Spiced Dark Chocolate Brownies

Today was my last day of summer. To celebrate, and to put off the first day of classes just a little longer, I decided to turn on my oven on a nearly 100 degree August day and whip up some brownies. Part entertainment, part procrastination, part stress relief and entirely appreciated by my friends.

While these brownies may look like regular, albeit amazingly fudgey, brownies, they have a spicy secret- copious amounts of dark cocoa powder, vanilla and cinnamon, and some cayenne pepper. The warming spices deepen the dark chocolate flavor, make your house smell delicious while they bake and are a great chocolate dessert for fall. I like these brownies with the zip from the cayenne but they can be adjusted to your last. One of the most important parts of these brownies their fudgey texture, so it’s important not to overcook them. Start checking them at 20 minutes- they are done when a butter knife stuck in the center comes out pretty clean, a little brownie on the knife is okay. Its important to let them cool before cutting since the brownies keep will set while they cool. This recipe was adapted from a recipe for Homemade Brownie Mix from I Am Baker.

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Prep time: 5 minutes

Bake time: 20-25 minutes

Makes about 8 extra large brownies

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup melted butter, slightly cooled

2 eggs

Instructions:  

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line and 8 inch brownie pan with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients.
  3. Melt butter and cool slightly. Add vanilla extract to butter.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs together.
  5. Add eggs to dry ingredients and gently stir.
  6. Add melted butter and vanilla and stir until just combined.
  7. Pour brownie batter into the parchment lined pan and spread evenly.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Begin checking the brownies at 20 minutes.
  9. Allow the brownies to cool for 10 minutes before cutting and enjoy!

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