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Black Bourbon Walnut Brownies with Maple-Candied Bacon #SundaySupper

Dark chocolate, walnuts, and bourbon whiskey come together with maple-candied bacon to create the manliest, most decadent batch of brownies you'll ever eat! They're perfect for the men in your life with both a killer sweet tooth and a fine palate!

Serves 9-12 servings     adjust servings

Preparation 40 mins Cook Time 35 mins Total Time 1 hr 15 mins


    Maple-Candied Bacon

    • 5 slices raw bacon
    • 1/4 cup maple syrup
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar


    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 10 tablespoons butter
    • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
    • 2 eggs + 1 egg yolk
    • 3 Tablespoons + 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey, separated
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment or aluminum foil, and butter the bottom and sides. Set aside.

    Maple-Candied Bacon

    1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and set a wire rack on top. Place the bacon on the rack and brush the top with maple syrup. Sprinkle on some brown sugar.
    2. Bake for 15 minutes, flip the bacon, brush with more maple syrup and sprinkle more brown sugar. Bake for another 15 minutes, or until it reaches the desired level of crispiness.
    3. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely, then chop or crumble into a bowl and set aside.


    1. In a small bowl, combine flour, espresso powder, and salt. Set aside.
    2. In a double boiler (or a metal bowl set over a pot of boiling water,) add butter, cocoa, and sugars. Melt and mix until the ingredients form a batter, about 8-10 minutes. The mixture will still be grainy when it's ready.
    3. Remove the bowl from heat and add the eggs, 3 Tablespoons of bourbon, and vanilla, stirring until well combined.
    4. Stir in flour until just combined, then fold in the walnuts.
    5. Pour batter into prepared 8x8 baking pan. Arrange chopped or crumbled candied bacon across the top as desired. Bake for 33-38 minutes until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Remove brownies from the oven and immediately pour the remaining bourbon over the top. Allow to cool completely. Cut, serve, and enjoy!


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