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
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
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!
Cuisine: Mousse
Servings: 12 - 15
Calories: 726 kcal
Ingredients
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.
Nutrition Facts
Guinness Cheesecake Brownies with Pretzel Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 726 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 133mg44%
Sodium 690mg30%
Carbohydrates 95g32%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 44g49%
Protein 12g24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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!