Cinco de Mayo brownies feature almonds and cinnamon
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
But what's a celebration without food — especially dessert? And if you're having dessert, well, how can you go wrong with brownies?
Mexican chocolate is flavored with cinnamon and with almonds, so I incorporated these ingredients into the brownies; they are perfect enhancements. Rich, a bit crunchy, and utterly decadent, be sure to bake a batch of these for Sunday's festivities!
Cinco de Mayo Brownies
1 cup butter
1/3 cup + 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-1/2 tablespoons instant coffee
2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup sliced almonds, chopped
1/3 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
In a small saucepan, melt butter and 1/3 cup chocolate chips together.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine cocoa powder, oil, vanilla, instant coffee, and eggs. Beat with a mixer on "high" for 1 minute. Add sugar, then beat on "high" for 2 minutes.
Beat in melted butter and chocolate on "high" for 1 minute.
Beat in flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon just until combined. Stir in remaining 2/3 cup chocolate chips, then spread batter into prepared pan.
Sprinkle almonds over the top of the batter, then sprinkle with the brown sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out almost clean. Let cool completely.
Trim 1/4-inch from edges of brownies, then cut into 3 columns and cut across into 6 rows.
Makes 18 large brownies.
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