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Delicious, sophisticated brownies that are great during the holidays as well as to finish a Mexican meal. While there are a lot of steps, it's actually a pretty easy dish to make and enjoy. Adapted from "Layers of Flavor" by Ray Overton.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2⁄3 cup dutch process cocoa
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 4 eggs
- 1⁄4 cup Kahlua or 1⁄4 cup other coffee-flavored liqueur
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, or almonds, for use to garnish icing when finished) (optional)
- 1 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
- 1 ounce white chocolate, chopped or 1 ounce white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease and flour a 13x9x2 baking dish and set aside (can use a mix of cocoa and flour to prevent white edges around finished brownies) In a big bowl (preferably by hand, NOT mixer), combine well the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
- Add melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and Kahlua, and stir just until blended (do not overmix).
- Fold in chopped nuts, if you are using them.
- Put batter in prepared baking dish, evening out the batter with a spatula.
- Bake for 40- 45 minutes or until the edges of brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the dish.
- Remove from the oven and put dish on wire rack to cool.
- Immediately sprinkle dark chocolate chips over top of hot brownies.
- Lighly place a sheet of aluminum foil over dish to hold in and reflect heat.
- After about 5 minutes, when chips are melted, spread over the brownies with a spatula.
- Immediately sprinkle white chocolate over the frosting, and lightly cover dish with the foil again.
- After about 2 minutes, when chocolate is melted, gently swirl them into the dark chocolate to create a marbleized look.
- Let cool 2 hours before cutting.
Oh, my heavens, these were devine!!! A terrific combination of flavors in a moist, cake-like brownie. We couldn't wait for them to cool completely, so we ate the first few pieces while they were still warm. I'm surprised there were any left to serve when they cooled off! I took Beth's suggestion and baked these to cap off our meal with her Chipolte & Honey Glazed Pork (#49161). They really are a nice finish to a Mexican meal, but I would serve them anytime. (I even had the last one for breakfast.) Thanks, Beth. I'll make these again and again!
totally incredible cakelike brownies! i actually served them after an italian meal, lol, but these were to die for! baking time was right on and we all enjoyed every crumb! this one is a keeper.
These were so incredibly delicious - words fail me. I have a number of great brownie recipes, but this surpasses all of them. I'll definitely be making these on a regular basis.