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Every day requires a bit of adventure, and some days are more adventurous than others… Especially when you have a preschooler.

I decided to make you something St. Patrick’s(y), and this one little brown-haired girl wanted to help. Thinking that I would change her mind about hanging around with me in the kitchen, I told her that this was one bowl of buttercream that she couldn’t lick.

Ana: WHY?!?

ME: Because there’s alcohol in this.

Ana: WHY?

ME: Because.

Ana: Because WHY?

ME: Because it’s St. Patrick’s Day and I am going to make boozy Fudge Brownies with Baileys Buttercream.


At this point I just lost it! I had not laughed that hard in a long time!

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Our conversation went on for an entire hour. In the end I had to make a deal with her – she couldn’t have a brownie, but I would let her spread the buttercream on top. She came back with a counter offer – she wanted to put the buttercream in a pastry bag and pipe it, like she does with the gazillion cupcakes that we make almost every weekend. Deal.

Don’t you love how that frosting turned out on top? Pretty, right? ;-D

I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I am convinced that these brownies are seriously the best. Ever. Everrrrr. It’s the buttercream. It’s freakin’ ahhhhh-mazin’.

You know, after having two brownies, I sorta felt a bit tipsy. Seriously. I went to have two more for the full effect.

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The brownies and the buttercream … well… they just made me swoon. They are boozy, they are beautiful, and they are delicious. And boozy. I hope you have a moment to make them. I mean… under no circumstance do I want you to come to this blog, read it, and then leave without hitting the print button. Some of these recipes need to be experienced by not just your eyes, but by your belly!



Fudge Brownies with Baileys Buttercream
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Homemade Fudge Brownies topped with a Baileys Buttercream Frosting
Serves: Makes 12 to 16 Bars
For the Brownies
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Baileys Irish Cream
For the Buttercream
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Baileys Irish Cream
For the Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Sift together the flour and salt; set aside.
  4. Place the butter and chopped chocolate in a saucepan and melt over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth.
  5. Remove from heat and stir the sugar into the chocolate mixture; let cool for 3 minutes.
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture into your mixer's bowl and beat in the eggs, one at a time.
  7. Mix in the Baileys Irish Cream.
  8. Stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon.
  9. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  10. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  11. Cool in pan on wire rack.
Prepare the Buttercream
  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and blend together with your electric mixer; mix until smooth and creamy.
  2. Spread on top of brownies.
  3. Serve.

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  1. Megan Robison March 17, 2013 at 11:59 AM - Reply

    Made these last night and they were amazing! You should be very proud of your daughter – her frosting skills quite exceed mine and my boyfriends.

    • Katerina Petrovska March 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM - Reply

      Thank you, Megan!! :) I’m SO glad you enjoyed the brownies!!

  2. Carolyn March 16, 2013 at 7:33 AM - Reply

    Can I say how much I love that the buttercream is just a big huge blob on top of each brownie? That’s my kinda brownies, girl!

  3. Nami | Just One Cookbook March 16, 2013 at 1:32 AM - Reply

    Saw this on my iphone but it does look better on a big screen. WOW. I love the fudge brownie and baileys buttercream frosting! That makes the brownie 120% better. YUM!

  4. Ellen March 15, 2013 at 9:58 PM - Reply

    Bailey’s buttercream! Want. Need.

  5. Kim - Liv Life March 14, 2013 at 11:34 PM - Reply

    Oh how I miss those days in the kitchen with my little ones!! I had so much fun with them, and I have the pictures to prove that they had just as much fun with me, though my son will deny it!
    LOVE these brownies, but I have to admit that her topping is the prettiest brownie topping I’ve ever seen. She takes after you!

  6. Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 14, 2013 at 9:04 PM - Reply

    Kate, these are one gorgeous brownie…can brownies be gorgeous? Well, these are! I love the recipes…would even love to use the Bailey’s Buttercream on other baked goods!

  7. Sarah @ SimplyScrumptiousBySarah March 14, 2013 at 8:53 PM - Reply

    That was such a cute little story!! I just love how your daughter piped the frosting! The brownies look so cute!! :-)

  8. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) March 14, 2013 at 6:49 PM - Reply

    Your little one is one good negotiator and gosh, her comment about saints drinking made me smile!!! Love these brownies!

  9. Tessa March 14, 2013 at 6:01 PM - Reply

    Love your daughter’s comments. So cute! These brownies don’t look too bad themselves. I’m thinking they need to happen soon in my kitchen!

  10. Dipti Joshi March 14, 2013 at 9:09 AM - Reply

    Beautiful pics and mouthwatering recipe..

  11. Patty March 13, 2013 at 9:09 PM - Reply

    Looks like a fun baking project with boozy frosting that just makes these brownies super delish and special ;-)

  12. Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 13, 2013 at 8:04 PM - Reply

    Hehe, what a cute post! Your baby is very talented and a good negotiator:) The brownies do look spectacular. Thanks for sharing!

  13. A_Boleyn March 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM - Reply

    These brownies look so good they make me want to go and buy a bottle of Bailey’s and make them. (MUST RESIST!!!)

    I am making cream of leek soup and Irish soda bread for St. Patrick’s day. I have NO fun at all. :)

  14. Kate @ Kate from Scratch March 13, 2013 at 6:44 PM - Reply

    Love anything flavored with Bailey’s …even if it’s flavoring the ice in the glass. ;) Great recipe. Easy and perfect for St. Patty’s celebrations. Yum!

  15. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM - Reply

    Oh wow these look amazing! I love chocolate and baileys together (I just made some chocolate cupcakes with baileys buttercream, but I think your brownies might just beat that!)

  16. Ramona March 13, 2013 at 3:22 PM - Reply

    Love your daughters final thought. LOL! I’m glad I’m an adult and I can enjoy them… and I don’t have to be a saint. :)

  17. Averie @ Averie Cooks March 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM - Reply

    Loving these! I love a good, dense, fudgy brownie & Baileys! I have a Baileys recipe tomorrow and last fall I made a cake with a Baileys glaze and your brownies look incredible!

  18. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts March 13, 2013 at 11:32 AM - Reply

    I need to get some Bailey’s, because this looks so yummy. Your daughter rocks the pastry bag.

  19. Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 13, 2013 at 10:29 AM - Reply

    Sweet heavens, I need these in my life asap!

  20. Valerie March 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM - Reply

    Oh, boozy brownies! But how are you able to keep a bottle of Baileys around long enough to actually use it in baked goods?

    Love your silverware!

  21. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen March 13, 2013 at 8:47 AM - Reply

    If only there really was a way of making readers truly understand the need to make some recipes! Interesting buttercream Kate, it´s like something´s missing, but at the same time it´s what makes it interesting…

  22. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite March 13, 2013 at 8:46 AM - Reply

    I can’t wait to have conversations like that with Olivia. If I was her and I saw these brownies I would want some too.

  23. Saints drink alcohol. Yup, that’s a keeper. What a cutie. :) The brownies do look amazing, but I have to say I was entranced by your frosting job. I seriously think it’s awesome. Your daughter’s a natural.

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