it very hard not to lick my computer screen as I’m writing this.  I’m currently on a self-imposed sugar ban for a bit and frankly looking at these pictures is making it very difficult to hold on to my willpower.

I love dessert and while it’s not something I would ever give up, let’s just say that we were eating it a little too often for a time period there.  So I’m trying to take a step back for a bit and have only been having a cup of tea at night before bed.  It hasn’t been all that bad … until I went to edit these pictures.

Chocolate Stout Brownies with Irish Cream Frosting |

Because the rich, fudgy brownies topped with a thick layer of creamy dreamy irish cream frosting staring back at me are not helping one little bit.  And seriously, these are crazy fudgy.  Not cake-like at all – more like a flourless chocolate cake even though there is flour involved.

Now let’s talk about the stout factor.  I said it about this chocolate stout cake and I’ll say it again about these.  You don’t actually taste the stout – it just really intensifies the chocolate flavor – making them outrageously chocolaty and obviously plate-licking good.

Chocolate Stout Brownies with Irish Cream Frosting |

And did I mention that these are finished off with a dusting of sea salt?  A little salty, plenty sweet and boozy?   Now that’s one heck of a combination right there if I do say so myself.

Chocolate Stout Brownies with Irish Cream Frosting
Yield: about 16 brownies
For the brownies:
  • ½ cup chocolate stout (regular works fine too!)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 10 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
For the frosting:
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons irish cream liqueur
For finishing:
  • flaky sea salt, for sprinkling
  1. To make the brownies - preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil (leaving an overhang on the sides) and then spray well with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add the stout to a small saucepan. Bring the stout to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. Allow to simmer until reduced to ¼ cup, about 5 minutes (keep an eye on it - you don’t want it to burn - every so often I’ll gently swirl the pan). Set aside to cool.
  3. Cut the butter into chunks and then add to a heatproof bowl. Add in the chocolate chips. Set the bowl over a pot of simmering water (don’t let the water actually touch the bowl) and stir occasionally until the mixture is completely melted and smooth.
  4. Carefully transfer the melted chocolate mixture to a medium bowl and let cool slightly (you want it to be warm to the touch). When warm, add in the sugar, vanilla, salt and reduced stout and mix until combined. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition until just combined. Add in the flour and gently fold into the mixture. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for about 45 to 55 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the surface of the brownies starts to crack. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely (don’t try to remove them until they are completely cool!). Once cool, lift out of the pan using the foil overhang. Set on a cutting board.
  6. To make the frosting - add the butter to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the confectioners’ sugar. Once incorporated, increase the speed to medium and beat until well combined. Add in the salt, vanilla and irish cream. Beat on low speed until incorporated and then increase the speed to high and beat for about 3 minutes, until fluffy.
  7. Spread the frosting in an even layer over the cooled brownies. Sprinkle lightly with some flaky sea salt. Cut into bars.

Brownies adapted from Foodie Crush. Originally from Bon Appetit. Frosting barely adapted from my irish cream cupcakes.


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  1. Brownies with stout? Please sign me up. Good for you, trying to stay away from sugar. I don’t think I could do it, so I don’t try. Nothing wrong with a little treat like this every so often :)

  2. Boo to that sugar ban, but I respect it because I have a friend who gave up sugar for lent this year and you all are infinitely stronger than I am. Because I am DEFINITELY licking my screen and wishing for these brownies! :D

  3. I really need to try these!! They look amazing!!

  4. Love how thick the frosting is – it’s almost as thick as the brownie itself! Love the idea of mixing in the Irish cream liquor with the buttercream!

  5. O boy, these do look good…I can see why it would be hard no to want one of these every night.

  6. Look at all that frosting! :) Love it!

  7. I think I fundamentally eat too many sweets, but can’t live without them really. This combination of flavors is incredible, heaven on a plate!

  8. These look absolutely incredible! So perfect for St. Patrick’s Day entertaining!

  9. Hello, Irish Cream St. Patricks Day Brownies! :) I think these are on the list to make!

  10. Editing dessert pictures when hungry is the worst indeed :–( Especially if they look as delish as these! Sweet and salty treats with booze involved???? Won’t you happen to have any of these left?

  11. These brownies look crazy good! I love that last picture of it on the fork. mmm…. I wish I could just have a cup of tea at night before bed. I have to confess I definitely ‘save’ calories for that after dinner-before bed snacking fest. I think I’ll have to get it together at some point but I just need that and can’t give it up yet. : ) And brownies…they are just the best!

  12. I’ve been trying to cut down on the sugar too, but I’d cheat for these bad boys! I’m always up for anything having to do with a brownie and these are the perfect way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the addition of the stout. :)

  13. I often get too friendly with desserts and have to take a break, but I’m pretty certain these brownies are the love of my life. Drooling looking at that irish cream frosting!

