Orange Boozy Brownies & better than sex bars
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Last Updated on June 5, 2020 by Lisa Johnson
Yes, you read that correctly….better than sex bars! What does that have to do with Orange Boozy Brownies? Okay here’s the story…Back when I was 11 years old, a friend of mine gave me a recipe for “Better than Sex Bars”. Being 11 years old, we thought that was hysterical! So at the tender age of 11, I started making what we have always called “BTS Bars”.
They have a brownie base, with a rum walnut filling and topped off with a chocolate ganache type topping. A few years ago I decided to start playing around with the flavors and see what else I could create. My dear friend Michelle commented on the Peanut Butter Cup Boozy Brownies that I posted a few weeks ago. She thought they sounded very similar to those BTS Bars that we used to make in high school. Well they are the same, but with a few tweaks!
How to make Orange Boozy Brownies:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place parchment paper inside a 9 x 13 pan with extra length to use as handles.
Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave in a medium bowl. Start with one minute and stir. Continue heating in 15 second intervals until completely melted. Cool slightly, like 5 minutes or so.
In a large bowl, beat eggs while gradually adding sugar.
When all of the sugar is beaten in, slowly add the chocolate mixture. Continue beating until smooth.
Add the flour, salt, espresso powder, and almond liqueur.
Beat for one full minute to combine.
Pour into prepared pan.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, do not over bake. Allow to cool completely.
Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl, gradually adding the coconut milk and orange liqueur until smooth. Add food color gel if desired.
Spread over cooled chocolate base. Place in the refrigerator to chill, 30 – 60 minutes.
Place topping ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
Heat in the microwave for one minute, stir. Continue heating and stirring until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
Pour over chilled bars.
Place back in the refrigerator until completely chilled.
Cut into desired shapes/sizes and serve.
More delicious brownie recipes:
Orange Boozy Brownies
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs at room temperature
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 teaspoon almond liqueur or substitute pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 4 Tablespoons orange liqueur
- ¼ cup full fat coconut milk shake well before opening - can substitute heavy cream
- 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 Tablespoons orange liqueur or substitute water
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place parchment paper inside a 9 x 13 pan with extra length to use as handles.
- Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave in a medium bowl. Start with one minute and stir. Continue heating in 15 second intervals until completely melted. Cool slightly, like 5 minutes or so.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs while gradually adding sugar.
- When all of the sugar is beaten in, slowly add the chocolate mixture. Continue beating until smooth.
- Add the flour, salt, espresso powder, and almond liqueur.
- Beat for one full minute to combine.
- Pour into prepared pan.
- Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, do not over bake. Allow to cool completely.
- Beat butter and sugar together in a large bowl, gradually adding the coconut milk and orange liqueur until smooth. Add food color gel if desired.
- Spread over cooled chocolate base. Place in the refrigerator to chill, 30 - 60 minutes
- Place topping ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
- Heat in the microwave for one minute, stir. Continue heating and stirring until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
- Pour over chilled bars.
- Place back in the refrigerator until completely chilled.
- Cut into desired shapes/sizes and serve.
Ok, why are you not at my house right now with these?? I’ll wait here. In the meanwhile I will Pin them.
But I will keep looking out the front door. I need these in my life.
Awesome Lisa! there`s something so perfect about orange and chocolate together. And don`t we all love booze in our desserts?!
Lisa, I wanted one of these last night – and I want one even MORE this morning…:) They look and sound AMAZING!!! Pinning, of course! So much fun doing the party with you and Claire and hope we have thousands more together!
Lisa, these look SO good!! 🙂 You are definitely the queen of baking with booze. 😉
Once upon a time, I had a dream to open up a bakery that just sold different flavors of banana bread. True story.
Well those just look fabulous and sound yummy!
Dear Lisa, First time visitor and new follower! So happy to be a part of this weekends link up that you and the ladies are hosting.
These brownies look delicious. My daughter absolutely loves baking brownies so this is a recipe I will have to share with her…I know she would love it.
Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings, Catherine
First time on this website. I just love brownies!
The portion is a bit big for one person, can I easily half the ingredients?
Heck yeah, I’ll be making these. You can bet on it. And NO, I won’t be substituting non-alcoholic ingredients. Fully combustible ingredients, all the way!
These brownies look are just gorgeous, Lisa! I love all the layers. I’ve never thought to add orange OR booze to brownies, but it sure sounds like a great idea. I had to laugh about the BTS bars…too funny!
That brownie looks so perfect in the photo! Hey, I just bought vanilla ice cream and what goes great with ice cream…. yep, brownies. Of course, I bought a brownie mix that’s in the closet. I’m so lazy during the summer, but these look fantastic, right along with the peanut butter cup boozy brownie.
I love these! Too funny, BTS bars at 11. I can already feel the blushing. 🙂 Love the variation!
OMG…I think those might be beyond decadent….mmmmhhhmmmm. I will never be able to replicate but can imagine what they would taste like.
I always thought that title was too funny! But there is nothing funny about these brownies! Lisa,these are spectacular! Orange and chocolate are perfect together!
Shut the front door!! I could eat one (or 5) of these!!
What a great combination! I don’t know how I missed these earlier but now pinned and will share on FB. Have a great weekend, Deb
Yum!!! You had me at Espresso! 🙂 You are a genius for putting chocolate, orange, and espresso together. Definitely pinning.
Oh yummy! I love all of your boozy recipes, Lisa! Pinning and sharing this on social media! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!
I read booze and I was hooked! Then I read Better Than Sex and I was really hooked and drooling too!
Thanks for linking this to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! So glad you shared!
These look to die for! I love orange and chocolate and the orange peel on top just puts it over the top! I must try these soon, thanks for sharing!
I believe you girl…lol…since chocolate releases the same “happy” hormones as when we are…well you know…lol…with the added bonus of no needing to shave our legs to have this dessert! LOL
Thanks for sharing, came over to visit you this time from the Pint Sized Baker’s party
Just wanted to let you know that these brownies are a hit! I used bitly to get a short link and shared on facebook, twitter and google+ So far it says you have had over 25 hits! I can see why!
Thanks again for sharing at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party.
“Boozy” sounds like the perfect adjective for a brownie to me! Actually, we made some with peppermint schnapps and they were awesome, you can check them out here if you want to try Great site, I just dropped in from the Family Food and Travel linky party.
Thanks for sharing this on Wonderful Food Wednesdays! These look so scrumptious and I shared them on Facebook 🙂
OMGosh this look so devine!!! I so have to have one! Thanks for the recipe, stopping by from My Turn.
Sorry to hear your business didn’t take off the way you’d hoped. These look absolutely stunning, however! Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!
Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I just wanted to let you know I am featuring you this week. I would love for you to grab my button to add to the post or your sidebar. I would love for you to share your news of being featured on your social media. I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!
Have a great week!
Oh my… this has got to be divine! I’m so glad you came to share at Super Saturday Show & Tell last week. xoxo~ Ruthie
Thanks for recently linking this delicious recipe to my Tasty Thursdays party, Lisa. It is being featured in my Fantastic Fruit – Week #4 – Outstanding Oranges post. What a combo…orange and brownie…yummy!!
So I’m thinking with all these boozy desserts that we should def hang out!!! 😉
Saw these on the empty your archive link party and they look to die for! Definitely a recipe to try out!!!
YUM!!! Drooling here!
Thanks so much Lauren! 🙂