Bacon Bourbon Brownies

I know, right?!? Bacon + Bourbon + Brownies = sounds amazing. Too bad these brownies were a bit disappointing… I wanted to post this recipe because I think it has a TON of potential and should be perfect for the upcoming Superbowl. For whatever reason, when I think of Superbowl food, my mind goes straight to bacon.

I was really excited about these Bacon Bourbon Brownies. I followed Dan’s advice and poured some bourbon directly onto the brownies while they were still warm. The brownies definitely smelled like bourbon as you went to take a bite. The problem was that once you took a bite… They just tasted like a brownie. And a cakey brownie at that.

I was disappointed when I took my first bite, but waited to see what others thought of them. After a few people, including Hubby, tasted them, everyone agreed that they didn’t taste like bacon. If you closed your eyes and took a bite you wouldn’t even guess there was bacon on them. And look at them! There’s a LOT of bacon on there.

Now I am not just going to bash this recipe without some suggestions on how I’d do things differently. The first issue in my book is how tall they are. There’s just too much brownie to bacon there. I took one brownie and cut the bottom off and took a bite. I could actually taste the bacon! To fix that, you could just bake this recipe in a 9×13 pan instead of an 9×9 pan.

My other main issue was the texture of the brownie. I’m biased against cakey brownies, so if you like cakey brownies, you might be happy with this one. But I just felt like a bacon brownie should be more fudgey and gooey. To fix this issue, I’d use my go-to brownie recipe as it’s written and just add the bourbon to the batter and top with bacon and pecans. That would also solve the first issue since those brownies are not very thick. I’d also be sure to pour the bourbon on top while they’re still hot.

I was hoping to make these brownies again before posting them, but I just didn’t have time. If anyone tries these suggestions, please let me know how they turn out!

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Bacon Bourbon Brownies

Yield: 25 brownies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pecans, toasted
1/2 pound sliced bacon
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 stick plus 2 Tbsp butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp bourbon
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cup bourbon

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray the paper with vegetable spray.

In a skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp, 6 minutes. Drain on paper towels and let cool; reserve 3 tablespoons of the fat. Finely chop the bacon.

In a saucepan, combine both chocolates with the butter and stir over very low heat, until melted; scrape into a large bowl. Beat in both sugars with the reserved 3 tablespoons of bacon fat. Beat in the 3 Tbsp of bourbon. Add the eggs and salt and beat until smooth. Sift the cocoa and flour into the bowl and beat until blended.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle the bacon and pecans on top. Lightly press bacon and pecans into batter.

Bake for about 50 minutes, until the brownies are set around the edges but slightly wobbly in the center; a toothpick inserted into the center should have some batter clinging to it. Immediately pour 1/4 cup bourbon over top of the brownies.

Transfer the pan to a rack and let the brownies cool completely. Cut into squares or rectangles and serve.

Recipe from Food in my Beard, originally from Food and Wine

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22 Responses to “Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 6, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Jen – these look phenomenal! I am pretty sure I could eat the entire batch of your cupcakes in one sitting. Thank you so much for helping Krystal and Eric celebrate Cupcake’s arrival!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

      These were definitely dangerous. People were fighting over the last one at the party I took them too.

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    Megan — May 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    They look delicious! Love that little cupcake stand.

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

      I got it at Home Goods. Isn’t it super cute?

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — May 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Nutella frosting?! Yes please!

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    Krystal R. — May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Awww Jen, these are so gorgeous and a great way for you to get back in your baking habit!! Did you know that I had a big nutella phase during cupcake’s pregnancy…I need this frosting in my life!! Thank you for participating in my virtual baby shower. XXOO

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      You definitely need this frosting in your life. Even if you just make it to eat with a spoon. It’s SO good. Good luck with the upcoming arrival of your cupcake! (my sister is pregnant and refers to her little one as her nugget!)

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    These look wonderful and that nutella cloud frosting sounds phenomenal!!

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    Jessica @ Sunny Side Up — May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I used the nutella cloud frosting on my birthday cake last year and I was blown away at how perfectly the name matched the texture! I love how perfectly smooth and fluffy it is. And yours looks absolutely perfect on top of that cupcake!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      I know – isn’t it the perfect name for this frosting. It’s amazing.

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’d also fill these with Nutella, and use a chocolate stout cake… mmmm…

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

      YUM! That’s a great idea.

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    tracy {pale yellow} — May 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes! It’s hard not to want a nutella cloud frosting! I just made cupcakes for the first time in awhile too, I forget how relaxing and fun cupcakes can be!

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    Jessica of My Baking Heart — May 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    You had me at ‘Nutella’, Jen! Beautiful cuppies!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    So cute and absolutely perfect!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — May 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Oh man…nutella frosting? These sound so good!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      It tastes much better than it sounds. Trust me. I’m debating going to get the leftovers out of the fridge to snack on some…

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Oh goodness, these look dangerous 😉 loving the nutella frosting!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      They’re definitely dangerous. I was glad I took them to a friend’s house.

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    Becky — May 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Those cupcakes are perfect!!!

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    Rachel — November 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Do i have to have a paddle and stand mixer? I only have a regular hand mixer at the moment.

    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

      A hand mixer probably would work just fine.

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