Chocolate Porter Brownies for the Winter

This brownie recipe is sure to become a winter favourite in your home; full of rich, chocolate flavour, not-too-sweet, and quick and easy to make, it leaves plenty of time to enjoy an afternoon in the snow or by the fire with a book. Try them warm, with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream on the side. These brownies can be frozen and are just as delicious – great for a make-ahead dessert or a warming winter treat.


125 g brown sugar

1½ eggs

1 Tbs (15 mL) vanilla extract

100 g butter, melted

140 g chocolate, melted

40 g all-purpose flour

50 g cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

50 mL chocolate porter beer

75 g pecans, toasted, roughly chopped

50 g chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Place brown sugar and eggs in a large bowl or mixer, and whip on medium-high speed until doubled in volume.
  3. Melt butter on the stove or in the microwave. Melt chocolate in a microwave or over a double boiler, stirring gently as it melts. Slowly add the melted butter into the melted
  4. chocolate, stirring gently.
  5. With the mixer on low speed, slowly combine the butter/chocolate into the brownie mixture. Add in vanilla extract.
  6. Sift cocoa powder, flour and baking powder together in a small bowl. On low speed, slowly combine into the mixture.
  7. Pour in the chocolate porter and combine. Slowly pour into the brownie mixture. Fold in the chopped pecans and chocolate chips.
  8. Pour brownie mixture into lined baking pan. Bake 15 - 18 minutes or, as all ovens differ, until cooked and if you insert a toothpick, it comes out clean. Let cool.
  9. Turn brownies right side down on a cutting surface, remove foil and return to right side up. Cut into squares. If freezing brownies, wrap with foil, label and freeze in desired amounts for easy access.

Note: To kick this dessert up a notch, add a chocolate porter float. Simply use the rest of the bottle of chocolate porter beer and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Pin It on Pinterest