Red Wine in Brownies?

Over the weekend, my sister made some very interesting brownies. She told me she wanted to use up the old red wine she had in the refrigerator because no one was willing to drink it. Apparently, she looked up some ways to use old wine. And she hit the jackpot with brownies. When she told me her grand plan, my first reaction was: Chocolate and alcohol? Are you trying to get me drunk? But to my surprise, the brownies had a massive chocolaty taste and I couldn’t really detect the wine taste at first. But then we left the brownies over night and the wine taste really reached through the second night. It wasn’t overpowering but it complimented the chocolate in the brownies. So I really recommend the brownies especially if you have leftover red wine. My sister used the recipe from Butter Me Up Brooklyn.

Red Wine Chocolate Fudge Brownies
Makes one 8×8 pan

For the brownies:
4 ounces (120 grams) semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup (113 grams) butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup (60 ml) red wine
2 eggs
1/2 cup (100 grams) brown sugar
1/4 cup (53 grams) sugar
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) vanilla
1/2 cup (62 grams) flour
1/4 cup (25 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

For the glaze:
2 ounces (60 grams) semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 tablespoon (21 grams) butter
2 tablespoons (30 ml) red wine
pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Butter an 8×8 pan and line with two sheets of parchment paper, then butter the parchment. Set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate and the butter together in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted and smooth.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugars and vanilla. Whisk in the chocolate mixture and then the wine. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt and stir until the batter is smooth and has thickened slightly. Fold in the chocolate chips, if using.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a tester comes out mostly clean with just a few crumbs attached. You may need to bake the brownies for a few minutes more, but set your timer for 15 minutes and then hang out in your kitchen for the last few minutes of baking time just to make sure they don’t over bake. An under baked brownie is better than an over baked one.
  5. While the brownies are baking make the glaze. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over simmering water until melted. Add the butter, wine and salt and whisk until smooth. Pour the glaze over the warm brownies and spread it to the corners so the top is evenly coated.
  6. Cool completely and cut into squares.

Enjoy your red wine chocolate fudge brownies!


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