Dec 06

Strange But Good: Whiskey Bacon Brownies

Strange is the new normal.


It is with my dessert-making, anyway.

For some reason I can’t get enough whiskey and bacon in my desserts this season.  If you choose a spirit laced with notes of caramel and vanilla, it perfectly compliments a sweet dish.  It also is strangely good with bacon.  Sweet and salty, ftw!

brownie batter


These brownies are of the fudgy variety.  I do love a cake-like brownie, but the richness of my add-ins called for a decadent dense chocolate background.

Even if you don’t do bacon or booze, these would be an incredible dessert.  The cocoa powder gives them a deep flavor, and makes them no quite as tooth-achingly sweet as morsels would.  Each bite is thick, rich experience.  Just how I like my dates.

balcones whiskey bacon brownies

Bonus: If you make extra bacon and reserve the fat when cooking, you’re well on your way to making a Whiskey-bacon Apple Pie.


Whiskey Bacon Brownies

Whiskey Bacon Brownies

  • 1 stick (1/2 C) salted butter
  • 1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 C (200g) sugar
  • 1/2 C (100g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 C plus 2 T (60g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 C (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 C + 1 T good-quality whiskey (I used Balcones Baby Blue)
  • 1/2 lb sliced bacon


Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Prepare a 9 x 13” pan.

In a medium-sized pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.  Whisk in the sugars and apple sauce, stirring until fully incorporated.  Remove the pot from the heat, then quickly whisk in the eggs (work fast so they don’t become scrambled egg brownies).  Whisk in vanilla.

In a medium bowl, sift together cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.  Stir the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring just until incorporated.

Stir in 1/4 C of the whiskey then pour the batter into baking pan.  Bang the pan on the counter a couple of times to release some of the air bubbles.

Bake for 20-25 mins, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of your brownies comes out clean.  Brush the top with remaining 1T of whiskey (this is optional, but really brings out the whiskey flavor).

Allow the brownies to cool slightly before cutting.


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A word of advice: make these fresh and get them out of the house ASAP.  I couldn't be trusted with them alone!

Do you bake with booze?  How about bacon?

What's your favorite #strangebutgood baking add-in?



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  1. Lisa

    These looks so delicious! I’m a fan of any sort of boozy recipe. I can so imagine this being a huge hit with the holidays coming up!

  2. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    I’ve baked a lot with rum but I don’t think I’ve ever tried whiskey. Definitely worth a shot! Ha! Pun not intended but entirely welcome! ;) And your cookies with bacon are definitely on my list of things to make…I can never turn down sweet and salty goodness! Favorite #strangebutgood baking add-in? AVOCADO!! Always!

    1. Laura

      These would be great with rum too! Maybe a spiced rum? A new holiday classic. ;)

  3. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    I would skip the whiskey (I’ve drunk enough this week to last me a while, damn Christmas parties!!) but the idea of adding bacon to brownies sounds strangely marvellous!

    1. Laura

      I feel your pain… and this week there’s something EVERY night. Oy.

  4. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I literally told Sam today that I was going to a brunch this weekend where there will be bacon cupcakes…um screw that this looks awesome! although I’m skeptical about the whiskey…..

    1. Laura

      Don’t be scared! Get a good caramel-y whiskey and it’s the perfect dessert compliment. :)

  5. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I don’t have enough whiskey in my life. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I had it!

    1. Laura

      Can’t remember, eh? How much did you have?! LOL! ;)

  6. Sue

    Oh yes, I love to add booze to baked goods and desserts! But I prefer rum or amaretto, as I hardly ever have whiskey in my house. And my husband wouldn’t be happy if I used one of his single malts.
    Sometimes I add booze to my desserts after/without baking, so the alcohol isn’t cooked away. After eating a piece of tiramisu or some of my mom’s rum balls, I’m technically not allowed to drive my car anymore. ;)

    1. Laura

      Rum balls are the best! Definitely don’t want a breathalyzer after those. ;)

  7. Tina Muir

    Whoa! Crazy combination! I put bacon as a topping to strawberry cream cheese frosted maple cupcakes once….everyone was disgusted with the idea at the time!….but now look at the bacon craze!!! I think my father would be a big fan of these, so may try them over christmas! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Laura

      Your combo sounds wonderful! I love bacon with fruit – it’s like breakfast. :)

  8. Cat

    All the best things. I applaud you! Need to bake something to bring in to work colleagues and this has just nudged mince pies out of the running. Psst: do you cook the bacon before baking? I may have missed it in the instructions with my bacon-induced excitement..

    1. Laura

      Thanks! Yes, the bacon is pre-cooked.

  9. Kierston @candyfit

    Looks. So. Moist. I don’t ever cook with booze, but I do bake with veggies :) I try and put them in everything lol

  10. lindsay

    mmm i am in love. but when am i not. I wonder if a little chilli pepper would be good in this? or cocoa chili powder.
    p.s I linked you in my post today but i did not make anything strange this week… what’s wrong with me??

