In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I wanted to make some boozy Irish Car Bomb cheesecake-swirled brownies! I took a Guinness brownie recipe and added my own Bailey's cheesecake swirl--yum! The Fiancé declared them the best brownies that he has ever had, and that's saying something! They're REALLY fudge-y (bordering more on flourless chocolate cake than brownie), not super sweet (the Guinness adds a nice bitterness, and the salt balances out the sugar), and overall quite delicious! So, if you're still celebrating St. Patrick's Day (I'm Irish, so I reserve the right to celebrate all week!), go ahead and make a pan of these brownies to cap off your dinner!
Irish Car Bomb Cheesecake Brownies (brownie base adapted from Bon Appetit, cheesecake swirl is a Blondie original)
- 1 bottle Guinness (or another stout)
- 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 c. butter
- 1 3/4 c. sugar, divided
- 5 eggs, divided
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 tsp. salt
- 1 c. flour
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 2 Tbl. Bailey's (or other Irish Cream)
Boil the Guinness uncovered over medium heat until it is reduced to about 1/3-1/2 c., stirring occasionally. This might take a while! Remove from heat and let cool partially.
Melt the chocolate chips and butter in the microwave (try 30-second increments, stirring after each one). Once smooth, beat in 1 1/2 c. sugar. One at a time, beat in 4 of the eggs. Mix in the vanilla extract and the salt--yes, it seems like a lot of salt, but it's the perfect amount, trust me! Finally, mix in the flour until just combined. Pour the mixture into a greased 9x13" pan.
Meanwhile, cream the cream cheese with remaining 1/4 c. sugar. Beat in the remaining egg. Mix in the Bailey's until thoroughly combined. Dollop spoonfuls of the cheesecake batter over the top of the brownie batter--there's no science to this, and it does not have to be precise! Run a butter knife through the mixture to swirl the two batters together--careful not to overdo it, or you will lose the marbled effect! Bake for about 40-50 minutes at 350* F, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (or mostly clean, if you like your brownies slightly underbaked).