Spicy Caramel Brownies

Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

These fudgy brownies have a thick, rich swirl of dulce de leche and a kick from ground red pepper. If you prefer a milder version, omit or reduce the pepper. Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature 15 minutes to take the chill off before using.

Yield: Serves 16 (serving size: 1 brownie)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 15 Minutes
Total: 2 Hours

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 179
  • Fat: 5.3g
  • Saturated fat: 3.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.2g
  • Protein: 3.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 29.3g
  • Fiber: 0.7g
  • Cholesterol: 14mg
  • Iron: 0.7mg
  • Sodium: 96mg
  • Calcium: 77mg

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 4.25 ounces all-purpose flour (almost 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

  1. 1. Pour sweetened condensed milk into the top of a double boiler; place over boiling water. Reduce heat to low; simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until mixture is thick and caramel-colored, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly.
  2. 2. Preheat oven to 350°.
  3. 3. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe dish, and microwave at HIGH 30 seconds or until almost melted, stirring after 15 seconds. Combine melted chocolate, 1/2 cup sugar, and butter in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until well blended. Add vanilla and egg whites; beat until well blended. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup. Combine flour, 1/3 cup cocoa, baking powder, pepper, and salt. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat just until blended. Stir half of sweetened condensed milk into batter. Spoon batter into a 9-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray. Dollop the remaining sweetened condensed milk by the spoonful over chocolate mixture; swirl together using a knife. Bake at 350° for 19 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into 16 squares.
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