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Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas  

Tex-Mex Brownies

These are not your mama's brownies. The subtle heat from red pepper turns these delights into conversation starters.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Makes 2 dozen
  • Hands-on: 25 Minutes
  • Total: 2 Hours, 20 Minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1 (16-oz.) package bittersweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Parchment paper


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cook first 2 ingredients in a large heavy-duty saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; cool completely (about 20 minutes).

2. Meanwhile, whisk together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl until blended; stir in semisweet chocolate morsels.

3. Whisk together granulated sugar and next 3 ingredients until smooth. Whisk in bittersweet chocolate mixture. Whisk chocolate mixture into flour mixture just until combined.

4. Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with parchment paper, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease parchment. Pour batter into pan.

5. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool in pan.

6. Lift mixture from pan using parchment paper sides as handles; cut into 24 squares.

Texas Sheet Cake Sandwiches: Split each brownie horizontally, and sandwich 1 Tbsp. store-bought chocolate frosting between top and bottom halves.


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