Irish Car Bomb Brownies

There’s a silly old saying, “The Irish ignore anything they can’t drink or punch.” Well Irish Car Bomb Brownies pack the punch of a favorite Irish-inspired cocktail and are certainly hard to ignore.

Irish Car Bomb Brownies

I admit, I’m not much of a drinker. My friends would tell you, there’s a particular margarita at a restaurant we go to, where one-quarter of it will put me under the table. They like to tease that I’m the best person to go to dinner with because they order one cocktail and get to drink two!

That’s not to say I don’t like a really boozed-up dessert here and there. Something about a boozy cake or liquor-laden creamy desserts makes my heart leap with excitement.

Irish Car Bomb Brownies

These “Special Brownies” aren’t the old college variety, but they are POWERFUL, laced with not one, but three alcoholic beverages like a traditional Irish Car Bomb cocktail. The brownie base offers a hefty dose of Guinness Stout Beer with a Baileys Irish Cream swirl through the middle. As if that weren’t enough, these babies are topped with a rich Chocolate Irish Whiskey Ganache. They are ultra rich, dense and creamy–almost like fudge.

Irish Car Bomb Brownies are sinful on so many levels.

Irish Car Bomb Brownies

Yet if there was ever a time to have such a treat, I’d say Saint Patrick’s Day is the day. What better to go with your Bangers and Mash than an Irish Car Bomb Brownie? It sure beats a green beer and plastic shamrock necklace.

Work is the curse of the drinking class. ~ Oscar Wilde


Brownie batter normally has very little liquid, leaning on butter and eggs to provide the moisture. Adding Guinness to the batter does change the texture a bit. These brownies have a dense-cake quality, but the Baileys swirl and the ganache transform them into fudge brownie lover’s dream.

To swirl the brownies, pour half the batter into the pan, followed by the baileys mixture, then the remaining batter.  Use a spatula to stir swirls throughout the pan.

Baileys Swirl Brownies

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93 comments on “Irish Car Bomb Brownies

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted March 5, 2012 at 6:05 am

    What a fabulous idea! This sounds like an amazing treat, I can’t wait to try!

  2. Katarinaposted March 5, 2012 at 6:39 am

    Looks so yummy!

  3. Susan in the Booniesposted March 5, 2012 at 6:51 am

    They look good to me!

  4. Jessica @ portuguese girl cooksposted March 5, 2012 at 7:29 am

    These look SO good!

  5. Michelleposted March 5, 2012 at 7:45 am

    These look UNREAL.

  6. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted March 5, 2012 at 7:59 am

    These are so fabulous! Just pinned them

  7. Sandiposted March 5, 2012 at 8:07 am

    The name of these brownies alone is enough to try them.
    And love, love Oscar Wilde’s work and sense of humor :)

  8. Erinposted March 5, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Ooo yum. I’ve made Irish car bomb brownies before but you took them up a notch by adding a ganache with whiskey in it too!

  9. Gina @ Running to the Kitchenposted March 5, 2012 at 8:27 am

    Wow. That’s pretty much all I have to say about these! They look unreal.

  10. Jessica | Oh Cakeposted March 5, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Yeah… so I need a new laptop now… drooled all over this one. :) I’m not much for whiskey (although I imagine it’s pretty light mixed with the ganache) but the Baileys swirl? OMG YES!

  11. Jamieposted March 5, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Wow! Yum!

  12. janetha @ meals & movesposted March 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    ohmygoodness these look amazing! i love irish car bombs–even better in brownie form.

  13. Cassieposted March 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Sinful maybe but sinfully AMAZING! Love this combination and cannot wait to make a pan of these!

  14. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted March 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Perfect chocolatey boozy treat for St Patty’s Day!

  15. The Smart Cookie Cookposted March 5, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Whoa, talk about sinful, fudgy goodness! This is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day.

  16. RavieNomNomsposted March 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Seriously?!? I am in love with these brownies….they look so good!

  17. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cookingposted March 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

    What a delicious treat for St. Patrick’s Day – these look so delicious and decadent! Love the boozy kick, too. Thanks for sharing, Sommer!

  18. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted March 5, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Sommer, I freakin’ LOVE these!!!!

  19. Belinda @zomppaposted March 5, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Dang these are powerful for sure!! I need a couple squares…

  20. Bonnie Kposted March 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Wow! What a treat. Beautiful!

  21. Mariaposted March 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    These look awesome!

  22. shelly@kayesyrahposted March 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Wow! Just, wow!

  23. Jasperposted March 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    This might be just a brownie. But how insensitive can one be?

    The name attached to this is totally uncalled for.

    Think about it people!

    • Sommerposted March 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Jasper, I apologize that the title is offensive to you.

