St. Patrick’s Day is next week!  As a kid it a was holiday for wearing green and pinching kids that forgot the dress code memo.  After 21, St. Patty’s Day becomes a giant, enormous all-day drinking fest.  

Restaurants, bars, and pubs all over the country will be serving all sorts of Irish-inspired fare, as well as interesting green hued concoctions.  Think green velvet cake (instead of red velvet cake), green chocolate, and even green beer!  A couple of years ago when I lived in Chicago, I watched the Chicago River turn green for the holiday. 

TheChic_guinness-brownies-3I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I’m still celebrating St. Patty’s Day with a bottle of Guinness!  Oh no, I’m not drinking a pint.  I’m making delicious, decadent, fudge brownies with that stout beer.

With these caramel fudge topped Guinness brownies, I assure you no hangovers the following morning.  However, if you don’t share these brownies… there may be a lot of regret and exercising in your future. TheChic_guinness-brownies-instructions

Guinness Brownies with Caramel Fudge
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Guinness Brownies
  1. 1/3 cup unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  2. 1 1/2 cups (8 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  5. 3 large eggs
  6. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  7. 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  8. 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  9. 1 1/4 cup Guinness Beer, or any stout beer
  10. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Caramel Fudge
  1. 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  2. 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  3. 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  4. 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  5. pinch of fine sea salt
  6. 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
Guinness Brownies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9''X13''inch baking pan with foil, allowing the edges to hang over. Set aside.
  2. Set up a double boiler by placing a bowl on top of a pan of simmering water. The bowl should not touch the water. Place butter and chocolate chips in bowl. Melt butter and chocolate. Stir as needed to ensure even melting.
  3. Once melted, remove from heat and add sugar and brown sugar. Stir to combine.
  4. Add eggs on at a time, making sure each egg is fully incorporated before adding the next. Mix together using a hand mixer, or simply using a sturdy spatula.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Alternate adding dry mixture and Guinness to the batter. Start and end with the dry mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes until toothpick inserted in center of brownie comes out clean. Let brownie cool in pan while you prepare fudge.
Caramel Fudge
  1. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Add brown sugar and corn syrup and stir to combine. Add sweetened condensed milk and heat oven medium-low heat. Do not boil mixture. You just want it to be hot enough for the white chocolate chips to melt.
  2. Add white chocolate chips and pinch of salt. Remove from heat and stir until chips have melted and mixture is smooth. Pour mixture over slightly cooled brownies. Spread into an even layer. Let harden at room temperature or store in the fridge uncovered.
  3. Let fudge set for at least 1 hour (best if let set overnight) before slicing and serving.
  4. If desired, drizzled melted semi-sweet chocolate over set fudge for decor and added garnish.
  1. *For drizzling chocolate, melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips in the microwave at half power for 45-60 seconds. Stir until smooth. Transfer to small piping bag, or drizzle with spoon over set fudge.
Rachel Hollis
Maryanne’s Chic Tip: Let the brownies chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours to ensure brownies are sturdy enough for slicing.  When slicing out portions, wipe your knife clean after every cut so brownies stay nice and clean.