Crockpot Beer and Brown Sugar Kielbasa – kielbasa and sauerkraut cooked all day in the slow cooker in beer and brown sugar! It’s sweet and sour and delicious! Perfect for Superbowl parties!

Crockpot Beer and Brown Sugar Kielbasa - kielbasa and sauerkraut cooked all day in the slow cooker in beer and brown sugar! It's sweet and sour and delicious! Perfect for Superbowl parties!

Originally published December 11, 2011 which is WILD because how have I been posting recipes online for this long?

Hi guys!

I’m bringing back a super old recipe today. Because, for some reason, it was the most popular recipe on my blog for New Years Eve and New Years Day even though the only photo it had was small and horizontal and pretty terrible.

But seeing everyone else make it made me want to make it again.

I mean, I’d named it my number 1 most favorite recipe in my 2011 wrap up post and then I never made it again.

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Chocolate Stout Cupcakes – chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness and topped with a dreamy chocolate buttercream frosting. You have to make these for St. Patrick’s Day!

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes - chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness and topped with a dreamy chocolate buttercream frosting. You have to make these for St. Patrick's Day!

One last St. Patrick’s Day recipe and then I swear I’ll stop!

I told you guys yesterday that one of my favorite things about St. Patrick’s Day is buying the ginormous blocks of Kerrygold Dubliner but I didn’t mentioned that I also really love buying Guinness.

And I don’t know why because I don’t drink it. It just makes me feel festive or something.

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes - chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness and topped with a dreamy chocolate buttercream frosting. You have to make these for St. Patrick's Day!

I knew I wanted to make these Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with it this year and they turned out so good!

They’re chocolate cupcakes with the Guinness in the batter and then just a regular chocolate frosting. I was worried that Guinness taste would be too strong for me but I really enjoyed them. I’m not going to tell you how many I had but take my word for it, I really really really enjoyed them.

Need something to serve for St. Patrick’s Day dinner? Try this Guinness and Onion Soup with Irish Cheddar Crouton!

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes - chocolate cupcakes made with Guinness and topped with a dreamy chocolate buttercream frosting. You have to make these for St. Patrick's Day!

Yield: 36 cupcakes

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes

adapted from King Arthur Flour

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups stout or dark beer, such as Guinness
  • 2 cups 4 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Dutch-process cocoa
  • 4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. Place the stout and butter in a large, heavy saucepan, and heat until the butter melts. Remove the pan from the heat, and add the cocoa powder. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; set aside.
  4. In another large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs and sour cream. Add the cooled stout-cocoa mixture, mixing to combine.
  5. Add the flour mixture and mix together at slow speed. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, and mix again for 1 minute.
  6. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 - 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  7. Repeat with remaining batter.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.

To make the frosting:

  1. Beat butter until light and fluffy. Slowly add cocoa powder, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla sugar. Beat until everything is incorporated. Add more powdered sugar or milk if you want a different consistency. Frost cupcakes once cooled.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 9g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 57mg Sodium: 163mg Carbohydrates: 46g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 31g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
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Cherry Beergaritas – tequila, Corona, cherry 7Up, and limeade! This will be your official summer drink! 

Cherry Beergaritas - tequila, Corona, cherry 7Up, and limeade! This will be your official summer drink!

Happy Thirsty Thursday!

It’s our Friday because the kid is off school on the real Friday.

It’s conference day. Eep!

Wish me luck – I always feel like I’m in trouble when I have to go talk to his teacher. And then I end up crying and it’s a big mess.

My kid is in kindergarten. It shouldn’t be this hard.

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After a short Project Pastry Queen break, I am back with beer bread!

I almost sat this week out too. Let me explain – I was down to 1 stick of butter. ONE! Unheard of around here because I like to buy those massive 4 pound packs at Costco. But anyway, I somehow got down to only 1 stick and grocery day was still 4 days away. And this beer bread recipe? It calls for a whole stick. Not just that, it calls for half the stick to be poured into the bottom of the baking pan and the other half to be poured on top of the batter.

That’s weird, right? I’ve made beer bread a few times in the past and I’ve never had to pour butter over the top of the batter.

But I was making soup so we needed bread.

It was ridiculous. The butter on the bottom made it so crispy, and I added shredded cheddar which also got crispy on the bottom. I threw in some green onions which made it even more fantastic. We – and by we, I mean me –  finished off the loaf within a couple hours.

I do think the amount of butter is a little excessive. I originally had the loaf on a cloth napkin while taking photos and the napkin was covered in greasiness when I was done! I would guess than half the amount of butter would be sufficient but don’t hate me if it’s not.

Amanda will have the recipe waiting for you. You need to try it!

One year ago: Cookies and Cream Fudge
Two years ago: Crockpot Candy

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