      I just want to point out the the Irish Car Bomb has been a top-20 cocktail for over 30 years and, if anything, was meant to commemorate, not poke-fun at the Irish.

      The term “Irish” in the Car Bomb Cocktail, focuses on the ingredients only …Seen in other “car bomb” cocktails such as, the Canadian Car Bomb with Molson and Maple Syrup, the Dixie Car Bomb with PBR and Crown, or the Hawaiian Car Bomb with Kahlua and Coffee Stout Beer.

      • Anneposted March 8, 2012 at 1:27 am

        Sommer, what a gracious response. I myself am Irish & I see no problem with the title. It is clear that it is in reference the the style of cocktail. Can’t wait to try the brownies!

  24. Steve @ HPDposted March 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Eleven days until St Patrick’s!!

  25. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted March 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Those look positively sinful! LOVE it!

  26. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted March 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Oh man, this is a sinful brownie and it’s perfect! Love the name!!!

  27. Russell at Chasing Deliciousposted March 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I’m loving this recipe! These are my kind of brownies!

  28. Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmetposted March 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    WOW! That looks absolutely Scrumptious :) Have a great week ahead!

    Hugs <3

  29. Diane {Created by Diane}posted March 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    I’ve never had the drink, but I wouldn’t miss having these!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Kiri W.posted March 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Ooooh, I think I would want to commit every single sin this brownie contains. Deliiicious!

  31. Tina@flourtraderposted March 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    This is one delicious irish indulgence here. I have been sick so not that much into the spirit of things, but after seeing this I am closer to enjoying St Patricks day. However, I think it would be a dis-service to designate these only to be eaten on St Paddy’s day. Very creative, glad I did not miss this one. Have a great evening.

  32. carolinaheartstringsposted March 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    That brownie looks fantastic! Cannot wait to try this out.

  33. Deannaposted March 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I want to like Irish Car Bombs again but I just can’t. I drank way too many on my 21st and now the smell of Bailey’s makes me gag. : ( I’m optimistic that someday I will like them again.

  34. Julie M.posted March 5, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Wow Sommer. Just wow. I could seriously dive into that dish and swim around. It just looks that good.

  35. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Dessertsposted March 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Oh my! I have never had an Irish Car Bomb, but I want these brownies now!!

  36. Jenny (VintageSugarcube)posted March 5, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    The picture had me! Girllll.. You need to do things this year; come to San Diego and write a cook book.

  37. Terraposted March 5, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    OH MY WORD!!! These sound, look, and I am sure taste AMAZING!!!! I love Guinness and Bailey’s, so this is a must to make for me…..oh maybe I could make them for Hubby’s birthday:-) Beautiful! Take care, Terra

  38. Angie@Angie's Recipesposted March 6, 2012 at 12:14 am

    An unique brownie recipe. Love it!

  39. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted March 6, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Such a fun way to play off a cocktail in an edible form!

  40. spicebloggerposted March 6, 2012 at 7:02 am

    I laughed at the name!
    These look delicious! Wish I had one with my coffee right now!

  41. vianneyposted March 6, 2012 at 8:01 am

    they look amazing, seriously drooling at they boozy goodness…

  42. Bakeaholicposted March 6, 2012 at 8:16 am

    My mom’s cooking club is doing an Irish theme this month. I’ll have to suggest these wonderful looking brownies.

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  44. Abbyposted March 6, 2012 at 8:32 am

    These wouldn’t last long in our house! What a fun recipe. Can’t wait to try them.

  45. Rikkiposted March 6, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    These look really yummy!

  46. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted March 6, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I absolutely LOVE Bailey’s! LOVE IT! So, yes… this has been pinned and now in my recipe arsenal awaiting to be made for sure.

  47. Jessica @ How Sweetposted March 6, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I think I’m dreaming.

  48. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted March 6, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Um, I think these are the most wonderful and perfect brownies that ever were! I love all the booze! LOL

  49. brighteyedbakerposted March 6, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    For some reason, I don’t often make brownies. But these… look like something words cannot describe. I can only imagine how wonderful they taste! I hope I get an excuse to make them someday :) By the way, I love your Irish jokes!

  50. Lacy @ NYCityEatsposted March 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    This looks incredible!! I’m not a huge drinker either but I can totally get down with a boozy dessert! The guys at work would absolutely love these! Might have to surprise them with a little St Patty’s treat. Awesome recipe!

  51. Cookin' Canuckposted March 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    My alcohol tolerance is not what it used to be. In college – watch out! Now I’m just a cheap date. ;) These brownies sound so decadent – the perfect thing to help celebrate St. Paddy’s Day.

