Guinness Brownies

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true fashion by indulging in these Guinness Brownies from Sally’s Baking Addiction! The rich, chocolate brownie mixed with the creamy and smooth Guinness makes for a delicious way to celebrate the holiday. Add extra flair by topping it off with espresso frosting!

Guinness Brownies


one 12-ounce (355ml) bottle Guinness beer

3/4 cup (12 Tbsp; 170g) unsalted butter

8 oz. (226g) semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped*

1 1/4 cups (250g) granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spooned & leveled)

1/2 teaspoon salt

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder

Guinness Frosting

1/2 cup (8 Tbsp; 113g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

2 cups (240g) confectioners’ sugar

2–3 Tablespoons reduced Guinness (from step 1)

1 teaspoon espresso powder

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon salt


In a small saucepan, bring the Guinness to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce to medium heat and allow to simmer until reduced down to 2/3 cup, about 20-22 minutes. Set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes. You will use 1/2 cup in the brownies and the rest in the frosting.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 9-inch square baking pan or line with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides to lift the finished brownies out (makes cutting easier!). Set aside.

Place the butter and chopped chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Melt in 30 second increments, whisking after each, until completely smooth. Whisk in the sugar and 1/2 cup of reduced Guinness until completely combined. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract. Finally, whisk in the flour, salt, and espresso powder (if using). The batter will be thick and shiny. Pour/spread evenly into prepared pan.

Bake for 32 minutes, then test the brownies with a toothpick. Insert it into the center of the pan. If it comes out with wet batter, the brownies are not done. If there are only a few moist crumbs, the brownies are done. Keep checking every 2 minutes until you have moist crumbs. My brownies take about 35 minutes.

Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool completely before frosting or cutting into squares.

Make the frosting: In a large bowl using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the butter on high speed until completely smooth and creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the confectioners’ sugar, beating on low at first then increasing to high speed.

Once creamy and combined, beat in 2 Tablespoons of reduced Guinness, the espresso powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Taste. Add the remaining reduced Guinness if needed. If you want the frosting a little thinner, add a splash of milk.

Frost cooled brownies.

Cover and store leftover brownies at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Rachel Caple

Rachel Caple has more than 18 years of experience in mortgage banking industry. Residing in Castle Rock, CO. Rachel spends her spare time with her husband, Sean and 4 boys. She also enjoys traveling, attending hockey games, and playing golf (or attempting to).

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