Baileys Cheesecake Brownies with Espresso Ganache are a must have – whether it’s Wednesday or St. Patrick’s Day!
I’ve never been so excited for a Wednesday, but these bars are out of this world and here, today, this Wednesday before St. Patrick’s Day. Are you ready for it?!
Ready for the fudgy brownies, rich, creamy cheesecake, and smooth chocolate espresso drizzle?! Well, ready or not, here they come…
I guess you could say I’ve been on somewhat of a brownie kick lately. When I realized St. Patrick’s Day was just around the corner, I knew I wanted something that reminded me of my travels around Ireland – and that checked the ultimate dessert box.
Sophomore year of college I went to Ireland to do some solo travel for a bit. I’m not a huge beer drinker (and by not huge, I mean like, almost never – unless it’s in Guinness Cupcakes). So, naturally, I had to find a favorite Irish beverage to warm me up after those dreary, rainy days – it was January, after all!
So I jumped on the Irish Coffee train… which, I know, doesn’t have Baileys in it, but between the cream, and liquor, and coffee, it felt to me like Baileys on steroids. To this day I have yet to have such a delicious Irish Coffee here in the states, but then again, I tend to find my favorite coffees while abroad. And I gotta say, it’s seeming I’m a sucker for indulgent, yet not overly sweet, coffees when calories don’t count. Because they don’t when you’re traveling, right?
Or when you’re eating Baileys Cheesecake Brownies with Espresso Ganache.
The purpose of my whole Irish Coffee rant is because it’s a huge piece of the inspiration here.
MY FRIENDS, they have the creaminess, the indulgence, the coffee, the chocolate! It’s all so wonderfully over the top, all so Irish-Coffee-esque.
Let’s take a closer look:
- Brownies: thick, fudgy brownie base, slightly adapted from my Mocha Brownies, because the inspiration from Irish Coffee couldn’t be without some espresso. And of course, there’s Baileys in the brownie mix. These are Baileys EPIC brownies…
- Cheesecake: The creamy, rich, decadent cheesecake layer…with more Baileys…well, they melt-in-your-mouth, and are the best combination of not-too-sweet and just-enough-tangy…
- Espresso ganache drizzle: chocolate, on chocolate, on chocolate. Is this heaven? I think so. Not only chocolate, but chocolate AND espresso AND Baileys! The trifecta, my friends, the trifecta.
This combination is just so ultimate. These NEED to be on your St. Patrick’s Day menu – whether or not you’re going to a party, going to a bar, drinking or not drinking, or laying around at home – it doesn’t matter, because these Baileys Cheesecake Brownies are going to make your weekend AMAZING.Print