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March 16, 2015

Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle

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These decadently rich Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle are the perfect dessert to bake for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Dense, dark chocolate brownies topped with a festive green cream cheese frosting drizzle… what’s not to love?

These decadently rich Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle are the perfect dessert to bake for your St. Patricks Day celebration. Dense, dark chocolate brownies topped with a festive green cream cheese frosting drizzle... what is not to love?

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St. Patrick’s Day always makes me think of the Wearin’ of the Green in Baton Rouge, even though I never made it to the parade during my collegiate years.

One of those years, I actually lived on the parade route, and I slept through the parade and all the hubbub pertaining to it.

Admittedly, I was a bit of a mess. But I was a college student, so it was what it was.

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However, I attended the Wearin’ of the Green post-parties… and when we lived in Baton Rouge a few years back, we enjoyed all the festivities the parade, pre- and post-parties had to offer.

While we didn’t live on the parade route, some of our friends did, and we were able to hike from our house to their homes for the festivities.

These decadently rich Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle are the perfect dessert to bake for your St. Patrick's Day celebration. Dense, dark chocolate brownies topped with a festive green cream cheese frosting drizzle... what's not to love?

That year, I made us Guinness Cupcakes with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Icing and Jameson Simple Syrup. And they were delightful.

This year is a bit different since we have a newborn, and we didn’t make the annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade this past weekend.

That didn’t stop us from celebrating at home.

These decadently rich Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle are the perfect dessert to bake for your St. Patrick's Day celebration. Dense, dark chocolate brownies topped with a festive green cream cheese frosting drizzle... what's not to love?

Enter these Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle.

They’re just as decadent as they sound… and they’re really, really good if you’re a chocoholic.

The dark chocolate sings with the Guinness. And then, as if these dense brownies weren’t enough on their own, you drizzle some festive green cream cheese frosting on top of them as a finishing touch.

Chocolate lovers? You definitely want to make these for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Non-chocolate lovers? You should make these for the chocoholics in your life.

These decadently rich Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle are the perfect dessert to bake for your St. Patrick's Day celebration. Dense, dark chocolate brownies topped with a festive green cream cheese frosting drizzle... what's not to love?

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Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle
Yield: 25 small brownies

Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

These decadently rich Guinness Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle are the perfect dessert to bake for your St. Patrick's Day celebration. Dense, dark chocolate brownies topped with a festive green cream cheese frosting drizzle... what's not to love?

Ingredients

Brownies

  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chunks, (60%-70% dark chocolate works beautifully)
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup Guinness, (or any stout of your choosing)
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup dark chocolate chunks, (for topping)

Cream Cheese Frosting Drizzle

  • 1 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons half-and-half (or heavy cream)
  • Green food dye, , optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9"x9" square baking pan parchment paper and spray with cooking spray (or forgo the parchment paper, and butter and flour the dish.) Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chunks and the applesauce. Heat the mixture in the microwave in 30 second increments, removing the bowl and stirring after each session. Once all the chocolate is melted, the mixture is good to go.
  3. Measure the sugars and vanilla into the chocolate mixture. Stir until combined.
  4. Crack the eggs in a small bowl, and break the yolks using a fork. Pour into the chocolate and sugar mixture, mixing until combined.
  5. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt.
  6. Sprinkle the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, stirring, then add the Guinness. Stir until there are no longer lumps, and the mixture is well combined.
  7. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the additional 3/4 cup of 62% dark chocolate chunks on top of the brownies.
  8. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, or until the edges are firm and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. While the brownies bake, combine the frosting ingredients with a hand mixer, and mix until smooth.
  10. Let cool for 20-30 minutes before drizzling with the cream cheese frosting, then slicing.
  11. Enjoy with a glass of milk... or a pint of Guinness.

Notes

Adapted from Joy the Baker's Beer Brownies recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

25 brownies

Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 169 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 63mg Carbohydrates: 27g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 20g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 3g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

How will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year?

22 Comments

  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Oooh, these sound delicious! And they are so pretty. I’ve had a Guinness burger, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried it in a dessert. I should give it a try for St. Patty’s tomorrow!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Jenna! You totally need to try Guinness in a dessert if you haven’t had a chance yet!

  2. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

    Ugh, guiness is sooooo good in chocolate baked goods! My friend made chocolate guiness cupcakes this last weekend, and I was in heaven. With a cream cheese drizzle, these sound even better!

    • Erin

      It really is, Kelly! It just makes the chocolate so decadently delicious. I hope you’ve enjoyed these brownies like we have!

  3. Savita @ ChefDeHome

    Guinness brownies look so perfect, Erin! loved it! perfect for st. partick’s day!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Savita!

  4. Shanna Koenigsdorf Ward

    Beautiful, green (and chocolate-covered) St. Paddy’s day post. Brownies and cream cheese icing are a weakness around these parts. Congratulations on your new addition; I’m glad to discover your gorgeous blog and passionate food voice via Laura’s Mess.

    • Erin

      Thank you, Shanna! Brownies and cream cheese icing are a weakness for me, too. So happy you found TSP through Laura’s Mess!

  5. Sam @ The Culinary Compass

    These look incredible! I love incorporating beer into desserts so I’ll have to try this out for St. Paddy’s!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Sam! The beer just makes the chocolate SO much richer and decadent, so I hope you enjoy these brownies like we enjoyed these!

  6. Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery

    Um, hello! I’d like a batch of these, please and thank you!

    • Erin

      I’ll just send one your way. 😉 Done and done.

  7. Jen

    I’m a chocoholic and these definitely look like something I should be eating RIGHT NOW!! Yum!!

    • Erin

      These brownies are so dense and wonderful and delicious. You gotta make them, Jen!

  8. Jessica | The Novice Chef

    These are totally screaming my name!

    • Erin

      They totally are! ENJOY!

  9. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    What a treat! The flavors sound so good. Can’t wait to make this St. Patty’s Day treat!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Dorothy! This is a lovely treat for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s just so decadently wonderful!

  10. Dee

    My husband picked up some Guinness the other day, so I may have to “borrow” some and make these. They look amazing!

    • Erin

      That sounds like a BRILLIANT idea, Dee! And then he can drink the rest of the Guinness. That’s a win for everyone. 😉

  11. katerina @ diethood.com

    What an amazing treat for St. Patrick’s Day!! YUM!!

    • Erin

      Thank you, Katerina! These brownies are somethin’ else. 😀

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