Irish Car Bomb Brownies & When Brownies Bomb

I had seen versions of Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes~ inspired by the drink concocted with a shot of Irish Cream & Irish Whiskey dropped into a pint of Guinness.

I was looking for a sweet & quick treat to send to my husband’s office for St. Paddy’s Day and found a recipe on Pinterest, here.

  Irish Car Bomb Brownies using a box mix~ a perfect solution.

Using my favorite brownie mix in the box~ Ghirardelli~ bake according to the box directions, only substituting room temperature Guinness (1/3 cup) for the amount of water (1/4 cup) called for on the box.

The Guinness enhances the chocolate flavor, much like adding coffee to chocolate.

Bake in a mini muffin tin~ at 325 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Mix  1 1/2 cups powdered sugar with 1 tablespoon, each of Irish whiskey (I used Jameson), Bailey’s Irish Cream & water.

Add green food coloring if you like and drizzle mixture over brownies once they’re cooled enough to remove from the muffin tin.

A fun, wee Irish Brownie Bite~  not overly boozy~ the Bailey’s & whiskey add just a hint of flavor~

The luck of the Irish was not with me when I baked my first batch of the Dark Chocolate mix of these brownies~

They are foolproof unless you’re interrupted to chase a dog that decides to escape off the porch when the door blows open if not latched~

Edible but soft~

 Not firm enough to pop out of the mini muffin tin~

I like the chewy, fudgy brownie parts~ my husband is the edge eater which explains why we’re still married :)

I had another box in the pantry of Double Chocolate mix stashed for my husband’s fishing trip in two weeks.

I bet you didn’t know that a pan of Ghirardelli Brownies is as necessary for a fishing trip as bait & tackle :)

So I salvaged the bombed brownies with a mini trifle~

 And mixed Pillsbury Cream Cheese frosting with a tablespoon of Bailey’s, Jameson’s and green food coloring ~

Layer the brownie with frosting~ eat & enjoy~

“What butter and whiskey will not cure, there is no cure for.” ~Irish Proverb

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  33 comments for “Irish Car Bomb Brownies & When Brownies Bomb

  1. March 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I’m not letting my hubby see this because he would feel very untended to. You may have made my cupcake effort simpler by using the.brownie mix. I have until Saturday to practice.

  2. Ellen Beeton
    March 15, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Oh my gosh, I’m salivating! I can’t imagine tasting anything better. Anything that starts with a brownie gets my vote. Looks delicious and very inviting.

  3. March 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

    I love Ghirardelli brownie mix..once you use it you can never use another brand again…Your cupcakes are definitely, “the bomb”..will have to save that recipe for the next ladies lunch…Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  4. March 15, 2012 at 11:43 am

    LOVE this post! I posted the low calorie version brownie yesterday. At only 188 calories! :D Our brownies are Young’s Double Chocolate Stout cupcakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream cream cheese icing! Yum! I love the little parfaits with the shamrocks. Adorable!

    xo,
    RJ

  5. March 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

    you are just non stop deadly fun!

  6. March 15, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Mary you ought to be a professional food stylist. Your food is ALWAYS presented so beautifully and professional looking. I am in awe of your talent. Same with your photography. It would be so educational to know your thought and work processes in doing all these gorgeous presentations. Your brownies and mini trifles look so delicious and inviting. Who wouldn’t want to just delve into one of these bites of deliciousness. You dress them for the finest of occasions. Please share all your marvelous secrets. Inquiring minds want to know. (smile) Seriously you are wonder woman. I bet your husband just goes bonkers over your incredible cooking. And his associates must truly enjoy the bounty he brings. Loved your post. Every single little bite of it.

    Nann

  7. March 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Mary, I’m an edge eater, so your husband would have some competition with me. LOL There is a girl here in Austin who sells brownies. After she cuts them, she packages and markets the edge pieces as Brownie Butts. They are like a crumble that you can put over ice cream or in trifle.
    I’m happy to join you for either or perhaps both, even though I shouldn’t. Trying to drop a few pounds. ;-)
    ~Sarah

  8. March 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    You are so stinkin’ talented, Mary! I had heard that Ghirardelli mix was delicious but you took it to new heights. I loved the cute little green icing swirl you put on top of the trifles. I set a new world record, running to JoAnns & the Michaels to buy myself that MS clover cutter. I used a 50% off coupon too. ~~big smile~~ I’ve already tested it on lettuce (not good) & will pick up some baby spinach before Sat.

