The Gleeful Gourmand: Irish Cream Brownies

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Irish Cream Brownies

I apologize for this being so late, but just in case you're still not sure what to make for dessert for tonight's St. Patrick's Day party (or maybe you're celebrating this weekend?), here is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. It may not be traditional, but after bandying about with traditional Irish desserts, this one, Irish only because of the Bailey's in it, was the only one that made me want to devour the entire batch. And possibly even the pan they sit in.

Irish Cream Brownies

1 cup butter
4 1-oz. squares unsweetened chocolate
2 1/3 cups sugar, divided
5 large eggs, divided
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
3 Tbsp. Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur

In a medium saucepan, combine butter and chocolate. Cook over low heat until melted, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 350˚. Grease a 9x13 baking pan lightly with Pam spray.

In a medium bowl, beat 2 cups sugar and 4 eggs with an electric mixer until fluffy (about 4 minutes). Gradually add flour and salt. Stir in melted chocolate mixture.

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in 1 egg and liqueur.

Pour half of chocolate mixture into prepared pan. Spread cream cheese mixture over chocolate mixture. Spread remaining chocolate mixture over cream cheese layer. Bake for 40 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!

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