Friday, November 18, 2016

The secret ingredient for the best brownies (EVER!)

OK, I have a quick but AMAZING recipe for you today! This would be a perfect treat after the pumpkin pie next week. Or this weekend. Tonight? 

We had friends over last weekend and one of my girlfriends brought brownies. Now I like a good's just not always my pick for a dessert. If you offer me one, duh, I'm going to take it. But it's not one I'd pick to make on a whim. 

Until now. :) 

I must introduce you to the most amazing brownie...EVER. There is a special, secret ingredient that will rock your world. I asked my friend for the recipe, thinking it was some super special family thing passed down through the generations -- and had to laugh when she told me she made them with a box recipe. ;) 

First of all, I didn't even KNOW about dark chocolate brownies. Um, hello. I didn't like dark chocolate till a few years ago and now it's my favorite. There's actually two secret ingredients but one didn't surprise me as much as the other...can you guess?: 
Simple secret ingredient for the best brownies

The cinnamon wasn't a big shock, I mean, have you had chili with cinnamon? Next level stuff. But the kicker (literally) was the chili powder. Man oh man...these are DELISH. Hands down the best brownie I've ever tasted. 

You make them according to the box (she subbed coconut oil for vegetable oil and I do the same) and then you add three teaspoons cinnamon and one to two teaspoons of chili powder. 

That's it! You'll notice something different, but it's not overwhelming -- just GOOD. I used one teaspoon of chili in my batch (I had to make one to, uhh, show you all) and it was perfect, but I will definitely try more. 

It's hard to describe why these are so good, you just have to try them for yourself. We were all standing around and oohing and ahhing over the flavor. So yummy. I wish I could give you all a sample. :)

I love to share simple, delicious recipes and this was one! You really must try it. Have you tried this trick in your brownies? I bet it would be good in chocolate cake or cup cakes as well...I'll try that next. 

Have a wonderful weekend my friends! 


  1. Thanks for this recipe! I can only make brownies from a box, it is my dessert I often take when I am asked to bring something. This will certainly spice it up! Thanks!

  2. I also like to doctor box brownies. Chili powder is good. Use milk instead of water. Add espresso powder or a shot of coffee too. So good!

  3. I've been adding cinnamon & chili powder for years. I think one of the chefs on "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" mentioned it once and I was hooked! Instead of oil you can also use butter. YUM!

  4. Brownies aren't my favorite either, but my husband and my kids love them. I will definitely try your friend's recipe next time I surprise them with a batch. Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a great weekend!!

  5. I was the same with dark chocolate! I actually love it now once in a while. Thanks for sharing this tip..would have never thought of it! x

  6. I'm very guilty of using store bought brownie mix. Didn't know Betty Crocker did dark chocolate ones! Will be grabbing these the next time I'm at the grocery store. And I'll be sure to try out the chilli powder!
    - Charmaine

  7. Thanks, this does look delicious.

  8. ooh, these look delicious!
    Aleeha xXx

  9. Do you think it would be good with the regular brownie mix or only with the dark chocolate?

  10. This is such a good idea! Sometimes I want to bake but don't have the time and I find box brownies quite boring but this is genius - thanks for sharing! :)


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