Who doesn’t love desserts? When I am craving dessert I don’t want it to be too sweet, brownies are a great option. They can be very versatile, different kinds of chocolate chips, walnuts, fruit, the list keeps going. I started thinking about all my favorite sweet and spicy food, always a balanced pair, and thought why not try adding heat to brownies?
Cayenne Peppers have sweet notes of flavor. They are on the lower level of the heat scale, between 30,000 and 50,000 Scoville Heat Units (SHU). Not only do these peppers have health benefits but so does chocolate, win-win! Rich chocolate and gooey center, the sweet melted chocolate chips, the pepper powder really sets these brownies apart from any others I have tried in the past.
Brownies are great and easy to share at office parties, snack time, or a late-night snack. One thing is sure this will be a dessert you won’t be likely to forget and can be prepped and baked in less than an hour! Serve with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream or a cold glass of milk. The dairy will help with the rich chocolate as well as provide relief if things get to heated.
Spicy Cayenne Brownies
- 9×9 baking pan
- Hand whisk
- Mixing bowl
- Silicone spatula
- 10 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips (melted)
- 3/4 Cup All-purpose Flour
- 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 Tsp Sonoran Spice Cayenne Powder
- 1 pinch Salt
- 3/4 Cup Milk Chcolate Chips
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking pan with parchment paper up to the sides.
- Mix together melted butter and sugar using a hand whisk for 1 minute or until the mixture is very smooth and creamy.10 Tbsp Butter, 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
- Add in eggs and vanilla extract and continue whisking for another minute.2 Eggs, 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- Add in melted chocolate and whisk until well-blended.1/2 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips (melted)
- Next, add flour, cocoa powder, cayenne powder, and salt. Mix using a silicon spatula until just combined, then add chocolate chips. Give a quick mix.3/4 Cup All-purpose Flour, 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, 1/4 Tsp Sonoran Spice Cayenne Powder, 1 pinch Salt
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, at this time brownies will seem a little runny in the center but it is okay. Let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before removing them from the pan. Cut to 9 or 12 pieces and enjoy!
Do you enjoy this spicy-sweet treat? Check out the Sonoran Spice Blog and learn how to make tasty dishes from mild to extra spicy heat levels! Find out how different hot peppers get their Scoville Heat Units along with other pepper resources.