Irish Cream Brownies with Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream
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Irish Cream Brownies with Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream

These Irish Cream Brownies are dark, rich, and fudgy, with a butterscotch-like Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream on top. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword brownie recipe, brownies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 16 (yields one 8x8 pan)
Calories 285kcal

Ingredients

For the Irish Cream Brownies:

  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (5 ounces by weight)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (1.5 ounces by weight)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp Irish Cream

For the Caramelized White Chocolate Buttercream:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 6 oz high-quality white chocolate caramelized*
  • 1/3 cup confectioner's sugar

Instructions

To make the Brownies:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper.
  • Place the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl and melt in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, until melted. It should only take 2-3 intervals. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whip together the eggs and sugar until pale yellow and frothy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the chocolate butter mixture to the whipped eggs, then add the Irish Cream. Whisk until combined. Then stir in the dry ingredients until no flour streaks remain.
  • Pour the batter into the square pan, and bake for about 17 minutes. The top should be shiny and set, but slightly squishy to the touch, to indicate that it’s not overbaked. Let cool completely.

To make the White Chocolate Buttercream:

  • Whip the butter in a bowl for 30 seconds, then whip in the caramelized white chocolate. Add the confectioner’s sugar and whip until smooth. Spread the frosting all over the cooled brownie square.
  • Refrigerate the brownies for about 1 hour to allow the buttercream to firm up. Then cut into squares and enjoy!

Notes

*To caramelize white chocolate, set the oven to 250F. Cut the white chocolate into chunks with a knife and spread on a baking sheet. Cook for a total of 45 minutes, stirring every 7-8 minutes. The white chocolate will get smoother and smoother, and darker and darker, each time. By the end of the cooking time it should be the color of butterscotch and completely smooth. NOTE it is very important to use a real white chocolate that’s high-quality and high in cocoa butter. Buy brands such as Valrhona, Scharffenberger, or Callebaut. A full post on it is here.

Nutrition

Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 305IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg