chocolate-stout brownies

January 31, 2012
A girl can go far in this world with a good brownie recipe.  There's not much better than a plate of beloved brownies.  But what is better, is that these are no ordinary brownies...They're beer brownies.  Totally bonkers, right?  
Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, I'm pretty sure there's nothing that could make your man happier than a little beer with his dessert.  Yes, they may be disguised in a cutesy heart-shaped, and chocolate-glazed brownie, but this thing is filled with manliness.  Yep, total testosterone wrapped in chocolate right there.

And I suppose you could always just cut them in boring squares... I mean, I guess.

Chocolate-Stout Brownies
1 cup stout (such as Guinness)
16 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped, divided
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9X9" baking pan (or spray mini-shaped-pans with cooking spray); Set aside. 
  2. Bring stout to a boil in a medium saucepan and cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 12 minutes.)  Let cool.  Reserve 1/4 cup.
  3. Stir 12 ounces chocolate and 1 cup butter in a medium metal bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs and vanilla until blended.  Gradually add in chocolate mixture, then 1/4 cup reserved stout from the pan.  
  5. Fold in flour and 1 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Pour batter into prepared pan.
  6. Bake until surface begins to crack and a tester comes out clean with moist crumbs (approximately 35-40 minutes.) 
  7. Let cool on a wire rack.
  8. To prepare glaze, stir remaining 4 ounces chocolate in a medium bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth.  Add reserved 1/4 cup reduced stout, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; Whisk until smooth.
  9. Pour warm glaze over brownies.  Let stand at room temperature until glaze is set.  
Adapted from Bon Appetit- February 2012


london bakes said...

I've made a chocolate stout cake before but not brownies, what a match made in heaven though!

Jessica said...

And we now have Valentine's day dessert for my Irish boy...

Julie @ Table for Two said...

these are just awesome. what a great combination of flavors. they're so pretty and cute too :)

Jess said...

@london bakes: Definitely made in heaven, Kathryn. Definitely. ;)

@Jessica: Your Irish boy will appreciate a nice Irish jig with the brownines... be sure to work on that. xoxo

@Julie @ Table for Two: Thanks a million, Julie!!

Jen said...

Love this idea. These look amazing. In fact, I have to send this to my friend. Her fiance (Irish all the way) would love these!

: ))

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Oh no Jess, this is just too cute, and looks SOOO delicious!

Motherhood on the Rocks said...

I don't know if I could make these. I'd probably end up eating the brownie batter and washing it all down with the beer. mmmmmmm

liberal army wife said...

I have a question.. I would LOVE to make these for my husband, but he's in Afghanistan right now. What is the storage time for these? with the butter - it worries me. thanks.

ropcorn said...

Those look very tasty indeed! Thank you for sharing. :-)

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

tremendous Jess! i love your heart upon heart shaped bites, nice adaptation. total decadence, awesome. ♥

avillagepantry said...

Wow, I think my Irish husband would love these! And you used Murphy's Stout, very impressed you could find it in Texas. Beautiful blog and pics. Sheelagh x.

jacquelyn | lark&linen said...

I will not lie - when I first saw this I thought it read "chocolate slut brownies" and I giggled and wondered what it could mean. Anyway, I'm sorry for saying slut on your blog ;) The brownies look INSANE and your name is definitely more appropriate!

Desiree said...

oh my goodness, these look amazing!!!

sarah aka. lamb411 said...

Jess, those look amazing! I wonder if you could make them with a lighter beer than a stout? Did you try?

Anonymous said...

I made these for the hubby's work office. The consensus was that they were "best brownies ever" and "unreal". I'm also told they were very soft, and not chewy.

Amy said...

These look so good! I wish I had seen this before Valentine's Day - oh well, I'll just have to come up with another excuse to make these :-)

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