Chocolate-Chipotle Brownies

My classmates Katie and Sierra chow down on some brownies on the first day of IRLS 504!

I wanted to do something fun for all of my new Library school classmates. What better way to start out a new graduate program than with cookies? So I had a vote on our course discussion page and it was majority ruling in favor of this recipe from “Better Homes and Gardens” issue of the “100 Best Cookies.” Most of you know that I would rather eat a bag of potato chips than a bag of cookies, so it is really nice to have a ton of people to make cookies for. These went over really well, I think. The chipotle flavor was not overpowering and I only used half of it.

Chocolate-Chipotle Brownies
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 to 2 teaspoons ground chipotle chile pepper
6 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder (for sprinkling)

1. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
2. Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Grease the foil and set aside.
3. In a small saucepan, combine the butter and chocolate. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Cool slightly.
4. In a small bowl, combine flour the 1/4 cup cocoa powder. Set aside.
5. In a large bowl, combine sugar, coffee granules, cinnamon and ground chipotle pepper. Add the chocolate mixture.
6. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 minute.
7. Add eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.
8. Beat in vanilla.
9. Add flour mixture, 1/2 a cup at a time, beating on low speed just until combined.
10. Beat on medium speed 1 minute.
11. Spread batter evenly in prepared baking pan.
12. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until edges start to pull away from the sides of the pan.
13. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.
14. Using the edges of the foil, lift brownies out of the pan.
15. Cut into bars and sprinkle with additional cocoa powder.

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