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Do these really exist?  Yes, my friends, they certainly do.  Bacon bourbon brownies are exactly what they sound like- chocolatey, gooey brownies with bacon and a kick of smooth bourbon. This unique twist on your average brownie recipe will have everyone saying “OMG, they are so good!” Not to mention this recipe is stupidly super simple.

Normally I am all about health and all about homemade, but with this recipe it’s just hard to follow those rules.  I was introduced to Bacon Bourbon Brownies at my place of work- The Westin Hotel at the Domain. Their recipe however, is a bit more difficult because it is entirely from scratch. Let’s just say whenever I was assigned the task of baking Bacon Bourbon Brownies, they wouldn’t turn out the way they should have. This is largely due to the fact that I dislike baking because the measurements are so exact and tedious. So, in an effort to eat these delicious bites of heaven without the hassle, I had to cut a few corners. This is one of the very few times you will see one of my recipes that is not homemade.  I feel like things have been so busy and hectic lately that I am quite happy about the fact that this recipe doesn’t take forever to prepare.  I know you will love it!

For this recipe you will need:

1 box brownie mix
1/2 pound bacon
1/4 c. bourbon

Optional:

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 inches of overhang on 2 opposite sides. Spray the parchment paper with vegetable spray.  Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat, turning once, until crispy.  Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels and allow the grease to drain.  Once the bacon has cooled, give it a rough chop.

Prepare the brownie batter according to box instructions.  Once the batter is well combined, stir in the bourbon and fold in the bacon pieces. If using pecans or walnuts, fold them into the batter, as well.  Tip:  lightly dusting the nuts with flour will help them remain scattered in the batter and not sink to the bottom.  Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake according to package instructions, until the brownies are set around the wedges but slightly wobbly in the middle.  A toothpick inserted into the center should come out with a little bit of batter on it. Keep in mind that once your brownies cool they will harden a bit.  Transfer the pan to a rack and allow to cool completely.  Using the parchment paper, lift the brownies out of the pan.  Cut the brownies into squares or rectangles.  Garnish with fresh fruit and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  So delicious!

 

 

 

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