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Irish Car Bomb Brownies Recipe for St. Patrick's Day

Brownies with a hint of Irish spirits and beer
Adrian Ashby

History of the Irish Car Bomb (aka the Belfast Car Bomb)

Contrary to what you might think, the Irish Car Bomb wasn't invented in Ireland, ordering it there might cause offense or confusion. This drink was actually invented in 1979 by Charles Oat, the owner of Wilson's Saloon in Norwich, Connecticut.

The "Irish" part refers to the drink's ingredients: Guinness, Bailey's Irish Cream and Jameson whiskey.

If you're looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day recipe, this perfect dessert is super easy to make and won't have you covered in flour or crying on your kitchen tiles as you try to make sense of a baking disaster. The recipe's from Adrian Ashby, a Queens-based chef, who was recently featured in a Bacon documentary and participates in cook-offs around the country. His recipe was originally inspired by gimmiesomeoven.

Car Bomb Brownies


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • A heaping 1/3 cup bittersweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1/4 cup Guinness Stout
  • 8" x 8" baking pan
  • A medium bowl
  • A saucepan
  • A spatula
  • A hand-mixer or stand mixer


1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Lightly coat an 8×8-inch pan with cooking spray; set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, instant coffee powder, baking soda, and salt until combined; set aside.
4. Next, melt chocolate and butter in a saucepan set over low heat, stirring frequently until melted; set aside to cool.
5. Once the chocolate mixture is warm (not hot!), add eggs one at a time, whisking continuously to incorporate.
6. Whisk vigorously for about 10 seconds to incorporate fully. Then, add the sugar, vanilla and Bailey's and whisk until combined.
7. Next, add the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture, folding until just combined.
8. Pour batter into the prepared pan, using a spatula to smooth out the top.
9, Bake at for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.

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