Cherry Brew Brownies

Friday, December 9, 2011



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 on "Cherry Brew Brownies"
  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.

  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

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

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

  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!

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

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

  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

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

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

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

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