Warm up with Irish Coffee Brownies Recipe

Welcome to my Irish Coffee Brownies recipe! As a chef specializing in British cuisine, I’ve had the pleasure of incorporating classic flavors into modern desserts. In this recipe, I’ve taken the robust flavor of Irish coffee and transformed it into fudgy brownies that pair perfectly with your favorite cup of joe.

The combination of brewed coffee, instant coffee crystals, and Irish whiskey give these brownies a depth of flavor that will leave you wanting more. Topped off with a decadent Irish cream frosting, these treats make for an indulgent dessert or sweet afternoon snack.

Get ready to indulge in a chocolatey treat with a twist! Perfect for any occasion or celebration, these Irish Coffee Brownies are sure to be a hit. So grab a mug of hot coffee and let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Coffee Brownies
Irish Coffee Brownies

Are you a fan of chocolate desserts? Do you love the rich, bold flavor of Irish coffee? If yes, then these Irish Coffee Brownies are meant for you. Fudgy and chocolatey, these brownies are infused with the taste of brewed coffee, adding depth and complexity to your taste buds.

What’s more? Topped with walnuts, these brownies are a perfect blend of nutty flavor and chocolaty goodness. The powdered sugar on top not only adds sweetness but also gives the brownies an attractive look.

If you think that’s all this brownie has to offer, you are in for a treat. These brownies have an extra kick of Irish whiskey, making them perfect for an adults-only gathering or just a cozy night in. Whether you want to indulge in something sweet or crave warm Irish coffee flavors, this dessert has got your back.

So dust off your aprons and get baking. From the first bite to the last crumb, these Irish Coffee Brownies will leave you craving for more.

Ingredient List

 Bite into a taste of Ireland with these Irish Coffee Brownies!
Bite into a taste of Ireland with these Irish Coffee Brownies!

The ingredient list for these Irish Coffee Brownies is fairly simple and straightforward. You will need:

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • A pinch of salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup of Irish whiskey
  • Optional: chopped walnuts

For the Irish Coffee Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals
  • 2 teaspoons warm milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 – 1 cup powdered sugar
  • A pinch of salt

Some additional ingredients substitutions and variations are also available in section (5) Substitutions and Variations.

The Recipe How-To

 Your favorite coffee and cocoa flavors all in one delicious treat!
Your favorite coffee and cocoa flavors all in one delicious treat!

Now that we have gathered all the ingredients, it is time to start making the Irish Coffee Brownies. This recipe will yield a fudgy and rich texture. Follow the steps below carefully to achieve the best results.

Preparing the Brownie Mix

First, preheat your oven to 350° F (175°C). After that, in a medium bowl, whisk 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon each of baking soda, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Then set the mixture aside.

In another mixing bowl, melt 1 ½ stick (3/4 cup) of unsalted butter or margarine. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in 1 ½ cups of granulated sugar until combined. Then mix in 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Next, gradually fold in the dry ingredients mixture until fully incorporated.

Adding Irish Coffee Flavours

To add Irish coffee flavours to your brownies, we will prepare a mixture of brewed coffee and instant coffee crystals. In a small mixing bowl, dissolve 2 tablespoons of instant coffee crystals in 1/2 cup of hot brewed coffee. When everything is dissolved completely, pour this mixture over the brownie batter and fold it together till mixed.

Baking and Serving

Now that you’ve prepared everything perfectly let’s heat up that oven! Pour the brownie batter into an 8×8-inch greased baking pan and smooth out with a spatula if needed. Spread chopped walnuts on top for added crunch.

Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center. Before cutting them into squares let them cool down completely by placing them on a wire rack.

Once cooled down completely sprinkle some powdered sugar on top if desired then cut them into squares or bars. This Irish Coffee Brownies recipe is perfect for any occasion, and pairs well with a cup of Irish coffee or with Baileys Irish Cream.

Substitutions and Variations

 Say hello to your new go-to brownie recipe.
Say hello to your new go-to brownie recipe.

One of the wonderful things about cooking is that you can always change things up to fit your taste! Here are a few ideas for substitutions and variations for our delicious Irish Coffee Brownies recipe:

– Nuts: If you’re not a fan of walnuts, you can easily swap them out for pecans or almonds. If you want to make these nut-free, simply omit them altogether.

