A Word From The Cook

“These Mexican Brownies have a delicate texture, with a deeply rich taste. Cinnamon, chocolate, and a hint of chipotle are a triple threat!”

Recipe

Prep Time:

45 Minutes (Includes 30 minutes baking time)

Serves:

Makes 16-20 squares

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 Cup cocoa powder
  • 1 ¼ Cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup flour
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon chipotle or cayenne pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Vanilla bean (Scrape the insides of 1 vanilla bean or substitute with 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1 Cup semi or bitter sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar for dusting
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  • Bake in a square 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper
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  1. Step 1 – Sift Dry Ingredients Together
    1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
    2. Line a square 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, and butter the parchment.
    3. In a medium sized bowl combine flour, salt, soda and spices.  Whisk and set aside.
  2. Step 2 – Melt Butter and Chocolate
    1. In a small saucepan over low heat melt butter. Remove from heat and add cocoa powder and brown sugar. Mix well with a hand mixer.
    2. Let cool slightly then add eggs and vanilla. Blend with hand mixer until well incorporated and glossy – about 2 minutes.
  3. Step 3 – Combine and Bake
    1. Pour chocolate mixture into dry ingredients and mix until incorporate with a wooden spoon or spatula.
    2. Add rum and chocolate chips.
    3. Pour mixture into parchment lined backing pan, smooth to create even surface and to spread out to the edges of the pan.
    4. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.
    5. Brownies are done when a toothpick inserted into middle of brownies comes out with just a bit of crumb on the stick.
    6. Let cool for about 15 minutes in the pan, on a baking rack.
    7. Remove the brownies from the pan by holding the edges of parchment and placing brownies on the cooling rack to cool completely.
    8. Remove parchment, cut brownies into squares, and dust lightly with powdered sugar. (For best results put 2 tablespoons powdered sugar into a sieve and gently shake the sieve over the brownies to create an even dusting).
    9. Enjoy!