October 26, 2009

Cinnamon-Spice Chocolate Brownies

Nonstick cooking spray
1/4 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1/3 c. cold water
3 eggs
3 tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 c. flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground ancho chile pepper or cayenne pepper
1/3 miniature bittersweet or semisweet chocolate pieces
Powdered sugar and/or cinnamon sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Line 9x9x2 pan with foil, extending foil up over edges of pan. Lightly coat the foil with nonstick spray. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter; remove from heat. Whisk in sugar and water. Whisk in eggs, oil and vanilla until combined. Stir in flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and chile pepper. Stir in chocolate pieces. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake for 23-25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. remove from pan by lifting up on the foil. Cool completely. Cut into bars. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and or cinnamon sugar.

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