Boozy Brownies

Boozy Brownies
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  • Total: 80 mins
  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 12 servings

You'd never imagine this decadent dessert starts with store-bought brownie mix. Add bourbon, frost with rummy cream, glaze with chocolate, and you'll swear they came out of a gourmet kitchen! You'll look like a French pastry chef next time you bring them to a party.

This is a good recipe for a rookie baker because it's very forgiving: The icing and drizzle can cover-up potential flaws, without diminishing the brownies' finger-licking qualities. Make a pot of strong coffee to accompany this beautiful dessert, and make these brownies your own by playing with our suggested variations. Store any remaining brownies in the refrigerator in an air-tight container up to 4 days.


  • 1 box fudge brownie mix (or brownies made from your favorite recipe)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 8 oz. butter
  • 3 tablespoons rum
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

  2. Prepare and bake the brownies in a 9 x 9-inch pan according to the package directions. Use a 9 x 13 pan if you prefer thinner brownies.

  3. As soon as the baked brownies are removed from the oven, cool them off for 10 minutes before brushing them evenly with 1/4 cup of bourbon. Place the pan of brownies on a cooling rack and place both of them in the refrigerator.

  4. While the brownies are cooling off, make the buttercream icing by creaming the butter with the rum and powdered sugar. Mix until the sugar is fully incorporated into the butter mixture.

  5. Remove the brownies from the refrigerator and spread the rum icing evenly on the cooled brownies. Place the brownie pan back in the refrigerator.

  6. When the pan of brownies is cold, melt the chocolate chips with the shortening in a double bath. Drizzle all the chocolate on top of the brownies.

  7. Keep the brownies in the refrigerator until it's time to serve.

  8. Cut in squares and enjoy!

Other Liqueurs and Home-Made Brownies

  • ​Bourbon and rum are the suggested alcohols to use, but you can switch it up and use whatever you have available. Flavored liqueurs like Chambord and Grand Marnier would also be delicious!
  • ​If you want to make this with homemade brownies instead, try making them with a homemade brownie recipe.

Other Recipes With Brownie Mix

  • Fudge Brownie Pie: It’s amazing how good a pie made with a pie crust and a brownie mix can taste. Be sure to serve it with ice cream.
  • Pecan Pie Brownies: This will top the list of strange, but outstanding combinations: This recipe consists of a pecan pie mixed with brownie mix batter.
  • Cheesecake Brownies: Combine these two desserts to get the perfect balance of slight sourness from the cheesecake with the sweetness of a brownie.