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Grand Marnier Brownies w/ Vanilla-Orange ButterCream!

by Christa on March 6, 2010

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Hope you all are doing well! In attempts to move out our final pieces from our childhood homes, up to our new apartment, my boyfriend found a bottle of Grand Marnier. Now, let me tell you, he and I both HATE the idea of taking a shot of straight Grand Marnier. However, I KNEW I could get some good use out of it in baking!

It’s crazy how once you put Grand Marnier into a recipe, it makes it this gourmet, luxurious, “tastes-like-it-took-HOURS-to-make” dessert!ย 
For these little brownie bites, I used my Norpro Mini Cheesecake Pan. It was the perfect size for the brownies because they are quite rich! I topped my brownies with a Vanilla-Orange ButterCream, but they are equally as good without it.

So go get some liquor and BAKE!!

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GRAND MARNIER BROWNIES w/ Vanilla-Orange ButterCream

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons brandy-based orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnierยฎ)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8 inch square baking pan.
  2. Over low heat, melt chocolate and butter in a medium saucepan. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. In a large bowl, beat sugars and eggs until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes with electric mixer). Add melted chocolate, 3 tablespoons of the Grand Marnier, vanilla and the orange peel, mixing until well blended. Mix in the flour, salt and chocolate chips (on low speed if using an electric mixer).
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth the top. Bake for 30-35 until sides look done and top feels firm. Inserting a toothpick 2 inches from center should come out clean; however, center will jiggle and look undercooked.
  5. Remove from oven and brush top with the remaining 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier. Cover pan with foil or plastic and cool completely. Cut into 2 inch squares. Store covered at room temperature or they may be frozen. Defrost covered at room temperature.

 

Vanilla-Orange ButterCream

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup of salted butter
3 cups of powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon whipping cream (or half & half)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. Grand Marnier
1 tsp. finely grated orange peel

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Beat the butter in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix all remaining ingredients together until smooth and without lumps. Add more whipping cream to make the buttercream extra creamy!


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cookies and cups March 6, 2010 at 4:33 pm

you're right…add the grand marnier and you are instantly fancy!
These brownies look so pretty!

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Bob March 6, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Nice. Brownies with booze is a good time. Heh. Love the little slices of orange on there. If you have any left, Grand Marnier is also good for crepes.

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Sarah, Maison Cupcake March 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

These are gorgeous! I feel very inspired!

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Sinful Southern Sweets March 6, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Very lovely. Can't go wrong with booze and baked goods ๐Ÿ™‚
Have a great weekend!

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Kathleen March 7, 2010 at 12:02 am

Oh yum! I love how you decorated them!

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Pam March 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Wow! They look delicious and I have all of the ingredients. Wish I had one right now and you can't go wrong with the liquor in the goods! You are very talented in the decorating department! Thanks for the recipe!

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Chef Aimee March 7, 2010 at 6:13 pm

I have to instantly adore anyone who says to me "go get some liquor and bake!" Fantastic! I am new to your blog and want to say your work is amazing.

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Chey can cook! (and more) March 8, 2010 at 2:04 am

love them! we chose a strawberry grand marnier thing as one of our wedding cake layers = amazing!

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Eliana March 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm

These look absolutely delicious and ALMOST too good to eat.

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bake in paris March 9, 2010 at 3:51 am

These look good and definitely taste great! Yes, Grand Marnier does have that effect in cakes.

Love the way you decorate the top of brownies… Simply beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

Sawadee from bangkok,
Kris

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Monica H March 9, 2010 at 6:36 am

Yum! This is a combination my mother would LOVE.

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Leslie March 10, 2010 at 2:54 am

Ohhh so yum! I might eat them all

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Sue March 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm

We've been using mini cupcakes for our doggie birthday parties lately and I had forgotten how much I like cupcakes. Now I want to bake some more grownup human types and you are providing me with lots of good ideas.

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Pam March 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm

They look so delicious and cute too.

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theUngourmet March 11, 2010 at 5:51 am

Oh these are so darling! I'm with you, I can't drink liquor straight but I love it in things.

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Sophie March 11, 2010 at 7:58 am

These look so tasty & so part & mini too!

Hahhahaha,..lovely bites!

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R. March 11, 2010 at 11:21 pm

YUM! How cute are these!? Looks fantastic!

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Marie March 12, 2010 at 5:34 am

Boy! They sound and look so good!

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AshTreeCottage March 12, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Brenda sent me over to welcome you. Those minis look so yummy. I'm glad to meet you and will look forward to visiting you often. Now lets see, I think I have a bottle of Grand Marnier …

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

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Kissed by an Angel March 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Wow!! I love your blog!! It's about my favourite things – cupcakes and desserts!!! Yum!!
xxxx

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Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog March 12, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Wow gorgeous these brownies with liquor – absolutely tempting!

Cheers,

Gera

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muffinsareuglycupcakes March 13, 2010 at 12:44 am

these are TOO cute!
very pretty, nicely presented.
mm chocolate and orange ๐Ÿ™‚

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Brisbane Baker March 13, 2010 at 10:37 am

Hahaha exactly right! I've been saving my Grand Mariner for special occasions.. it will definitely be put to use when I visit home so I can impress the in-laws ๐Ÿ™‚

Very pretty brownies!

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Lara March 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Following from Theta Mom!

Those look great!!!

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teresa March 15, 2010 at 12:54 am

fabulous! what a great idea!

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At Home with Kim Vallee March 23, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Wow! I like your brownies for grown-ups. It look chic.

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