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The combination of dark chocolate and cayenne pepper give these brownies incredible flavor!
To adjust the amount of cayenne pepper, first taste the batter and wait for the heat to hit your taste buds. Then adjust the amount as desired.
If I am making this for us at home and not a get-together, I cut the recipe in half.
Preheat oven to 325ºF. Combine the butter and chocolate, whisk until completely smooth and combined. Add in the sugar, eggs and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Add in the flour, salt and red pepper and whisk until fully incorporated. Adjust red pepper to taste.
Spray chosen pan. I happen to use either a metal pan with individual compartments with removable bottoms (which I adore) or a silicone brownie pan. Both of those pans allow the brownies to pop right out. If you don’t have one of those, use a mini cupcake pan.
Bake for 13-16 minutes (depending on the pan used) or until a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool, remove from your pan and cool brownies completely.
For the dusting:
In a small bowl, whisk or sift powdered sugar, cocoa powder and red pepper until combined. Using a mesh strainer or sifter, top the brownies with a dusting. You can also just top them with just powdered sugar or a combo of powdered sugar and cocoa if you want less heat.
Enjoy this family favorite of ours—even the kids like these!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!