Thick and rich chocolate Baileys brownie recipe made with a hint of Irish Cream and espresso powder. But it doesn’t stop there!
These brownies are then topped with a decadent Irish Cream frosting. A dessert to satisfy your sweet craving!
What Are Baileys Brownies?
These brownies should come with a warning label as they are super rich and decadent! The brownies themselves are the perfect mix of fudge brownie and cake brownie.
They have a hint of Irish cream blended into the batter to add a unique twist on the flavor. The best part, however, is the luscious frosting covering every inch of these brownies.
The frosting is Baileys Irish Cream buttercream that is truly TO DIE FOR! It is my favorite, I would eat it all on its own, but I feel slightly guilty eating just frosting for dessert!
How To Make Baileys Brownies
The brownie itself is sort of a one bowl wonder. The recipe starts by melting butter in a bowl in the microwave. Once melted, sugar and a little Irish cream are blended into the butter until combined (the mixture will be pretty thick).
Dry ingredients like cocoa powder and baking powder are folded into the butter along with a little vanilla and espresso powder.
Don’t stress over the espresso powder, it won’t actually lend any coffee flavor to the brownies, instead, it will intensify the chocolate flavor. Eggs will bring up the rear.
Flour is folded in last and the brownies are stirred just until combined. You don’t want to over mix your brownies because this will affect the texture. Chocolate chips are the last thing to get stirred into the batter.
Bake your brownies for 28 minutes in a 9 x 13-inch pan. You will know the brownies are ready when the begin to pull away from the edges and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow the brownies to cool completely before topping with the frosting.
WHERE IS THE BAILEYS BROWNIE RECIPE?
If you’d rather skip cooking tips, suggestions, handy substitutions, related recipe ideas – and get straight to the Baileys Brownie Recipe– simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card.
Frosting For Baileys Brownies
This frosting is like any other buttercream as it starts with butter and powdered sugar that is blended until smooth and creamy. I add about a 1/4 cup of the Irish Cream Liqeuer but honestly, you can as much as your heart desires, just be mindful that adding more will change the consistency so you will have counterbalance with a little more powdered sugar.
Tips and Questions About These Baileys Brownies
Which Butter For Brownies?
I personally like to use unsalted butter for my brownies and that add salt in with my dry ingredients as necessary. I also use unsalted butter with frosting as well. I like to be able to control the sodium in the food that I make.
Why Do Brownies Sink In The Middle?
Brownies will deflate in the center if you beat too much air into the batter. To avoid this, be sure to beat your eggs in one at a time and only beat until blended. Fold in your flour and beat or blend ONLY until blended.
As a side note, too much air can cause your brownies to crack as well.
Will Brownies Dry Out In The Fridge?
Yes, they will, unfortunately, even if covered. Brownies are best stored when at room temperature if they are completely sealed. These brownies are best if consumed within a few days as the frosting is made with butter and will be very soft and can turn if left out too long.
If you keep the brownies unfrosted, the brownies should last at least a week if wrapped tightly.
Can Brownies Be Frozen?
Brownies freeze remarkably well. Once the brownies have cooled completely, cover them tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. When you need the brownies, allow them to come to room temperature while you prepare the frosting.
If you are a Baileys lover, then you will love This Irish Cream Mint Chocolate Tart, Bailey’s Salted Caramel Brownies, Bailey’s Mocha Chocolate Roll, Bailey’s Cupcakes, Bailey’s Cream Fudge, and this No Bake Bailey’s Pots de Creme!
Chocolate Baileys Brownies
Thick and rich chocolate Bailey's brownie recipe made with a hint of Irish Cream and espresso powder. But it doesn’t stop there! These brownies are then topped with a decadent Irish Cream frosting. A dessert to satisfy your sweet craving!
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
- 1 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 4 tablespoon Irish Cream
- 4 tablespoon heavy cream
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 in. pan and set aside.
- In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Stir in sugar and return to microwave for a minute or until mixture is glossy. Stir in Irish Cream.
