Southwest "Dug-Up" Brownies

Recipe courtesy of Charity George
Show: Halloween Wars | Episode: Grave Robber
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Total:
1 hr 55 min
Active:
20 min
Yield:
24 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

Brownies:
  • 8 ounces unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate 
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 3/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder 
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and minced
Chocolate Frosting:
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 1/3 cup boiling water 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Caramelized cacao nibs, for garnish
Southwest "Dug-Up" Brownies

Directions

For the brownies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with butter and line with parchment paper.

Place the butter and chocolate in a medium, non-reactive metal bowl and set over simmering water. Stir occasionally and whisk in the cocoa powder, chile powder, cinnamon and chipotle powder until smooth, then set aside.

In a mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, vanilla, salt and eggs for about 30 seconds. Add the warm chocolate mixture to the sugar mixture and then mix in the flour just until combined, to avoid over-mixing. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and cook for 35 minutes. Cool the brownies for at least 1 hour before frosting.

For the frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the confectioners' sugar, cocoa powder, butter, boiling water, salt and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed for 1 minute, then beat on high speed for 2 minutes.

Frost the brownies, then sprinkle some caramelized cacao nibs on top to garnish. Cut into 1-inch squares and serve.