Monday, April 2, 2012

Bailey’s Butterscotch Brownies with Homemade Whipped Cream

I know I’m approximately 17 days and 6 hours too late for baking Irish-themed goodies.  To tell you the truth – I just flat ran out of time.

Can you handle one more brownie recipe with Bailey’s Irish Cream if I add pounds of dark chocolate?  And butterscotch chips?  And homemade whipped cream?  You can handle it, right?

Because these are so. worth. handling.  Who says you can only bake with Irish cream for St. Patrick’s day anyway?  I just happen to be late at jumping on the bandwagon.  Better late than never, I guess.  Because Bailey’s and dark chocolate are like peas and carrots. 

And I’m all around a fan of butterscotch chips.  I’m actually luck that I had a cup left for these because I am known to just grab a handful every night now and then for dessert.  Make these for the chocolate lovers in your life.  They will thank you, I’m certain of it.

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Bailey's Butterscotch Brownies with Homemade Whipped Cream

Yield: 9 squares

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30-35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Rich chocolate-y brownies studded with butterscotch chips and sweet Irish cream.


for the brownies:
1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
2 tsp. instant coffee granules
1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 tsp. vanilla
4 tbs. butter
6 ounces 72% dark chocolate, chopped (I like the Pound Plus bars from Trader Joe’s)
2 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup butterscotch chips

for the whipped cream:

1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tbs. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla (or almond) extract


Preheat oven to 375°F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil and allow the foil to hang over two opposite edges. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, quickly mix the eggs to break them up. Add the sugar, coffee granules, Bailey's, and vanilla and mix for 15 minutes.

While the egg mixture is whipping, place the butter in a metal bowl over a pot of gently simmering water and add the chocolate. Heat just until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the cocoa powder.

Gently fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, don't feel the need to completely mix it yet. Add the flour mixture to the batter and gently mix. Fold in the butterscotch chips.

Transfer the batter to the prepared baking pan and bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

While the brownies bake, place a metal mixer bowl and your whisk attachment in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Remove from the freezer and attach to the mixer.

Combine the heavy cream and sugar in the bowl of the mixer and begin to mix on low speed until small bubbles form.

Increase the speed to medium until frothy. Increase the speed once more and allow the cream to whip until stiff peaks form. The cream goes through several stages but you'll be able to watch as it thickens.

Reduce the speed back to low and mix in the vanilla extract.

Top the brownies with the whipped cream and/or more butterscotch chips

Cassie's Notes:
I chose to cut out circles with a biscuit cutter for prettier presentation. Since I did this, I only had 6 servings and some scraps.

With the scraps, I made some peanut-butterscotch-brownie trifles: take four trifle dishes and place some crumbled brownies scraps in the bottom. Add some whipped cream, and sprinkle on some peanuts and chocolate chips, repeat for another layer. Use any kind of nuts, dried fruit, syrups, etc. that you have on hand!


41 Responses to “Bailey’s Butterscotch Brownies with Homemade Whipped Cream”

  1. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — April 2, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    I can always handle a boozy dessert no matter what time of year it is! This is better late than never, anyway 😉 What a great creation, Cassie! It looks and sounds super good. Something I can totally get behind. I love that you used butterscotch chips – I just bought a bag and been needing to use them up 🙂

  2. #
    Cookbook Queen — April 2, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    Why haven’t I ever thought of adding butterscotch to brownies? GENIUS.

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    Alyssa — April 2, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    Those look over the top good! My husband buys baileys like he’s going to drink it, but I always end up thinking of something else to do with it. Great recipe! And really pretty plate too!

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    Toby @ Plate Fodder — April 2, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    I think I’d forego the actual brownies for the “scraps” – but then again…I’m such a whore for whipped cream on anything sweet.

  5. #
    Liz — April 2, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    Mmmmmm…these look incredible, Cassie!!!

  6. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 2, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    Ooooh. I love that you cut them into little circles and used the rest to sprinkle over trifles! Great idea and mouthwatering recipe, Cassie. Going to sulk over my bowl of cereal now…

  7. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — April 2, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    I am beyond thrilled that you are late with this post. It makes able to induldge in something!

  8. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 2, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    I’m always late to the game with food holidays. I think everyone can handle some chocolate and baileys at any time of year though 😉 These looks spectacular and between that adorable plate and their round shape, I’m not sure they could get any cuter.

  9. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 2, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Cassie these have ALL The elements for me, the brownie, the whipped cream, BAILEYS in it, and butterscotch chips (love them too!)…you outdid yourself!

