Chocolate Stout and Bacon Skillet Brownies


I hope you don’t mind my excessive use of stout over the past few weeks, but to be honest I’m really not sorry. I love stouts, I’m  unreasonably excited about stouts being back “in season,” and we are only about 2 weeks away from International Stout Day.

I’m geting you all stocked up on stout recipes, in case you want to celebrate via beer infused baked goods.

Which, of course, I hope you do.

You can use a chocolate stout for this, and that will be perfectly fine. You can also use a smoked porter or stout, or you can use a coffee or espresso stout.

Whatever you choose, this is best served warm, in the middle of a table full of fun people, each with a spoon in one hand and a stout in the other.

Chocolate Stout and Bacon Skillet Brownies


  • 2 strips bacon
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 3.5 oz (100g) dark chocolate (60%), broken into pieces
  • 1/2 cup stout (chocolate or coffee stouts work best)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tbs espresso powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a 8 or 10 inch cast iron skillet cook the bacon until done. Remove bacon from skillet. Swirl the bacon fat to coat the pan, discard the excess bacon fat.
  • Add the butter to the skillet, return to heat and cook until melted. Add the chocolate and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Add beer and stir.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar until very well combined. Sprinkle the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and espresso powder over the eggs, whisk until just combined.
  • Add the egg mixture to the chocolate skillet and stir until just combined. Chop bacon and sprinkle over the top.
  • Cook until the top has set (don't over bake) about 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, top with vanilla ice cream if desired (and I'm pretty sure you should desire) set in the middle of a table full of hungry people. Add spoons.

32 thoughts on “Chocolate Stout and Bacon Skillet Brownies

  1. Seriously… I have to make this.
    I’m home “sick” today and have all of the ingredients on hand. Talk about the perfect situation!

  2. This sounds strangely surreal yet captivating. I can’t say that I am a stout drinker – cant stand the stuff, but it makes for pairing that leaves me very intrigued. Your shots are beautiful btw! 😉

  3. I love this recipe, I love that napkin you used in the photo (cause I’ve been using the same one I have like in EVERY photo I take) and…best of all… Ben is officially obsessed with your Beeroness site. Like, giddy excited. As I was trying to fall asleep last night he was listing off all of your rrecipes, like every single one, and was visibly excited. It totally made my day – because I 110% heart you. XO!

  4. Made this for my wife last night as part of a three course meal, all paired with craft beers. This was the perfect finish. We changed just one thing and added a little cayenne pepper. So good!

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