Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bake MS: Bailey's Brownies

The weather on Friday was amazing.    It screamed out "Rush home from work and sit on the patio sipping sangria."  Of course, in order to sip sangria, I needed to stop by the liquor store for wine.   

And Baileys.

Not for the sangria.  That would be disgusting.   I need to the Bailey's to make these brownies.  

And to put in my coffee.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I felt I could join the masses in making green and/or Irish (or Irish inspired) desserts.   No green food coloring.   No shamrocks.   Just rich, smooth Irish Cream.

{Bake MS Campaign for 2013 Now Closed}
Did I mention that these are a gift?   A friend from college made a donation to the Bike MS.  In return, as a part of my Bake MS Campaign, I asked if I could make her a treat.   She said no walnuts.  I can handle that.

What You Need

For the brownies:
1 (1lb 3.8 oz) package of fudge brownie mix
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream
2 eggs
1/2 cup chocolate chips

For the frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons Bailey's Irish Cream

For the glaze:
1 tablespoon butter
1 oz chocolate chips

What You Do

Line a 13x9 pan with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.   Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the brownie ingredients in a large bowl, beat 50 strokes with a spoon.  Spread into pan (it's thick).    Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes until brownies are set.   Don't over bake them (or you'll be forced to simply dip them straight into your Bailey's laced coffee biscotti style).    Cool for at least 45 minutes.

Make the frosting by beating the butter in a medium bowl.   Slowly add the Bailey's and powdered sugar.   You want the sugar to be in the frosting, and not all over your clothes.    Spread over cooled brownies.

Melt the butter and the chocolate in a small bowl on low heat in the microwave until just melted.  Stir until smooth.     I'm sure there are classy ways to drizzle chocolate, but I just used a spoon and flung it over the brownies.

Chill brownies until firm (or over night).   Remove brownies from the pan using the foil and cut into small squares (all that rich smooth Bailey's, you know.  And the butter).

Gift them to a friend who donates to the MS Society.  Click here and you can be the next winner helping to create a world free of MS.

Other Irish inspired things you could make...
Gingerbread Guinness Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Guinness Brownies
Mudslide Brownies

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