Southwest "Dug-Up" Brownies

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Recipe courtesy ofCharity George

Total: 1 hr 55 min Cook: 20 min

Yield: 24 servings

Level: Easy



  • 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


  • 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. 

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Cook's Note

To store, wrap the brownies in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. It has not been tested for home use.

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