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Cinco de Mayo Dessert: Jalapeño Brownies

A couple of weeks ago, Conde Nast Traveler hosted its 8th Annual Hot List party in New York City. One of the desserts on the menu, which was catered by Mary Guilani, were these jalapeño brownies. I thought they would make an exceptionally original dessert for Cinco de Mayo, so I whipped up a batch and brought them to work. The recipe is simple — it's basically a classic brownie recipe with minced jalapeños folded in — and interestingly complex. The result is a spicy meets sweet flavor explosion. Although the office had mixed feelings about these brownies, I thought they were innovative and exciting. To take a look at the recipe,


Jalapeno Brownies

Jalapeno Brownies

Jalapeno Brownies


  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  3. 4 large eggs
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 2 cups sugar
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  8. 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  9. 5 large jalapeño peppers, minced
  10. 6 to 8 Thai chiles, minced*
  11. 3/4 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped**


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly oil a 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  2. Melt butter and chocolate chips together. Set aside to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk or beat eggs with salt until foamy.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla and beat until well-blended. Add chocolate-butter mixture and stir until just combined. Add flour and cocoa and mix until almost blended.
  5. Fold in jalapeños, Thai chiles and nuts.
  6. Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake until top forms a cracked crust and inside looks slightly moist, 30 to 35 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool, then cut into squares.

Makes 12 large squares.

*I was unable to find Thai chiles at my local super markets. Instead I substituted one habanero chili for all of the Thai chiles.
**Since I dislike walnuts in brownies, I omitted them from the recipe.

Jalapeños await chopping.

I used the food processor to quickly mince the jalapeños.


The melted butter mixed with the melted chocolate.

The recipe was so simple, I didn't even need to use a hand mixer.



Whisking in the chocolate.

Folding in the jalapeños.

My best brownie pan was being used for something else. Thus, I lined my older one with parchment paper and made the brownies in

Before cutting.



Join The Conversation
esb37 esb37 9 years
They're baking right now...I hope they turn out good!
yellowbanana yellowbanana 9 years
I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't go for this, but I like anything spicy! I want to make them NOW
Advah Advah 9 years
Now that sounds amazing! I've been into (fairly) spicy food for the last few months, and a spicy dessert sounds great!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Oh wow...very different.
kittyhill kittyhill 9 years
The Sunset Grill in Nashville, TN has (or at least used to have, when I moved away in 2004) a habanero bread pudding. Because the habanero has an almost sweet taste before the heat hits you, it works perfectly with the sweetness of the bread pudding!
Annika2494003 Annika2494003 9 years
These were delicious! Chocolate and Jalepenos are a pregnant girl's dream!
metfanl metfanl 9 years
I made something similar yesterday, too! I made mine as basic brownies with chipotle chile powder and a little cinnamon. They were a big hit!!
LoveTheWatcher LoveTheWatcher 9 years
Gosh, those look delicious. I was just thinking about experimenting in the spicy/sweet vein. Looks like my graduation party guests will be my unwitting guinea pigs this weekend!
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