If you’ve been reading along, by now you know I LOVE brownies and LOVE to liquor up my recipes–especially with bourbon–so it seems only fitting I should share how to bourbon up your favorite brownies with a lovely salted caramel frosting.
First, my favorite brownies. My go-to recipe, having tried many others, is the recipe on the Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa canister with a bit less sugar and a handful of Valrhona chocolate chop-chopped! To make life easy, consider lining your 8 x 8″ dish with foil, then butter the foil. For these, somewhere between 25 and 30 minutes seems to be the right amount of time to spend in the oven. Make sure a toothpick comes out clean when you test. But how to bourbonize?
While the brownies are still warm, gently poke with a fork to create lots of delicious little entry points for the bourbon. Pour 1/4 cup of your favorite bourbon over the top and let it sink in. Inhale deeply over the dish. No one is watching and I won’t tell.
BOURBON SALTED CARAMEL FROSTING
First, make the salted caramel. In a small saucepan, over medium-high heat, whisk together:
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
good pinch of salt
Continue to whisk till sugar dissolves, then cook for one more minute. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Meanwhile, get the rest of the frosting together.
3 oz. cream cheese (I got away with Neufchâtel, so can you), softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
½ teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
Cream together butter, cream cheese, bourbon and vanilla. Gradually blend in powdered sugar. Then blend in salted caramel.
This recipe makes enough to frost a 9 x 13 cake, but I frosted generously, then put the rest of the frosting in a small bowl for snacking purposes ’cause that’s just how I roll!
Editor’s note: Hello again! Having made these a few times, I can tell you there’s no need to poke holes. Bourbon sinks RIGHT IN when poured over warm brownies and sizzles as it sinks. Sizzle-sizzle and happy bourbon brownie baking! >>^..^<<