Liqueured Up…

Boy if some days you just need a stiff drink. Well I have needed one for the last 10 days. One of these days I will break down and give you all the 411 but for now let us just say that there is much stress in my life. I being not that much of a home drinker, have no real hard alcohol at home, just liqueur used for baking. Grand Marnier shots anymore(ew)?
So needless to say the only liquor I was having was going into a baked good. These brownies can be used with any type of liqueur you would like. I chose Kahlua. This recipe makes a huge batch as I originally made it for a school picnic(for teachers not students). This time around I made a half batch and had to bake them longer since I used a thicker pan.
That’s it, that is all you are getting, just a drive by post.

Liqueured Brownies

(serves 24-36…a ton of brownies)

1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup plus 2 TBSP unsalted butter
5 large eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup Kahlua
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips/chunks

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease and flour a jelly roll pan. If you are halving the batch you can use a 9 by 13 inch pan. Melt butter and stir in cocoa powder. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine eggs, sugars and vanilla. Beat for 5 minutes on medium-high speed.
Add flour and chocolate/butter mixture, stirring until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips/chunks.
Pour into pan and bake 25-30 minutes(if you are making the half batch in the 9 by 13 inch pan baking time increased to about 40 minutes).
Brush hot brownies with liqueur, cover with plastic wrap and let set for 30 minutes before frosting.

Chocolate Buttercream Liqueured Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
½ cup cocoa powder
6 TBSP butter, at room temperature
¼ cup heavy cream
¼ cup Kahlua

Beat butter and powdered sugar together on medium high for about 3 minutes. Add cocoa powder and beat another 2 minutes. Add liqueur and cream slowly until mixture is creamy. Spread on cooled brownies.


  1. mmmmm, yeah!

  2. Peabody I am like you, the only hard liqueur I have in the house is baking related. I can’t really imagine downing a bottle of amaretto or frangelico either…
    Hope you doing ok and your days get less stressful – I’ll be thinking good thoughts for you!

  3. Oh Kahlua baby ummmm! A piece of yours for a piece of mine – what do ya say?

  4. I want to reach through the screen, swipe some of the icing off with my finger and eat it.

    Hell… who am I kidding. I want to grab the whole Kahlua coffee-flavored brownie and shove it down my throat.

  5. They look great!

    Is there a general rule of thumb about splitting a recipe that uses an odd number of eggs – round down or up? Or does it depend on what you’re making?

  6. These would be good right now!

  7. Thank You, a Kahlua brownie would be so nice about now. Yes, I think that last one would be most acceptable! (swoon!!)
    (Of course the best would be that the ankle is 99% better and stress is at a manageable – with a Kahlua Brownie – level).

  8. I can’t imagine any day that would not be improved by these brownies.

  9. I haven’t had Kahlua in jonks and although I’m definitely a home drinker (tee-hee), that’s not one of the bottles on our wine rack. I think I might have to invest, because I can imagine the it makes the brownies a whole new experience.

    A little stress tip from my mother, “don’t own other people’s crazy.” Don’t know if it applies, but maybe it’ll make you laugh and that’s always good for stress relief.

  10. Your timing is perfect; I’ve had that “I need a cocktail” kind of week myself. I’ll be thinking of you as I make these tomorrow, easing gradually (with lots of sugar and a little alcohol) into the weekend.

  11. Kahlua…chocolate…brownies…yep, a drive-by posting will suffice in a case like this. The photos, the ingredients…they speak very well for themselves. :-)

  12. That cake looks divine, especially with Kahlua to give it zing. Sorry to hear that times are tough for you. Thinking of you and sending good thoughts…hope all is well ASAP. Think autumn…it will soon be here.

  13. Uh oh.. I don’t like hearing that My Gracie is having a bad time of it.. you haven’t even healed your ankle yet for crissakes! Do you want me to send you some vodka? whiskey? rum? whatever you don’t drink you can use in cherries jubilee! Yes?

    I hope things work out soon and that you are feeling less stressed!


  14. I love a good drive by liquered recipe. Kahlua is my absolute favorite booze.

  15. I have an entire liquor cabinet filled with booze purchased primarily for baking! I will have to bake a thousand cakes to use it all up!

  16. I think I’m going to crave this until I get some!

  17. MMMMM….wonder if I could get away with eating lots of these babies for lunch and get away with it? ha ha ha

  18. Oh these look fantastic! Beats a stiff drink any day.

  19. OH MY GOD!! Booze and chocolate?? I am literally drooling over my keyboard – this might be the best thing you have ever made.

    SO delicious looking!

  20. These would definately perk up a bad day! Yum. Hope you are de-stressed a bit now.

  21. These look so good! Question, the ingredients call for chocolate chips/chunks but it doesn’t say where/when to add them in the instructions. Are they optional?

  22. I have been trying to think of what to make for a friend’s 21st birthday next month…I have a feeling this is a must :)

    They soud absolutely evil.

  23. Sonja Timmerman says:

    Made these for some colleagues at work and they were a HIT. Thanks for sharing.

    Just curious – the frosting recipe calls for heavy cream but doesn’t indicate when exactly to add it. I added it gradually with the Kahlua as indicated and it turned out great. Was there anything specific you did with it that would change the recipe?

  24. @Sonja- yes when the Kahlua is added is when the cream goes


  1. […] You see, Kim is a chocoholic like me. Which makes it easy to come up with ideas, and to top it off when she and Dean came to my place for a season finale party, she couldn’t resist the brownies I had made. Granted, being such a good friend I kept moving the plate right in front of her, but still, they seemed to make her really happy so I was already leaning that way when I saw a recipe on Culinary Concoctions by Peabody for liqueured brownies! […]

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