Frosted Irish Cream Brownies

These Frosted Irish Cream Brownies are topped with an Irish Cream frosting – they’re perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Frosted Irish Cream Brownies | Spicedblog.comWhat is it about Irish Cream?  I love that stuff!  I’ll often pour a small glass of it as an after dinner drink.  Or when I’m feeling especially festive, I’ll add a shot of Irish Cream into my morning coffee.  So my wife has been vacationing someplace warm at a conference all week, and of course I’ve kept myself busy playing in the kitchen.  With St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching, I was thinking it would be appropriate to make a dessert featuring Irish Cream.  (Hah…when is it ever not appropriate to pull out the bottle of Irish Cream?)  Then I remembered my recipe for these fudgy chocolate brownies that actually have espresso in them. I thought about replacing the espresso with Irish Cream…but I really like that hint of coffee.  Then it hit me.  Frosting.  These brownies need a frosting.  And that’s how these Frosted Irish Cream Brownies were born!  (Too bad I ate them all before my wife came back from her conference.)

Frosted Irish Cream Brownies | Spicedblog.comEvery year around the holidays, my aunt and uncle in Texas send us a care package of the fudgiest (is that a word?), most delicious brownies ever.  We typically freeze them and then ration them out a little bit at a time over the next several weeks.  Why am I talking about these fudgy holiday brownies? Because these brownies remind me of those.  They’re dense, decadent, and loaded with chocolate flavor.  If you prefer more cake-like brownies, then feel free to substitute in your favorite brownie.  (For me, if I’m craving a cake-like brownie, I just make this Death by Chocolate Cake with Fudge Icing.)  I should also note that the Irish Cream frosting on these brownies doesn’t get cooked or baked…so these treats should be reserved for adults.  (Hey, that just means more for you and me!)  If you have kids in the house, just make a smaller batch of frosting and leave several of the brownies unfrosted.

Frosted Irish Cream Brownies | Spicedblog.com

Frosted Irish Cream Brownies | Spicedblog.com

Frosted Irish Cream Brownies

These fudgy brownies topped with an Irish Cream frosting are perfect for St. Patrick's Day!
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Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 385kcal

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 5 oz semi-sweet chocolate I used squares of baker's chocolate
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ cup espresso or strongly brewed coffee
  • ¾ cup + 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped (optional)

For the Irish Cream Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup Irish Cream liqueur

Instructions

For the Brownies

  • Grease and flour an 8”x8” square baking pan. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter and chocolate together in a double-boiler over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally. (If you don't have a double-boiler, simply use a medium-sized heat-safe bowl that fits snugly in the top of a saucepan. Place a little bit of water in the saucepan and then melt the butter and chocolate in the bowl on top. Don't allow the water in saucepan to touch the bottom of the bowl.)
  • Transfer the melted butter and chocolate to a larger mixing bowl and add the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Stir until combined. Add the eggs 1 at a time. Stir until combined after each addition. Add the vanilla extract, almond extract and espresso. Stir until well combined.
  • Add the flour and cocoa powder and stir until just combined.
  • Fold in the chopped walnuts (optional).
  • Spread batter evenly into the 8”x8” pan.
  • Bake at 350°F for 28-32 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow brownies to cool completely before icing.

For the Irish Cream Frosting

  • Using a hand mixer, cream the cream cheese and 1 cup of powdered sugar together in a medium bowl until smooth. Add the remaining powdered sugar and Irish Cream, and continue mixing until smooth.
  • Using an offset spatula, frost the tops of the brownies.

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23 Comments

  1. The Irish cream frosting totally has my attention! What a lovely combination of flavors, with the rich chocolate and delicious frosting! They look fabulous! Take care, Terra

    1. Thanks so much, Terra! This Irish Cream frosting is a cinch to make…and so delicious. I wish I had some leftover for my morning coffee. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Having a little bit of Irish cream in morning coffee is always the best way to start the day! But nothing beats a brownie with some Irish cream frosting! I’ll take that over the coffee any day. What a great idea.

  3. You had me at Irish Cream! I made Irish cream frosting for the first time the other day and my eyes rolled to the back of my head. Plus brownies! You’re killing me over here. Brownies are my weakness. This looks truly amazing! Pinning!

    1. Don’t you love this time of the year, Connie? It’s the perfect excuse to pull the Irish Cream out and get creative! Thanks so much for stopping by!! 🙂

  4. I love me a good brownie… they have to be rich, fudgy, and decadent. None of that cake-like brownie stuff. Fudgy all the way! These look great, and that frosting puts it over the top. What a bummer your wife missed out because she was at a “conference” (aka vacation) haha

    1. Same here, Chris! I don’t feel bad at all for my wife…she was in San Diego and it was like 80 degrees out there. I deserved those brownies for shoveling the snow over here!

  5. I love Irish Cream. Always have a glass after dinner as well David. Those brownies look delicious and topped with irish cream i’m sure it’ll be even more delicious

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