German Chocolate Bourbon Brownies


Bourbon steals the show in this super chocolate brownie!  Coconut and pecans are folded into a caramel frosting!

I went to Target the other day with my 4-year-old Lucy.  I needed a few new strands of Christmas lights.  Each time we walk into the store, we have to check out each item in the dollar bins.  We could be there for a good 15 or 20 minutes checking all the fun things that we don’t need, like Candyland band-aids.  I was making little mental notes for stocking stuffers, wink. wink.

After looky-looin’ through all the bins, we moved on to the essentials.  Then, I spent an inordinate amount of time scouring through the home goods and Lucy spent an equally inordinate amount of time checking out the princess toys.  Finally we made it to the Christmas lights.  While I’m mulling over which lights to buy, the red and white bulbs or just plain white bulbs, Lucy announces that she has to pee.  I stare at her sweet, little face in disbelief.  Couldn’t she have told me this during the 20 minutes we were rummaging through the dollar bins WHICH ARE RIGHT BY THE RESTROOMS!  Why did she have to wait to tell me this in the Christmas decor section which is located at the exact opposite end of the store!  Being the good mom and dedicated shopper that I am, I asked her if she could please hold it.  Of course she couldn’t.    So alas, I ran with my full cart to the restrooms (I’ve endured potty accidents in Target before, it’s totally embarrassing!), picking up a bag of coconut along the way!

I made some German Chocolate Brownies after that trip.  I added the bourbon because it was that kind of day!

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German Chocolate Bourbon Brownies
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Rich, chocolate cake like brownies with a dose of bourbon and topped with coconut filled German chocolate frosting.
Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 16
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2¼ cup sugar
  • 4 T bourbon
  • 1¼ cup cocoa
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 1 t instant coffee granules
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • For the frosting:
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 6 oz evaporated milk
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 6 T butter, room temperature
  • ½ t vanilla
  • ⅛ t salt
  • 1⅓ cup coconut
  • ¾ cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 T bourbon
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter and sugar. Stir until well mixed. Return to microwave for 1 minutes until mixture is bubbling. Stir in bourbon.
  3. Add in cocoa, salt, baking powder, vanilla and coffee granules. Stir in eggs until smooth. Finally, add flour and chocolate chips. Spoon batter in prepared pan. Bake for 28 minutes. Cool.
  4. Meanwhile prepare frosting. Combine egg yolks, milk and brown sugar in a saucepan. Add in butter in chunks and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until thick, about 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in vanilla, salt, coconut, pecans and bourbon. Let cool completely so frosting can thicken. When cool, spread over brownies

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38 Responses

  1. These brownies seem super moist and super rich!
    I have a craving now for a slice
    I don’t think I’ve ever tasted brownies with bourbon

    • Winnie, the brownies have a texture that is both cakey and fudgy at the same time. Thanks Winnie!

  2. Only two tablespoons of bourbon? :)
    I think all brownies should be German, actually any cake is our favorite when German, that topping, yum yum!

    • Needs more bourbon? Oh why not!!! Thanks for checking them out!

  3. German chocolate cake has been my favorite since I was a boy, Tanya. Odd because I’m not especially fond of coconut. Nevertheless, I do love it and turning the cake into a brownie before adding bourbon can only make it better. It’s genius I tell you! :)

    • Yes, I find bourbon makes most things better! See I love coconut, so the frosting was perfect for me! It’s the pecans I could skip.

  4. Love the story behind the brownies! They sound delicious. I am pinning the recipe for a Christmas goodie.

    • Thanks Donna! The brownies were pretty delicious and rich!

  5. These sound great. Thanks for sharing over foodtastic fridays. Plus your Target story makes me laugh. How many life moments do we spend there. Have a great weekend.

    • I’m glad you liked the store, she does this every single time! Thanks for visiting today!

  6. These brownies need to happen to my face. I love coconut with an intense passion!! Lol, and I totally feel ya on those evil Target dollar bins. They suck you into their deal vortex and it’s impossible to get out!

    • Ha! I was back at the bins today! I wish I could give your face these brownies!

  7. Yep! I am sure these must be good, I’ll be trying this recipe!

  8. I remember those “Mommy I have to pee!” days so very well! Always at the most inopportune time. Can I just say that these are the best sounding brownies I have EVER seen? {no, seriously}. Pinning!

  9. Kids have impecable timing, don’t they? At least you got the coconut, these are fab!

  10. These look amazing! I am featuring you tomorrow!

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  12. Bourbon in baked goods is always a good thing. I really love these brownies and I am not a big sweet person. I would love it if you brought them by foodie friday today.

    • Bourbon is a good thing! Thanks Diane!

  13. Yummy flavors!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Can’t wait to see what you link up this week. Thanks, Nichi

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  16. Whoa baby, these brownies look to die for! I wish I had a giant slab to spoon into my ravenous mouth right now. And the addition of bourbon? Brilliant!

    • Do not skip the bourbon!!! Thanks Nancy!

  17. Jenn

    I’ve made these twice now , once with the frosting and than again without that’s how good the brownies were . I had a small amount of Buffalo Trace Bourbon left and was looking for a way to use it . These were so moist and good … I stored them in the fridge and put them in the oven to warm up slightly and oh my they were even better than before. Thanks !

    • I’m so thrilled that you made these twice and both with good results! I’m such a frosting fiend, I think I’d miss that!

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