Thursday, March 17, 2011

M: Black and Tan Brownies

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Now that I’m finally back in my kitchen and cooking again after the cabinet re-do, I thought I’d christen my new space with some black and tan brownies in the spirit of the Irish holiday =)


I will say I don’t know that I’d necessarily classify them as brownies – to me, they made more of a Texas sheet cake. Nonetheless, they were FANTASTIC. The flavors of the two different types of brownie melded together so perfectly and the hint of Guinness made it just over-the-top. The hubs was a huge fan =)

Black and Tan Brownies

from Cooking Light

Tan Brownies:

6 TB butter, softened

1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

4.5 ounces (1 cup) AP flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans (I used walnuts)

Black Brownies:

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

4 TB butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup Guinness stout

4.5 ounces (1 cup) AP flour

1/4 tsp salt

Place one rack in lower third of oven and one rack in middle of oven. Preheat to 350 degrees.

To prepare tan brownies: cream 6 TB butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl with a mixer until fluffy. Beat in 2 eggs and vanilla.


Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in another small bowl, stirring well. Add flour mixture and pecans to sugar mixture, beating with mixer until combined.


Spoon into 13 x 9 inch metal pan and spread with spatula evenly across pan.


Bake for 15 minutes in lower third of oven.

To prepare black brownies: melt chocolate and butter in a large microwave safe bowl for 1 minute stirring about every 20 seconds until smooth. Add sugar and stir until combined. Add eggs, vanilla, and Guinness. Stir with a whisk until well combined.


Combine flour and salt in another small bowl, stirring well. Add flour mixture to Guinness mixture, stirring to combine. Pour mixture evenly over baked tan brownies.

Bake on middle rack for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center of brownie comes out almost clean.


Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.



Pound said...

very cool! Happy st pats!

The Blonde Duck said...

Sounds tasty to me! Happy St. Patty's day!

brandi @ BranAppetit said...

hooray for being able to bake again!

these brownies sound really good. I bet they'd be great with a dark stout.

KatiePerk said...

This looks delicious!! I love cooking with Guiness!

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

Awesome idea!

Jen @ keepitsimplefoods said...

Wow! These look terrific!

Renee Paj said...

um...YUM! I can't stand to drink Guinness...but cook and bake with it...YES!

fittingbackin said...

Those are awesome! I love the idea, love that it uses beer and KNOW Austin & his boys would go crazy for these. Happy St. Pat's and thanks for another great recipe!

Salah S said...

THose sound amazing!!! Happy St. Patricks day!!

Monique said...

these sound SO GOOD!! And the fact that there actually is Guiness inside is awesomeeee :)

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Any twist on brownies is okay by me! I saw a version that replaced water with red wine - I think using beer for the same purpose is a fabulous idea for this holiday!

Jenn @ Peas and Crayons said...

oh gosh the hubs would die for these! happy st patricks day girl!!!!!

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Amelia said...

Delicious! Glad you are back in the kitchen. It's hard when you have the urge to bake/cook, yet so rewarding when you are finally able to get back in...especially with an updated space. :)

Laural (bhealthier) said...

those look awesome!!!!! happy st. pattys day

Lisa said...

I could just about die looking at these. The batter and the end product (I'd probably eat too much of both!).

Happy St. Patty's day :)

Anonymous said...

Hope you have a great day! :D

Megan D said...

What a PERFECT St. Patty's Day treat!

Anonymous said...

I wish I could reach through my computer and taste those! Yummy! Thanks for the recipe, though if I made them I would eat the whole pan :D:D

vanillasugarblog said...

ohhhh these look good! yes please!

Simply Life said...

those brownies look like the perfect celebration food!

Hannah said...

Oh, these look amazing! I'm in desperate need of chocolate right now...

Annie said...

happy st. patty's day!!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

YUM what a great idea for St. Patrick's day. I love sheet cakes and brownies with chocolate stout.