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Mexican Chocolate Brownies Put All Other Brownie Recipes to Shame

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If you're a chocoholic like me, then these brownies are going to knock your socks off! Mexican Chocolate Brownies with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting pair rich, moist, fudgy chocolate with a hint of spice and a cinnamon twist. Sounds good doesn't it?

Don't be intimidated by the chili powder in this recipe - it's a subtle kick of spice that's perfectly balanced with the sweet, creamy frosting. These brownies truly are delightful and once you try them you'll want to eat the whole batch!



  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (16 tablespoons), room temperature
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line the bottom and sides of an 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper, making sure there is overhang on all sides. Set aside.
  3. Whisk together flour, cinnamon and ground red pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Place the butter, sugar, cocoa and salt in a large microwavable bowl. Heat in 45 second increments on medium high heat, stirring after each increment, until butter is fully melted. Allow cocoa mixture to cool slightly.
  5. Stir in vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time, until batter is thick and shiny.
  6. Add flour mixture, stir until just mixed then beat vigorously by hand for another 30 seconds.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 27-32 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of brownies has just a few crumbs sticking to it.
  8. Cool brownies in pan for 15 minutes and then lift parchment sides and place brownies on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.
  9. Beat together powdered sugar and butter in a medium bowl for 2-3 minutes. Add salt, vanilla, cream and cinnamon and continue to mix until frosting is thick and smooth. Add the frosting to your brownies once they have cooled.

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