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Chileman Brownies Recipe

Staff Writer

My students have given me the nickname "Chileman," that's why some of my recipes have Chileman in the title. One of the interesting things with chiles is that by eating hot chile peppers you actually burn calories. So you can have a little bigger brownie knowing that the chile will help you burn off some more calories.

Deliver Ingredients


  • ½ cup (one stick) unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 1 cup flour, plus more for the pan
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon Bhut Jolokia chile powder (or 1 tablespoon of Holy Jolokia hot sauce)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour an 8-inch square baking pan. In a small saucepan, melt butter with cocoa. Beat eggs until foamy, then gradually beat in sugar. Add the cocoa-butter mixture to the egg mixture.

Sift the flour and baking powder, then sift half of it into batter. Mix pecans into the remaining flour; add to the cake batter, stirring to blend well. Add vanilla and Bhut Jolokia chile powder. Pour batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Chile Shopping Tip

Fresh peppers get hotter as they age; they will achieve a more reddish hue and sometimes develop streaks in the skin.

Chile Cooking Tip

There are 60 varieties of chile peppers, many of which are used in Mexican cooking. Handle them with care. When handling the spicier kinds, gloves are recommended. Always wash your hands with soap and warm water before touching your eyes.