Mexican Brownies

  • PrepTime: 15 Mins
  • CookTime: 40 Mins
  • TotalTime: 55 Mins


  1. 1 1/4 cups sugar
  2. 11 tablespoons salted butter
  3. 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  4. 1 teaspoon cayenne powder
  5. 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  9. 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  11. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  12. 1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
  13. 1/4 cup bittersweet baking bar (chopped)


  1. Gather your ingredients. Leah Maroney 
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Cut the paper in a square that will fit in the bottom of the pan with four flaps on each side that will line the sides. You can do this by making a 90 degree cut at the corners where each side meets.   Leah Maroney
  3. Place the butter and sugar in a large, microwave-safe bowl. You will do most of the stirring in this bowl, so make sure to pick one that will fit all of the batter. Heat it in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove it from the microwave and stir. We used a whisk, but you can also use a hand-mixer.  Leah Maroney
  4. Allow it to cool on the counter for a few minutes, then stir in the vanilla extract, cayenne pepper, ground cinnamon, and cocoa powder.   Leah Maroney
  5. Add in one egg at a time to the butter and sugar mixture, mixing after each addition.   Leah Maroney
  6. In another bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt.  Leah Maroney
  7. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until the flour mixture has been completely incorporated, but do not over-mix! Leah Maroney 
  8. Gently stir in the chocolate chips and chocolate bar chunks. If you are adding nuts, add them now as well. Leah Maroney 
  9. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top so that it is even.Place the brownies in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the brownies are set.   Leah Maroney
  10. Allow the brownies to cool slightly in the pan and then lift the sides of the parchment paper to lift the brownies out of the pan.   Leah Maroney
  11. Cut the brownies when they have mostly cooled to get the cleanest cuts.   Leah Maroney
  12. Enjoy them with a cold glass of milk or a cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate!