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Fudgy Layered Irish Mocha Brownies

My husband and I are big fans of Irish cream, so I wanted to incorporate it into a brownie. I started with my mom's brownie recipe, then added frosting and ganache. This decadent recipe is the result, and we really enjoy them! —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 6 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Remove from heat; stir in cocoa, oil and instant coffee granules. Cool slightly; stir in sugar and beaten eggs. Gradually add flour mixture and vanilla; mix well. Spread batter into a greased 8-in. square pan; bake until center is set (do not overbake), about 25 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  • For frosting, whisk together confectioners' sugar and butter (mixture will be lumpy). Gradually whisk in Irish cream liqueur; beat until smooth. Spread over slightly warm brownies. Refrigerate until frosting is set, about 1 hour.
  • Meanwhile, prepare ganache: Combine all ingredients and microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Microwave 30 seconds longer; stir until smooth. Cool slightly until ganache reaches a spreading consistency. Spread over frosting. Refrigerate until set, 45-60 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 brownie: 295 calories, 14g fat (7g saturated fat), 43mg cholesterol, 116mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • conboll
    Feb 27, 2021

    I love this recipe! It has my favorite flavor combinations, chocolate, coffee, Irish cream. It's decadent but I only have one piece a day. I made mine in a nine inch springform pan. Would recommend for someone who wants a real treat!

  • Karen
    Jan 30, 2021

    Way too sweet! I should have known when the recipe calls for 3 cups of sugar for 16 servings...not even including the sugar in the chocolate and Irish cream. That is essentially a quarter cup sugar for a tiny brownie! We all took one bite & dumped the entire pan. I hardly ever give negative reviews, but this was just terrible. Save your time and money.

  • JTCooksOK
    Mar 18, 2020

    They were very easy to put together, as an extra bonus I chopped up chocolate covered mint Oreo cookies on top of the ganache layer. I like the fact that this recipe does a brownie from scratch, not a box mix. I recommend it for a great St. Patrick's Day dessert.

  • Susan Kane
    Mar 19, 2019

    Very disappointing - these are so sweet we tossed them, and I have a big sweet tooth! Could hardly taste the Irish Cream : (