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Spicy HOT Chocolate Brownies

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A thick fudgy layer of brownies with sweet heat from red chilies and chocolate -- all balanced with a rich, citrus cream cheese frosting.

  • Hands-On Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time:
  • Servings: 16 brownies
  • Difficulty: Pretty Easy
  • Rating:

Ingredients

  • Brownies:
  • 1 box Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • ¾ tsp. ground red pepper
  • 1 tsp. orange juice concentrate
  • 1 tsp. grated orange rind
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • Frosting:
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened (½ of 8 oz. package)
  • 4 tbsp. (½ stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 tbsp. orange juice concentrate
  • 1½ cups confectioners’ sugar

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat oven following directions on box for type of pan used. Grease 8"x 8" baking pan; set aside.
  2. Blend together brownie mix, chili powder and red pepper. Add concentrate and rind to water; prepare brownie mix as described on box using eggs, water and oil. Spread evenly into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in center of oven 42 - 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Place on wire rack; cool completely.
  4. Make frosting by placing cream cheese, butter and concentrate in medium bowl. Beat with electric mixer on medium-high 2 minutes or until creamy and smooth. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar, beating until creamy and smooth. Frost cooled brownies.
  5. Garnish with additional grated orange rind or zest and cayenne pepper, if desired. Store covered in refrigerator.
  6. Tips:
  7. Simplification - Beat 1 tbsp. orange juice concentrate into cream cheese frosting. Use in place of above recipe.
  8. For extra fun, pipe a red chili pepper on each serving using store-bought decorating icing in a tube.

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Tips

Pan prep

Pan prep

When the recipe says to grease and flour the pan before the mix is poured in I will spray the pan with a non-stick cooking spray and depending on the cakes flavor use sugar or chocolate powdered drink mix instead of flour. I have used sugar as the base for chocolate cakes and it crisps up the bottom nicely.


No-Mess Frosting

No-Mess Frosting

To keep your cake neat while you apply frosting, place four pieces of waxed paper under the edges of the bottom layer. After you frost, carefully slide the waxed paper out and away.





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