  10. #
    Ryan — April 2, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    I totally understand–I was so busy with work during St. Patrick’s day I missed out on all of fun recipes 🙁 so I’m loving this Bailey’s dessert!! Bailey’s and chocolate is a killer combo and great anytime of year. This looks delicious! 🙂

  11. #
    Nicole {Sweet Peony} — April 2, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    Oooh yummy! I will not hold it against you for posting this now 😉 I totally ran out of time for my St. Patrick’s Day stuff too! Anyway, these look awwweeeesome. So pretty too!

  12. #
    Stephanie — April 2, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    You’ve automatically won me over with the word brownie and bailey’s in the title! These brownies look heavenly!

  13. #
    Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef — April 2, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    These look SO good. I love Baileys and anything. We don’t have butterscotch chips here – wonder what I could replace them with. I’ll find something!

  14. #
    Vicki Bensinger — April 2, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    OMG these sound amazing – Baileys, coffee, butterscotch, chocolate and whipped cream WOW! These wouldn’t last 10 minutes in my home. Love how you cut them and used the extra for a mini trifle. Great idea!

  15. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — April 2, 2012 @ 11:22 am

    Adding bailey’s irish cream to baked goods shouldn’t be limited to St. Patrick’s Day. It’s too good!

  16. #
    DessertForTwo — April 2, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

    It’s never too late for fresh whipped cream on anything!

    Cute lace plate-where did you buy it? 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — April 2nd, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

      I got them at Pier 1, they had several different styles!

  17. #
    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 2, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

    There is never a bad time o’ year to baked Irish Themed goodies. That is all.

  18. #
    ErinCroutons — April 2, 2012 @ 12:57 pm

    I agree with the above comments – it’s never too late to share a great recipe. And this recipe looks divine!

  19. #
    Krissy's Creations — April 2, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    I definitly can handle it! Loving what you did the leftovers, those are often my favorite recipes.

  20. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — April 2, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

    I want a boozy brownie asap!

  21. #
    Bev Weidner — April 2, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    I’ll take it! The Bailey’s that is. OKAY AND THE BROWNIES.

  22. #
    Tina@flourtrader — April 2, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    Yes, I can now see the details of this tasty post! The blend
    of the Baileys and the butterscotch is a unique, however
    delicious, pairing. Also, I would not segregate these browniess
    just for St Pat’s, it would be a shame to limit them.
    I want baked goods in my Easter Basket this year and these
    brownies are a must! Enjoy the day.

  23. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — April 2, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    I just made Bailey’s brownies but now I’m wishing I would have added butterscotch! Wah. These look amazing and almost look like fudge. Perfect. And Bailey’s is perfect for every day of the year. 🙂

  24. #
    Kathryn — April 2, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    I’m happy to eat boozy brownies all year round!

  25. #
    Katherine Martinelli — April 2, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    Oooh I can never get enough baileys in brownies!! These look absolutely amazing.

  26. #
    Janet@FCTC — April 2, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    Cassie, can you come to my house and make these for me on every single holiday? Heck with that, how ’bout just every day? Please please please?

  27. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — April 2, 2012 @ 5:24 pm

    Who needs an excuse for Bailey’s Irish cream?!

  28. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — April 2, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    Those look amazing, Cassie!

  29. #
    Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 2, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

    This recipe is amazing! I bet these are delicious! I just love those white plates too!

  30. #
    Baking Serendipity — April 2, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    Mostly because of the butterscotch chips and homemade whipped cream…I can totally handle this 🙂 The first time I ever had homemade whipped cream was on my honeymoon. (I know!) My husband thought I was nuts. I couldn’t even believe what I had been missing!

  31. #
    Kiran @ — April 2, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    That looks sinfully delicious — love the shapes and idea of using the rest in a trifle 🙂

  32. #
    Baker Street — April 3, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    I love a little bit of booze in my dessert. This one is totally up my alley.

  33. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — April 3, 2012 @ 3:26 am

    This looks too good. Sinful, actually. Which is perfect alright with me! Yummy. Always up for trying a new brownie recipe!

  34. #
    Meghan — April 3, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    I can always handle another boozy dessert! Love the little trifles you made with the scraps!

  35. #
    Katerina — April 3, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    Although I don’t drink much, I love the flavors of alcohol in my cooking and baking. These treats are really mouthwatering and decadent qualities I really appreciate in a sweet!

  36. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — April 3, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    You had me at Bailey’s Cassie! These look wonderful, I love butterscotch too!

  37. #
    Let Me Eat Cake — April 3, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    butterscotch chips really make everything better!

  38. #
    Lindsay @ Fuel My Family — April 3, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    Anything with homemade whipped cream is amazing. Those parfaits you made with the scraps look best to me!

  39. #
    amy @ fearless homemaker — April 3, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    oh yum, these sound fantastic! sure, st. patrick’s has passed, but these still would be delicious any day of the week, any holiday of the year. =)


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