Rich fudgy Irish brownies with fun green frosting are a delicious treat for Saint Patrick’s Day.
This recipe is for deliciously chocolatey brownies covered with a smooth creamy, buttery frosting. A few drops of green coloring give them a little Irish flair.
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Kid Friendly Saint Patrick’s Day Irish Brownies
No Guinness, Bailey’s Irish cream, or anything too strong in these Irish brownies, so they’re perfect for kids to enjoy. You’ll find many brownie recipes for this Irish festival. Most rely on Guinness or Irish cream liqueur for a little added Irish flavor.
I prefer this kid friendly version using chocolate syrup, and without additional alcohol. Little ones can celebrate being Irish with a delicious sweet and green treat.
If you’ve been looking to make some kid-friendly Irishmbrownies , then this is the recipe for you.
Brownies In Irish Cooking
Brownies are not a traditional Irish treat, and when I was a little girl in Dublin I never tasted a brownie. I only discovered these delicious treats after coming to America.
Initially I wasn’t too keen on the intense chocolatey flavor, but when I was pregnant with my triplets I developed a craving for this American treat. I've never looked back, and it's brownies all the way for me ever since.
In modern day Ireland, brownies are very popular. They’re available in most bakeries, cafés and restaurants. They’ve been heartily embraced by the Irish in recent years.
And so, I thought why not create a few green brownies for Paddy's Day. It's the one day of the year when I say a little green food dye will do us no harm.
If the people of Chicago can dye a whole river green for the occasion, then I'm definitely not afraid to create some bright and vividly green brownies as part of my celebration.
Made From Scratch Brownies
This recipe starts out with a delicious brownie mixture. They’re baked in a 9×13 pan, and cooled completely before adding emerald green frosting.
Here you’ll find my made from scratch brownie recipe. If you prefer to use a box mix, then go right ahead. I understand how using a box mix can make life a little easier, saving a few minutes in a busy schedule.
But if you like to cook from scratch, like me, then this is the recipe for you. I try to avoid using too many box mixes, since many of them contain some very strange preservatives as ingredients. But don’t worry, This recipe is super simple. Not much more difficult than a box mix.
I use chocolate syrup to create these chocolate brownies rather than cocoa powder, or melted chocolate chips.
I also use real butter, and if you can find Irish butter, your brownies will be even tastier.
No baking powder is added to these brownies. Leavening agents make brownies less fudgy and more cake like. This recipe is for fudgier brownies. The chocolate syrup creates a lovely taste, and texture for these deliciously fudgy brownies.
Once you bake your brownies, cool them completely. A layer of frosting is spread across the top, adding a green touch to your St. Patrick’s Day.
Once again I use real Irish butter for the frosting. Butter may have more saturated fat than some margarines, but I always prefer it for baking.
Make sure your brownies are completely cooled before adding the frosting or the butter will melt. The buttercream is deliciously rich and creamy, and will satisfy any sweet tooth.
These are definitely some of the best brownies my family have ever had, so I hope you’ll like them.
Irish Brownie Ingredients
Here you’ll find a quick list of what you’ll need. The exact measurements and amounts can be found in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post. There, you can toggle between US and metric versions.
- softened butter
- chocolate syrup
- all-purpose flour
- vanilla extract
Green Frosting Ingredients
- powdered sugar
- butter, softened
- heavy whipping cream
- green food coloring
- chocolate sprinkles
Directions for Irish Brownies
First prepare our baking pan. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and set it aside.
Preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit or 180° Celsius.
In a medium mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. You can use an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer for this step.
I use white sugar for these brownies, but if you wish you can use half brown sugar and half white sugar.
Next add the eggs one at a time. Large eggs are just fine for this recipe.
Mix in the chocolate syrup and combine it with all of the ingredients.
Sift the salt and flour in a separate small bowl.
Add the sifted flour, salt, and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 28-30 minutes. Be sure not to overbake the brownies, since they can dry out very quickly.
They're done when you test them with a toothpick and it comes out of the baked brownies clean.
Cool completely. I usually sit the pan on a wire rack so that air can circulate beneath the pan.
To Make The Frosting
Combine the powdered sugar and butter in a large bowl. Beat until light and fluffy.
Gradually add the heavy whipping cream and beat a little further to achieve a rich and creamy consistency.
Make sure you use heavy cream and not half and half. The extra fat in the cream makes the frosting extra creamy and delicious.
Add green food coloring and mix until smooth and creamy.
I usually avoid food coloring in my baking, but on Saint Patrick's Day, I believe a little green food dye will do us no harm.
Spread the frosting over the cooled brownies.
Make sure the brownies are fully cooled before decorating with the frosting. Refrigerate until set.
Cut and serve.
I hope you'll enjoy these fun brownies to help celebrate this Irish holiday.
Printable Recipe for Irish Brownies
Here's the printable recipe with step-by-step photo instructions.
- 4 ounces butter 1 stick or ½ cup
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 medium eggs
- 16 ounces chocolate syrup
- 1 cup flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Frosting
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 ounces butter softened
- 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 3 drops green food coloring
- 2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles
To Make The Brownies
- Pre-heat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. In a medium mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Stir in chocolate syrup.
- Add flour, salt, and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
- Pour batter into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 28-30 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool completely.
Nutrition Information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
Happy baking for Saint Patrick's Day, or anyday.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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