    1. Laura

      I love that idea – what about smoked chili powder? Mmmm…

  11. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    Ok, so I had my Christmas dessert planned out, and now I might be changing my mind…these look awesome! I have baked with both bacon and booze before, and both ways turned out delicious.

    1. Laura

      What do you have planned? Let me know if you try it! I’m still trying to figure out my Christmas Even dessert + cocktail offering. :)

  12. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    I’ve never baked with booze. I actually have a phobia based on my aunt’s rum balls I mistakenly tried was a kid. Talk about a shock to the mouth – let’s say I think she went overboard LOL

    1. Laura

      Oh no! Rum balls should be kept our of reach. Or within my reach. ;)

  13. Christine @ Love, Life, Surf

    I mean really Laura – you had me at whiskey and bacon before but adding that to brownies? YUM

    1. Laura

      It’s a natural pairing! ;)

  14. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    Give me fudgy brownies over almost any other dessert, definitely over cookies and cake. Definitely.

    I don’t do bacon, and not too much booze, however I just got to thinking….what if we made these with red wine?

    1. Laura

      I made red wine cake a few years ago! And them turned them into cake balls: http://www.sprint2thetable.com/2011/11/red-wine-cake-balls/

      Oh… and you don’t do bacon? Hmmmm… ;)

  15. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Um, you know Tony needs these in his life!!! Bacon + booze = best thing ever!

  16. RavieNomNoms

    Hell yes! I am digging this. Bacon and Whiskey are freakkin amazing! YUM

  17. calee

    oh my god, i love you.

    1. Laura

      The feeling is mutual. Mwah!

  18. Hannah

    Butter makes the world go ’round, world go ’round, world go ’round, butter makes the world go ’round, la la la la la.

  19. Grubarazzi

    O….M….G – There is NOTHING wrong with this. So much love.

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! I wouldn’t kick it out of bed. ;)

  20. Amelia

    Yum! There ain’t nothing wrong with chocolate, bacon, and bourbon. Isn’t there a chocolate bar that combines these three?? http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/category/bacon_and_chocolate OMG, they have a pancake mix now too. Oh crap! #strangebutgood
    Now that you have designed these brownies, the only thing you need to do now is to design a martini/cocktail of sorts combining all three.
    I hope you are starting to enjoy bulking season a little more. I bet it can be a mental battle to switch from one to another.

    1. Laura

      I tried that as my treat after my first competition… unfortunately I didn’t love it. I think bacon has to be fresh, ya know?

      In Napa I had a Manhattan with candied bacon on the side. I. Died.

  21. Parita @ myinnershakti

    I love adding red wine to my tomato sauce. That’s the extent of my cooking with booze! Your brownies looks so ooey gooey – my favorite kind!

    1. Laura

      That’s the best! Or poaching fish in white wine (if you ever get the nerve to d fish again ;) ).

  22. Melanie @ Nutritious Eats

    I love booze in dessert. I put it in my pecan pie- add such a nice flavor. I have only tried 1 treat with bacon so I can’t imagine what it would taste like BUT I take your word! Lol. Send me one to try?

    1. Laura

      We do that too! Kentucky Derby Pie?!

  23. Jody - Fit at 56

    I don’t like bacon or whiskey BUT I would try if you made them cause I know I would have to cause it is you! :)

    1. Laura

      Awwww… thanks Jody!

  24. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    YOU DA QUEENNNNN OF DA CRAY CRAY CONCOCTIONS. – No idea what the EFF language I am speaking right there, but you get it! LOL!

  25. Court Star @ StarSystemz

    UMM YUMMMM! Wow! I thought bacon caramelized in maple syrup and butter was the go to bacon dessert but these just took things up 10 notches! #gamechanger Hope you have an amazing weekend lots of love C

    1. Laura

      Have you had it baked with brown sugar and a little cayenne? Best thing ever in biscuits. :)

  26. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Oh Gosh, these look sooo fudgey!! Seriously, I’m abput to eat my ipad! I love booze in baking goods, we have Swiss Chocolate bars filled with Kirsch. Inhaling.
    I never baked with bacon though, but since I trust all of your recipes I sure will give it a try!!

    1. Laura

      Let me know if you do try them! Or I’ll trade you for the chocolate bars. :)

  27. Debra

    I had to stop by when I saw the title of your post! :) I do a lot of baking with booze but I have yet to get on the bacon band wagon (unless it is a savory dish). This recipe may change my mind.

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Let me know if you do try it. Whiskey and bacon were meant for each other. ;)

  28. Kait @ ChickadeeSays

    These sound AMAZING! I love candied bacon dipped in chocolate but this takes it to another level!

    xx Kait

  29. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Um, so I’m not a huge fan of whiskey. I know, I know, it’s a travesty but if you ply me with enough sweet booze first, I will do a shot of whiskey, with minimal complaining. At least if my past repeats itself.

    1. Laura

      Whaaaaat?! Come see me. I will convert you. Sarah thought she didn’t like gin until this past weekend. ;)

  30. Cassie @ RedLetterDaye

    You basically combined all of my favorite things. Thank you. :D

    1. Laura

      Next time I’ll add whiskers on kittens and it will be perfect. ;)

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