I have been obsessed with brownies lately. Really any and all things chocolate.
Seriously. I want ALL the chocolate. So I’ve been making homemade treats a lot to help curb those cravings. The other day I made some brownies and decided that I wanted to add a special ingredient. Something to kick it up a notch. Something… SPICY.
I know. I know what you’re thinking; Spicy brownies do not sound good.
But you have to trust me. These brownies turned out AMAZING. The chocolate was melty perfection and the subtle hint of spicy after taste really made them magical.
These aren’t over bearing in the spice department. It’s a subtle kick and there isn’t necessarily a heat build up but you are aware that there is some kick to these brownies. You’re aware that these are not your typical brownies. It’s honestly hard to describe other than saying they are different and wonderful.
Why on earth add spice to brownies? As I mentioned I’ve been craving brownies and chocolate like a feign lately. I’ve been guilty of eating half a pan and wondering where it went. Adding spice is a magical thing- it suppresses the appetite. A little spice in my chocolate helps me from over indulging. Spicy food can help us feel fuller longer AND rev up the metabolism! If adding a little spice can help me enjoy 1 or 2 brownies instead of 3 or 5 brownies then it’s worth a try! So then the question became- why not add spice to my brownies?
A friend of mine has recently started an awesome meal delivery business, called Nourish Cafe, and is creating a bunch of yummy foods. One of his creations that had me drooling behind a computer screen is his homemade chili oil. I was begging him to start shipping it so I can buy it and he was kind enough to send me a couple of samples. Y’all…. this chili oil is SO SO SO GOOD. SO SPICY! A little goes a long way. Trust me! There is so much flavor packed in the jar it’s unreal.
When he sent it, I figured I would use it in fajitas, marinades, and rice dishes. However, after I tried it, I realized the flavors could be used in so many dishes and I made it a mission to get creative with it.
Next thing I knew I was putting chili oil in my brownies and loving it.
Please try these brownies. Serve them to a group of friends and watch how they disappear. Serve with ice cream. Serve for breakfast. Serve with milk. Serve for your nieces birthday party. I don’t care how you serve them. Just make and serve them ASAP!
- 1 stick melted butter
- 1 tablespoon chili oil (be sure to shake jar)
- 1 cup and 1 tablespoon blended white sugar (pulse sugar in blender until superfine)
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- 1/2 cup flour sifted
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder sifted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking oil. In a standing mixer combine butter, chili oil, and sugar and mix for 2 minutes. While that is mixing, in another bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt. After 2 minutes, add the eggs and vanilla into the sugar mixture and mix for another 1 or 2 minutes until the consistency is smooth. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and use a spoon to mix together. DO NOT OVER MIX. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-23 minutes.* Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes. Serve warm and with ice cream for a truly special treat!
*I like my brownies super moist and like the center to be gooey. When they cool down they are perfect fudge brownies. However, if you want a more firm brownie, bake for longer. 30 minutes should do the trick.
Please let me know if you think spicy brownies sound good and if you plan on making them. If not, still let ya girl know! I’m curious what you all think- spicy brownies yay or nah? Either way, if you’re not feeling super adventurous in the kitchen with your baked goods, that’s okay! The chili oil is good on anything savory!