Beer Brownies

Brownies are a popular dessert that can be made with both flour and chocolate, but this recipe calls for beer. Don’t worry if you don’t have any in the house – substituted orange juice or milk will do just fine.

The “beer brownies with box mix” is a recipe that uses a boxed cake mix to make beer-flavored brownies. The entire process takes about an hour and requires no baking skills.

For the first time, I made these beer brownies.

Today I have a special surprise for you: BEER BROWNIES. Yes, like brownies laced with bourbon. And because there’s beer icing on them. FROSTING WITH BEER, GUYS. FROSTING. BEER. They’re from my wonderful blogging buddy Christina Lane’s new cookbook, Sweet and Simple: Dessert For Two, which she recently launched.  

Christina’s blog focuses on small-batch sweets for people who are unaware. It’s brilliant. I mean, if she didn’t already have a baking blog dedicated to little desserts, I’d completely start one. Christina and I became blogger friends years ago when we discovered that we had a passion for — you guessed it — baked products. So when she asked if I’d want to share a dish from her new cookbook, I answered yes right away!

The hardest part was deciding what to create. Half-batch cookies, bars baked in loaf pans, and miniature cakes abound in this cookbook. Swoon! But I knew I had to bake her Beer Brownies as soon as I saw her recipe.


“K I’m sort of angry with how wonderful your beer brownies are,” I texted Christina the night I prepared these lovelies. Which is saying a lot since I’m a self-proclaimed brownie expert. However, the reality is that these brownies are crazy!

The beer icing is what drew me in. It’s one-of-a-kind. It’s strange because it has a little fermented flavor, which I appreciate doesn’t sound very attractive, but it’s a wonderful match to the brownies’ rich richness when topped with it.

My beer brownies were sprinkled with small chocolate chips for added crunch, but they’re just delicious without them. If you want to make these cookies even faster, leave off the icing entirely. However, since it is so amazing, I would not suggest it.


Advice on how to make these beer brownies

These fudgy brownies are really easy to make and need very little hands-on time. When making a batch of these bad guys, keep the following in mind:

Use a dark beer – For the fullest taste, use a dark beer (such as a stout). Of course, you’re free to try other things depending on your own tastes. And if you discover a different beer that you like in these brownies, please let me know so I can give it a try!

Keep an eye on the beer concentration — That’s right, you read it correctly. For these brownies, you’ll be creating beer concentrate. Simply simmer a cup of beer over low heat until it reduces to produce the beer concentrate. Avoid walking away from the boiling beer at all costs, since it has a propensity to boil over.

I know what you’re thinking: don’t use dark chocolate instead. Although the recipe asks for unsweetened chocolate, dark chocolate works just as well. Sorry, but that’s not possible. For this beer brownie recipe, dark chocolate is still too sweet. This brownie recipe calls for unsweetened chocolate, which can be bought in the baking aisle.

Do not frost the brownies while they are still warm – These beer brownies must be entirely cold before icing. Believe me when I say that the wait is well worth it!


Let’s give Christina a standing ovation for her outstanding achievement. You’ve got it, girl!

Sweet and Simple: Dessert for Two, Christina’s book, is available for purchase here.



for the brownies made with beer

  • 1 quart of dark beer (such as stout)
  • 8 tblsp butter (unsalted)
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder + 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar + 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 oz. chopped unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 egg white (big)
  • 1 teaspoon extract de vanille
  • a quarter teaspoon of fine salt
  • 1/2 cup flour (all-purpose)

to make the beer icing

  • 6 tablespoons softened unsalted buter
  • 1 cup sugar (powdered)


  1. In a small saucepan, boil the beer until it is reduced to 1/3 cup. It will take around 20 minutes to complete. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t boil over.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325°F and parchment paper a loaf pan.
  3. Combine the butter, cocoa powder, sugar, and unsweetened chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds on maximum power. Microwave for another 30 seconds after stirring. Allow 1 minute for the mixture to cool.
  4. 4 tablespoons beer concentration, egg white, vanilla, and salt, whisked together
  5. Finally, whisk in the flour for 50 strokes to fully combine and activate the gluten.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes after pouring the ingredients into the loaf pan. When the top is dry and only wet crumbs attach to an inserted toothpick, it’s done. Allow to cool.
  7. Make the icing once the brownies have cooled. Combine the softened butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining beer concentrate (1 tablespoon).
  8. Serve the brownies with a chocolate frosting.

More fudgy brownie recipes may be found at:

Brownies with Tiramisu

Brownies with Chocolate and Caramel

Brownies with Few Calories

Brownies with Smores at their Finest

Brownies with Blackberries and Cheesecake

The “beer blondies” are a delicious and easy dessert to make. The brownies are made with beer and chocolate chips, which makes them super rich and fudgy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you bake with beer?

What makes brownies more fudgy?

A: There are many reasons why brownies would be fudgy, but the most common reason is that they contain more flour and a greater amount of eggs than other baked goods.

What makes brownies moist and chewy?

A: Brownies are given moisture and chewiness by being cooked in a hot oven.

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