Few things satisfy a chocolate craving as well as freshly baked brownies. Brownies are classic comfort food and this recipe ups the wow-factor by adding Irish Cream. These easy-to-bake Irish Cream brownies are the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert!
Brownies are a true made-in-America classic. Legend has it that brownies became popular in the 1920s and the first published recipe for brownies was in the 1896 edition of The Boston Cooking-School Cookbook. These “brownies” were based on a cookie recipe that Fanny Farmer adapted for a rectangular pan. But, since the recipe didn’t call for chocolate, they would be “blondies” by today’s standards.
Three years later, a community-sourced Maine cookbook debuted the first recipe for brownies as we know them today. Called “brownie’s food,” the Machias Cookbook recipe included chocolate, flour, milk, and baking soda, as reported by Mental Floss. Since then, home cooks and professional chefs have taken the idea of brownies to the next level and continued to reinvent and perfect the dessert by adding walnuts, chocolate chips, almond flour, and many other ingredients.
Let's Start Baking Irish Cream Brownies!
Start with your favorite box of fudge brownie mix and add two eggs, one-half cup of oil, plus one-quarter cup Irish cream liqueur. Stir the batter together until no lumps remain. Everything should come together in a matter of minutes!
This simple recipe produces an indulgent dessert that no one will guess started with a box. Fudgey brownies work best for this recipe but feel free to get creative with your favorite boxed mix. I like to use Duncan Hines dark chocolate fudge mix.
Don’t forget to prepare the baking pan with a baking spray that includes butter and flour. The added flour will ensure that the brownies don’t stick to the pan and come out picture-perfect. Smooth the batter with a spatula and give the pan a couple taps on the counter to spread out the batter.
I like to use a special brownie pan that has a removable divider that creates uniformly sized brownies every time. This is totally the perfectionist in me coming out! I found mine at Bed Bath and Beyond but I've seen them on Amazon as well. I love that I don't have to use my knife to cut each piece.
Irish Cream... Our Secret Ingredient
The best brownie recipe is often the easiest to bake. Whether you prefer cake-like or more fudge-like brownies, edges or middle pieces, everyone can agree that chocolate brownies are the perfect canvas for Irish cream liqueur.
Choose your favorite brand or stick to the classic Bailey’s. Bailey’s Irish Cream is a sweet, creamy liqueur made by combining cream and good old fashioned whiskey. Bailey’s is at home in coffee, dessert cocktails, and your soon-to-be favorite brownies.
According to the company website, Bailey’s was invented in Dublin, Ireland in 1974 when David Dand wanted to take the folk remedy of whiskey and milk to new heights. Dand worked with a team of scientists for three years to solve the issue of the liquids separating. The team eventually perfected the modern Bailey’s recipe which includes chocolate, vanilla, and burnt sugar. Bailey’s now offers a variety of flavors from Red Velvet to Pumpkin Spice to Almande Almondmilk (which is made with almond milk instead of dairy).
Irish cream liqueur does all the heavy lifting in this brownies recipe so you can relax and enjoy as your home fills with the smell of fresh baked goods and the promise of chocolate. Best of all, you probably already have everything you need in your pantry.
From bake sales to rainy days, the best brownie recipes are perfect any time of the day or night. Pair them with a tall glass of milk or an Irish Coffee cocktail!
Heather's Helpful Hints
- Brownies are done when they barely begin to separate from the side of the pan. This is the time to remove them from the oven! You can't use your typical visual cues of color since they are already black.
- If you use a darker pan for your brownies, check them about 5 minutes earlier since they will cook quicker.
- Before you cut your brownies, cool them completely at room temperature and then pop them in the refrigerator for an hour. You'll be rewarded with perfectly sliced squares.
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Irish Cream Brownies
- 9 x 13 inch baking pan
- Baking Spray with Flour
- 1 package brownie mix 1 lb. 3.8 oz.
- 2 each large eggs room temperature
- ½ cup canola oil
- ¼ cup Irish cream liqueur
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit 20 minutes before baking your brownies. Place a rack in the center of the oven.
- Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and set aside.
- In a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs and set aside.
- Pour brownie mix into a large bow. Combine with eggs, oil, and Irish cream. Mix together until lumps disappear.
- Spread brownie mixture into greased baking pan.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until brownies begin to pull slightly away from the edge of the pan.
- Cool at room temperature and enjoy!