These brownies aren’t just chocolatey treats, but brownies kicked up a notch…or two. I wanted something different to bring to a cookout, and it had to be easy to make. Surfing through FoodNetwork.com, I found these Mexican Brownies. Just what I was looking for! This recipe could not be easier, even from a box. And talk about different. Not only is there the added touch of cinnamon, but a secret ingredient…cayenne pepper!
So, how’s it taste?
Wowza! If you’ve never had brownies with cinnamon, I suggest you stop what you’re doing and make this recipe right this second. They were so easy. Melt some butter in a saucepan, add all the ingredients, then bake. Simple! The smell in my kitchen while these were baking was pure bliss. I didn’t have the Mexican cinnamon the recipe called for, but I’d love to bake these again with that kind of cinnamon. I was excited to see how the brownies would turn out with the cayenne pepper. You couldn’t tell the cayenne was in them unless someone told you, but you could feel a nice warmth after each bite. I think next time I’ll add a little more to make it more noticeable, but not too hot. These brownies were a hit at the cookout and disappeared pretty quickly, always a good sign.
2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup good-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground Mexican cinnamon (canela)
1/4 teaspoon pequen chili powder or cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish with butter.
2. Melt the 2 sticks of butter in a nonstick saucepan over medium-low heat; do not boil. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly. Add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla and stir with a wooden spoon until combined.
3. Add the cocoa, flour, cinnamon, chili powder, salt, and baking powder and mix until smooth. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out fudgy, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan on a rack before slicing.
I would love to taste one of these…I am truly a brownie freak!!
You have GOT to make these. They are crazy easy and incredibly fudgy. Too bad the web doesn't shoot out samples when you click the picture!
I made these tonight and my family loved them! The suggestions of using the Saigon cinnamon and a wee bit more cayenne were excellent ideas. These brownies are divine! Such a strange sensational of the sweet heat in your mouth!
I had to cook mine for close to 30 minutes, though. Could be my oven.
Got one from the Sweet Relief Bake Sale today. Tasty. Thanks!
Thanks for coming out to the bake sale, Hunter! Glad you enjoyed the brownies.
After being disappointed to find we didn’t have a backup brownie mix stashed away in the cabinet last night, I whipped these up and OMG. Delicious! I even made a smaller batch by cutting everything in half and cooking for 14 mins in a 7×11 Pyrex. Even using Aldi brand chili powder, cocoa, and cinnamon, they came out amazing. Thanks for the recipe!
You’re welcome! I’m usually a big fan of mixes (why mess with a good thing), but these babies are delicious! Glad you liked them as well!