As we all know, St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. Sadly, I'll be missing out on my mom's annual boiled dinner - and I'm not really up to making it just for 2. So, I just had to come up with some other way to get my Irish on. And what better way is there than Guinness?? (If you're truly Irish, you know the answer to that is a resounding NONE!)
I decided to whip up a batch of Guinness Brownies. These are actually brownie bites baked up in a mini-muffin pan because, truth be told, I can't cut a regular pan of brownies to save my life. Brownie bites are so much easier! These get a double-dose of Guinness with a little added to both the batter and the frosting that goes on top.
Don't they look delicious? Trust me, they are! Here's the recipe:
(Makes 1 8x8 pan or about 30 brownie bites)
For the brownies:
1/2 c. sugar
4 Tbsp. Guinness
2 Tbsp. butter
1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
2/3 c. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
For the frosting:
1 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
1-1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
3-4 Tbsp. Guinness
Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease an 8 x 8 pan or mini-muffin tins.
To make the brownies, combine sugar, 4 Tbsp. Guinness and 2 Tbsp. butter in a medium saucepan. Heat until butter is fully melted and mixture starts to bubble. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until well combined.
Spread batter into greased pan. Bake at 325&F for 20-25 minutes for an 8x8 pan, or 10 minutes for brownie bites.
Cool completely before frosting.
To make the frosting, combine butter, 1 c. powdered sugar and 3 Tbsp. Guinness in a small bowl. Beat until well combined. Add more sugar or Guinness as needed to achieve desired consistency. (and level of booziness).
Spread (or pipe) on top of brownies - and enjoy!