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    Gluten-free Irish Cream Brownies

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    One day, I had a couple of packages of gluten-free brownie mix that needed to be used. I also had a good amount of Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur, and was feeling a bit adventurous. I found a recipe at All Recipes.com for something called Bailey's Irish Cream Brownies. I used my gluten-free mix, and the result was this little bit of gluten-free Irish brownie joy.

    Photo: CC--axmai.Ingredients:

    Frosting Ingredients:

    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 5 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
    • 4 cups powdered sugar

    Directions:
    Heat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

    Butter the bottom and edges of a 9x14-inch jelly roll pan.

    Place fudge brownie mix into a large bowl; beat in 1 cup of Irish cream liqueur, vegetable oil, and eggs until the mixture forms a smooth batter.

    Spread the batter into the prepared jelly roll pan.
    Bake in the preheated oven until the brownies are set and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

    Remove pan from oven and allow to cool completely.

    Add unsalted butter to a large bowl and beat until smooth.

    Add 5 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur and beat until mixture is creamy.

    Slowly beat in confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, until frosting is desired stiffness.

    Make sure brownies are cool, then spread frosting on brownies.

    Original recipe makes one 10 1/2x15 1/2-inch pan.

    Get your gluten-free brownie mix here.


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    I was under the impression that people with celiac disease should not drink Irish cream. Is there a new study that I am not aware of? The brownies do look very good, but I would think that I could not eat them.

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    Thanks for this! I knew there was a reason I used Carolans! I will change the recipe to include Carolans or other Irish Creams suitable for celiac diets.

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    It's been a few years, but the last time I called Bailey's to ask about their Irish cream they said they could not guarantee it is gluten-free. Might want to check on this before touting this recipe as gluten-free.

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    It's been a few years, but the last time I called Bailey's to ask about their Irish cream they said they could not guarantee it is gluten-free. Might want to check on this before touting this recipe as gluten-free.

    Since it's a distilled beverage, we can assume it is gluten-free and they are merely taking a conservative stance so as to avoid any liability. Distillation removes all gluten - the only way it would contain any would be if they were to add gluten-containing ingredients after distillation. This is the only reason we can't say for certain. The other ingredients are a proprietary blend of spices, and of course cream and sugar - it doesn't sound at all likely that these added ingredients would contain gluten. If you're skeptical, you can try substituting Carolan's. They make a gluten-free claim.

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  • About Me

    Jefferson Adams is Celiac.com's senior writer and Digital Content Director. He earned his B.A. and M.F.A. at Arizona State University, and has authored more than 2,000 articles on celiac disease. His coursework includes studies in biology, anatomy, medicine, science, and advanced research, and scientific methods. He previously served as SF Health News Examiner for Examiner.com, and devised health and medical content for Sharecare.com. Jefferson has spoken about celiac disease to the media, including an appearance on the KQED radio show Forum, and is the editor of the book "Cereal Killers" by Scott Adams and Ron Hoggan, Ed.D.

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