It’s officially the week of St. Patrick’s Day. Let the festivities begin!
St. Patrick’s Day will always hold a special place in my heart. Growing up as an Irish Dancer in Chicago, this time of year was full of different events. Between the Chicago Parade, The South Side Parade, and shows every weekend leading up to the holiday, we were BUSY!
If you know me, you know that I’m very proud to be of Irish descent and it’s pretty sweet that we get a day dedicated to celebrate just that! I do have to say, I desperately miss home this time of year. There is nothing like St. Patrick’s day in Chicago. They know how to celebrate it right!
The holiday always makes me think of my Grandpa Shea. It was his absolute favorite time of year. We miss him terribly and think of him often. He worked for the city of St. Louis and for many years he was the Chairman of the Irish Parade. Some of my favorite memories are dancing and marching in the parade alongside him. I will definitely be toasting a pint of Guinness in his honor this St. Patrick’s Day. Sláinte!
I have always loved the velvety and smooth texture of a pint of Guinness. To say that I grew a new appreciation for this delicious beer after traveling to Ireland is an understatement. When people say that Guinness tastes better across the pond, they are not lying. I obviously will not turn one down here in the US, but a pint in Ireland is hard to compete with. It was SO good. When we were on our honeymoon, we had a pint every night with dinner.
We even got a chance to stop at the storehouse while we were in Dublin. If you are planning a trip to Ireland in the near future, I highly recommend you put this on your itinerary.
So now to the best part of this post, GUINNESS BROWNIES. Some of you may be thinking, Beer Brownies?! That sounds odd. I promise you, these are absolutely divine. The Guinness keeps these brownies moist and gives them such a rich chocolate flavor.
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 square baking pan
In a mixing bowl combine the oil, Guinness, sugar, vanilla extract, butter, and eggs until well combined.
This recipe doesn’t require the entire can of the Guinness, so you know what that means?! The rest is for you to enjoy!
In a separate bowl, combine flour and cocoa.
Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet mixture until well combined.
Pour the brownie batter into the pan. Spread evenly.
Bake for 35-40 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.
For chocolate frosting, spread semi-sweet chocolate chips over the top of warm brownies. Use a spatula to spread the melted chips evenly.
Enjoy and Happy St. Patrick’s Day,