Kentucky Bourbon Brownies


Melt-in-your-mouth chocolate brownies with just the right hint of bourbon. Pecans are optional for those who may have allergies.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
1 9x13-inch pan


  • 1 cup sweet cream butter

  • 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons bourbon

  • 1 teaspoon Madagascar bourbon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup chopped pecans (Optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  2. Place butter and chocolate in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir frequently, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, until chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool completely, 10 to 15 minutes.

  3. While chocolate cools, sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a bowl.

  4. Beat eggs in a bowl using an electric stand mixer or hand mixer until almost light in color. Mix in bourbon and vanilla extract. Gradually mix in sugar until well blended. Stir in chocolate-butter mixture. Stir in flour mixture until combined, scraping down sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in pecans. Spread brownie mixture into the prepared pan.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges pull away from the sides of the pan, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on a wire rack.

Cook's Notes:

If you'd prefer cake-like brownies, use 4 eggs instead of 3.

Instead of folding pecans into batter, you can alternatively place pecans on top of brownie batter before baking.

As soon as pan is removed from the oven, you can sprinkle semisweet chocolate chips over the brownies, let sit for 1 minute, and spread melted chips over entire surface.

You can combine 2 cups cream cheese frosting with 1 tablespoon bourbon, mix, and spread over cooled brownies. Garnish with chocolate shavings. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

342 Calories
22g Fat
37g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 342
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 162mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 39mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 117mg 2%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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