Boozy Irish Brownie Bites?!! Now we’re talking! These rich, decadent little gems are chock full of Irish Whiskey and frosted with a white chocolate, Baileys and Whiskey Ganache! I’m telling you, there is no way you could go wrong here. And just a warning, these guys are indeed boozy. I took care to add those spirits after the ganache was removed from heat, so there is no “oh the alcohol cooked off” with these darling treats. It is all there. Another thing that is absolutely great about these little guys is their diminutive size. You can literally just grab one and pop the whole thing right into your mouth.
You know, just a small bite, a wee taste if you will, just in case you don’t really want to commit to eating a whole big honking brownie.
Now, I’m sure that sounds good in theory and I know there are folks out there that have that kind of “I’ll just take a taste” self-restraint. I’m not really one of them. I just end up eating a plate of these irresistible little devils over the span of the evening. But hey, no regrets. St. Patrick’s Day only comes once a year. You should definitely enjoy it!
Boozy Irish Brownie Bites
recipe slightly adapted from: Vintage Kitty
For the brownies:
- 1 vanilla bean
- 9 Tablespoons salted butter
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup Irish Whiskey
- 3/4 Cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup flour
For the Ganache:
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 Tablespoon salted butter
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- pinch of salt
- 8 oz. white chocolate, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon Baileys Irish Cream
- 2 Tablespoons Irish Whiskey
For the Brownies:
Preheat oven to 325° F and line a 8″ square pan with parchment paper.
Slice the vanilla bean and scrape the seed outs.
Place the seeds and the pod in a medium sized dutch oven.
Add the butter and sugar to the pan and melt over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Once sugar has melted, remove vanilla bean pod.
Sift cocoa into the butter mixture and stir to combine.
Remove pan from heat and let mixture cool a minute or two. Add whiskey and stir to combine.
Add the flour and stir just until it is incorporated.
Pour brownie batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 -25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.
Set brownies to cool on a metal rack.
For the Ganache:
While the brownies are cooling, combine sugar, butter, heavy cream and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently.
Let the mixture boil for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from heat and slowly add the white chocolate, stirring until it is completely melted and smooth.
Slowly add the Baileys and Irish Whiskey, stirring until combined.
Pour the ganache over the warm brownies and spread with a spatula.
Allow ganache to harden over an hour or so.
If you wish to serve regular brownies, go ahead and slice them and enjoy. If you wish to make smaller brownie bites as I did here, use whatever shaped small cookie cutter to cut the brownies. I used a 1 1/2″ circle cutter.
Boozy Irish Brownie Bites brought to you by: Runcible Eats (www.leaandjay.com)