Hump Day Treat: Shamrock Out With Your Cock Out Brownies

by Rachel on March 10, 2010

mean girls, hump day treat

After writing about cooking with beer on Monday, I was good and ready to do just that! These brownies, from the March issue of Cooking Light, are “Black and Tan” brownies, based on the traditional two-beer drink. And you need Guinness! So perfect for the next Hump Day — St. Patrick’s Day!


Tan Brownies

6 tbsp softened butter

1 and 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Black Brownies

3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

4 tbsp butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup Guinness

1 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt

This Is How We Do It

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place one rack in the lower third and one rack in the upper third.

Start by preparing the tan brownies: beat together the butter and brown sugar and then beat in two eggs and the vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients and then add to the sugar mixture with the pecans, beating until just combined.


Spoon the mixture into a 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Put the brownies on the rack on the lower third of the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

While the tan brownies are baking, get started on the black. Put the chocolate and the butter in the microwave for about a minute, stirring every 20 seconds, until it’s melted and smooth. Add the sugar and stir until it’s well combined.

Add the eggs, vanilla, and Guinness, stirring with a whisk until it’s combined. Then add the dry ingredients. The chocolate batter is so, so smooth.

brownies, chocolate

This is the first time I actually got to use the Perfect Brownie Pan I bought Preston for Valentine’s Day! I was so pumped. When the tan brownies have baked for 15 minutes, remove them from the oven.

Your first thought might be, Um, those aren’t done! Right. They are not done. You have to pour the black brownie mixture over them and bake again. If you’re using the Perfect Brownie Pan, you also have to insert the dividers so you get perfect brownies.

perfect brownie pan

Bake in the top third of the oven for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Heyyy, perfect brownies! They are like little shots, all in a row.

perfect brownie pan

Let them cool and then enjoy!

The layering is a bit different on each brownie, but check it — you’ll get that black and tan effect!

You can have the brownies as a treat with the leftover Guinness. Or, if you’re trying to be healthy, you can use the Guinness to work your bicpes like I did.

cooking, beer, kitchen, apron

Have a great Wednesday night!

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet March 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm

I want one of those brownie pans so freakin’ bad. Yum.


2 Melissa (It's a Veggieful Life) March 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm

I was thinking as I was reading that you needed the perfect brownie pan and then…. wham! there it is! Those brownies look deadly delish! My six year-old son loves his (our) perfect brownie pan. He got it for Christmas. :)
.-= Melissa (It’s a Veggieful Life)´s last blog ..A Lost Boy at Peace =-.


3 Crystal March 10, 2010 at 11:28 pm

My mom used to make a marble cake when I was younger. I can’t help but think brownies would be better though! ;)
.-= Crystal´s last blog ..Birthday Post! =-.


4 Rachel's Mom March 10, 2010 at 11:58 pm

These brownies are DELICIOUS! They are soft and moist, like little
cheese cake/pudding squares or something. I have to stop myself from eating more than one at a time. I think I’ll go get one for a midnight snack!


5 Nikki March 11, 2010 at 11:52 am

I can’t wait to give these a try! I’m a big fan of Guinness AND brownies! :)


6 Ashlei March 12, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Totally loving your apron! :)


7 Rachel March 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Thanks Ashlei! I figured it was time to switch to a spring, St. Patty’s friendly apron!!


8 Nikki March 13, 2010 at 12:47 am

How’d you make yours come out so dark? I used Guinness Extra Stout and followed the recipe exactly only changing the pecans to walnuts since that’s what I had handy…
Posting a picture on my Tumblr..
They came out amazing though, I really had fun with this recipe. I did however have to bake them longer because the butterknife wasn’t coming out clean when poking it in the center.. No worries, still awesome!!!
.-= Nikki´s last blog ..AMAZING BATCAT!!Seriously, how cool is this?! =-.


9 Laura March 18, 2010 at 9:07 am

Made these last night….SO good!!! Cant wait to try the beef stew!


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