Whiskey Brownies

Whiskey brownies with whiskey ganache: Double trouble. The best brownies I've ever eaten!

One of the reasons I love traveling is for the food inspiration.

No matter where I go, there’s always something great to eat, something new to try, and some local flavors to learn about.  

My recent trip to Tennessee didn’t disappoint, culinary-wise.

The pimento cheese. The grits. And the Tennessee hot chicken. All delicious.

And one local flavor stood out loud and proud: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey.

There, I discovered the wonderful, intriguing combination of whiskey and chocolate. 

Whiskey brownies: The brownies and frosting both contain whiskey, making for deep flavor and a kick!

Here’s the deal:

Whiskey and chocolate is a genius taste combination. 

The sweet vanilla and caramel notes in the Jack Daniels bring an interesting depth to these brownies. And of course, they give them a little kick.

If you’re looking to experiment with whiskey and chocolate, this is a GREAT intro recipe. Who doesn’t love brownies? Not only are they delicious, they’re quite easy to make from scratch. Give these a try!

If you’re looking for a savory recipe that incorporates whiskey, try this whiskey chili

What does whiskey do to chocolate? Something very, very delicious. Click for this whiskey brownie recipe.

About The Recipe

The chocolate: I used Nestle dark chocolate chips, which have 53% cacao content.

The topping: Chocolate ganache is made by combining equal parts chocolate and heavy whipping cream. To make this whiskey ganache, I added one tablespoon of whiskey to the mixture. At the end, I sprinkled on some smoked sugar that I purchased in a gourmet spice shop. This is totally optional!

The walnuts: Walnuts in brownies are delicious. Toasted walnuts in brownies are even better. If you’re not a nut lover, you can omit the walnuts.

Baking time: I like to under-bake brownies ever so slightly to ensure they are moist and dense. Watch your brownies closely toward the end of the baking time. I insert a toothpick into the center of the pan, and remove from oven if there is a bit of brownie stuck to the toothpick. Not raw dough – but dense, moist baked brownie.

Love Cooking To Music? Me Too!

Play this fitting song, Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton, for some company while you cook:

Hey Brownie Lovers: Here Are More Recipes To Try!

Here’s another one of my favorite brownie recipes: Brown butter and almond brownies

And these super-duper easy 3-ingredient Nutella brownies.

Dark chocolate whiskey brownies: Deep flavor - brownies with a kick! Click through for recipe.

Whiskey Brownies
Yield: 16 brownies

Whiskey Brownies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

For brownies

  • 1 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, but into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons whiskey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup chopped walnuts

For whiskey ganache

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon whiskey

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Toast walnuts: Place walnuts on a banking sheet and put in the oven as you preheat. Heat for 5+ minutes, until walnuts are gently toasted. Watch close to avoid burning.
  3. Heat chocolate chips, sugar, and butter in a heavy-bottom saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly, until chocolate and butter are melted. Remove from heat and stir in whiskey.
  4. Transfer chocolate mixture to a mixing bowl. Whisk in eggs, one at a time. Add flour and salt and mix well.Stir in (cooled) walnuts. Pour into prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 35 to 38 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out with a few sticky crumbs still attached. I like to under-bake these ever so slightly to ensure a moist, dense brownie.
  6. For whiskey ganache: In a small saucepan over low heat, combine cream, chocolate chips, and whiskey. Stir constantly until melted. Pour over brownies and serve.

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