Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 10 Mins
Makes 16 brownies

These brownies are a bourbon lovers' dream, sandwiching two layers of a chocolate brownie batter between a bourbon-flavored cream cheese mixture.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.

Step 2

Microwave chocolate squares and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar. Add 3 eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Whisk in vanilla, salt, and 1 cup flour. Spread half of batter in prepared pan.

Step 3

Beat cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; add 2 Tbsp. flour and remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar, beating until blended. Add bourbon and remaining 1 egg, beating until blended.

Step 4

Pour cream cheese mixture over brownie batter in pan; top with remaining brownie batter, and swirl together.

Step 5

Bake at 350° for 40 to 45 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles. Gently remove foil; cut into squares.

Ratings & Reviews

itsrickswife's Review

February 05, 2012
Loved these brownies! Followed the recipe and had no problems with cooking time. Will be making these again. Note: the recipe states they are done when a pick inserted comes out with moist crumbs. Keep in mind these do not set up like traditional brownies.

meg9791's Review

November 13, 2012
My husband and I love these brownies! I have taken them to his work and the employees loved them there. I have made them at least 5 times and he requested I made them again for his birthday Friday to take bring to his work again. Which is why I am searching for this recipe again right now! They are very thick and he likes to add a little more bourbon than the recipe calls for as it is just a very mild flavor.

MarySC1000's Review

December 26, 2011
Dry, bland. Blech! Made exactly to recipe. Note that 5 star review did not use the brownie recipe... maybe the bourbon layer would be ok in a decent brownie.

DeborahThomas's Review

December 22, 2011
I have made these brownies three times and each time the batter will not bake/set up. I have increased the baking time to almost 60 minutes at 350 degrees and each time the brownie is not baked. Is there a mistake in the recipe?

Gillian's Review

December 06, 2011
These were excellent. Converted to gluten-free by using a gluten-free brownie mix and almond flour instead of wheat flour so I can't speak to the brownie part of the recipe, but the cream cheese flavored with bourbon really elevated these brownies and made them perfect for a holiday event.

JustHaydee's Review

November 23, 2012

ElleninNC's Review

August 25, 2012