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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 325F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.