Irish car brownies

A popular beverage among my guy friends is an Irish car bomb.  I’m not sure if it’s the novelty of chugging a dark beer with a sweet treat in the middle, or if the guys actually like the flavor. I would be lying if I said I had never been suckered into having one when out with the boys, but they are not exactly my beverage of choice.
With that said, they may be my new brownie of choice.

Rich, velvety chocolate brownies, topped with a layer of sweet Irish buttercream makes these nearly impossible to resist. Unless you don’t like chocolate… or buttercream.. then you will have no problems with temptation.

I on the other hand adore chocolate and dream of someday swimming in a pool of buttercream. Suffice to say, I sampled a few of these while baking.

They were also so cute to photograph that I ended up taking a whole swarm of pictures, so please excuse the overload of brownies. I just couldn’t decide which ones I liked best!

These will definitely be making an appearance at our St. Patty’s day tailgate this weekend and will hopefully be enjoyed by all.

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Irish Car Brownies
Heavily modified from this Guinness brownie recipe
1/2 cup margarine (or butter)
2 cups chocolate chips
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
10 ounces Guinness beer
1 tsp vanilla

For the Icing
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup crisco
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 to 3 tbsp Baileys Irish Cream
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, melt chocolate chips and margarine. Once melted, stir in sugar and stir until combined and dissolved. Add batter to the bowl of a stand mixer. Let cool for about 5 minutes.

Add eggs, incorporating one at a time to the chocolate mixture. While your stand mixer is working, whisk together cocoa powder, flour, and salt.  Once all the eggs have been added, alternate adding in flour mixture and guiness beer. Mix to combine until everything is incorporated. Then, add in vanilla.

Pour brownie batter into prepared muffin tins (spray with pam).  You can also opt to make a regular pan of brownies and use a square cutter to remove them, or just ice the entire pan.  Bake in oven for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

While brownies are baking, prepare the icing. Cream together crisco and butter. Add in powdered sugar and Baileys, mix until combined.  Add in vanilla and mix.  Taste and adjust to sweetness level.  Ice brownies once they have cooled.

Do you have anything fun and St. Patty’s day themed on the menu for this weekend?  I’m excited to try a new braised pork recipe that I’ve been thinking up over the last few days.  In my mind it sounds delicious, so hopefully that will translate into real life.  We shall see!

And if it doesn’t work out, looks like we will be having brownies for dinner.  What a shame.

4 Replies to “Irish car brownies”

  1. YUM! I am by no means a fan of the beverage. But the brownies, I may be able to handle! Are you going to the parade on Greenville? We will be there! 🙂

    1. Yes we will! We are going to have a truck parked by the Office Depot close to Lovers and Greenville. Katie will be with me also. It would be fun to see y’all!

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