The Challenge Butter Spicy Hot Cocoa Brownies

Yield: 16 squares
Prep time: 30 minutes + 35-40 minutes baking
Hey, no doubt when you see a recipe for brownies on the back of the butter packaging you know you are on to a good deal. My friends and I like to go to Sea Ranch on occasion, requiring us to immediately put on about fifteen pounds of butter to keep environmental equlibrium. Anyways, these sounded sure-fire killer for these and it was a coolish spring night when I busted these out and found them to be less sadly spicy than the Spi-C-Mint they serve at my local pizza joint but still with a little zip.


  • 3/4 cup softened salted butter, (1 1/2 US sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4+ tsp red pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional


Butter a 9"x9" baking pan & preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter. Cream sugar and red pepper into butter. Beat in eggs and vanilla(*). Sift together flour, cocoa, cinnamon and salt and fold into creamed mixture until evenly mixed.

Spread evenly in buttered pan and top with walnuts as desired (I do 4 corners of nutted and un-nutted for thems who don't like nuts and nutted to keep thems who don't like nuts off my half).

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool/serve.

* A step Challenge left out.