Smoked Porter Beer Brownies are so fudgy and delicious! They’re super easy to make and have a hint of smokey flavor from a smoked porter beer. You can’t go wrong by finishing with a topping of a decadent amount of cream cheese frosting.
I’m not messing around getting 2018 started. I realize that January is about half over and I’m just arriving to the party. What can I say. I had to decide what to lead this new year with. How do I want to represent and forecast what’s to come?
I decided for all of us that we need lots of chocolate, obscene amounts of cream cheese frosting, and beer. So I give you Smoked Porter Beer Brownies. Happy New Year!
2017 was a crapstorm. You guys know that. I have confidence that this year is going to be great and I’m starting with a positive outlook. Awesome things are going to happen for all of us. Let’s do this together. Hello 2018! Bring on all things wonderful!
After all – how can we lose when we’re starting out with Smoked Porter Beer Brownies? Cheers!
Smoked Porter Beer Brownies
Smoked Porter Beer Brownies are so fudgy and delicious! They're super easy to make and have a hint of smokey flavor from a smoked porter beer. You can't go wrong by finishing with a topping of a decadent amount of cream cheese frosting.
- 1 cup smoked porter beer
- 3 sticks butter divided
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 5 large eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tablespoon vanilla divided
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 4 cups confectioners sugar
Heat oven to 325
Pour beer into a saucepan with fairly high sides, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer until reduced to a 1/4 cup
When beer is reduced, add 2 sticks of butter and cocoa powder to the same pan and cook over low heat until butter is melted while stirring until the mixture is smooth then set aside to cool slightly
In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, flour, and salt
Add eggs to chocolate butter beer mixture, whisking them in one at a time
Stir vanilla into the chocolate mixture
Stir the flour mixture into the chocolate butter beer mixture until just combined
Line a 8 x 8 inch square pan with parchment paper or grease the pan with butter then pour in the brownie batter
Sprinkle the milk chocolate chips on top of the brownie batter
Bake for 35 - 35 minutes, cool completely
While the brownies are baking, make the frosting. Add remaining one stick of butter and cream cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth
Add confectioners sugar one cup at a time and beat until smooth
Top cooled brownies with cream cheese frosting
- Keep an eye on the beer while it's reducing. It can boil over - this is why you want to use a fairly deep pan.
- You want the beer chocolate butter mixture to cool enough so that you don't cook your eggs when you add them
- You will want one stick of butter and the cream cheese softened to room temperature to make it easy to beat for the frosting
- After frosting the brownies you can pop them in the refrigerator for an hour or so for the frosting to firm up a bit and it will make them easier to cut