Apparantely Decmember 8 is National Brownie Day in the United States. Now if you ask us everyday should be brownie days. However we do like the descrtiption of a brownie from Daysoftheyear.com which refers to them as "that rich, decadent, purely hedonistic blend of cake and cookie that feels amazing in your mouth and leaves you craving more."
Amen to that!
And how do you celebrate National Brownie Day you ask? Well you eat brownies!
Here's a delicious Irish-ified recipes from Peabody, at Culinary Concoctions.
Bailey’s Irish cream cheese swirl brownies
For the swirl:
3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tbsp all purpose flour
2 tbsp Bailey’s Irish cream
For the brownies:
6 ounces sweet baking chocolate (I used semisweet), chopped
3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup sugar
2 large eggs
½ cup all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
For the Glaze:
4 ounces sifted powdered sugar
1 tbsp Bailey’s Irish cream
milk to thin out (amount will vary)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly butter 8-inch square nonstick baking pan. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in medium bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and beat until well blended. Beat in egg. Mix in flour, Irish Cream, and vanilla. Set mixture aside.
Stir baking chocolate and butter in heavy small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Cool slightly. Using electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs in large bowl until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt. Mix in chocolate mixture and extracts. Stir in chocolate chips.
Spread half of chocolate batter (about 1 1/4 cups) in prepared pan. Using rubber spatula, spread cream cheese mixture over chocolate batter. Spoon remaining chocolate batter over top of cream cheese mixture. Using tip of knife, gently swirl through batter, forming marble design. Bake brownies until tester inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, about 30 minutes.
Make glaze. Combine powdered sugar and Irish cream. If too thick thin out with milk.
While still warm brush (using a pastry brush) glaze over brownies. Let sit for 15 minutes. Cut into squares.
* Originally published in 2013.