I regret that these bad boys missed making their debut in time for the Kentucky Derby, because for some reason, Bourbon Pecan Brownies seem like the perfect thing to eat while watching a horse race wearing a pretty dress and huge hat.  I can’t say I have ever been terribly excited about the event, but any excuse to get dressed up, sip sophisticated cocktails and bet on animals based on their funny names is just fine by me.

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Don’t worry, I’m sure you can think of plenty of other occasions to serve these Bourbon Pecan Brownies.  These brownies begin with a fairly traditional batter that gets chopped pecans mixed in.  The real magic begins when you pull these babies out of the oven.  The hot brownies are then bathed in bourbon that soaks into the warm surface and infuses every inch of the cakey, tender brownies.  Once the drunken brownies have cooled, they are topped with even more decadence when you smooth a bourbon-infused buttercream frosting over them.  And if that is not enough intoxicated brownie debauchery for you, I drizzled the top of the Bourbon Pecan Brownies with melted semisweet chocolate and decorated them with more pecan pieces.

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Bourbon Pecan Brownies

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 16-20 brownies (depending on what size you cut)

Bourbon Pecan Brownies are pure chocolate decadence basted in whisky and topped with bourbon-infused cream and melted chocolate

Ingredients

    For the brownies:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup (5 1/2 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 Tbsp bourbon
  • For the bourbon frosting and topping:
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • extra pecans for garnish

Instructions

    For the brownies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line an 8X8" pan with foil allowing the foil to overhang the edges slightly. Grease foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, cook sugar, butter and water until boiling, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in chocolate chips. Stir until melted and smooth.
  5. Crack eggs into a separate small bowl and mix in vanilla.
  6. Add eggs and vanilla to chocolate mixture while whisking constantly so that the eggs don't curdle.
  7. Finally, stir in flour, baking soda, salt and chopped pecans until just combined.
  8. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth to even out the batter.
  9. Bake 20-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out with only a few crumbs on it.
  10. Immediately brush or gently pour the bourbon over the hot brownies and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  11. For the bourbon frosting and topping:
  12. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, bourbon and vanilla and blend slowly until smooth.
  13. Use a spatula or the back of a spoon to spread the frosting onto the cooled brownies evenly.
  14. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, microwave remaining 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips in 30 second increments until melted and smooth.
  15. Spread melted chocolate over frosted brownies.
  16. Gently press additional pecans into the warm chocolate for decoration.
  17. Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Baking

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2 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Anna (Hidden Ponies)
    May 19, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    Oooh, these sound incredible Mercedes! Love pecans.

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  2. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife
    May 20, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

    I’m on a pecan kick lately, so these just made my mouth water!! Of course, the fact that they’re paired with brownies doesn’t hurt!! Pinned! 🙂

    Reply

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