Why drink your alcohol when you can eat it? These beer brownies are rich and decadent, especially after being covered in a layer of salted whiskey caramel sauce.
beer brownies with salted whiskey caramel

I’m doing this for our own good. Really.


Since we’re the same person, I know you made the salted whiskey caramel sauce to accompany the salty vanilla frozen custard that I posted two weeks ago.

know it’s been taunting you from the depths of your fridge ever since.

And I know that you are two mega spoonfuls away from a hyperglycemic coma and a lifelong devotion to alcoholic burnt sugar.

I think we need an intervention. Stat.


Usually when something like this happens, I just purge the offending ingredient from my life so that I don’t even have the option of going back for seconds sevenths. But this is liquid gold we’re talking about. So I did the next best thing..which was to transform it into something equally delicious that would tempt me just as much. Obviously.

These brownies are slightly more on the cake-y rather than the fudgy side of the brownie spectrum, likely because the half cup of stout that gives them their deep dark flavor also gives them a little bit more spring in their step. However, a drizzle of the salted whiskey caramel before baking creates pockets of caramel fudge so you end up with a best of both brownie worlds situation.


I would say these call for an intervention part two, except all of mine are already GONE. And not because I ate all of them. I somehow managed to part with a few to send to Erin of The Spiffy Cookie for this month’s Leftovers Club! I know Erin recently started a new job and moved to a new city, both of which are stressful BIG LIFE CHANGES. That call for alcohol. And chocolate. So these seemed pretty perfect. Hope you enjoyed them, Erin!

Beer Brownies with Salted Whiskey Caramel
Why drink your alcohol when you can eat it? These beer brownies are rich and decadent, especially after being covered in a layer of salted whiskey caramel sauce.
Yield: 24 brownies
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3½ oz semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup stout
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup salted whiskey caramel sauce
  1. Heat oven to 350F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan and dust with flour. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pot of boiling water. Set aside.
  4. In a small pan, melt the butter over medium heat, continuing to cook it until it starts to smell nutty and turns an amber brown color. Remove from the heat and pour into the chocolate. Stir to combine. Stir in the stout.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugars until thick, about 2 minutes. Add in the chocolate mixture and vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan. Drizzle the caramel sauce evenly over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges are firm and the center is just set. Allow to cool before slicing.
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 brownie

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53 Responses to Beer Brownies with Salted Whiskey Caramel

  1. I love beer, I love salted caramel, and I love brownies, so this is kind of perfect for me. I haven’t made my own brownies in such a long time.

  2. Trisha says:

    Yess for the best of both worlds with these brownies. cake and fudgy is the best. And not one, but TWO alcoholic beverages involved? This is what I needy to get me to the weekend!!!

  3. Sune Moolman says:

    Just this morning my hubby asked me to make something with beer.
    Coincidence? I think not.
    I have to say that your description of those caramel fudge pockets had me drooling… YUM!

  4. “pockets of caramel fudge” –> swoon

  5. Caitlin says:

    all of these alcohols PLUS brownies make me really happy. I think I’ll sip a cup of bailey’s alongside it and life will be really good. I’m jealous of Erin, I want brownies to arrive in my mailbox!

  6. Caramel? Check. Two kinds of booze? CHECK. My weekend is going to consist of these brownies and these brownies alone. Swooning over here!

  7. debbie says:

    I’ve used stout making a cake so why not brownies??? Great idea!!! One more of your recipes to try!

  8. Gosh, my hubby would love these! Beer and whiskey – two of his fav things.
    These look divine!

  9. Karly says:

    “Why drink your alcohol when you can eat it?” That’s basically my motto.

  10. Beth says:

    You know me well, Joanne. I definitely would have made that recipe, except I – for some ridiculous reason – gave up sweets for Lent! Ugh! Now all I can do is gaze lovingly at your photos and think, “Someday these can be mine too.”

  11. I’ve missed you! And you welcome back with brownies. You are too kind my friend. Delish indeed!

    Happy Thursday!

  12. Meg says:

    Pretty sure my husband would pass out with delight if presented with these. We do a lot of alcohol-soaked desserts in our household (is that bad?), and these look amazing!

  13. Cailee says:

    YUM! These look amazing! …and way to be so creative adding salt!! I love it! 🙂

  14. I think you mean, why not drink alcohol AND eat it. Ha ha ha. Gosh, I love these. You are truly my hero for making these. HUGS!

  15. This is definitely for our own good! Thank you Thank you! I needed that!

  16. Woohoo chocolate and booze are definitely in order! I love that I also made your baked good with a condiment of your creation haha.

