St. Patty’s Day Brownies

I’m really curious how these taste, so if anyone gets around to making them, post your reviews (and photos)!


This recipe is from Grace Neill’s, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest bar in Ireland. It opened in 1611 as the King’s Arms in Donaghadee, County Down, and was renamed in the 19th century for it’s former landlady. These are perfect with Irish coffee with a scoop of coffee or vanilla ice cream.


  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 ¼ cups Guinness stout
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting


  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter an 8- by 8-inch cake pan.
  2. With an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the chocolates and butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Slowly beat into the egg mixture.
  4. Sift the flour with the and cocoa, and beat into the batter. Whisk in the Guinness. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. To serve, dust the cake with confectioners’ sugar and cut into squares. Makes 8 brownies.

Source: Adapted from The New Irish Table by Margaret M. Johnson (Chronicle, 2003).

Per brownie: 476 calories (46 percent from fat), 28 g fat (15.7 g saturated, 4.9 g monounsaturated), 131.8 mg cholesterol, 9.3 g protein, 55.9 g carbohydrates, 3.5 g fiber, 54.8 mg sodium.


3 comments so far

  1. moveablefeast on

    Sweet Mary! The melding of two of the three loves of my life: Guiness and Chocolate. Life, why are you so good to me?

    Phil @

  2. cincodemayo1 on

    Give them a shot and report back!

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