March 10, 2016


On an emotional level, there is something counter intuitive about mixing beer into brownie batter. You’d think it would turn out sour or something. On an intellectual level it makes perfect sense. Back when I wrote about the Chocolate Shortbread with Malted Milk Buttercream, I discussed the special relationship between malted milk and chocolate, and how it's such a pleasing combination. In the same way the Malted Milk Buttercream smoothed the intense chocolate shortbreads, the malty Guinness contributes that indescribable sweetness.

These Guinness Brownies sparkle with roasted and smokey flavours. Heightened by the alcohol in the beer (the alcohol cooks off BTW), their texture is creamy, dense and fudge-y. As long as you don't tell the kids about the beer, they'll love these brownies too, and they'll they'll think you are some kind of magician in the kitchen.

I suppose I have a thing for boozy brownies. I made Brownies with Red Wine and Browned Butter too. The red wine gave the chocolate brownie a bright and fruity character that were equally delicious.

This recipe came from the ever so talented Lisa of My Own Sweet Thyme. Her website is beautiful and her recipe is perfectly complete, so I didn't alter it much. Thanks Lisa for this beautiful brownie recipe. It has become my new favourite.

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  • Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • Grease an 8” x 8” square pan. Cut out an 8" X 8" piece of parchment paper and fit it on the bottom of the pan. Grease the parchment and flour the entire pan.

Preparing the brownie pan.
Preparing the brownie pan.

  • In a small saucepan measure the butter, bittersweet and white chocolate and set aside.

White chocolate, dark chocolate and butter.
White chocolate, dark chocolate and butter.

  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and espresso powder (if desired). Set aside.

ry ingredients for the Guinness Chocolate Brownies.
Dry ingredients for the Guinness Chocolate Brownies.

  • In a large mixing bowl of a stand mixer crack the eggs. See The Finer Cookie's post, How to Crack an Egg, for more information.
  • Measure the sugar and set to the side of the eggs.
  • Pour the Guinness into a measuring cup.

Guinness for the chocolate brownies.
Guinness for the chocolate brownies.


  • Gently melt the butter, and two chocolates over very low heat, stirring frequently until smooth.
  • Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.

Melting dark and white chocolate with butter for the brownies.

  • Beat the eggs with a whip until frothy. Add the sugar slowly, then turn the mixer to high and beat until the mixture is thick and lemon colored, about 5-10 minutes.

Almost there. The whole eggs are almost firm.
Almost there. The whole eggs are almost firm.

  • Add the chocolate mixture and continue beating until well combined.

Melted chocolates whipped into the eggs.
Melted chocolates whipped into the eggs.

  • Add the flour mixture and beat just until combined.
  • Whisk in the Guinness until the batter is smooth. Once the Guinness is added, the batter will become runny. Be certain to scrape any solids from the bottom of the bowl and mix very thoroughly. After a few minutes the batter will thicken and leave ribbon pattern when dropped off the rubber spatula.
  • Pour batter into the prepared 8” x 8” pan.

Guinness chocolate brownie batter.
Guinness chocolate brownie batter.

  • Bake at 375ºF for approximately 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out practically clean and the center springs back when touched lightly in the center.
  • Since these brownies are fudgy and not cakey, the tester will never be clean and dry, but you will want to bake the brownies long enough to cook the eggs.

Baked Guinness Chocolate Brownies, The Finer Cookie.
Baked Guinness Chocolate Brownies, The Finer Cookie.

  • Remove from oven and let them sit in the pan for 10 minutes.
  • Remove them by flipping the pan over a wire rack. Lift the brownie pan away and peel off the parchment paper.
  • Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
  • When cool, cut into small squares (at least 16) and dust with a generous coating of powdered sugar.
  • Serve and Enjoy!
TAGS:  beer   brownies   chocolate       LABELS: Chocolate  Savoury 



Terri   2017-05-27

I'm trying these today. They're in the oven now. The only thing, I don't think I whipped up the eggs enough. The batter seemed runny to me. We'll see how they turn out!

Nicoletta @sugarlovespices   2017-03-15

Wow...I can just imagine the flavor of these brownies, among the Guinness, cocoa, espresso that enhances the chocolate flavor and the 2 types of chocolate! Super yum! And they look so gooey and luxurious!

Kimberlie 2017-03-18

Hi Nicoletta, Yes, yes and yes. They're all that. Thanks for stopping by.

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