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Spicy Chocolate Brownies
3/4 cup butter1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 to 2 tsp. cinnamon (you could always add more if you want)
A small dash of cayenne pepper or ground black pepper (optional)
1 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 15x10x1 baking pan; set aside.
In a large microwave safe bowl melt butter. Stir in sugar and cocoa powder until combined. Add eggs and vanilla. Unsing a wooden spoon, beat mixture lightly just until combined.
In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and pepper (if using). Alternately add flour mixture and milk to the chocolate mixture, beating after each mixture. Stir in walnuts (if using)
Pour batter into pan. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for at least 2 hours. Frost.
Chocolate Buttercream frosting:
1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temp.
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 stick butter, at room temp, cut into 1/2 pieces
2 Tblsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup confectionfers sugar
Place cream and chocolate chips in a meduim bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan and refrigerate until thick, 20 minutes. Add the butter and cocoa powder and beat the mixture on high speed until light and fluffy, about 1 min. Spread the butter cream over the cooled brownies. Dust with cinnamon (optional) and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.