irish car bomb brownie bites

I wanted to make something with an Irish kick for St. Patrick's Day. 
I understand that Irish Car Bombs are not really Irish...
but in my limited Americanized experience of the holiday,
the Irish Car Bomb is an essential element in the celebration of
St. Patrick's Day. (for those of legal drinking age, of course)

My first dessert search revealed that there are many, many recipes
in existence for "Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes". But I baked cupcakes
last week and there was a box of brownie mix in my cupboard.
I wanted to give you guys something a little more unique. 
And really, if there's one thing that could be added to the
Guinness/Bailey's/Jameson combo, it's chocolate.  

And so I created... Irish Car Bomb Brownie Bites!

I started with Ghirardelli Chocolate's Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix. 
I have a thing for dark chocolate. And dark chocolate has a thing
for Guinness. So it all works out.

Follow the directions on the box, except substitute room temperature
Guinness for the water. You can even add a little extra Guinness.
I actually used 1/2 cup in my recipe instead of 1/4 cup, 
and it worked out fine. Save the rest of the beer for later in the recipe.

Mix together your Guinness and your egg and your oil. Add in the brownie mix. 
One thing I should mention is that Ghiradelli's brownie mix has chocolate
chips already in it. I would suggest adding 1/2 cup of chips if you are using a
mix that doesn't already have them. 
But only if you are a fan of melted chocolately goodness.

Stir the brownie mix into the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon
until combined. Spoon batter into a mini-muffin tin.
Bake at 325 degrees F for about 15 minutes.

 Let brownies cool in the pan for a few minutes, 
then transfer to a cooling rack that has been placed over a baking sheet.

 Take the leftover Guinness and spoon just a little over the top
of each brownie. This will make the brownies super moist and give it a
little extra kick of flavor. And now, it's time to add "the bomb"...

You will need: Jameson Irish Whiskey, Bailey's Irish Cream,
and some green food coloring if you like

Place 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar into a medium bowl. 
Whisk in a tablespoon each of water, Jameson, and Bailey's.

You may need to add a little extra water or sugar to get the right
consistency. Then add your food coloring, if desired.

Drizzle the glaze over the brownie bites, as much or as little as you like.

makes about 35 brownie bites:
1 box of brownie mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 to 1/2 cup Guinness
1 egg

makes about 2 cups of glaze:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon Jameson Irish Whiskey
1 tablespoon Bailey's Irish Cream

Best enjoyed with a cup of coffee, a glass of milk, or an ice cold Guinness.


  1. These LOOK delicious...but are they? I'm always super weary about putting liquor in food because I don't know if it'll be too strong...how did these taste? Love your blog, btw! And great pictures!

  2. These brownie bites were ridiculously good. All of the liquor flavors just seemed to meld into awesomeness!

  3. Thanks Stacy! I loved them and so did my friends, but I understand booze and baked goods isn't for everyone. I wanted the brownies to get all of the flavors of the Irish Car Bomb drink, so I made sure there was enough of each ingredient to be able to taste it. I thought the dark chocolate really balanced out the flavors, and did not find the liquor overwhelming.

    However, you could try the following if you are really worried:
    -You could use just 1/4 or 1/3 cup Guinness in the batter and leave out the extra on top- the brownies will be a little more fudgy.
    -Or you could use 2 tablespoons of Bailey's and omit the whiskey in your glaze.

    Hopefully one of these adjustments will work for you :)

  4. OMG... I don't even know where to start... (breathe) okay, so a) these look amazing b) I love the idea of chocolate and Guiness (ovi) c)you MADE THIS UP? why are you working a real job, THIS should be your job because you are AMAZING at it! d) you pictures are AWESOME e) I cant beleive that I KNOW someone that is this creative, let alone related to them! f) wow g)I HAVE to try these!

  5. Just made this for the Ugly Sweater Party tonight I'm going to! I hope they come out as good as you've made them look!

    <3 Danielle

  6. Jamie, a few days ago Danielle made your cookies. Today she made these Irish Bomb brownies. They are amazing! First, it's wonderful to see Danielle baking, second, it's great to eat these treats, and third, your website looks delicious! Thank you.
    Danielle's Mom

  7. these brownies looks so yummy, now I'm hungry!!!!!
    Thanks for the delicious photos of these.....

  8. Just made them for a St. Paddy's playdate and they were great! The Guinness was just right, but I had to cook them almost double the time. I just used some Baileys and icing sugar ... don't worry, that was just for the mommies! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Mine didnt look as lovely but tasted amazing. I couldnt get them out of the pan..is there a trick to make them just pop right out after being baked?

  10. Really good read for me, Must admit that you are one of the best bloggers I ever saw.Thanks for posting this informative article

  11. Hi! I was just wondering how high do you fill the muffin tin? I didn't get to 35 by a long shot. Do you maybe only fill 1/2 to 2/3 way full? Thanks so much! These are devine and were a hit despite being a little large.

  12. great post! car is definitely very essential thing , i always rent a car when i go somewhere , because it is really comfortable!