Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
20 servings

Bourbon and vanilla enhance the rich chocolate flavor of these moist brownies. If you don't want to use bourbon, use hot milk in its place.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Bring bourbon to a boil in a small saucepan; remove from heat. Add chocolate chips, stirring until smooth.

Step 3

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Step 4

Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined. Add vanilla and eggs; beat well. Add flour mixture and bourbon mixture to sugar mixture, beating at low speed just until combined.

Step 5

Spread batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Ratings & Reviews

Lou's reviews

February 02, 2017
Very good recipe! To avoid brownies being too cakey, I added whole chocolate chips into batter, was careful not to overmix, and slightly undercooked it. Very fudgey!

daneanp's Review

February 10, 2015
Delicious. I couldn't taste the bourbon on day one, but definitely could day 2 and beyond. Definitely more of a cake-like consistency brownie. I too used an 8" square pan and baked for 30 minutes total.

eppercival's Review

February 04, 2013
Yum! These were fabulous! They had more of a cake-like consistency than I expected, but simply delicious!

deniseml's Review

January 16, 2011
This was wonderful. Slight hit of bourbon, rich, fudgy taste, with a lite crunchy top. It's a keeper!!!!!

mjmmjk's Review

August 04, 2010
The bourbon worked at making these delicious brownies although I would have liked a little more of the bourbon taste to come through! My family loved them. I did them in an 8x8 pan for 35 minutes.

karenfromboston's Review

March 23, 2010
The secret ingredient of Bourbon definitely brings out the chocolate flavor in these brownies ! for more recipes with great secret ingredients check out my blog at

corinneja's Review

February 26, 2009
I made these exactly as written, and they turned out really well. I would add walnuts next time. Covered, they stayed delicious for a good week or more after they were cooked. I'm not sure I'd make these for a special occasion, but they're definitely delish.