Admittedly, the last couple weeks have been some of the more busy in my most recent memory. School and extracurricular activities have reached a boiling point, and I have not been nearly as disciplined enough in my healthy eating and exercise routines. Yeah…. I need to fix that. Far too often, I’ve been turning to baked goods and chocolate to fix my frayed nerves and to coffee instead of yoga and sleep. Unhealthy as it is, these brownies were on my to-do list a couple weeks ago. Friends came over and even though I was mildly stressed about socialising (again) – there is something so incredibly freeing about cooking for friends. I love making things for others, making them happy with excessive amounts of sugar and and overabundance of butter. Half Baked Harvest came to the rescue again with fantastic easy-to-make brownies that have some alcohol… lucky for a stressed-out gal.
- 1 stick of butter, melted (or add 1.5 sticks for a kick)
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup (or 1/2 cup) of Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cups cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup flour (if you’re upping your Irish Cream dosage, then just add in correspondingly more flour to find that perfect brownie mix texture)
- 1-2 tbsp instant coffee granule
- 100 g of chopped of milk chocolate
- 100 g of chopped dark chocolate
- 100 g of chopped walnuts
- Okay – brownies are probably the best and easiest dessert to make on a budget and on a time crunch. Preheat your oven to 350F/175C and line an 8/8 or so baking dish with parchment paper or butter
- Start by mixing together the melted butter, sugar, Baileys, vanilla and eggs together – add the coca powder, flour and coffee – and add the chopped chocolate and walnuts at the end.
- I always like to randomly add new things like coconut flakes, pecans, and all of the non-specific toppings that you love – nothing better than making a fun and unique brownie mix for a good birthday gift (make sure to ask for your nut allergies beforehand)
- Bake for 20-25 min after putting it in your baking dish
- Cut into bars and eat.
- Alternatively: you can melt more chocolate and drizzle with some powdered sugar on top OR: OR eat with ice cream
It might not be the best and healthiest way to handle stress, but on occasion: it’s a good short-term relief strategy. Any suggestions or ideas? Comment below 🙂