Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Hint of Spice Chocolate Brownies

 Chocolate Sizzle Brownies

Jill, in Of Grace and Chocolate, by Krista Lynn Jensen, likes things a certain way. She loves chocolate and I dare say that she would choose the chocolate lover's brownie. But when Scott enters her life and stirs up a past she's tried to forget, her life becomes anything but predictable. This recipe for brownies is chocolatey enough to satisfy any chocoholic, with a hint of something else, something that might spice up your life, just like Jill. 

8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips 
1/2 pound butter (one stick)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350'. Spray a 9x13 inch pan with cooking spray. Heat the chocolate and butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in the sugars until smooth. 

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, chili powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and salt. Whisk the eggs, one at a time into the chocolate mixture. Add the dry ingredients, mixing until combined. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and bake for 25 minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream, or drizzle with caramel or chocolate sauce (try the sauce for "I Hate Chocolate Cake" in The 2011 Book Blogger's Cookbook).

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