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Mexican Brownies

If you have a weakness for brownies, these fudgy, truffle-like morsels, with a hint of cinnamon and cayenne pepper, will have you going back for seconds. But a word to the wise — a brownie’s worst enemy is over baking, which makes them dry, so be diligent about testing them.

Mexican Brownies

A brownie for the grown-up taste. These Mexican Brownies are rich and fudgy with gooey chocolate, seasoned with cinnamon, cayenne powder and my favorite seasoning
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling1 hr
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chocolate Brownies, Dessert, Mexican Brownies
Servings: 16
Calories: 247kcal


  • Measuring Cups/Spoons Set
  • High-Heat Scraper
  • 2-Quart Saucepan
  • 9" Wire Whisk
  • Glass Nesting Bowls
  • 9 x 9-inch Square Cake Pan
  • 8" Chef's Knife
  • 18 x 24-Inch Plastic Cutting Board



  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. Table salt
  • ½ tsp. Baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne pepper


  • 8 oz. Semisweet bar chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup Granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup Packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Instant espresso powder
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp. Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 Stick unsalted butter (8 Tbsp.), cubed


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick spray.
  • Whisk together flour, cocoa, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, and cayenne.
  • Melt chocolate and butter with granulated sugar, brown sugar, and espresso powder in a saucepan over low heat.
  • Off heat, stir in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture just until incorporated. Transfer batter to prepared pan.
  • Bake brownies until a toothpick inserted into center comes out with a few moist crumbs, 25 minutes. Transfer brownies to a rack and let cool completely. Cut brownies into 16 squares.


Per serving, Calories: 247

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories247
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 12g 19%
    • Saturated Fat 7g 35%
  • Cholesterol 50mg 17%
  • Sodium 106mg 5%
  • Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  • Protein 3g 6%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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