Creme Brulee Topped Chocolate Stout Brownies & Some Big News

I have some news.

If you Follow me on Twitter, you probably already know the Big News.

I signed a book deal on Thursday. A publisher has actually decided to pay me to write a cookbook.

How amazing is that?

Writing a cookbook has long been on my list of goals, and as I somewhat naively and idealistically jump into this process, I am reminded that it is you I have to thank for this milestone. The ones who share my posts, tell their friends about my little blog, believe in what I’m doing here,  the ones who read every silly word I write, and yes, even those of you who write creepy comments about wanting to wake up in my bed and email me about how you google stalk me on a weekly basis. I am grateful for all of you.

This isn’t just my book, it’s yours too. The ideas you give me, the way I’m inspire by your questions and humbled by being seen as a source of knowledge and beer-cooking wisdom.

I wish I could properly thank you all, over a beer and some possibly inappropriate conversation.  But for now, we’ll have to settle for some Creme Brulee Brownies made with two different types of beer. Which seems to be fitting, since chocolate stout was the first beer I ever cooked with and creme brulee was the subject of my first post. It’s an homage to my beer cooking beginnings, hope you like it.

If you are at all interested in helping me with this book, as an un-paid but thoroughly appreciated, recipe tester, for which you will receive my undying love and affection, a mention in the book, a sneak peek at never-before-seen-recipes, and possibly more, stay tuned. Once we get to that place, I’ll let you know how you can be my beer cooking partner in crime.

Creme Brulee Topped Chocolate Stout Brownies


    For the Brownie Layer:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 7 oz dark chocolate (60%)
  • 2/3 cup chocolate stout
  • For The Creme Brulee Layer
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup low-hop pale ale beer
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped or 1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 3 eggs plus 2 yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbs corn starch
  • Plus 1/4 cup sugar for the brulee topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the 3 eggs, white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla on high for at least ten minutes. You need a meringue type consistency in order to create a crust on top of the brownies to insure the layers stay separate. In a separate bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder and salt, stir to combine.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add the butter and the chocolate. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until melted.
  4. While the stand mixer is on medium speed, slowly add the chocolate until mostly combined. Add the beer and stir. Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking dish. Pour batter into dish and smooth out the top. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until the top is matte and a bit cracked. Don't over bake.
  6. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  7. For the creme brulee layer:
  8. In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring the cream, beer and vanilla to a slight simmer, removing from heat when bubbles start to form around the edges. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  9. In a separate bowl, whisk the 1/2 cup sugar, eggs and yolk, and cornstarch until well combined and slightly frothy.
  10. While continuing to whisk the egg mixture, slowly add the cream and whisk until well combined. Make sure the cream has cool or you will just have created vanilla scrambled eggs.
  11. Return the cream to the stove and stir over medium heat until it comes to a low simmer. Continue to whisk until thickened, between 5 and 10 minutes. The cream should leave a track when you drag the whisk through it. Allow to cool to about room temperature.
  12. Pour over the brownies, cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill until set, about 1 hour.
  13. Just prior to serving, cut into squares, cover with a light layer of white sugar and brulee the top with a kitchen torch until the sugar has melted and turned a dark amber color.



52 thoughts on “Creme Brulee Topped Chocolate Stout Brownies & Some Big News

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so excited, but I now have to figure out where the hell I’m going to find the time to do this.

  1. Congratulations! You deserve it; I’ve admired your creativity since the day I found your blog. I would love to test recipes for you, too, so I’ll keep my eyes open for future posts about that.

  2. Congratulations! I will definitely purchase it when it’s released. I only just discovered your blog a few months ago and I love your recipes.

  3. Congratulations! Your recipes have been filling my “to-make” list ever since I discovered your blog – can’t wait for the book to come out!

  4. Yay!!! That’s super fabulous. I just found your blog a couple of weeks ago, but I’m already addicted. I cannot wait to be a partner in beer cooking crime. 🙂

  5. Nice! I knew it! It was only a matter of time before someone gave you a book deal, it’s going to be a huge hit.

  6. You already know I’m on board to be a taste tester!! So proud of you my darling Jackie 🙂

  7. Congrats on the cookbook! I will definitely be a buyer- everyone on your website looks like something I want to make for my boyfriend. Love the site. Again, congrats.

  8. Congrats on the book! I will definitely purchase it and share the news with all my friends that cook. Unfortunately I travel far too much to cook at home. But if the book has some of these recipes it will be a hit!! And if you’re ever in Denver you can wake up in my bed! KIDDING!!!! But love the sense of humor in your blog!

  9. Wow, you get those emails too? (yeah, I should be so lucky 😉 Congrats again on the book, I knew it was coming. You have a fantastic niche in the world of blogging and a book on “Beer in Food” (title?) will be an awesome seller! I’m sure you’ll have many testers but add me as a back up in case everyone leaves town 😉

    1. Gerry, you might be a little shocked at some of the emails and comments I get, or maybe you wouldn’t! I’m sure you have an entire following of ladies as well 😉

  10. CONGRATS!!! we are so excited and would love to be beer guinea pigs. we should have a recipe colab with Tina (theunprocess). we can’t wait to see more recipes (especially since they force us to buy beer) and great stuff.

  11. Congratulations! Ready and willing tester down here in Suds County. Truth be told, I’d hoped there was a book to be had.

  12. Jackie!!!!! That’s SO EXCITING!!! Congratulations!! We love your recipes and are always willing to help taste test ANYTHING! LOL! Enjoy the experience! It is well deserved!

  13. Cheers to your cookbook! I look forward to seeing it. Would love to be a behind the scenes recipe tester, already testing many of those on your site already. 🙂 Congratulations!

  14. Congrats on the book deal! Your recipes have been a big hit in my house (especially the chocolate stout cake that I made for my boyfriend’s birthday).
    Any suggestions for the low hop-pale ale used here? What do you like to use? I’m in Texas so it’s a bit harder to find some of the breweries but thankfully it’s getting a little easier.

    1. Thank you Dawn! I like to use Bison Honey Basil ALe for creme brulee. Wheat beers would also work well, anything with notes of honey. IPA’s will probably be too bitter, I would stay away from that end of the IBU scale.

    1. Thank you so much Kiersten! You should too, your food is so amazing, I could easily give up meat if you cooked for me 🙂

  15. Congratulations!! Are those stalker stories true?! Too funny…slash, creepy…. I would be happy to test recipes 🙂 I come across lots of fun beers up here in Norcal that I’d love to try cooking with!

    Using beer in creme brulee sounds so fun! What a nice tribute to how far you’ve come!

  16. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!! That’s so exciting!!! I think you totally deserve it too. Your recipes are so creative and brilliant, I’d figured it would happen soon. So happy for you, and I can’t friggin *wait* to make these brownies!

  17. So happy to hear this news!!!! Congrats! Just started following your blog. I am using two of your recipes for Thanksgiving and will be trying more very soon. I would love to test recipes out for you. I find every excuse to cook and bake with beer and will be the first yo buy your book. Cant wait to hear more.

  18. #1 – This recipe looks unreal – I am obsessed with all things creme brulee! #2 – Your news about starting a cookbook is a dream I share too but I’m so happy that yours is becoming a reality! #3 – I will gladly be a recipe tester if you still need one!

  19. i realize this may be blasphemous, but may I leave out the beer ingredients if I were to make this for someone who hates beer? What would I replace it with? Many thanks in advance…

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