Thursday, January 20, 2011

Brownies that will make you say "Whoa"

Starting a new job is always a whirlwind. There are new skills to learn, new commutes to tackle, and new people to meet. Luckily, I have some great new coworkers. They are smart and talented and wonderful at their jobs. But thankfully, a few of them are also total foodies like me.

I love food. I love making food. I love eating food. I like talking about food. So it's really nice to have something in common with the people I spend sometimes 10 hours a day with!

When I saw these Young's Double Chocolate Stout Brownies posted a few weeks ago on one of my all time favorite food blogs We Are Not Martha; I knew I these would be a great treat to bring into work. They combine two of my favorite things, chocolate and beer. How could they go wrong.

These brownies turned out intensely fudgy and super delicious. They actually make you stop and say "whoa." I love food that does that. Hopefully, my new officemates they like them as much as I do.

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout Brownies (from We Are Not Martha)
Makes 16 brownies
  • 1 cup Young’s Double Chocolate Stout
  • 5 oz. baking chocolate (I used Hershey's semi-sweet)
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1.5 sticks)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs


Start off by pouring the beer into a measuring cup and setting it aside to let the head settle. 

Dice up your butter and break up your chocolate into small bits. Place in your double boiler, or build a make shift one (place a heat-safe bowl over a pot of boiling water). Lower water to a simmer and stir till melted. Remove chocolate mixture from heat when melted and smooth. Pour chocolate mixture into a mixing bowl and beat in the brown sugar. 

Allow the mixture to cool to lukewarm. Whisk together the flour and cocoa powder and set aside. Beat the eggs one at a time into the chocolate mixture until it looks glossy. 

Stir in the chocolate stout and then fold in the cocoa mixture. 

I smoothed out my batter a little with my mixer, but the recipe says to be careful not to over-mix. Coat an 8x8 pan with butter, parchment paper, or Pam with flour. Pour batter evenly into the pan. 

Pop it in the oven for 20-22 minutes at 365 degrees. Remove the pan from the oven when brownies are done (if your cake tester comes out clean - you are golden.) Let the brownies cool in the pan on a wire cooling rack. Cut into 16 squares and enjoy.


  1. I think these are a dessert that even Christopher can be convinced to eat. Making them!! Glad to hear your co-workers are awesome!

  2. Crucial component of the official Breakfast of Champions.