Stout Brownies

I’ve been sitting on this idea for a while. It first came to me last summer, when we were at a pub and I noticed a chocolate stout on the menu… Of course I ordered it. It was CHOCOLATE, I had to!… The beer was disappointing but I fell in love with the concept of a chocolate/beer combo… I then promptly forgot about it (beer will do that to you :-)).

It wasn’t until October that I was reminded about baking with beer. Dave and I were browsing the liquor store when my eyes gazed upon a maple stout. This was the beer my unconscious had been waiting for! With great excitement, I scooped up the bottle and scurried to the cashier, ready to make my beer brownies.

Well you know how things go… Being October, I already had Halloween themed treats planned, and the maple stout just didn’t fit in. Then, shortly into November, I started the Christmas goodies. Again, not the right fit… But now, with renewed enthusiasm, and a bottle of maple stout still in my cupboard, I felt the time was finally right to make my “manly” brownies ๐Ÿ™‚

I did peek around the internet and discovered that my idea was not at all original (which was disappointing). However, I figure that we can never have too much chocolate, or too many brownies… Beer, perhaps, is another story ๐Ÿ˜‰


Have you tried baking with beer? If so, what did you make?



Stout Brownies




Stout Brownies

2/3 cup Stout (I usedย Cannery Brewing Maple Stout)

3 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (about 1/2 cup)

1/4 cup Margarine

2/3 cup Brown Sugar

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (or all-purpose flour)

2 tbsp Cocoa Powder

1/2 tsp Baking Powder

2 ounces Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (about 1/3 cup, optional)


Measure stout, do not include foam in measurement. Skim off foam or wait until it has dissipated… Pour stout into a pot and bring to a simmer. Simmer until liquid is reduced to 1/3 cup (8 – 10 minutes). If you reduce your liquid too much and it come up a little short (this happened to me), top it up with stout from the bottle. Set aside.

Preheat oven toย 350ยฐF.

Line an 8×8-inch square pan with foil and lightly grease the bottom.

In a double boiler, melt the first amount of chocolate and the margarine together, stirring until thoroughly combined and smooth. Stir in the sugar.

Add the reduced stout and vanilla to the chocolate mixture and stir until thoroughly combined.

In a bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder. Add to chocolate mixture and stir until moistened.

Scrap batter into baking pan and smooth out to edges of the pan.

Sprinkle second amount of chocolate chips over the top (if you’re using), and bake for 20 – 24 minutes, until an inserted toothpick comes out clean (a few sticky crumbs are ok).

Completely cool before slicing and serving. Even better, when completely cool, cover and allow to rest overnight in your refrigerator. This allows the ย flavours to really meld and firms up the brownies (making for neater and easier slicing).

Best served at room temperature.

Makes 12 – 16 deliciously dense and chewy brownies.



18 thoughts on “Stout Brownies

    1. Starr

      Normally, I’m not a dark beer kind of girl, but it was really nice, with lots of maple flavour. Even better in the brownies though ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Starr

      Don’t you sometimes wish there was a “tasting” option on computers?… Kind of like the old scratch and sniff books, but more like click and taste… I do, often ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Ally

    Intriguing! In a good way. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Ah, don’t you hate it when you think you’ve invented something, only to discover that 809 people have been there before you ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. The Smart Cookie Cook

    It’s so frustrating when you think you’ve got something original, only to find somebody else has done it. Unfortunately, that’s what happens in the food blogging world. If it makes you feel any better, yours are the first I’ve seen, and they look like fudgy heaven! I’m not a beer girl, but I’d give these chocolatey guys a taste.

  3. Andrea

    Too bad that beer is only available in BC. Nowhere in the States. I think it will work with another chocolatey stout, don’t you? I’d love to try them, beer and chocolate, seriously two of my favorite things.

    1. Starr

      That’s too bad about the beer, you’re seriously missing out!… Regarding the brownies, use whatever you have on hand. Sure there will be subtle differences in flavour, but so long as it’s a stout, the brownies will turn out great!

  4. Andrea

    I used Sam Adams Chocolate Bock beer and they turned out yummy. They were a little crumble-y but tasted fantastic.

    1. Starr

      Thanks for trying the recipe!… I’m surprised that they were crumbly ๐Ÿ™ Mine were moist with a crackly, thin, top crust. Because of the moistness, they bend and broke a bit after they were first baked and cooled, but after a night in the fridge they firmed up nicely… I’m glad they were still yummy though! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Andrea

    Well, I’m a liar and a cheat. Because I probably just didn’t wait long enough to cut them into squares. I promise to wait longer next time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

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