Mexican Brownies are a fun and delicious chocolate dessert! A fudge brownie is laced with hints of cayenne pepper and cinnamon for layers of surprising flavor!
If you’re looking for a cozy recipe to warm you inside and out this fall, bake up an oven-fresh batch of Mexican Brownies, which are dense, fudgy, and just a touch spicy. A sprinkle of cayenne pepper brings out the richness of the chocolate and paired with a cold glass of milk, these treats are irresistible! With their midnight color and fiery signature ingredient, these brownies would be great to serve at a Halloween party… or better yet, at a Day of the Dead celebration!
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I remember learning about Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in my middle and high school Spanish classes. This holiday is celebrated in parts of Mexico, and takes place from October 31st – November 2nd every year and honors those who have passed on to the next world.
During this time, families set up altars (or ofrendas) filled with pictures, mementos, and food in remembrance of deceased ancestors and relatives. They believe that on these days, the souls of the dead come to visit the living. As an offering, families set out the things that their late loved ones enjoyed most during their lives. This holiday is like a three-day party full of music, food, festivities, and lots of time spent with family.
Dia de Los Muertos gives people the hope that death is not final, but a time to say goodbye until they see their loved ones again. And while it’s not widely recognized in the United States, there’s no reason why you can’t have your own Day of the Dead celebration!
Set up an altar with photos of loved ones who have passed, set out keepsakes from their lifetimes, and gather the family around to tell stories. And of course, make some of their favorite foods, along with a decadent, spicy pan of Mexican Brownies.
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Tools used to make this Mexican Brownies recipe
Baking dish: This baking dish is a must-have for any home cook. I actually have 3 of them in my cupboard, and each dish comes with a lid for storing leftovers or taking your dishes on the go.
Mixing Bowl: These mixing bowls get used just about every day at my house. The grip handle makes them easy to hold and the pour spout makes them perfect for batters!
- 18.3 ounce box Fudge Brownie Mix
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl or stand mixer beat together ingredients until fully combined.
Pour batter into the prepared pan and back for 25 to 30 minutes.
Optional: Sprinkle with a dusting of powdered sugar, cocoa, and cinnamon before serving.
Brownies can be made in a smaller pan, reference the back of your brownie mix box for temperature and times.
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