Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing {The Recipe Girl Cookbook Giveaway}

by | Feb 23, 2014 | Brownies and Bars, Desserts | 46 comments

How’s this for decadence?  Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing.  It’s also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven.  Finally, it’s incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing. It's also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven. Finally, it's incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

I made these over the weekend, and was so thankful when Monday rolled around so I could send them off with the Tall Boy to work.  Otherwise, I was likely to eat the entire batch.  These were some of the best brownies I’ve eaten in a long time – and I sort of consider myself a brownie connoisseur.

Actually, everything in The Recipe Girl Cookbook looks simply amazing.  You follow her blog, right?  She has over 2,500 recipes (!!) and I want to make every.single.one. of them.  Recently, I had the opportunity to peruse her new cookbook, and now I have dozens of new recipes I want to try: from French Toast with Crunchy Cinnamon Crust to Sweet Chili Pulled Pork to Mango Margaritas, there’s something in this cookbook for everyone.

Of course, I flipped right to the dessert section, because that’s how I roll.

Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing. It's also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven. Finally, it's incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

And while flipping through, this recipe for Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing caught my eye.  Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, I felt it was my duty to give these brownies a try.

Not that Irish Cream is necessarily synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s certainly a good excuse to pull the bottle out from the liquor cabinet. 😉

Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing. It's also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven. Finally, it's incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

You’ll start by incorporating 1/2 cup of Irish cream into your brownie batter.  After your brownies bake, and while they are still warm, you’ll brush more Irish cream over the top.  It sort of melts down into the brownies, and makes ’em extra soft and decadent and marvelous.

Even better?  After the brownies cool, you’ll brown some butter, add in some powdered sugar and a little more Irish cream, and then smear it over the tops of the brownies.  Trust me, these are heavenly!

Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing. It's also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven. Finally, it's incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

Don’t have Irish cream on hand?  You may use Kahlua in its place.  Lori also suggests adding a teaspoon of espresso powder to the egg mixture – it will intensify the flavor of the chocolate.

I sprinkled a little bit of cocoa powder to the tops of some of mine – purely optional, but you can never have enough chocolate, in my opinion.

Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (16 tablespoons or 2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1½ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon Irish cream liqueur, divided
For the icing:
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • 1½ to 2 cups powdered sugar
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a microwavable safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and butter at 30-second intervals, stirring after each time. Once chocolate and butter are melted and smooth, set it aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and ½ cup of the Irish cream. Add the melted chocolate mixture and whisk until combined and smooth. Stir in the flour mixture to combine.
  5. Spread brownie batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the top of the brownies crack slightly and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean. While the brownies are still warm, brush them with the remaining 1 tablespoon Irish cream. Allow brownies to cool completely.
For the icing:
  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat for 3 to 5 minutes and stirring constantly, until it is lightly browned. Remove from heat as soon as the butter has browned and then add the Irish cream and heavy cream. Whisk in 1 cup of the powdered sugar. Add remaining sugar ¼ cup at a time, until desired consistency is reached. The icing should be thick and smooth, but still pourable.
  2. Pour on top of brownies and spread to the edges. Refrigerate until the icing is set.
  3. Store brownies in a covered container for 2 to 3 days.
Notes

Irish Cream is incorporated into the batter in these Irish Cream Brownies with Brown Butter Icing. It's also brushed on top of the warm brownies right out of the oven. Finally, it's incorporated into the brown butter icing that is spread on top.

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46 Comments

  1. Melissa

    I love a good fudgy brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

    Reply
  2. Robin

    This is so beautiful and I’m sure is super delicious! Looks so pretty, so good and sounds so awesome!

    Reply
  3. barbara n

    I love all flavors of pie…pumpkin, apple, cherry

    Reply
  4. Heather B

    I love any kind of trifle. They are so pretty and delicious.

    Reply
  5. itzia

    coconut cake with coconut pudding

    Reply
  6. Ginger Riggins

    I love brownies and this one looks like a winner!

    Reply
  7. julianne

    my favorite dessert is key lime cheesecake. or key lime pie. really, anything key lime!

    Reply
  8. Sandy Headtke

    Hot fudge brownie sundae

    Reply
  9. Maureen

    Creme brulee–YUM. Mouth is watering as I write. I just don’t have too often.

    Reply
  10. Meg

    My favorite dessert to make is pie! So many options and it’s that kind of dessert that makes you feel good and at-ease.

    Reply
  11. MaryB

    Creme brulee is probably my very favorite dessert.

    Reply
  12. Sandy Headtke

    My favorite is hot fudge brownies with vanilla bean ice cream

    Reply
  13. Laura Reynolds

    I simply cannot say no to any type of brownie….

    Reply
  14. Barbara Mc / Whenihave Time

    Pineapple Cake !

    Reply
  15. Gwyn

    I love brownies, or rather anything chocolate!!!

    Reply
  16. Happy Valley Chow

    Those definitely look dangerously delicious…kind of glad they are at your house and not mine, since I’m trying to shed a few lbs. Thanks for sharing, terrific recipe!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    Reply
  17. Meryl

    Deep dark chocolate brownies.

    Reply
  18. Ashton

    These are AMAZING looking!! I mean, they practically look like pieces of fudge!

    Reply
  19. Christine

    Chocolate Caramel Cake.

    Reply
  20. Christine Doty

    brownies

    Reply
  21. Renee

    I have a weakness for cheesecake!

    Reply
  22. Annette

    My favorite dessert is creme brulee.

    Reply
  23. Bernie B

    I love a bowl of delicious homemade ice cream and maybe a cookie!

    Reply
  24. Deirdre

    Chocolate Lava Cake!

    Reply
  25. Tamra Phelps

    It’s hard to pick one dessert! I have a sweet tooth. I love Coconut Cream Pie, though. Or peanut butter fudge.

    Reply
  26. Barbara Bradford

    My favorite dessert has to be a simple New York Style Cheesecake with Bing Cherry Topping.

    Reply
  27. Juli V

    My favorite dessert is cupcakes.

    Reply
  28. Jason

    I love me some Loaded Brownies!!

    Reply
  29. Daianjovi

    Love anything with chocolate! =)

    Reply
  30. Rachel

    I’m a sucker for a good chocolate pudding.

    Reply
  31. Jessica DeMay

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake!

    Reply
  32. Deborah Harrington

    I positively LOVE anything chocolate. Brownies are my favorite and this recipe sounds decadent!

    Reply
  33. Brittany Koelmel

    Red Velvet Cupcakes!

    Reply
  34. Yvette Novak

    My favorite dessert would be Lemon Shortbread Tarts, with homemade Lemon Curd.

    Reply
  35. jenna k

    Godiva chocolate cheesecake!

    Reply
  36. Laura in Texas

    Homemade pecan pie!

    Reply
  37. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    Lori’s book is awesome and so are these brownies! They look SO fudgy and I love the naughty spike from Bailey’s!!

    Reply
  38. Linda K.

    I love pudding or creme brulee.

    Reply
  39. Julie

    Lemon meringue pie
    thanks for the giveaway

    Reply
  40. Alethia

    These are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  41. Katie

    These brownies are AMAZING – I have made them on 3 different occasions and they have always been big hits! I was curious – do you think it’s possible to turn them into Mudslide brownies and put Kahlua in the brownie mix and leave the Bailey’s for the frosting?

    Also – have you ever tried doubling them?

    Reply

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