Whiskey Bacon Brownies Recipe

whiskey bacon brownies

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I’ve seen recipes for whiskey bacon brownies before. I’ve even used them. But I was looking for the one I like the other day and it disappeared, so I figured I’d just make one myself and share it with the world. Or the thirty or so of you who read this, that works too. ­čÖé As a perpetually busy person, brownies from scratch are not normally my thing. Actually, brownies in general aren’t normally my thing. However, they are my husband’s, and every once in awhile I decide I like him and make a treat. His work is facing the end of a fiscal year this week, plus he’s got three full days of class over the weekend, so he needs some brownies. And some whiskey. And some bacon.

I’m not sure if the bacon craze of a few years back is still ongoing or not, but when it was in its heyday I threw my husband a booze and bacon birthday party. Since then I’ve developed a little bit of an obsession with boozy desserts. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth when I’m not pregnant, but a good hostess serves dessert. Because I appreciate alcohol (not in an alcoholic type way, but I love wine tastings and people with awesome mixology skills), adding it to the desserts I wasn’t really enjoying made it more fun for me. So, hopefully you will enjoy these too, but if they’re too time consuming, do it the real frenzy way: box brownies with a couple teaspoons whiskey and slices of bacon mixed in.

Frying some bacon, the most important step in any brownie recipe.
Don’t drink the whole bottle while you cook, but a little is fine.
Yum, chocolate whiskey sauce. Do not share with the kids.
A little bacon in the middle (crunched up bits are fine too).
One more brownie layer, then a swirl of whiskey sauce.
Done cooking, tasty brownies. But please, warn people they have bacon.

Recipe for Whiskey Bacon Brownies

Serves about 20, 45 minutes (15 active)



2 cups sugar
1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla
4 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
5-10 slices bacon

Whiskey Glaze

1/4 cup butter
2 tbsp whiskey
1.25 oz milk chocolate (1/4 of the 7 oz cooking chocolate)


  1. Cook up some bacon and set aside. Aim for crisp even if you normally like it floppy. Set aside.
  2.  Make the glaze. Melt the butter and chocolate in a saucepan on low heat. Stir in whiskey. Set aside.
  3. Mix the batter. Start with melted butter, eggs, and sugar. Then add cocoa, vanilla, flour, and baking powder.
  4. Pour half the batter into your pan. I use an 8 x 8 for thicker brownies, 9 x 13 for thinner.
  5. Add bacon. You can put it in strips or crumble it up and spread them out.
  6. Add the rest of the batter.
  7. Take your whiskey glaze and swirl it throughout the top layer of the batter.
  8. Bake at 350┬░ for 20-25 minutes.
  9. If you used strips of bacon, it is important to cool them before you cut – 15 minutes in the fridge should be fine.


Friends, I am not a baker. This is the most basic brownie around, and you’ll probably find similar versions of it all over the place. For my whiskey bacon brownies, I do omit any salt just because the bacon is salty enough. But, if you want to use your own version and just add some whiskey glaze and bacon, be my guest. I don’t think it will change much. ┬áSince I’m not an expert I don’t know if you’re supposed to bake brownies in glass or not, but I switch back and forth depending on what’s clean and have no problems. My grandma did just buy me a new Wilton pan and it’s awesome, so I’ve been using that. I also recommend this article from SheKnows if you want brownie baking tips, like how to make them cakelike over fudgy. Now go out and enjoy some whiskey bacon brownies!

Who doesn't love, whiskey, bacon, or brownies? Why not mix them altogether for a fun party food? #recipe

33 thoughts on “Whiskey Bacon Brownies Recipe

  1. robin rue says:

    Oh man, these brownies sound SO good. I am having a girls night in a few weeks and I think I will make these for my friends.

    • Beth Davidson says:

      That shouldn’t matter. I was surprised we had Crown, honestly. Normally my husband drinks Pendletons.

  2. I am trying to imagine the combination of flavors and whether I could give this to the kids. We all love brownies, bacon but I am not a big fan of whiskey. Great idea and very original.

  3. Wow— I would never have thought this was a thing. But, you did say that you have seen other recipes for it, so I guess I am the last one to know about it. It looks amazing!!!!

  4. I don’t eat bacon. But if I have a party, I’m definitely making these. Most people I know go bonkers over bacon anything. And if you add whiskey to the mix, I think people will lose their minds. Oh, and they look delicious.

  5. I jonestly woul dhave never thought to put whiskey, bacon, and brownies together,but these definitely look worth trying!! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  6. This is so decadent and a wonderful treat for bacon lovers! I’m sure my husband would love this one. I don’t think we’ve ever tried anything like this before. I’m definitely going to keep the recipe!

  7. Whiskey bacon brownies – you’ve definitely piqued my interest! I actually haven’t tried any of the adding bacon to sweet stuff – not even bacon with waffles so will have to try

  8. I have a similar recipe but the only different technique I use is to chop up the bacon before I mix it into the batter. I like the strips, that would be quite the surprise!

    • Beth Davidson says:

      Sometimes I chop it up, but I have a newborn and a toddler so I will take literally any time saving step I can. I actually liked it this way though; you got a little more bacon.

    • Beth Davidson says:

      Um… I’ve never tested how long they keep. People eat them. Lol. So, the refrigeration part is kind of murky. If you completely cook the bacon (which means it is cooked to the point that it won’t bend if you hold it in the air) the brownies should be okay to sit out a day or two. Otherwise you should put them in the fridge and then the bacon is okay for about four days. I’m not a food safety expert though, so you should probably refrigerate them to be safe. I usually do because it’s easier to cut them that way anyway.

  9. As a vegetarian, I wonder if I can use “fak-on” as we call it here. Might have to give that a try. I enjoy boozy desserts too–not for the alcohol but I like the flavors it adds to the traditional dessert.

    • Beth Davidson says:

      I haven’t been a vegetarian in over a decade so I have no idea if it would work or not, but the bacon’s really there for the salt, so I guess it depends on how salty it is.

  10. This looks so good!!! I’m pretty sure if I made this for my husband, he’ll go crazy over it! Lol. I think it’s a great recipe and it’s perfect if you have friends coming over.

  11. Brittany says:

    I keep hearing about using bacon in baked goods like this. I haven’t ever tried it myself but I would love to! It sounds great!

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