Baileys Brownies

 

close up shot of Baileys Brownies stacked on top of each other
Baileys brownies are a decadent combination of rich chocolate and Irish cream. These rich and fudgy triple-layer brownies are a delicious adult dessert.
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  1. Baileys Brownies Ingredients
  2. Substitutions and Additions
  3. How to Make This Baileys Brownies Recipe
  4. How to Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Baileys Brownies are a rich and fudgy adult dessert that is perfect for kicking up your next celebration a notch. These boozy brownies feature Baileys in all three layers: the chocolate brownies, the fluffy Irish cream frosting, and the luscious thick layer of chocolate ganache. If you love chocolate and Baileys you’ll want to sink your teeth into these triple-layer brownies.

If you’re looking for more recipes that use this creamy liqueur, you’ll want to make Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecake Trifle and Bailey’s and Coffee Ice Cubes

close up shot of Baileys Brownies stacked on top of each other

Baileys Brownies Ingredients

Baileys Brownies raw ingredients that are labeled

You will need:

Brownies

  • 1 box of brownie mix plus ingredients listed on the box to make the brownies (typically eggs, oil, and water)

Baileys Buttercream

  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • 2½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Ganache

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

Substitutions and Additions

BAILEYS: Baileys is only one brand of Irish Cream, any brand can be used in this Baileys brownie recipe. 

How to Make This Baileys Brownies Recipe

PRO TIP: These fudgy brownies are rich and creamy and so decadent. The Baileys flavor blends seamlessly with the chocolate – we have Baileys in all three layers, but you can, of course, put it in just one or two of the layers. I would recommend including the Baileys in the buttercream frosting layer for the most impact if you don’t want to include it in the other layers.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven as indicated on the brownie box. Line an 8×8 square baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside.

STEP TWO: Prepare and bake brownies in an 8×8 square baking dish according to the package instructions. (We substituted the indicated ¼ cup water for ¼ cup Baileys Irish Cream in the brownie recipe). 

brownie mix and ingredients combined in a bowl

STEP THREE: Cool brownies completely.

PRO TIP: The brownies need to be all the way cooled before frosting so that they don’t melt the frosting.

STEP FOUR: Prepare the buttercream layer by beating together butter, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl until combined. 

butter, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar combined in a bowl

STEP FIVE: With the mixer running at low speed, pour two tablespoons of Baileys into the buttercream mixture and continue beating.

STEP SIX: Add whipping cream 1 tablespoon at a time while continuously beating until a fluffy, smooth frosting forms.

STEP SEVEN: Use an offset spatula to spread the buttercream in an even layer over the top of the cooled brownies.

STEP EIGHT: Place brownies in the freezer while you prepare the ganache.

PRO TIP: If you pop the frosted brownies in the freezer while preparing the ganache, the frosting will firm up so that the ganache can go on smoothly.

STEP NINE: Combine ⅓ cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of Baileys in a heatproof bowl.  Microwave for 45 to 60 seconds until the cream mixture is just coming to a simmer.

STEP TEN: Pour hot cream over 1 cup of chocolate chips. Let sit for 3 to 4 minutes.

hot cream and chocolate chips combined in a bowl

STEP ELEVEN: Stir the chocolate mixture until a smooth ganache forms.

STEP TWELVE: Spread ganache over the chilled, frosted brownies.

ganache spread over the chilled brownies

STEP THIRTEEN: Allow ganache to set (either on the countertop for 45-60 minutes or in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes).

STEP FOURTEEN: Lift brownies from the tray by the flaps of parchment paper.  Cut into even squares and serve immediately.

How to Serve

With the combination of chocolate and Irish cream, these delightful brownies are perfect on their own, but you could also serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a cup of coffee. The flavor combination makes these adult brownies an impressive choice to serve for the holidays or St. Patrick’s Day. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Store these boozy brownies, covered in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, on the countertop at room temperature or in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days in an airtight container.  

IN THE FREEZER: You can also freeze these fudge brownies for up to 3 months. Freeze in a single layer and then store with parchment paper between layers.

close up shot of a Baileys Brownie on a wooden board

Baileys brownies are the perfect combination of rich chocolate and Irish cream in a delectable, grown-up dessert. Decadent and sweet, Baileys brownies feature a fudgy brownie base topped with yummy Irish cream frosting and ganache. Definitely worth sharing, make a batch of these Baileys brownies for the adults at your next get-together.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I freeze these brownies? 

This perfect dessert freezes really well and can be frozen for up to three months.

Can I make these brownies from scratch? 

If you have a favorite brownie recipe, you can certainly make them from scratch instead of using a boxed brownie mix.

Can I leave the Baileys out? 

If you wanted to skip the Baileys completely in this recipe, you can. Just use water for the brownies and replace it in the buttercream and ganache with the same amount of cream instead.

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close up shot of Baileys Brownies stacked on top of each other

Baileys Brownies

Baileys brownies are a decadent combination of rich chocolate and Irish cream. These rich and fudgy triple-layer brownies are a delicious adult dessert.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Chill Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

Brownies

  • 1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients listed on the box to make the brownies (typically eggs, oil, and water)

Baileys Buttercream

  • ½ cup salted butter, softened
  • cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Ganache

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven as indicated on the brownie box. Line an 8×8 square baking pan with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Prepare and bake brownies in an 8×8 square baking dish according to the package instructions. (We substituted the indicated ¼ cup water for ¼ cup Baileys Irish Cream in the brownie recipe).
  • Cool brownies completely.
  • Prepare the buttercream layer by beating together butter, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl until combined.
  • With the mixer running at low speed, pour two tablespoons of Baileys into the buttercream mixture and continue beating.
  • Add whipping cream 1 tablespoon at a time while continuously beating until a fluffy, smooth frosting forms.
  • Use an offset spatula to spread the buttercream in an even layer over the top of the cooled brownies.
  • Place brownies in the freezer while you prepare the ganache.
  • Combine ⅓ cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of Baileys in a heatproof bowl. Microwave for 45 to 60 seconds until the cream mixture is just coming to a simmer.
  • Pour hot cream over 1 cup of chocolate chips. Let sit for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir the chocolate mixture until a smooth ganache forms.
  • Spread ganache over the chilled, frosted brownies.
  • Allow ganache to set (either on the countertop for 45 to 60 minutes or in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes).
  • Lift brownies from the tray by the flaps of parchment paper. Cut into even squares and serve immediately.

Notes

  • These fudgy brownies are rich and creamy and so decadent. The Baileys flavor blends seamlessly with the chocolate – we have Baileys in all three layers, but you can, of course, put it in just one or two of the layers. I would recommend including the Baileys in the buttercream frosting layer for the most impact if you don’t want to include it in the other layers.
  • The brownies need to be all the way cooled before frosting so that they don’t melt the frosting.
  • If you pop the frosted brownies in the freezer while preparing the ganache, the frosting will firm up so that the ganache can go on smoothly.

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