Yield: 16 bars

Boozy Brownies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour

It’s brownies and it’s booze. Need I say more? These rich Boozy Brownies are spiked with Bailey’s Irish Cream and topped with chocolate covered espresso beans for even more of a kick.


For the Brownies:

  • 4 ounce unsweetened chocolate baking squares
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder (I used King Arthur flour brand)
  • 2 Tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

For the Frosting:

  • 2 ounce unsweetened chocolate baking squares
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 Tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup chocolate covered espresso beans, coarsely chopped


  1. For the brownies, melt baking chocolate with butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally until completely melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Pour chocolate into mixing bowl, add sugars. Stir well. Add in eggs, espresso powder and Bailey's. Add in flour and salt, stirring until blended.
  3. Spread batter into a parchment paper lined 11x7 baking pan. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until brownies appear set on top. Remove and cool completely.
  4. For the frosting, melt baking squares with butter on low heat. Stir until completely melted. Transfer to large mixing bowl. Beat in espresso powder, heavy cream, Bailey's and powdered sugar. Beat for 2-3 minutes until completely combined. Add more cream if necessary to get desired consistency. Spread over cooled brownies and sprinkle immediately with chopped espresso beans. Refrigerate until set, about one hour. Cut and enjoy!


  • Un-boozy brownies: If you prefer a brownie without the boozy spin, you could substitute the Bailey’s cream for heavy cream in both the brownie batter and the frosting.
  • Espresso powder: I like the King Arthur Flour espresso powder best in this recipe. If you can’t find espresso powder, you could substitute instant coffee powder instead.
  • Toppings: The chocolate covered espresso beans are a finishing touch I really enjoy, but they are by no means necessary! You could serve these without any extra garnishes or sprinkle on a different topping like chopped nuts or chocolate chips.
  • Frosting: These taste good unfrosted but, as you have probably gathered, I’m a huge fan of the richness and moisture the icing adds. You could also substitute another favorite brownie frosting if you prefer!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 383Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 2gSugar: 43gProtein: 4g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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