  14. Looks very delicious and inviting.. Yummy!! :D

  15. Holy moly, these brownies look insanely good Ashley!I love that thick frosting and it sounds so good with the irish cream liquer. I made pistachio brownies for my guests a few days ago but I totally wish I made yours instead. So fudgy and perfect – I am having a hard time not wanting to lick the screen too!

  16. HAHA … I’m finding it hard not to lick my screen too right now, Ashley … and that wouldn’t be a good plan as I’m in a public place! I’m really intrigued now by the idea of combining chocolate with stout … I just know it would be good .. and with Bailey’s frosting … oh, wow!! (Double screen-lick)

  17. ohmygod.. waaaaaaaant. The textures and flavors are calling to me. Thank god I’m not alone with a pan of these right now

  18. yum! i am salivating right now!

  19. One heck of a combination for SURE!! You took the words right out of my mouth. Love it!!

  20. These look so moist and perfect! The irish cream frosting on top looks to die for too. Really wish I had one of these right now!

  21. omg Ashley, how can you make dessert and not eat it? That seriously is amazing to me. I have NO willpower once I’ve made something. If I don’t bake or cook, I can have willpower, but not if I’m making something haha. You are awesome! These photos are gorgeous!

    • haha oh let’s clear that up – I made these before the sugar ban started : ) I definitely tried these (although only one which I was super proud of myself for! lol)

  22. Chocolate stout?!!? Yes please! And that frosting looks to die for. Pinned!

  23. I love that thick layer of icing on top of those brownies! I can see why it’s hard to lay off the sugar. Food bloggers have it tough in these cases ;) Glad to know you can’t taste the stout much, I’ve avoided making those kinds of recipes because that’s exactly what I was afraid of but I’m glad you cleared it up!

    • We do have it tough sometimes : ) haha I’m not the biggest fan of beer and I have never been able to taste the stout in any of the recipes I’ve made – it just makes them sooo chocolaty!

  24. Talk about delicious, Brownies and Irish cream looks amazing!

  25. Jo @ the contented baker says:

    I’m speechless…these look SO good!! Ah, the stout chocolate brownie, (I must try a bake with stout), the Bailey’s frosting and the crunchy salt…dessert heaven! ;-)

  26. oh wow- these brownies look so indulgent and perfect! that frosting! oh my!

  27. These brownies look so dreamy!! And can I just tell you – I love your blog. Your pictures are beautiful and I most certainly love the name :). So glad I found you!

  28. “I’m finding it very hard not to lick my computer screen as I’m writing this.” …unfortunately, I do not share the same willpower as you Ashley. Drool is currently all over my monitor. Thanks a lot, haha. What amazing looking brownies!

  29. Salty, sweet, and boozy! That is a winning combination right there. These brownies look absolutely decadent. So fudgy and I love that thick layer of frosting! I applaud you for your willpower, haha. I would fail miserably! :)

  30. These look heavenly, Ashley! I love chocolate desserts like this – over the top chocolatey and fudgy. If you say it’s like a Flourless chocolate cake, I know I’ll love it! The icing and sea salt would have me going overboard on dessert too, I think!

  31. OMG Ashley, these look so flippin’ good! I, too, am having a hard time not licking my screen. Love the frosting to cake ratio.:)

  32. These brownies look so delicious Ashley! I love how Stout makes chocolate ten times better…and I could eat your irish cream frosting with a spoon!!

  33. I am seriously struggling today – this is the 3rd brownie recipe I have seen today and it’s taking all of my willpower not to come over and help you stay on your self imposed sugar restriction, by taking these off your hands – I mean, I would be helping right?…ok…you convinced me…am coming over with the coffee… :)
    These look seriously addicting!

  34. That frosting looks especially delicious – holy yum!

  35. That thick layer of frosting looks absolutely amazing! And a dusting of sea salt?! I love salt with sweets. Makes the taste buds so happy :)

  36. these look awesome!! what a cute and fun idea. can’t wait to try them!

  37. Oh girl, these are insane. I also gave up sugar for Lent and these are devilish right now. I am not much a cakey-style brownie type gal, but fudgy….I can’t resist! Plus booze…Im all in!

  38. I’m usually not a fan of frosted brownies, they become too rich for me. But these look out of this world! That frosting looks like the perfect fudgy brownie balance. Can’t wait to try them!

    • These are definitely over the top : ) haha I’m not usually a frosted brownie person either but I sure did enjoy these!!

  39. …and might I say it again…heck of a combination! BTW…I did’t know about the beer action. Thanks :) ela

  40. Chocolate stout…this is new to me. The brownies have turned out perfectly moist and beautiful.

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