Saturday, February 25, 2012

Packin' Heat - Chili/Chocolate Brownies

Friends were stopping by, on their way to play a music gig in IND and I needed a little something to serve, a sweet treat, quick but not boring. You can't go wrong with something that involves dark chocolate, coffee, chili AND cinnamon.

Take your favorite fudge brownie recipe but this time add a splash of brewed espresso and a pinch of both cinnamon and cayenne pepper to the batter. If you use a box mix, replace all of the water called for with brewed coffee or espresso and add the spices. Now top with. . .

Chili/Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce

Four ounces Dark semi sweet chocolate with Chilis (I used a 3.5 ounce Lindt bar plus the corner off a second one)
1/3 cup white sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3/4 cup plus 3 Tablespoons heavy cream (total is slightly less than a cup).
1/2 teaspoon Mexican Vanilla (I use Penzey's).

Break chocolate into pieces and cook in the microwave in a glass bowl (high setting) for one and a half minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until almost melted. Transfer to a heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat on the stovetop and stir in sugar, salt and butter. Stir in cream, a little at a time until smooth. Heat through still on low heat, until thickened (do NOT bring to a boil). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Use to top brownies or save in the fridge to top ice cream.


  1. With snacks like that, it's a wonder you ever get any "alone" time.

  2. Oh, Lord, that looks so good...what Rev. Paul said too. I will try this soon.

  3. Looks and sounds awesome; but what happened to the 2nd Lindt bar?

  4. My wife said to say thanks for the pumpkin roll cream cheese filling recipe. My thanks too.

  5. The thing is, life is tough and then you die - things like these brownies and Lindt chocolate - they are some of the kinds of things people should appreciate while they can. Life is good :-)

  6. Rev. Paul - I do seem to get a lot of visitors. .

    Stephen - If you make the hot fudge sauce for little ones and don't want the "heat" use unsweetened dark baking chocolate and increase the sugar to a generous 3/4 cup sugar.

    Ed - thank you! I'm glad you both liked it.

    Aussie Alaskan - Life IS good.

    Island Bob - uh. . it's in the, uh. . . evidence locker.

  7. Chili goes so well with chocolate if you do it juuuust right. This looks great.

  8. Dave bought me one of those chili chocolate bars for Valentine's Day. I love Dave .. and now I LOVE CHILI CHOCOLATE! The brownies look great. Must make once I'm all svelte and hot and sassy, doncha know.... :)


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