Bourbon Brownies

A splash of bourbon in the brownie batter and frosting makes this nutty dessert extra spirited. These will be a hit after dinner tonight or at your next bake sale!

Bourbon Brownies
Photo: Janet Pittman
Prep Time:
35 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
16 brownies


  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • cup butter

  • 2 tablespoon water

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted

  • 2 tablespoon bourbon

  • 1 recipe Bourbon Frosting

  • 2 ounce semisweet chocolate, melted

  • Pecan halves, toasted (optional)

Bourbon Frosting

  • 3 tablespoon butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 tablespoon bourbon or milk

  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan; set aside. In a medium saucepan combine sugar, butter, and the water. Cook and stir over medium heat just until boiling. Remove from heat.

  2. Stir in 1 cup chocolate pieces until melted. Add eggs and vanilla, beating with a wooden spoon just until combined. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in chopped pecans. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.

  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean and edges start to pull away from sides of pan.

  4. Place pan on a wire rack. Brush top of hot brownies with bourbon. Cool completely.

  5. Spread uncut brownies with Bourbon Frosting. Cut into bars. Top with melted chocolate and, if desired, pecan halves.

Bourbon Frosting

  1. In a medium bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in bourbon or milk and vanilla. If necessary, beat in enough milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make a frosting of spreading consistency.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

244 Calories
13g Fat
29g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 244
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 119mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 2g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 0.9mg 5%
Potassium 71mg 2%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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