Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I realize it’s silly of me to be sharing recipes for St. Patrick’s Day the day of (doesn’t give you much time to plan ahead, I know) but maybe you can just keep this recipe in mind for next year! I had seen so many recipes online for Guinness cupcakes, but I’ve been doing a lot of cupcakes over here recently, so thought I’d switch it up with some Guinness brownies bites.


Remember how quickly my Santa Hat Brownie Bites flew off the platter when I made them for a holiday party? Well that’s what I’m hoping will happen again tonight at our St. Patrick’s Day party. These bite-sized treats make perfect party food, and they make a great display!


I took the easy way out with these and just used brownie mix, substituting Guinness for the water, and I think they came out great. You don’t really taste the beer much after they’re baked, but it’s just fun knowing there’s some Irish fun baked right in. I also spiked the cream cheese frosting with some Bailey’s — a favorite liqueur of mine, yummmm.


Okay, I’m off to finish up some work, go for a run on this gorgeous almost-spring day, and get ready for our party! Hope you have a great night too :)

Guinness Brownie Bites with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting

1 box brownie mix
1 bottle Guinness beer

6 oz cream cheese
1-1/2 tbsp heavy cream
3/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Liqueur
Green food coloring

- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease mini muffin pans
- Prepare brownie mix as instructions indicate, replacing the amount of water required with Guinness
- Fill mini muffin wells about 2/3 of the way and bake for 20 – 25, or until cake tester comes out clean (Mine baked quicker than I expected, so keep your eyes on them!)
- Let them cool while preparing the frosting
- For the frosting, beat cream cheese and heavy cream together until smooth
- Gradually add in the powdered sugar, adding the Bailey’s and food coloring last
- Fill a piping bag with frosting and use a medium-sized round tip to pipe 4 leaf clovers, and a smaller tip for the stems

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17 Responses to “Guinness Brownie Bites with Bailey’s Cream Cheese Frosting”

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    Christina Dann — March 17, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

    These are so cute! I’m definitely going to put these on the menu next year :)

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    Alyx — March 18, 2010 @ 1:43 am

    these look amazing!

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    Kristen — March 18, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    they were yummy indeed, I told Greg you didn’t buy them! He still doesn’t believe me!

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    teatimewithlin — March 23, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

    Omg those cupcakes look absolutely delicious! What a cute cupcake stand!

    PS I saw your blog because a bunch of my fb friends are fans of your blog, now I’m totally a fan!

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    Xiaolu — September 12, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

    This is awe-inspiring! Love the idea and presentation.

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    CoSanj — March 20, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    I made these for my husband’s St.Patty’s day work party. They were a big hit! The guys thought the Guiness flavor wasn’t strong enough, and wanted more of the frosting, while the women thought the beer added a depth of flavor, and that the frosting was a perfect complement. And neither gender seemed to have any trouble going back for seconds. Go figure. =)
    Anyway, great idea, and thanks for sharing!

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    STAY AT HOME CHEF — February 22, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    Such a CUTE idea…and Baileys? Love the flavour addition to the icing. Will give a try for sure.

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    Anonymous — March 14, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    I am going to make these today, but plan on putting shamrocks on them rather than clovers.

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    Anonymous — March 16, 2012 @ 8:11 pm

    It’s supposed to be a 3-leaf clover:) Looks good tho!

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    Jill H — March 6, 2013 @ 5:21 am

    Do you still use oil? And the ratio of beer to water is the same?

    • Erica — March 6th, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

      Yes, whatever the instructions on the box say. And if the box calls for 1 cup water for example, just use 1 cup of beer instead. I just say “1 bottle of Guinness” in the ingredients because you can’t really buy smaller increments, and that should cover whatever amount of water a boxed brownie mix calls for. Enjoy!

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    Mary — March 16, 2013 @ 6:30 am

    They look great. Just a note: a shamrock has THREE leaves and has religious significance.

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