My two-year-old loves to help me cook. Everytime I start measuring anything he grabs a kitchen chair and drags it over to the counter saying "Help you! Help you!" So the other day we were baking brownies together. Nothing exciting, just regular ol' boxed brownies. But this time I decided to add a little flair to them: cinnamon and chile powder.
For these brownies, you can really use whatever chile powder you have on hand. I used the ancho powder that I bought from SpincesInc.com when I did a complete overhaul on my spice cabinet a while back (I still need to show you that!). Ancho powder is made from poblanos, a sweeter, milder pepper. I bet chipotle powder would be good too or even cayenne pepper if you're looking for a little more kick.
box brownie mix
ingredients for brownie mix (probably water, oil and eggs)
chocolate chips (because I always add chocolate chips to my brownies)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 to 1 teaspoon chile powder
Start with your basic boxed brownie mix.
Combine according to package directions.
Add spices. Mix.
Stir in chocolate chips. Bake according to package. Enjoy.
P.S. These are so easy I'm not even bothering with printable directions. Brownies-Cinnamon-Chile Powder (1 to 1 to ~1).... you can remember that, right?
When choosing a chile powder to add to your brownies, remember to look for chile powder, not chili powder. Chili powder is a spice blend used in chili, often made with ground chiles, paprika, cumin, oregano and garlic. Chile powder is made from dried, ground chiles. If you're not sure about your spice, check the ingredients. The spices will either be listed individually or it will say something like "dried chilis and spices" if it's a chili powder blend.