Today, I bring you these beer brownies...
I can explain.
I know I just blabbed on and on about the wonders of Greek Yogurt Chicken and how I was striving to be healthier, etc. That is still true. However, I don't know if you are aware, but this coming Sunday, a little-known American football game called "The Superbowl" will be on your television screens. People will be into it. There will be parties. There will be drinking. There will be appetizers. There will be shouts and laughter and maybe even a few tears.
Now I know not everyone is down with the big game, but if you're not hanging out for that (or the commercials), then you're most definitely there for the food. I mean, do you know anyone who can resist a cheesy dip? If you do, steer clear of them. Hashtag #suspicious.
While I am not personally invested in the game, as I don't care for either team, I still feel it's in my best interest to provide a decent addition to the dessert table. If you're at a Superbowl party, you know there will be beer to drink, but why can't we also eat our beer? THAT is an important question. I don't know why I never thought to put beer into my brownies before, even though I have no problem at all incorporating it into my cupcakes.
I am now on a mission to make all the boozy brownies that my friends and coworkers can stand. If you my friend or coworker, consider this your warning. I'm kicking things off with these delicious chocolate-y beer brownies. Make them for your Superbowl party. Make them for neighbors. Make them because you're bored and then eat them all yourself because you don't want any to go to waste. I won't tell.
very slightly adapted from Joy The Baker
makes ~12 brownies
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup stout or other dark beer, or cold coffee
- 4 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- cocoa powder and/or powdered sugar for dusting brownies (optional)
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. You can use a smaller baking pan if you want thicker brownies. Set aside for later.
2) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Set aside.
3) Place the chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate in 10 to 20-second increments, stirring in between each interval. When only tiny chunks of chocolate remain, stir the chocolate until the residual heat melts the chocolate entirely.
4) Stir the melted butter into the chocolate until combined. Then stir in the stout beer or coffee.
5) In another medium bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugars. The batter will be thick. Add in the chocolate mixture and stir until incorporated.
6) Pour the chocolate mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir everything together until fully incorporated.
7) Fold in the chocolate chips.
8) Pour the batter into the baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
9) Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan. Dust cocoa powder and powdered sugar over the brownies before slicing, if desired.