Cherry Brew Brownies

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Cherry Brew Brownies

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, divided use
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons cherry beer  (I used Founder's Cerise, but I prefer Cherish.)
5 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided use
1/2 cup dried cherries
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup slivered almonds
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with foil; coat foil with cooking spray.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt together 8 tablespoons butter and 1/2 cup beer.  When butter is melted, remove pot from heat, and whisk in 3 ounces chocolate until melted and smooth.  Whisk in cherries until combined.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together eggs, granulated sugar, salt, baking soda, cocoa powder, and melted butter-chocolate mixture until well combined - about 2 minutes.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour until just combined.

Place batter into prepared dish; sprinkle with almonds.  Bake 45 minutes, or until well risen and no longer wobbly.  Cool completely.

To make the frosting, begin by melting the remaining 2 ounces of chocolate.  In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together melted chocolate, remaining 2 tablespoons butter, remaining 2 tablespoons beer, confectioners' sugar and almond extract until creamy and smooth - about 2 minutes.  Spread frosting over cooled brownies.  Lift out foil from pan, and slice into bars.

Makes 12 huge, rich brownies

14 comments:

  1. Lambic is God's gift to this earth. If it weren't so pricey, I would drink nothing BUT Lambic. Yum... Try one of the peach ones. Amazing.

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  2. I can imagine these being wonderfuly mysterious to eat. Fainly fruity, rich and chocolaty. Delicious! Must be fun trying all the new samples at work

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  3. I am not really a beer lover but I do LOVE the German chocolate beers out there.

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  4. your frosting-to-brownie ratio is fierce and fantastic.

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  5. I love beer/alcohol infused desserts! The alcohol just adds one more way for me to be indulgent. :) Great recipe, can't wait to try this!

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  6. Oh that looks really chewy and chocolaty! Delicious!

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  7. I'm not really such a big beer drinker, but my roommate is! I know she'd just love these!

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  8. These look delicious! I don't have much experience with fruity beers (although I do love Purple Haze...)

    Any recipe that combines chocolate and cherry flavors is good by me though!

    - Maggie

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  9. I'm more of a wine girl but I'd love to try these brownies!

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  10. Oh my gosh! My mom would love these--she loves cherry and anything.

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  11. Mmmmm, I love beer in food!!! These look fabulous. I would probably use Guinness because it is my fave :-)

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  12. I've never tried a beer brownie. These look awesome!

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