– Brewed Coffee: Instead of using brewed coffee, feel free to use espresso coffee or instant coffee crystals. Make sure to dissolve the crystals in a small amount of hot water before adding them to the mix.

– Irish Cream: Baileys Irish Cream is one of the stars of this recipe, but if you don’t have any on hand, you can substitute it with Kahlúa or another coffee liqueur.

– Whiskey: The whiskey in this recipe adds a perfect kick of flavor, but if you’re not fond of whiskey, you can use rum, brandy or even vodka.

– Flour: This recipe calls for all-purpose flour, but if you have a gluten allergy or simply prefer gluten-free baking, you can use an all-purpose gluten-free flour instead.

– Butter: While this recipe calls for unsalted butter, feel free to substitute it with margarine or another plant-based butter substitute.

Get creative with your substitutions and variations and make these brownies your own!

Serving and Pairing

 Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy a slice of these decadent brownies.
Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy a slice of these decadent brownies.

There are plenty of ways to serve and pair Irish Coffee Brownies with other drinks or desserts. First of all, if you want to enhance their boozy flavor, I recommend serving them with a glass of Irish coffee, made with brewed coffee, Irish whiskey, and a splash of creamy Baileys Irish Cream.

Another great pairing for these decadent brownies is a cold glass of milk, which will balance out their rich, chocolatey taste. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can try serving them with a dollop of whipped cream on top, flavored with a hint of instant coffee crystals or Irish cream.

For an extra crunch and nuttiness, sprinkle some chopped walnuts, and dust some powdered sugar on top. These garnishes will add the perfect finishing touch to these fudgy brownies!

Irish Coffee Brownies are also a great dessert to serve at events or dinner parties. Their unique texture and complex flavor make them stand out from typical chocolate desserts. Plus, they pair well with other flavors that complement their sweetness, such as salted caramel and milk chocolate.

Overall, these indulgent treats are a versatile dessert that can be enjoyed in many different ways. Whether you choose to serve them warm or chilled or with a side of your favorite beverage, they are sure to delight anyone’s sweet tooth!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This is a fudgy brownie with a twist of Irish ingredients.
This is a fudgy brownie with a twist of Irish ingredients.

Irish Coffee Brownies are a delightful treat that is perfect for making in advance for a special event or holiday get-together. These brownies can be prepared up to three days ahead, and they actually taste better the day after baking! It’s recommended to store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

If you’ve got leftovers, you can freeze these brownies for later enjoyment too. To freeze, allow them to cool completely, then wrap individually in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer safe container. When you’re ready to enjoy them after freezing, simply let them thaw on the counter for several hours before heating them up.

To reheat your Irish Coffee Brownies, simply pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds or place them in a 350°F oven for 6-8 minutes until heated through. Be sure not to overheat, as this could dry out the fudgy texture.

If you want to take your brownies to the next level, try serving them with some salted caramel sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. You won’t be disappointed by how well these flavors complement one another.

Overall, with its long shelf life and versatile reheating options, Irish Coffee Brownies make a great dessert option that’s convenient and easy to store.

Tips for Perfect Results

 These brownies are best served warm and with a dollop of whipped cream.
These brownies are best served warm and with a dollop of whipped cream.

Creating the perfect Irish Coffee Brownies is not as easy as pie. It takes thoughtful preparation and a lot of attention to details to come up with the perfect balance of flavors and textures. To help you achieve the best result possible, below are some tips that will come handy as you go along with the recipe.

1. Brewed Coffee vs Instant Coffee Crystals

The use of brewed coffee in this recipe gives it a more authentic taste that blends perfectly with the Irish whiskey. As much as it’s quicker and easier to use instant coffee crystals, using brewed coffee enhances the overall taste of the brownies.

2. Room Temperature Ingredients

To get consistently good results, ensure that all ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them together. This makes it easier for them to blend well eliminating any lumps or bumps that may cause uneven baking.

3. Choosing Your Whiskey

For an enjoyable Irish experience, it is important to choose your whiskey wisely. Any brand of Irish whiskey will do, but selecting a smooth and flavorful drink for your brownies goes a long way in enhancing their overall taste.

