Baileys Brownies

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Baileys Brownies! Rich fudgy brownies with a fluffy buttery Baileys Irish Cream frosting and topped with a rich boozy Baileys chocolate ganache.  These are definitely the best brownies we’ve ever had!

You guys… this is quite possibly the BEST brownie I’ve ever had!

Meet BAILEY’S BROWNIES!! Deliciously chocolatey brownies covered with a smooth creamy Baileys frosting and topped with a rich boozy Baileys chocolate ganache.  You’ll be dreaming about these!

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This recipe starts out with your favorite brownies baked in a 9×13 pan and cooled.  You can use a homemade recipe or even a box mix to make it extra easy and quick!

Once cooled, a layer of frosting is spread across the top with lots of yummy Baileys in it.  When making the frosting, you’ll notice that the butter and Baileys don’t exactly blend well at first but don’t worry.Once you add in the powdered sugar, it will become really nice and fluffy.

Make sure your brownies are completely cooled before adding the frosting or the butter will melt.

Baileys Brownies cut on a wood board

The ganache is deliciously rich and chocolatey with a boozy Baileys flavor. I find you can definitely taste the Baileys in the ganache.  You’re going to heat the Baileys just until it boils and then pour it over the chocolate and let it sit for a few minutes.

Once you stir, you’ll get a luscious and rich ganache which tops these brownies perfectly.  (This ganache is amazing to top any kind of dessert!).

brownies with a baileys irish cream filling

I always allow my ganache to cool at room temperature for about 30 minutes before refrigerating to help keep that nice shiny finish.  Once completely cooled, you’ll want to store these tightly covered in the fridge.

These Baileys brownies are very rich so we always cut them pretty small.  Store tightly sealed in the refrigerator up to 1 week.

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Baileys Irish Cream Brownies

Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 40 brownies
Author Holly N.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Rich fudgy brownies with a fluffy buttery Baileys frosting and topped with a rich boozy Baileys chocolate ganache. These are definitely the best brownies we’ve ever had!


  • 1 Boxed Fudge Brownie Mix 9x13 size plus box indicated ingredients or your favorite homemade brownies
Baileys Frosting
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter , softened
  • cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
Baileys Ganache
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ½ cup Baileys Irish Cream

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  • Prepare brownies according to package directions. Cool completely.
Baileys Frosting
  • Beat butter on medium speed until fluffy. Add in Baileys and mix well.
  • Add powdered sugar a little at a time until completely incorporated. Beat until soft and fluffy.
  • Spread over brownies and refrigerate while making the Baileys ganache.
  • Combine Baileys and heavy cream in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Bring just to a boil and immediately pour over chocolate chips. Let sit 5 minutes without stirring.
  • Whisk until smooth and spread over frosted brownies. Let sit at room temperature about 30 minutes. Refrigerate until set.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 119, Carbohydrates: 12g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 20mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 120IU, Calcium: 4mg, Iron: 0.2mg
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  1. This brought a whole new meaning to licking the bowl. Wow it was super easy and taste great. I had extra icing ( middle layer) can this be frozen to use later. Can the entire thing be frozen? Was thinking of inserting the icing into cup cakes ( dig out a hole and fill) do yo think this would work and again can I freeze them5 stars

    1. This recipe can definitely be frozen Robin! I think the cupcakes would work and be delicious, they should freeze well too! Let us know how it turns out.

  2. These brownies look delicious. Can the ganache be drizzled on the top instead of spread across the whole brownie?

    1. While I have never tried that, I think it would work for these brownies Shari. You may need to thin the ganache a TINY bit. Let us know if you try it!

  3. These brownies were fantastic. I only had a problem in cutting them. Mine didn’t look anything like yours. I didn’t originally see that you lined the baking pan with foil. Did you remove them from the pan before or after cutting?5 stars

  4. Made these Baileys brownies for a Christmas gathering They were the hit of the desserts Will definitely be making again !!!! Yummy!!!5 stars

  5. I am baking these, packing them and bringing to Colorado for Thanksgiving.  I’m in Florida.  Should I freeze them, uncut, in the pan, make the other two layers and pack them separately?5 stars

    1. Angela, I’m sorry that we somehow missed your question :( Your method sounds like a great way to travel with these Brownies.

