Salted Bourbon Brownies + Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream! #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

I happen to love the fact that Christmas season starts at 12:01 AM on November 1st. I love that I went to the mall the other day to get my shattered phone screen fixed (again), and was met with the comforting warble of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” and a jolly See’s Candies employee handing out free chocolate lollipops. I love that as abruptly as the holiday magic begins, my kitchen turns into a buttery, chocolatey, flour-y wonderland where I retreat regularly to create and let the inspiration (and sugar) fly.

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

This year I’ve been going back to the basics which means cookies and brownies. I decided to re-formulate my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe (hopefully, coming soon), and came up with the boozy brownie recipe I’m sharing today. I’m really excited about this one.

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Last year, I discovered the wonders of a good chocolate and bourbon pairing. I made Bourbon Hot Cocoa with a salted vanilla bean whipped cream that I’ve been dreaming about ever since. Now, I’m turning that into a brownie topped with the same whipped cream and I’m obsessed with the results. 

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

The most important component of this recipe is the butter. You have to use GOOD butter. Organic Valley’s Cultured Unsalted Butter is my favorite & so I’m partnering with them on this recipe! (They even gave me a coupon to share with you here!) The flavor and richness of the finished brownie is entirely affected by that butter and the way it mingles with REALLY good chocolate. Once the two unite, just…YES. Chocolate and bourbon will become your new “perfect couple” when it comes to homemade holiday treats.

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

Salted Bourbon Brownies With Organic Valley Butter - offbeat + inspired #ButterSeason

So here’s the recipe. You have GOT to let me know what you think.

Salted Bourbon Brownies
Yields about 12 large brownies

2 sticks of Organic Valley Cultured Unsalted Butter
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 ounces dark chocolate chips and 6 ounces dark chocolate chips, separated
3 large eggs
1 1/2 tbsp instant coffee granules
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup good bourbon
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and butter & flour a 9×12-inch baking pan.

Melt the butter, 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 3 ounces of the dark chocolate chips in a medium heat-proof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Allow it to cool for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl, stir (don’t beat!) together the eggs, coffee, vanilla, sugar and bourbon. Stir the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow it to cool to room temperature. The batter must be room temperature before adding the rest of the chocolate chips, or the chips will melt and ruin the brownies!

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt, and stir into the chocolate mixture. Lastly, stir in the remaining 6 ounces of dark chocolate chips.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Once cooled completely, cut into bars and top with a dollop of Salted Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream (recipe below) just before serving!

Salted Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream

1 cup of Organic Valley Heavy Whipping Cream
1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and beat with an electric hand mixer until the cream thickens and can hold its shape. Don’t over-beat, or it will turn into butter!

This post was sponsored by Organic Valley, but all opinions/photos/recipes shared are of course my own!!

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Comments

  1. This looks so darn yummy!

  2. Oh I just love this time of the year. When I was walking home last night I just had a huge smile on my face despite it being absolutely freezing outside. I definitely think this is a winner with the dark chocolate/bourbon combination. I adore dark chocolate anything and I think giving a little kick and extra flavor will be delicious. Can’t wait to give these a go!

  3. I love everything with bourbon! Especially chocolaty brownies 😀

  4. You had me at Bourbon, but the Organic Valley butter makes me want to try these even more. I’m an Organic Valley farmer. I am wondering if you could use regular ground coffee beans. I don’t have any instant coffee.

  5. Tracey Osterloh says:

    Hi. I wanted to share that we are Organic Valley Producers. I saw this recipe and had to try it! We loved the brownies: the bites of dark chocolate in the brownie and the bourbon flavor were wonderful!. My family was not so thrilled with the salt in the topping. They felt that was too much. I will keep this recipe, perhaps just not using the salt in the whipped topping.

    Thank you!

  6. Loved this! ! I made it tonight. I thought it couldn’t get better than that scrumptious salty chocolaty brownie until I add the whipped cream and had to control myself not to eat the entire bowl! I’m now thinking of all the things I can put it on, strawberries, a spoon, my tongue

  7. i dont think that i can make it like this anyway in my lifetime 🙁 it is saddening but i will do try all my best. thank you for teaching.

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