Black and Tan Brownies

By • December 22, 2012 • 1 Comments



Author Notes: The Black and Tan is the beer lover's ideal drink. It brings together the rich dark flavor of stout with the refreshing lightness of ale. This brownie is inspired by this marriage of dark and light making it an ideal dessert for the chocolate or beer lover. The recipe is based on an old Texas Sheet Cake recipe that has been passed around for years. I don't know the original author. I substituted Stout for water and added chocolate chips for an added richness. Enjoy!Kimberley Donahue

Makes 10-12 large brownies

Brownie (Black) Layer

  • 1 cup Butter
  • 4 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 1/3 cup Semi-Sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Dark Stout
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grease a jelly roll or sheet cake pan.
  3. In a large pot on the stove top melt butter, cocoa and chocolate chips.
  4. Add water and bring just to a boil.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in Stout.
  6. Add flour and sugar and stir. Mixture will be thick.
  7. Add eggs one at a time mixing completely after each addition.
  8. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  9. Pour into pan and bake for 15-18 minutes.

Frosting (Tan) Layer

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 4 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
  • 6 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 pound Sifted Powdered Sugar
  1. Return pot from batter to stove and melt butter.
  2. Add cocoa powder and milk and stir to combine.
  3. Add powdered sugar and stir vigorously until smooth.
  4. Pour over brownies immediately after they come out of the oven.
  5. Let frosting set up and dust with powdered sugar before serving.

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over 1 year ago foodtoglow

These sound fabulous! I'm bookmarking these for when I get sick of the frugality of January :D