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Rum Bourbon Brownie Trifle

Make It Yourself

Spirit Ingredients:

1/4 cup
1 tbsp

Food Ingredients and Preparation

Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 35 minutes, Serves 10-12 people

Brownie Layer:

  • 1 8 oz bag Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, 2 Tsp
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup rum
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup cake flour, 4 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp kosher salt (x 2)

Bourbon Carmel:

  • ½ cup salted butter
  • 1 8 oz jar homemade Caramel
  • ¼ cup bourbon

Vodka Whip: 

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbs. vodka
  • 1 tsp. powdered sugar

In a 8 inch brownie pan butter all sides with 2Tsp butter and then coat with 4 tablespoons flour. In a double boiler melt chocolate and butter together. Once melted add the brown, white sugar and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and one part of the kosher salt. Remove chocolate mixture from heat stir in the rum and egg. Next stir in the flour mixture to complete the batter. Pour mixture in the brownie pan and sprinkle the remaining salt on top. Cook for 25 minutes, remove and let cool.  

While the Brownies are cooking start with the caramel sauce. In a medium saucepan melt the butter until golden, then add the bourbon and cook down for 2 minutes. Next, add the caramel sauce and stir. 

To make the vodka whip: add cream, vanilla, vodka, and powdered sugar to a bowl and whisk vigorously until firm (you can also use a mixer or immersion blender).  Keep in the fridge until you are ready to serve. 

Once the brownies are cooled it’s time to make the layers.  

Layer a clear glass bowl or trifle bowl with brownies first, then caramel then vodka whip. Then repeat the layers. This can also be done in shot glasses for a fun little individual dessert. This is an adults-only dessert as not all the alcohol is cooked down. Who’s bringing this to the next pot luck?  


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