Cinnamon and hot cayenne pepper give these moist and chocolatey brownies a little something extra. The heat from the cayenne is not overbearing, it hits your tongue and warms your mouth after your are several chews into these babies.
The cinnamon brings a wonderful spice aroma to your kitchen as the brownies bake and it brings the chocolate flavor to life. Oh ya, these are super easy too because I used a box brownie mix as the base. Sour cream is the secret weapon on how to make ANY boxed cake or brownie mix taste more ‘made from scratch’. Just substitute the same amount of sour cream for the oil a box mix calls for.
Caliente! Maybe I should call these date night brownies… who doesn’t want to spice things up? 😉
(I heart being cheesy)
Readers, I just want you to know that I am posting from San Francisco this week. I hope to write a little featurette on the city for this Friday’s post; although the primary reason I’m here is for work, I hope to do a little sightseeing!
Hot Chocolate Brownies
- 1 box brownie mix, I used Betty Crocker*
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- handful of mini chocolate chips
For the Chocolate Frosting
- 1/3 cup butter, soft
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
- 4 tablespoons milk
- 4 cups powdered sugar
Add the cinnamon, cayenne pepper and chocolate chips to the dry brownie mix and then stir to combine; continue to prepare brownie mix according to package instructions. Grease a 9×13 pan and pour in the brownie mix, bake according to package instructions. Let cool.
In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, whip your butter until fluffy. Slowly start adding the powdered sugar. Alternate with the vanilla. Once all powdered sugar has been added, stir in the melted and cooled chocolate. The mixture will not be smooth, that is ok. Now mix in you milk, one tablespoon at a time. The frosting will quickly come together and reach a spreadable consistency. If it is too thick, add milk; too thin, add powdered sugar. Frost the cooled cupcakes.
*Note: As mentioned above, I used sour cream in place of the oil called for on the box mix.