- Stir in cocoa, salt, baking powder, vanilla and coffee. Stir in eggs until blended. Carefully add flour and stir just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 28 minutes or until edges are set. Let brownies cool completely before frosting.
- To prepare the frosting:
- In the bowl of an electric mixture, beat butter until creamy. Carefully mix in powdered sugar. Add Irish cream and heavy cream, adjusting the amount until you achieve a good spreading consistency.
1/2 cup of shortening can be substituted for half of the butter.
Amount Per Serving Calories 405Total Fat 20gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 74mgSodium 185mgCarbohydrates 53gFiber 1gSugar 43gProtein 3g
Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says
Good grief girl! Those down right dangerous!!! Man, I wish I had a pan to dive into right now! Pinning 🙂
Very dangerous for the hips Jocelyn! I should know! Thanks for pinning!
totally love these and as I just made some homemade, sugar-free Bailey’s, I plan to make a low carb version of these. Will give you a shout-out when I do! 🙂
I hope you like them as much as we did Carolyn! Thank you!
Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says
These sound amazing, Tanya! They tell their own story, no witty prose needed! Pinned 🙂
Ha thank you Lisa!
sue/the view from great island says
This is probably the best brownie variation I’ve ever seen, that frosting alone would keep me busy for hours!!
I think they are the best, but I’m 100% biased! Thank you Sue!
Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family says
I have got to try these! Thanks for sharing this recipe. 🙂
Those look delicious! My wife would really love these, she absolutely loves Irish Cream! 🙂
Me and your wife both! Thank you Michael!
Sharon | Cheesy Pennies says
A picture is worth a thousand riveting words, so you probably came out ahead anyway. Feeling faint at the sight of these….thanks for posting on TK!
Thank you Sharon!
Wow Tanya, these look so freaking good! We are on the same wavelength … Irish Cream & Guinness 😀
Lisa @ Cooking with Curls says
YUM!! Those look so amazing Tanya….I must make these very soon! I love this time of year, and everything Bailey’s.
Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen says
I am seriously jonesing for these right now! I made Stout Brownies the otherday and now I wish I had these! Totally Pinning!
Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says
Ahhhhh! I hate it when that happens! I compose thngs in my head while I’m n the shower all the time and lose half of it before I get all the soap outta my hair. Or while on the treadmill!
Geez Tanya. What would it take to get you to mail me one a these?
they look delish! i love the frosting!
Greg Urbano says
those look fantastic!
Thank you so much Greg!
Andi @ The Weary Chef says
Tanya, these look so amazing! I am really hungry for one right this very minute. I hope I get a chance to try the recipe soon.
I hope you do too Andi!
I pinned these yesterday from your Facebook feed. I am most definitely going to make a batch. I love Bailey’s! And chocolate…
I hope you do Jill! We devoured them! Thanks for stopping by!
These brownies look super, Tanya! Love it…nom, nom!
Thank you Lyuba!
These look amazing! I’m dying to try some minty brownies. I’ve pinned these to make later.
I’m visiting from Whimsy Wednesday Link Party. I would be so honored if you would share this at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206.
~ Megin of VMG206
Thank you Megin!
Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Now I’m dying to know the story and I bet you are too again! Love the frosting to bar ratio in these little babies!
Its’ gone. I’ll never know what that story was. I’m all about the frosting Julie!
Ha! We’ll let it slide, Tanya….these brownies speak for themselves! 🙂 By the way – I totally had these on my list of St. Patrick’s Day recipes, but looks like you covered them beautifully!
These are my kind of brownies! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
I will happily give a nod to my Irish heritage with these beauties!
Thank you Kristen! Can’t go wrong with Irish Cream!
Will the batter and frosting be ok if frozen for a week? I want to make this in advance 🙂
Really nice i like it 🙂
I hate it when that happens! I compose thngs in my head while I’m n the shower all the time and lose half of it before I get all the soap outta my hair. Or while on the treadmill!
Tanya Schroeder says
Is the regular butter is for the frosting? I just want to make sure I do the steps correctly.
Tanya Schroeder says
You will use butter for both the brownies and the frosting.