  17. Sues says:

    I was JUST thinking that I need a sugar intervention. Butttt then I saw these and changed my mind 🙂

  18. Kathryn says:

    Wowzer…this brownies look so insanely good!

  19. I saw these on insta and the next thing I know is that I’m on my way to the supermarket to buy ALL THE STOUT AND WHISKEY.
    Not sure they’re gonna make it to the brownies buuuuuut they look incredible anyway. Seriously mouthwatering Joanne!

  20. Julia says:

    Alright, alright! I’m ready to get love drunk off these cakey decadent beauties!

  21. Heather says:

    It’s because of things like this that I will never be able to diet. These look incredibly dangerous, as I can see myself making them late at night so I can then hide in a dark corner and eat them all. YUM.

  22. Joanne, damn girl. . you never disappoint. Seriously. Salted whiskey caramel sauce?! I actually have brownies in the oven now . . that I was going to call world’s best brownies or the ultimate brownies or something lame like that (for search purposes) 😛 and now I am re-thinking my decision. Damn, these look amazing!!!

  23. Susan says:

    All the best food groups are covered here! Wow, they look delicious.

  24. mira says:

    These brownies look absolutely beautiful Joanne! Can only imagine how they taste ..hmm beer, whiskey caramel-delicious!

  25. Faye says:

    Beer, whiskey caramel and brownies? I am so down for this…YUM!

  26. Beer brownies?! This sounds so awesome, Joanne. And that salted whiskey caramel is the perfect touch.

  27. Shaina says:

    Oh my gosh that whiskey caramel sounds amazing! These brownies are exactly how I like them — super thick and fudgy. Yum!

  28. Total chewy perfection! Gah! Love this!

  29. OMG – get out of the kitchen Girl and stop tempting us:) I haven’t even had breakfast yet and I want these!

  30. I was reading this and thinking…breakfast. I think I need an intervention, but these really do pack a lot of delicious punches!

  31. You’re killing me with this!!! All of my favorite things wrapped up in a perfect little chocolatey square!

  32. How brilliant! And they sound and look heavenly with caramel drizzle.

  33. Beer and whiskey brownies?!? You’re speaking my language. These look amazing Joanne!

  34. Kim says:

    Amazing. Booze and chocolate are my two BFFs.

  35. OMG yesssss GIRL! This is amazeballs! ALLLL of the brownies in the related posts look awesome too! I need to eat one now!

  36. Send kale and green juice. I will gladly put myself into shock for these guys!

  37. holy….MOLY

    delicious brownies and that whiskey caramel sauce???! agh!

  38. Eileen says:

    The real question is: why not drink AND eat your alcohol? 🙂 These brownies sound fantastic! Give me anything with chocolate and caramel, and I will be happy.

  39. Monica says:

    Well, hello brownies! Woah, they sound exciting and delicious. The beer is interesting enough but then that salted whiskey caramel…you’re going to need to open your own bakery so we can taste your amazing concoctions.

  40. Ginger Stark says:

    What, what?! I love stout. I even put it in my chili. I’m going to make these brownies for my husband stat.

  41. These sound amazing. I have never thought I adding beer to brownies, you are truly a genius !!

  42. SO jealous Erin got some of these (though, it sounds like she could use them :)). If you ever are in need of any more dessert purges, you know where to find me.

  43. Christine says:

    Oh, these are SO ME. I could inhale them. Onto my list of things to make B4 no-oven-on-summer hits!

  44. Ala says:

    Let me do the intervention! I’ll take these brownies away in the blink of an eye 😉 geeeeee whiz, this is awesome! Go girl! I totally support your lovely addiction.

  45. Kelly says:

    Boozy brownies and salted caramel? Simply brilliant! I don’t think there would be any leftovers to send if I had these.

  46. Pam says:

    I have a feeling Erin loved getting these brownies! They look decadent and so delicious.

  47. It’s been a while since I baked with stout, time to remedy that! Great recipe Joanne 🙂

  48. Laura says:

    I need to get back into that. Somehow I just lost the momentum. And OMG these look good and your post cracked me up!

  49. grace says:

    the problem with beer in recipes is that my boyfriend is never willing to sacrifice his craft brews for such purposes! i think i could talk him into these though. 🙂

  50. Kate says:

    You’re totally on my wavelength. I was all about brownies two weekends ago. This past weekend I moved on to hamentaschen.

  51. Johanna GGG says:

    I like my brownies fudgy but for ones with stout, whisky and caramel I will make an exception because they sounds amazing

  52. Elizabeth says:

    Beer brownies?!? AMAZING! I gave up alcohol for lent, but I would cheat for these!

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