I was experimenting in the kitchen and came up with this awesome trick to spice up brownies.
Take a box of brownie mix (not the kind with the fudge package) and follow the package directions
Mix in two teaspoons of ancho chile powder* and two teaspoons of cinnamon
Bake according to the package directions
When I pulled them out, I let them sit for about ten minutes. The smell was da-vine but I forced myself to wait because they're easier to cut out of the pan and yet, still have a bit of gooey warmth that won't burn your mouth.
At first taste, the cinnamon and chocolate taste like Mexican hot chocolate. But then the chile kicks in - not too much but just enough to make it interesting.
If you don't have or can't find ancho chile powder, cayenne will do the job but use a teaspoon and a half because it has a smokier taste.
Make a batch and let me know what you think!
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