Baileys Fudge Brownie Recipe

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Baileys Fudge Brownies, made with a swirl of rich Irish Cream fudge, are a seriously decadent chocolatey treat that you won’t be able to resist! Fudgy brownies with a boozy ripple don’t have to just be for St. Patrick’s Day, either. Since they are a flourless dessert, you can make them for an easy gluten free treat any day of the year!

Bailey's Brownie with a jar of fudge sauce and bottle of Irish cream in the background.

The Best Baileys Fudge Brownies

A while back, I made a ridiculously easy 5 minute Baileys hot fudge sauce. It was so easy that I may or may not have made multiple batches of it. You know, for the sake of research. But, then I found myself revisiting the fridge repeatedly, spoon in hand, grabbing just a bit of fudge.

So, in order to avoid the subsequent damage to my waistline from eating an entire jar of fudge sauce, I thought I would swirl it into some brownies. I think it was one of the best decisions I could have made. These rich, chewy brownies are filled with sweet Irish cream fudge, and every bite is a dream come true.

This fudge brownie recipe is perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day party, but really, you can make ’em any time you like. They’re always a hit! (And, if you’re looking for more ways to cure your brownie cravings, check out these rocky road brownies, these gluten free brookies, or these gluten free brownies!)

Bailey's fudge brownies piled up on a small green cake stand.

Why You’ll Love This Fudge Brownie Recipe

I have fallen head-over-heels for these fudge brownies. This is why they’re so awesome:

  • Fudgy and chewy. I don’t know about you, but when it comes to the fudgy vs cake-like brownie debate, I’m a fan of the former! These brownies are super rich and fudgy. 🙂
  • Full of chocolate flavor. These Baileys brownies contain both cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips, so they’re packed with sweet chocolate flavor!
  • Easy to make. This fudge brownie recipe comes together with 15 minutes of prep work and 30 minutes of bake time. That’s it!
Cut up flourless brownies with Irish Cream fudge swirl on parchment paper.

What You’ll Need

Holy moley are these brownies sinfully decadent… they’re filled with gooey fudginess and the perfect hint of Irish cream flavor. No reason to reserve this awesomeness solely for St. Patrick’s Day, though. I’ll take one or three any day of the year! Here’s what you’ll need to make them (check out the recipe card below for exact ingredient amounts):

For the Irish Cream Fudge Sauce

  • Baileys Irish Cream: You can also use another Irish cream liqueur, or Irish cream coffee creamer.
  • Cocoa Powder: Unsweetened cocoa powder is best in this recipe.
  • Corn Syrup: Brown rice syrup also works here if you prefer that instead.
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Chopped chocolate is good too if you’d rather add that in.

For the Brownies

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips: Chopped chocolate will work in the brownies as well.
  • Butter: I like to use unsalted butter, but if you want to use salted instead, simply omit the extra added salt.
  • Eggs: To bind the brownie batter together.
  • Sugar: Any sort of white granulated sugar is just fine!
  • Cocoa Powder: Again, unsweetened cocoa powder is my go-to.
  • Almond Meal: If you don’t have almond meal, use almond flour instead.
  • Salt: Feel free to use kosher salt, table salt, sea salt, etc.
  • Vanilla Extract: To enhance that rich, sweet chocolatey flavor.

Is Baileys Gluten Free?

These are flourless brownies, so they are amenable to the gluten free crowd. But, those that are gluten free may still have a sensitivity to Baileys due to the grain-based alcohol or other ingredients.

Baileys claims that they don’t use any gluten-containing ingredients, but they are not qualified to make “medical recommendations.” 

I’ve read that Carolan’s Irish Cream is a better option for some people, so you may want to look into that if you are particularly gluten-sensitive but still want to give these a try.

If you react to grain-based alcohol or prefer not to cook with alcohol or want to share these with the kids, you can use Baileys Coffee Creamer or another Irish-cream-flavored creamer.

Overhead of a cake stand of Irish Cream Brownies with one Bailey's Brownie on a striped napkins, a jar of fudge sauce, and a bottle of Bailey's

How to Make Baileys Fudge Brownies

This brief overview will show you just how easy it is to whip up these fudge brownies! Scroll on down to the recipe card for the full set of instructions.

