Dark, rich, malty Guinness, with it’s slight molasses-y sweetness and hint of coffee bitterness, paired with a dense, fudgy brownie. It’s a no brainer!

**This post first appeared on my other blog, YinMomYangMom.com.**

I already know what you’re thinking, so let’s get it out of the way right up front:

1) Yes, you can taste the Guinness, and
2) That’s definitely not a bad thing.

When I first saw this recipe on Bitchin’ Camero, I had a feeling it was gonna be bonkers.  I mean, dark, rich, malty Guinness, with it’s slight molasses-y sweetness and hint of coffee bitterness, paired with a dense, fudgy brownie?!?  Well, DUH!  

But, you know, when it comes to holiday baking, I just can’t resist a little lily-gilding…

Guinness Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust by YinMomYangMom.com

The pretzels get crushed up, tossed in melted butter and brown sugar, and pressed into the bottom of a parchment-lined, 9×13 pan.

Guinness Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust by YinMomYangMom.com

Chocolate is melted with butter, and added to eggs, sugar, and a bottle of Guinness.

Guinness Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust by YinMomYangMom.com

Flour, cocoa, and salt are stirred in and the batter gets poured over the pretzel crust.

Then a little cheesecake loveliness is whipped up and swirled on top.

Guinness Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust by YinMomYangMom.com

Bake it all up and you have a little slice of Irish-pub-inspired dessert heaven…!

Guinness Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust by YinMomYangMom.com

I just love the way the cheesecake swirl kinda looks like the creamy head on a tall pint…

Guinness Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust by YinMomYangMom.com

And pretzels and beer have always been a perfect pair, right?  Almost as perfect as pretzels and chocolate…

Guinness Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust by YinMomYangMom.com

Guinness Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust

Dark, rich, malty Guinness, with it’s slight molasses-y sweetness and hint of coffee bitterness, paired with a dense, fudgy brownie. It's a no brainer!

Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time 1 hour
Serves 12 - 15     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 11.2-ounce bottle Guinness Stout
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Toss the crushed pretzels with the melted butter and brown sugar, and press the mixture into the bottom of a parchment-lined, 9x13-inch pan.
  2. Melt the semisweet and milk chocolate in a double boiler, along with the butter.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the eggs and sugar. Stir in the Guinness.
  4. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt, and pour over the pretzel crust.
  5. Whip the cream cheese and sugar together until fluffy. Blend in the egg and vanilla. Drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the surface of the brownie batter, and swirl together with the tip of a knife.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees, cool completely, and cut into squares.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 726kcal Calories from fat 321
% Daily Value
Total Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 133mg44%
Sodium 690mg29%
Carbohydrate 95g32%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 44g
Protein 12g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Guinness Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust by YinMomYangMom.com

These brownies are a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but really, they would be absolutely phenomenal any day of the year!