Friday, March 27, 2015

Cayenne Cinnamon Brownies ... OH MY!!!

                       Cayenne Cinnamon Brownies...OH MY

You know those times when you have a serious craving for something and your mind takes you back to the moment when you first had the food that you're craving....well, these brownies were one of those moments. 
I had the most amazing spicy brownies in Balboa Park in San Diego a few years ago and I have been craving them ever since! If you ever have a chance to visit San Diego, Balboa Park is definitely on the must-see list. 

I still remember that day...I had gone to see a few museums with my parents, it was a bit chilly so we stopped for a little snack and some coffee at one of their snack stands near the Prado restaurant (another must go to, food is amazing! ) . 
Well, as you can see from my latest recipe Cayenne Cinnamon Brownies OH MY!!... I still remember those brownies.   I think I got pretty close to duplicating the flavor. These brownies are full of chocolate flavor with a bit of heat from the cayenne that hits you a bit later. 
Honestly, I know the combination sounds strange... but it really does work.  I researched a few recipes online that were similar, but as I played in the Livebakelove test kitchen, this combination really seem to have worked. I really hope you give this recipe a try... full of flavor and taste and perfect to fill that chocolate craving with a little twist!

Happy cooking everyone!

Cayenne Cinnamon Brownies
Makes 12-16 brownies

2oz unsweetened baking chocolate
1.5 oz German Chocolate (sweet chocolate)
3/4 unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3  cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup sliced almonds

Prep work
1. Preheat oven 350
2 Line an 8 x 11 x 2 pan with foil then spray foil with non-stick cooking spray 
3. Melt chocolate and butter in microwave safe bowl in microwave for 1 minute.  Remove and stir until combined.

4. Combine cocoa powder, cayenne, instant coffee, cinnamon and salt.  Mix into chocolate butter mixture and set aside.


1. In a large mixing bowl add white sugar and brown sugar and mix together.

2. Add chocolate, butter and spice mixture slowly into sugar.

3. Beat the 3 eggs together and add them into mixture with vanilla.  Combine.

4. Add flour slowly still all mixed together.

5. Slowly add in nuts

6. Pour brownie mixture into prepared baking pan and spread into an even layer.

7. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes
8. Remove from oven and cool.
9. Sprinkle with powder sugar and cut into squares

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