  • Make the Baileys fudge sauce. Whisk together the Baileys, cocoa powder, and brown rice or corn syrup, simmering till thickened, and then stir in the chocolate chips.
  • Prepare to make the brownies. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine the butter and chocolate. Melt the butter and chocolate chips and set them aside to cool.
  • Beat the eggs and sugar. Whisk together the eggs and sugar, then whisk in the melted chocolate mixture. Also stir in the cocoa powder, almond meal, salt, and vanilla.
  • Assemble the brownies. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Place small dollops of the Baileys fudge sauce over the batter and then swirl with a knife.
  • Bake the brownies. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until just set in the middle. Let the brownies cool completely in the pan before cutting them into squares.
Sliced Bailey's Brownies on a piece of parchment paper

Tips for Success

There you have it, fudgy Baileys brownies in less than an hour. Make sure to read through these quick tips and tricks before you get started!

  • Watch the temperature when melting the chocolate. While you’re melting the butter and chocolate, using a double boiler, make sure that the water stays at a simmer so that the chocolate does not scorch.
  • Make sure the eggs and butter come to room temperature. That way, the batter will blend together really smoothly.
  • Beat the eggs and sugar thoroughly. Beating the eggs until they have turned slightly thick and pale yellow, and until the sugar has fully dissolved, is key. This ensures that the brownies will get a bit of a lift since there is no leavening agent like baking soda/powder in the brownie batter.
  • Add a scoop of ice cream when serving! You’ll have extra fudge sauce, so you can always pour it over some no-churn cheesecake ice cream with a warm brownie on the side!

How to Store Extras

Once these fudge brownies have cooled completely, pop them in an airtight container and store them at room temperature for 2-3 days. You can also store them in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Can I Freeze Baileys Brownies?

Yes! You can either wrap the brownies in plastic wrap and place them in a tightly-sealed bag, or put them in an airtight container and freeze them for 2-3 months. Remember to thaw them in the fridge overnight before enjoying again!

A swirled fudge brownie on a yellow and white striped napkin.

More Gluten Free Brownies

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Bailey's fudge brownies piled up on a small green cake stand.
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Baileys Fudge Brownies

Baileys Fudge Brownies, made with a swirl of rich Irish Cream fudge, are a seriously decadent chocolatey treat that you won't be able to resist! Fudgy brownies with a boozy ripple don't have to just be for St. Patrick's Day, either. Since they are a flourless dessert, you can make them for an easy gluten free treat any day of the year!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes

Ingredients

For the 5-Minute Irish Cream Fudge Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Baileys or other Irish Cream Liqueur or Irish Cream-flavored coffee creamer
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate , chopped or about 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

For the Brownies:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 cup 5-Minute Irish Cream Fudge Sauce

Instructions

For the 5-Minute Irish Cream Fudge Sauce:

  • Whisk together the Baileys, cocoa powder, and brown rice or corn syrup in a small pot until smooth.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 3-5 minutes, until thickened slightly.
  • Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Stir until smooth.
  • Set aside to cool to room temperature until ready to use. This makes about 1 cup of fudge sauce. You'll need 1/2 cup for the brownies, so store the leftovers in the refrigerator for another used. It will be thick once chilled, so if you want it pourable, you may need to warm it slightly.

For the Brownies:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a 13×9 inch pan with parchment paper (or grease really, really well, though I’d recommend the parchment).
  • In a double boiler or a bowl set over a simmering pan of water, melt the butter, then add the chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar for a minute or two.
  • Add melted chocolate mixture a little at a time, whisking well after each addition.
  • Whisk in the cocoa powder, almond meal, salt, and vanilla.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Place small dollops of the 5-Minute Baileys Fudge Sauce over the batter and then create swirls with a butter knife or small spatula.
  • Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes, or until just set in the middle.
  • Cool completely in the pan before cutting.

Notes

  • To Store: Once these fudge brownies have cooled completely, pop them in an airtight container and store them at room temperature for 2-3 days. You can also store them in the fridge for 4-5 days.
  • To Freeze: You can either wrap the brownies in plastic wrap and place them in a tightly-sealed bag, or put them in an airtight container and freeze them for 2-3 months. Remember to thaw them in the fridge overnight before enjoying again!
Nutrition Facts
Baileys Fudge Brownies
Amount Per Serving (1 brownie)
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 38mg13%
Sodium 62mg3%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 162IU3%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimers: Please discuss your individual dietary needs (i.e. gluten free) with a physician. Even when not specified, be sure to verify all ingredients are gluten free, if needed, by reading labels on all packaging and/or confirming with the manufacturer this varies by brand and can change at any time. Nutrition information shown is an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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12 Comments
  1. Linda | Brunch with Joy

    Nope, you’re not late at all. Baileys is my weakness so bring them over. This brownies look amazing! I need a big batch of this, for sure.

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