Thought for Friday ~ Irish Cream Brownies

Okay, so it's really not a thought, but a super delicious family recipe I meant to make on St. Patrick's day and wound up making this week instead. It's great for any occasion, and I hope you enjoy this yummy treat!

Irish Cream Brownies Brownies

4 oz. bittersweet chocolate
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs
1 cup flour

1/3 cup Irish Cream liqueur
8 oz. white chocolate (chopped into little pieces)

Pre-heat oven to 325 F. Prepare an 8x8 baking pan by dusting a light coating of cooking spray or if you prefer, use butter to coat the sides and bottom.

Melt chocolate and butter together in a heavy saucepan over a medium heat, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Whisk sugar, vanilla and salt into chocolate mixture, followed by the eggs, one at a time. Continue whisking mixture until it is shiny and smooth.

Add flour and whisk just until blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and level top. Bake for about 35 minutes, or until cake tester/toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely in pan before working with topping.

For topping, heat liqueur to a boil in a heavy sauce pan. Remove from heat and whisk in white chocolate until it is completely melted and mixture is smooth. Refrigerate until mixture becomes thick enough to spread, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.

Spread topping over brownies and refrigerate until cold. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes prior to serving.

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