    Thanks again for all the ways you make my ♥ sing!
    Hugs,
    Rett

  9. March 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    I hate wasting good booze, but these sound delicious. My daughter is a Jameson fan, so I think I’ll have to make these for her. She will LOVE them. Your photography is beautiful, BTW.

  10. Marilyn
    March 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    These sound absolutely delicious, and I completely agree that Ghiradelli Double Chocolate brownie mix is the best!! I buy the huge box at Costco that contain several individual sacks of brownie mix.

    I am loving those shamrock cupcake liners, too!

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  11. March 15, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    I’ll take two please! They look so delicious. My favorite thing is brownies. I haven’t had one in such a long. time!

  12. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    March 15, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Both goodies look amazing Mary and I’m rather fond of that proverb! Enjoy:@)

  13. March 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I’m just about to die! That looks so delicious. I thought the brownies looked good in the first photo, but when you took your “bomb” and made the trifle, you pumped it up about 10 notches in my book. Utterly delicious looking!!

  14. March 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Your mini parfaits are just perfect for what to do when brownies “bomb”!! You are just too clever, Mary. I also adore the darling shamrocks from spinach. You always share the best “foodie” ideas.

  15. March 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I don’t know what more delicious looking.. the brownies or your “bombed” trifle. Gotta make these. I haven’t tried the Ghirardelli mix, I’ll look for it.. I’m sure it’s great,, because their candy is great! Thanks for the recipe and ideas how to use the “bombs”.

  16. FABBY
    March 15, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I’m crazy for both, your brownies and bombed trifle…goodness, such yummy stuff and I’m on a diet, shish! I do have a chocolate Ghirardelli baking book. Anyway, I do make tea parties, so thank you for sharing. Hugs,
    FABBY

  17. March 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I love the way you salvaged those brownies! So beautiful and the flavors must be delicious. What a great way to go green :)

  18. bichonpawz
    March 17, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Wow!!! These look SOOOO good!!! I was at Michael’s tonight and I totally forgot to look for that Martha Stewart punch…I just remembered when I came and looked at your blog! I will have to make another trip down there tomorrow! These look delicious Mary! Hope you and your family have a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

  19. March 18, 2012 at 11:43 am

    This looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing!

  20. March 18, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    What a great save, Mary! Love it!

  21. March 18, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    So yummy! This is taking a much loved recipe and making it legendary! Wonderful!!!

  22. March 19, 2012 at 4:32 am

    That Irish bomb is a must try for my part.

    I love the edge too and hubby loves the middle fudgy, soft etc etc. LoL* a vice versa version… that’s also the reason why we are still together for 27 yrs now and married 23 yrs on April 3. Funny huh?

    Have a blessed week,
    /CC

  23. March 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Love this!

    – The Tablescaper

  24. March 21, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    I have these shooter glasses and I love what you’ve done with them. Does your cleverness have no end? Will you adopt me? Thanks for the great idea. Great save with the brownies, Mary!

  25. March 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Mary, Ghirardelli is the only brand of brownie mix here!! If I’m going to eat all those brownie calories (and believe me I could do the whole box in a day!) then I want the best!! But you have added another layer of yumminess to them with the Baileys! I can’t wait to make these. And they are beautiful too! Good thing that doggy decided to make a break for it when the door opened! Linda

  26. March 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Wonderful that you used one of life’s little tragedies to fuel your creativity, and to offer us an account of the result! Your ideas, and photos, are an inspiration to live well…day after day.

  27. February 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Hi,
    Just wanted to let you know I am sharing your wonderful post in my 100 Something Green St. Patricks Day RoundUp http://wp.me/p466oG-11f with a link back to your original post plus pinned to my St. Patricks Day Board! Have a terrific weekend!
    Cathy from APeekIntoMyParadise.com

  28. March 3, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Both of these are so darn good looking! I can’t pick, so I will have one of each, please! I would be thrilled if you would share this at my Get Your Blarney On! linky party. It’s all about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day! http://www.thefreshmancook.blogspot.com/2014/03/get-your-blarney-on-linky-party.html
    Hope to see you there!

  29. March 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    I love a good Irish Car Bomb! I’ve never seen them in the cupcake form though. What a great idea, thanks for a yummy recipe

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