  6. Well I never thought I would see the day, but I have finally found something that is just TOO rich for me!!! Wow. Don’t get me wrong, these were delicious and I don’t regret trying them… But pretty sure this will be the only batch LOL goodness mercy me. Such an idea. They look amazing and are very tasty. Now I just have to find someone to help me eat the rest because I can’t do it! (Most people I know won’t partake because of the alcohol hahaha)
    Looks like you have a lot of other awesome recipes and ideas though. Will definitely be exploring your site further 4 stars

  7. I am an Instructor Chef and currently taking ordinary baked items to the next level. I love Baily’s so I knew a frosting would be great for brownies but when I saw your recipe with the Ganache I knew this would be a hit. Just made a test batch and so amazing. Of course a little portion goes a long way and centered on a plate with some chocolate syrup zig zags..need I say more!5 stars

      1. Oh my goodness!  The Bailey’s recipe is the best!  The first time made them, I used Carolinas (a cheaper version of Baileys).  They were good.  Since it is just my husband and me, I gave some to the neighbors.  The next time I made them, I bought Baileys.  What a difference!  My husband would not allow me to give any away.  This is a great recipe!  Thank you for posting it.  Jan M5 stars

  8. OMG these brownies are amazing, can’t wait to take them to work tomorrow for everyone to try. These will definitely be on this Christmas baking list. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. 

  9. I put the frosting and ganache over Delish’s Death By Chocolate Brownies. It was a huge hit with everyone. The next time I will probably omit the Bailey’s from the ganache as my own personal preference.5 stars

  10. So something I learned in France is that there is something big called Eurovision. It was an experience I can say I attended in full force. Along with that, I whipped up a batch of these to come along with me. They were a hit.5 stars

  11. I made this yesterday with modifications for it to be gluten free and dairy free. It was delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    If anyone cares about the substitutions….I used the Betty Crocker gluten free brownie mix (x2 so they would still be thick enough), earth balance vegan buttery sticks, Baileys Almande, coconut cream instead of heavy cream, and Enjoy Life chocolate chips.

  12. I’ve just made the frosting and put only 2 cups of powdered sugar and it’s still sweet enough. I added half a tub of marscapone and some ground almond for texture to the frosting. Thanks for the recipe it looks delicious!

  13. Once the ganache has set for 30 minutes, should you cut them before refrigerating? So far they look wonderful!!

  14. Do these have to be refrigerated? I’m looking for a to die for brownie that I can let sit out all day and have it survive being transported for hours in a car before eating.

  15. An important ingredient missing from this terrific recipe is the tumbler of Bailey’s placed by the right hand of the dessert chef.

  16. Holly, I see in your instructions for these brownies, you say to “refrigerate until set”. Do you store these brownies in the fridge?

    1. You sure can. If your piping frosting you can add it just as you would on a normal cake. If you’re adding sprinkles, you might like to add it once the ganache is spread overtop of the frosting so it ‘sticks’ better. :)

  17. I am making this for a birthday, can it still be decorated with icing ontop? & what is the heavy cream?, does it come in a box or can?

  18. Can these be frozen for a few days? They would be perfect for an event I’m going to next weekend,.. but only have time to cook today. (The event is 7 days away)

    Thanks… can’t wait to try to bake these. They look scrumptious

    1. Yes, the brownies and the frosting can be frozen. Because these are for an event, I would suggest preparing the ganache layer once defrosted. That step is really quick and will keep the top looking pretty. :)

  19. I can’t find Baileys at any store in my area. I looked on Amazon and they have several products that say Baileys but none that look like that bottle. Do you know of anything else that would work?

  20. Hi Holly, for non-alcoholics, what can we use in place of Baileys? Looks like a great recipe and would like to try it, just not with the alcohol content in it. Thanks in advance. – Tasi

    1. I have only made this as written but you could certainly leave out the baileys and add a little bit of milk and vanilla extract (or your favorite flavor) to the frosting.

  21. Did you use a box or homemade mix? I used a box mix and the 13×9 pan and my cooked brownies are about half the height in the pan as yours look in the video.


  22. These are amazing! One of my classmates brought them to our graduate presentation last night… I simply HAD to come find the recipe!

  23. I was thinking of supplementing the chocolate chips with with chopped resses peanut butter cups, what do you think?

    1. I think I’m coming to your house for dessert. LOL! I think that would be delicious, I would love to hear how it works out for you!

  24. I just saw a post of Bailey’s Brownies . I just love Baileys Irish Cream so wanted to make the brownies so clicked on link and pinned it. I have to give this a try. Thank you

  25. So the middle layer is just butter, bailey’s and powdered sugar…why not make it a stable whipped cream instead..use marsapone cheese, bailey’s, whipping cream and powdered sugar. Just a suggestion for improvement.