Around the holidays, you can really go out all out with your baked goods. Want to add extra frosting to those sugar cookies? Do it. Got a little heavy-handed with the sprinkles? That's totally fine. Snuck a little bourbon into your brownies? Excellent idea.
If you're scratching your head at this boozy addition to brownies, don't worry — it actually makes a lot of sense. "Baking with bourbon is a lot like baking with an extra-potent vanilla; in fact, I'd argue that any recipe that uses vanilla could benefit from a glug or two of bourbon," says the recipe's author. "Typically 1 teaspoon of vanilla can be replaced with 1 tablespoon of bourbon in most recipes."
So there you have it! The key to a rich, fudgy, flavorful brownie is a bit of bourbon (and lots of butter, chocolate, and sugar, of course.) Go on, try it — you won't regret it.
→ Get the Recipe: Bourbon Pecan Fudge Brownies from Love and Olive Oil