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FoodThis Recipe for Brownies Has a Secret Ingredient—Can You Guess It?

20:35  12 june  2019
20:35  12 june  2019 Source:   tasteofhome.com

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This Recipe for Brownies Has a Secret Ingredient—Can You Guess It?© Taste of Home Cinnamon-Brownies_EXPS_FBMZ16_1943_C05_19_5b Your friends and family might never guess that cinnamon is the secret ingredient in this Mexican brownie recipe. But a pinch of cayenne will add a warm spicy flavor to the recipe, too. To amp up the chocolate flavor, you can also try adding a pinch of instant coffee granules to the batter before baking. Brush up on these tips for baking better brownies before you get started.

How to Make Mexican Brownies

Ingredients

For the Brownies:
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2/3 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips (See what brand our Test Kitchen recommends.)
For the Frosting:
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2-2/3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Forgot to soften butter ahead of time? Here's what to do in a pinch.

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the batter

In a bowl, combine cocoa and baking soda; blend in 1/3 cup melted butter. Then add boiling water, stirring until thickened. Stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla and remaining butter. Next, add your flour, cinnamon and salt. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.

Step 2: Bake your brownies

Pour mixture into a greased 13 x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° until brownies are done, about 40 minutes. Test Kitchen tip: Brownies continue cooking even after you remove them from the oven, so if you wait until there are no crumbs on the toothpick, you'll end up with an overcooked batch. For best results, stick to the time recommended in your recipe. See more mistakes everyone makes when baking brownies.

Step 3: Fix the frosting

Let the brownies cool completely. For frosting, cream butter in a bowl. Combine cocoa, confectioners' sugar and cinnamon; add alternately with the milk. Beat to a consistency that's easily spreadable and add vanilla. You can add more milk, if necessary.

Step 4: Finish and share

Spread the frosting over cooled brownies and cut into pieces. This recipe makes approximately 3 dozen brownies—and they'll all be gone before you know it! Test Kitchen tip:To cut brownies more easily, warm the knife blade in hot water, dry and cut. Clean and rewarm the knife after each cut. Want to try another Mexican dessert featuring cinnamon? Check out the recipe for reganadas—traditional Mexican cinnamon cookies. [cf]skyword_tracking_tag[/cf]

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