  52. Aprilposted March 8, 2012 at 4:14 am

    These look amazing Sommer and I will definitely be making these for St.Patrick’s Day.
    I will have to change the name though, being over here in England….and just down the road from Manchester who’s city centre was pretty much destroyed by an IRA Bomb not too long ago :)
    I dread to think of the response if I said “hey! try these Irish car bomb brownies!!!” lol

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  54. Kristenposted March 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

    OMG, can’t wait to try these! One question…should it be sweetened or unsweetened chopped chocolate? Thanks!

    • Sommerposted March 13, 2012 at 6:35 am

      Either is fine!

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  56. RisaGposted March 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Boy these sound really good. I am the opposite. I used to drink quite a bit. Now I don’t drink that often or that much. I do like a good Bloody Mary, a glass of Beaujolais, a foreign beer or micro-brew, or a Jack Daniels. These sound really good.

  57. Magic of Spiceposted March 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    These are a sheer delight! Love boozed up desserts :)

  58. Davidposted March 11, 2012 at 1:32 am

    They look really great but the name is thoroughly offensive. Why celebrate the maiming and killing of people in Ireland (my country)? We had many car bombs during the 1970s and 1980s and the cocktail was named in America in honour of the terrorists responsible. It’s disgusting, and distressing to entire nation.

    • Sommerposted March 11, 2012 at 6:18 am

      Hi David, I apologize that the title is offensive to you.

      I just want to point out the the Irish Car Bomb has been a top-20 cocktail for over 30 years and, if anything, was meant to commemorate, not poke-fun at the Irish. I guarantee, we (Americans) would not EVER intend to honor any act of terror!

      The term “Irish” in the Car Bomb Cocktail, focuses on the ingredients only …Seen in other “car bomb” cocktails such as, the Canadian Car Bomb with Molson and Maple Syrup, the Dixie Car Bomb with PBR and Crown, or the Hawaiian Car Bomb with Kahlua and Coffee Stout Beer.

  59. Elizabeth @ The Bare Midriffposted March 11, 2012 at 8:59 am

    YUM! I’m hosting a women’s group this week, and I was trying to think of ways to tie in the St. Patrick’s Day theme to the food – thanks for the inspiration!

  60. Terraposted March 13, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I remember sharing these on my Facebook page, I love love them!!! I am so happy I finally stopped by to tell you how fantastic they are:-) Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

  61. Catherineposted March 14, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    These look delicious! Think chocolate chips would do instead of chopped chocolate?

    • Saraposted March 18, 2012 at 7:03 am

      I made this yesterday and used semi-sweet chips instead of chopped chocolate – came out fantastic!

      • Kimposted March 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

        Hi Sara,

        I made these this morning for a potluck today – excited to try them! I have a question – what was the consistency of your brownie batter like? Mine was very thick until I added the Guinness, then it thinned out to more of a cake-like batter. I’m a bit worried about how that will effect the finished product, it just seemed too runny for a brownie batter. I can’t spot anywhere on the recipe that I made an error, so hopefully all turns out. The “swirling” photo on this recipe page definitely looks thicker than mine – we’ll see! :)

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  64. Kitaposted March 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I was in, but it was the whiskey ganache that sealed the deal. I do fancy myself a drink, but I can’t handle more than one.My very Irish ancestors are probably disappointed ;)

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  66. Kimposted March 27, 2012 at 11:16 am

    I made these for a (belated) St. Patty’s Day potluck today. Fingers crossed that they turned out okay! I quadruple checked the recipe and can’t find any error that I made, but my brownie batter turned out more on the thin side, like a cake batter. I noticed in your swirling photo that yours appears much thicker, like a standard brownie batter. Mine was very thick until I added the Guinness. Maybe 10 oz was too much? I thought about adding more flour at that point, but decided to just go with it and hope for the best. I will see in a couple of hours! :)

  67. Vickybposted May 7, 2012 at 5:19 am

    I really have to say that I agree with the comments saying that the name is insensitive. After all the car bombs that related to the Troubles and the IRA and the situation in Northern Ireland for so long, it is an insensitive name. It may have been invented over 30yrs ago, and it may be relating just to the ingredients used, but it is still insensitive. It would be naive to think that this name doesn’t have the capacity to offend. You may not agree, but you have to acknowledge that a drink or brownie that has the words Irish, Car and Bomb in it, after Irish Car Bombs affected the lives of so many so recently, will upset some people. Me included.

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  70. Judy Brownsteinposted March 14, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Do I use powdered sugar in the cream cheese or granulated

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  72. Shiloh Barkleyposted March 17, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Made these today! Can’t wait to try them!

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  74. Shiloh Barkleyposted March 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Such a great recipe, I had to make it and blog about it! Love your blog!

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