Recipe courtesy of Rocio Varela

Spicy Cherry Brownies

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 16 servings
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1 cup butter, plus more for greasing

3 cups granulated sugar 

1 tablespoon vanilla extract 

4 eggs 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 

1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper 

1 teaspoon salt 

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 

1 cup dried cherries 

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13-by-9-inch baking dish.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until thoroughly combined. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl to get any butter that might have gotten stuck.
  3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, cayenne, salt and cinnamon.
  4. Slowly beat the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Continue mixing until evenly combined, but avoid over-mixing. Gently fold in the cherries and chocolate chips using a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the baking dish and use the spatula to level the top of the batter.
  5. Bake until the brownies are set and a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the brownies to a cooling rack, and cool completely before serving.