Irish Mocha Brownie Shooters

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, right? OK, maybe not…but I love to celebrate my Irish friends! That’s why I made them these boozy little brownie shooters for dessert. Why shooters? Because they’re minis, although it’s hard to tell in the photo below. If it weren’t for the clouds of Bailey’s buttercream, you would *almost* be able to pop them in your mouth with one bite.

Oh, heck. Try anyway. It’s a party, after all!

Irish Mocha Brownie Shooters

I’m going to be honest here and admit that I used a Ghirardelli mix for my brownies. I’m a scratch girl 99% of the time, but when I’m also making buttercream and ganache, I cave. (And you don’t want a recipe with 1000 steps, right?) So, I’m listing the mix in the ingredients, but if you’re feeling scratchy, try this homemade Espresso Brownies recipe from Bakepedia.

Irish Mocha Brownie Shooters


One Ghirardelli Brownie Mix (substitute strong coffee or espresso for the water in the baking directions)

Bailey’s Buttercream Icing:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3–4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 4–5 Tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream

Irish Whiskey Ganache:

  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1–2 teaspoons Jameson Irish whiskey

Brownies: Prepare brownies according to package instructions, substituting strong coffee or espresso for water. Bake in mini muffin tins (coated with nonstick spray) for about 12 minutes or until still very soft, but done in the middle. (Do not overbake, or you’ll get really crunchy little brownies.)

Icing: While brownies are cooling, place butter in a large bowl. Using either a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip butter at increasing speed until it is light and fluffy. Add sugar, one cup at a time, mixing on low speed. Once icing starts to thicken, start adding Bailey’s a little at a time and blend until smooth. You may have to alternate between sugar and Bailey’s until you get a good texture. If it forms nice peaks and holds its shape, it’s perfect. Once brownies are cool, split each carefully and fill with icing. Place tops back on and give each another swirl of icing.

Ganache: Put chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. Heat heavy cream in a small pan over low/med heat until it simmers. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate; stirring constantly until melted and smooth. Add whiskey to taste; stir. Allow ganache to cool until it reaches a glaze-like consistency. Drizzle over cupcakes using a spoon or piping bag. (Makes 24 mini brownies.)






  1. These look SO good!!!
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  2. Oh my gosh! These look amazing!
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  3. Those look amazing & I love that you can just pop one (or 12) into your mouth and go!
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  4. WHOA. this was not what i was expecting first thing in the morning- YUM!
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  5. Oh no. I want I want I want! They look delicious!
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  6. wow! those look like they came out of a restaurant! gorgeous and yummy!
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  7. Yum! I love dessert shooters and these look like they taste delicious! The recipe seems fairly simple, I need to attempt to make these!
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  8. Definitely going to make these! They are right up my alley!
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  9. wow these sound wonderful! I love Bailey’s so I’ll be trying this recipe very soon!
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  10. This looks so good! The photo is making my mouth water.

  11. I was not sure what i was going to see when I saw shooters but these are amazing. We are having a recipe linky tomorrow showcasing st pats stuff if you want to join us. Will be live after 11 pm EST tonight.
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  12. OH MY YUM YUM!!

  13. Those look absolutely amazing!
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  14. These look and sound so good. I love how you made them into little “shots”
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  15. Those are such cute little desserts. The name, photo and ingredient list make this sound like a really delicious treat.
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  16. Those look so delicious – I could eat one right now, I have a sweet tooth!

  17. This looks so good! As if you can just pop them in your mouth. I am having a tea at my house and I think this would be a perfect decadent to serve!
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  18. they look amazing!
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  19. These sound so fantastic. I will have to try to make them.
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  20. These sound so decadent, can’t wait to whip up a batch of my own!
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  21. You already know I love the look of these very delicious little adult sweet treats.
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  22. Oh! These are heaven bits! Looks so yummy! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  23. Oh my goodness, these look amazing! I am definitely bookmarking this one, thank you :)
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  24. I think I just died and went to heaven looking at that. That looks delicious!
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  25. These look amazing! Thanks so much for linking them up the Friday Frenzy – I just shared them on my FB page.

  26. Wow. Wow. Wow. I am def. going to try and make these. They sound amazing. Plus who doesn’t love chocolate.
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  27. These look so delicious.
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  28. This looks delicious!! And I love the pic!! #sitsgirl

  29. These look amazing! Saving this recipe to try sometime!
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  30. Gianna says:

    Those look fantastic!

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