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Day 2 of #ChristmasWeek Calls For Bourbon Brownies

Welcome to Day Two of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

Y’all know I love my bourbon.  I have to say, I used to be a rum gal but these past few years, I’ve found myself baking and cooking more with bourbon.  I love that smoky flavor it imparts and when I was thinking of recipes that I wanted to make for #ChristmasWeek, well, I had to do something a bit boozy, right?  These Bourbon Brownies pack a bourbon punch – in the batter, in the “glaze” fresh out of the oven and in the frosting.  If this is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

Clearly – these are not brownies for the little ones.  These Bourbon Brownies are strictly for the grown folks – those that enjoy a good glass of that amber nectar after a long day at work.  Just grab one of these brownies and a hot toddy of sorts and curl up by the Christmas Tree.  If you leave these for Santa – you better leave a note he might need a designated driver – or have Rudolph at the wheel.  He might be a bit jolly after a few of these.


On to the recipe:


Gather your ingredients

Bourbon Brownies - Ingredients | Cooking In Stilettos

Let’s start to make this brownie mix – first – bring the sugar and butter to a furious bubble

Bourbon Brownies - Bubbling Cauldron of Sugar | Cooking In Stilettos

Adding  a bit of pecan love to the rich deep chocolate batter

Bourbon Brownies - Adding the Pecans | Cooking In Stilettos

Ahhhhh… bourbon frosting too – hey – it’s a double duty ingredient

Bourbon Brownies - Freshly Frosted | Cooking In Stilettos

Now – look at these lovelies

Bourbon Brownies | Cooking In Stilettos

I wonder if there’s a two brownie limit…

Bourbon Brownies | Cooking In Stilettos

Yields 12

Bourbon Brownies

These Bourbon Brownies have a bit of spirit - not only from the bourbon in the batter but with a bit of bourbon love in the frosting.

40 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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    For the Brownies:
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 8 tablespoons of softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 1/4 cup of chocolate chips, dark or semi-sweet - your call
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons of bourbon
  • 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt (I used vanilla salt)
  • 1/2 cup of toasted pecans, chopped
  • For the Glaze:
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons of Bourbon
  • For the Bourbon Frosting:
  • 3 tablespoons of butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 - 4 teaspoons of milk, adding a teaspoon of a time
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons of bourbon
  • For the garnish:
  • 2 ounces of melted chocolate


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8x8 pan and dust with flour or nonstick spray.
  3. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, melt together the sugar, butter and water.
  4. Swirl until everything is melted and bring to a bubble over medium heat until the mixture is just boiling.
  5. Remove from the heat.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips until everything is melted
  7. Add eggs, vanilla and bourbon and stir with a wooden spoon until everything is just combined.
  8. Fold in the flour, baking soda and salt until everything is combined.
  9. Stir in the pecans and pour into the prepared pan. Spread the batter evenly.
  10. Bake for about 25 - 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  11. Cool the brownies on a wire rack and, using a pastry brush, lightly brush the bourbon over the warm brownies so that it soaks in.
  12. Cool completely on the rack.
  13. To make the frosting:
  14. In a large glass bowl, using a electric mixer, beat the butter until fluffy for about 30 seconds on medium high.
  15. Gradually beat in the powdered sugar.
  16. Add 2 teaspoons of milk, the vanilla and bourbon. Beat for a few minutes. If the frosting is still stiff, add milk one teaspoon at a time until it's spreading consistency.
  17. Spread the frosting over the cooled brownies.
  18. Using a fork, drizzle over the melted chocolate to form streaks.
  19. Cut into squares and enjoy!



4161 cal


244 g


513 g


37 g
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