Saturday, December 27, 2008
Bourbon Brownies - Yum-O!
I made these tasty bourbon brownies for a party on Christmas Eve. It was a new recipe, which is always risky, but I was not disappointed! I am already thinking about making these again next year and making the recipe my own by making a few tweaks. I plan to soak the pecans in bourbon next year and it might be tasty to add a little bourbon to the icing. Also I plan to make a Maker's Mark version of this recipe with some red chocolate drizzle to represent the red wax dipped Maker's Mark bottles. I think this would make a great gift. Yeah, I agree, it's early to think about next year. They would be good for Derby parties too.
Kentucky Bourbon Brownies
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons bourbon
3 tablespoons softened butter
1 1/2 cups sifted powder sugar
2-3 tsp milk
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 oz semisweet chocolate, melted
1. Grease an 8x8x2" pan. In medium saucepan, combine 1/3 cup butter, the granulated sugar & water. Cook & stir over medium heat just until boiling. Remove from heat. Add 1 cup of chocolate chips, stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in eggs & vanilla, beating lightly with a spoon until combined. Stir in flour, baking soda & salt. Stir in pecans. Spread batter into prepared pan.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
3. Using a fork, prick the warm brownies. Drizzle bourbon evenly over brownies. Cool brownies in pan on a wire rack.
4. For frosting, in a small mixing bowl, beat the 3 tablespoons of butter with a mixer (at med-high speed) for 30 seconds. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well. Slowly beat in 2 teaspoons of milk and vanilla. If needed, add the rest of the milk to desired consistency. Spread over brownies. Drizzle melted chocolate over frosting.
I had to share this photo too. We received these last week at work as a gift from a vendor. They are pretzel rods, rolled in caramel, then rolled in heath toffee bits. The others are rolled in M&M's. They are then drizzled in chocolate. And I must say, they tasted as good as they looked. They came with a business card and I immediately emailed the creator of these treats, Debbie Friedman. Unfortunately, she does not have a website, but can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, she can mail a brochure out upon request.