4. Mixing Technique

When mixing the dry ingredients together, whisk them gently in one direction until all clumps have been removed. When adding coffee and eggs as wet ingredients, mix them together evenly by using a gentle folding motion rather than a stirring one.

5. Don’t Over Bake

Irish Coffee Brownies are supposed to be fudgy and moist on the inside, don’t over bake them or they will turn out dry and crumbly on the inside.

6. Cooling Properly

Before cutting up pieces of brownies, allow them to cool down in the pan for at least twenty minutes before taking them out onto a wire rack to keep from falling apart.

With these tips in hand, you’re all set to make some delicious and scrumptious Irish Coffee Brownies that will wow everyone’s taste buds!


Before we wrap up this Irish Coffee Brownies recipe, let’s take a moment to address some of the frequently asked questions that may arise as you prepare this delicious dessert. Whether you’re new to baking or an experienced chef, these tips and tricks will ensure that your Irish Coffee Brownies turn out fudgy, decadent, and perfectly infused with the flavors of coffee and Irish whiskey. So grab a cup of joe and let’s dive in!

What does adding coffee to brownie mix do?

Incorporating coffee into your brownie batter can enhance the richness of the chocolate flavor, just as it does in chocolate desserts.

Does adding coffee to brownie mix make it better?

To add an extra layer of decadence to your brownies, try swapping out the usual water for a strong cup of coffee. Coffee is known to bring out the rich flavor of chocolate, making it a popular ingredient in high-end chocolate desserts and sweets. So why not incorporate this trick into your brownie recipe for an indulgent treat?

How do you keep cream from sinking in Irish coffee?

One important step in making a creamy British dish is to remove the chilled cream from the fridge and give it a quick whisk. When it’s time to add the cream to the dish, a useful trick is to pour it over the back of a spoon, which helps prevent it from sinking. For an extra flavor, you can add some freshly grated nutmeg on top before serving. It’s best to serve the dish immediately for the perfect texture and temperature.

What are Katharine Hepburn brownies?

For this recipe, you will need either ½ cup of cocoa or 2 squares (2 oz.) of unsweetened baker’s chocolate. You will also need 1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter, 1 cup of sugar, 2 eggs, 1/4 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, a pinch of salt, and 1 cup of roughly chopped walnuts or pecans.

Bottom Line


After tasting these Irish Coffee Brownies, I am convinced that they are a game-changer. Not only are they moist and fudgy, but they also capture the rich and complex flavors of Irish coffee perfectly.

These brownies are suitable to be shared with friends and family on any occasions, and I highly recommend serving them with a warm cup of freshly brewed coffee or even a glass of Irish whiskey for a truly indulgent experience.

With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this recipe is an excellent option for novice bakers who want to try their hands at baking something impressive. If you want to take these brownies up a notch, consider adding some salted caramel sauce or Baileys Irish Cream frosting on top.

In conclusion, if you are a fan of chocolate desserts or looking to try something new in the kitchen, give these Irish Coffee Brownies a chance! They will satisfy your cravings for sweets and caffeine all at once, leaving you feeling satisfied and impressed by your own baking skills.

Irish Coffee Brownies

Irish Coffee Brownies Recipe

Tis truly a Leprechaun's delight and it could likely be yours too.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 60 Mins, Cookie and Brownie, Dessert, European, For Large Groups, St. Patrick's Day
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Calories 150.2kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or 3/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Irish whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee crystals
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon Irish whiskey
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 -4 tablespoons brewed coffee
  • chopped walnuts (optional)


  • Heat granulated sugar, butter or margarine, and 1/2 cup cocoa powder in a large saucepan over medium heat until butter or margarine melts, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat lightly just until combined.
  • Stir together flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a bowl; set aside.
  • Stir together milk and 1/4 cup whiskey; stir in coffee crystals.
  • Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to the chocolate mixture, beating by hand after each addition.
  • Stir in nuts. Pour into a greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  • Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, for the Irish Coffee Glaze, stir together sifted powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon Irish whiskey, and 1-1/4 teaspoons vanilla.
  • Stir in 3 to 4 tablespoons brewed coffee until of drizzling consistency.
  • If desired, sprinkle with additional chopped nuts. Makes 36 brownies.


Serving: 44g | Calories: 150.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.9g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 6.7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 22.6mg | Sodium: 53.1mg | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 15.3g

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