13 Guinness Recipes You Didn't Know You Could Make

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The thick, creamy taste of Guinness lends itself to a variety of dishes both sweet and savory. Stout adds depth and the kind of pleasant flavor you can’t quite put your finger on, no matter if it's chocolate cake or Irish beef stew.

You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to give these recipes a go -- grab a six-pack and get cooking!

Chocolate Guinness pudding
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Chocolate pudding

It looks like a Guinness and tastes like a Guinness, but the texture is considerably creamier. Top it off with Guinness whipped cream, of course. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Egg yolks
  • Sugar
  • Guinness
  • Heavy cream
  • Chocolate
Black and tan brownies
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Black and tan brownies

This is just like the traditional black and tan drink -- half Guinness stout and half Harp lager -- except a whole lot chewier. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Sugar
Irish car bomb float
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Irish car bomb float

No need for a link out here -- this one's all my own. Drop 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream into a tall glass, add 1/2 shot whiskey, 1/2 shot Bailey's, and pour Guinness the rest of the way to the top.

Key ingredients:

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Whiskey
  • Bailey's
  • Guinness
Guinness hot chocolate
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Hot chocolate

Reduce the Guinness into a syrup for a nice roasted flavor, then mix it with milk and chocolate. This recipe also adds Bailey's and Irish whiskey, in case the beer isn't boozy enough. But here's the recipe for this one!

KeyiIngredients:

  • Cocoa powder
  • Sugar
  • Whole milk
  • Milk chocolate
  • Bittersweet chocolate chips
Guinness hot fudge
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Hot fudge

Warm stout chocolate sauce is great on ice cream, in chocolate milk, or as fake blood in black-and-white movies. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Vanilla
  • Salt
  • Chocolate
Guinness cake
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Cake

Stout makes chocolate cake super moist and tangy, and the creamy cream cheese frosting is a perfect complement. Nigella's trailblazing recipe is here, and in my opinion, there are no others.

Key ingredients:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Cocoa powder
  • Caster sugar
  • Sour cream
  • Eggs
Guinness cream soda
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Cream soda

The classic cream soda is made with club soda, cream, and vanilla syrup. This boozy version uses vanilla and ginger liqueurs instead of syrup, and the creamy froth of Guinness stout instead of cream. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Ginger liqueur
  • Vanilla liqueur
  • Club soda
  • Guinness
Beeramisu
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Beeramisu

Replace the traditional rum-and-coffee lady finger soak with a malty stout. Right this way!

Key ingredients:

  • Mascarpone
  • Sugar
  • Heavy cream
  • Lady fingers
  • Guinness
Guinness onion rings
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Bacon-wrapped onion rings

Regular onion rings on their own are already pretty damn good, but a twirl of crisp bacon and rich stout batter take them past damn good to a version that requires stronger expletives. Recipe here!

Key ingredients:

  • Vidalia onions
  • Vegetable oil
  • Flour
  • Bacon
  • Queso
Shamrock pancakes with Guinness syrup
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Maple syrup

Whether you choose to pour this stout syrup over shamrock pancakes or regular pancakes or straight into your mouth, this complex, sugary sauce won't disappoint. Get that recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Sugar
  • Guinness
Guinness waffles
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Waffles

Guinness in the waffles. Guinness in the fudge. Guinness in the glass you serve this decadent dessert with. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Cocoa powder
  • Milk
  • Vanilla
Guinness beef stew
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Beef stew

Tender meat, potatoes, and carrots swim in a pool of rich, creamy beer and broth. Find the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Boneless beef chuck-eye roast
  • Yellow onions
  • Chicken stock
  • Carrots
  • Potatoes
Beer breadsticks
<a href="http://www.topwithcinnamon.com/2013/02/3-ingredient-beer-bread-sticks-or-pizza-dough-omfg-no-knead-no-rise.html" target="_blank">Courtesy of Top With Cinnamon</a>

Breadsticks

These three-ingredient breadsticks are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Plus, no kneading! The dough's also great for pizza crust. Recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Self-rising flour
  • Guinness
  • Melted butter


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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's recipes editor. She sometimes wishes she had facial hair so she could sport a beer mustache. Tag your Guinness foods and 'staches @perrysant and make her jealous.