I think I just found my new favorite food blog: Baking with Booze.
Baking and booze, two things I love. Don't get me wrong – I'm no alkyholic! I have maybe the lowest tolerance in the entire world (two glasses of wine = DRUNK ALLI), but there's just something so grown up and sophisticated about mixing alcohol and dessert.
That's why I have to make these Irish Brownie Bites. Both the brownies and frosting have a dose of Irish whiskey and Bailey's Irish Cream. And in case that's not enough delicious already, each little brownie bite hides half a dark chocolate truffle. Mmmm.
Without further ado, the recipe!
Irish Brownie Bites
Prep Time: 30 min. Bake Time: 12 min. Difficulty: Easy
Recipe adapted from Bake It With Booze
You'll need a mini-muffin pan (or, in a pinch, a regular muffin pan). This recipe makes 36 mini bites, or 18 muffin-sized bites.
18 Lindor Extra Dark Truffles
I pkg brownie mix (I used Pillsbury)
1/3 cup Baileys Irish Cream
1/3 cup Irish Whiskey (I used Tullamore D.E.W.)
1/2 cup oil
2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
2 tbsp cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp instant espresso/coffee powder
1 tsp hot water
2 tsp Baileys Irish Cream
2 tsp Irish Whiskey
1 can chocolate frosting
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat mini muffin pan with non-stick spray. Using a serrated knife, carefully cut truffles in half and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine brownie mix, Bailey's, whiskey, oil, and eggs. Mix well (but no more than 60 strokes).
2. Place a teaspoon of batter in each mini muffin cup, then drop in half a truffle with the cut side facing up. Fill the cup the rest of the way with batter, up to the rim.
3. Bake for 12 minutes. Allow to cool in the muffin pan for 10 minutes, then remove and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
4. Meanwhile, make the frosting. Dissolve instant coffee/espresso powder in 1 teaspoon of hot water and allow to cool. Use an electric beater to cream butter and cream cheese together. Add cooled coffee, Bailey's, and whiskey, then beat until combined. Don't worry if it's a bit lumpy at this stage.
5. Add can of chocolate frosting. Beat for a minute on medium high, until frosting is light and fluffy. Pipe or spread on cooled brownie bites, then refrigerate until frosting is set. Serve and enjoy!
To make the muffin brownie version, follow directions to mix brownie batter. Fill the bottom of each muffin cup with 1 1/2 tbsp batter. Place the truffle (or any small chocolate candy) on top. Add 1 1/2 tbsp more batter to cover. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Let cool as directed. Salted caramels work great and a bit of sea salt on top of the frosting is killer.
Yummy!! Let me know if you make these ;) I'd love to hear about how they came out! I'm so curious... do you think that the whiskey will pair well with the chocolate? I guess we'll find out!