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.
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.
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.
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.
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