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Chipotle Brownie Snowflakes Recipe

Inspired by delicate snowflakes dancing in the air, I created these deliciously snowflake brownies with a smoky bite. I make these quite often, especially when we are expecting company. Everyone loves the flavor, and I usually make more than one batch since they go quickly.—Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon plus 3/4 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • Confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • 1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, cream brown sugar and remaining butter until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine the flour, baking powder, chipotle pepper, cinnamon, ginger and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in almonds and chocolate chips.
  • 3. Spread in prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 4. Using foil, lift brownies out of pan. Cut with a 3-in. snowflake-shaped cookie cutter. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 1 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 brownie (calculated without confectioners' sugar) equals 407 calories, 22 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 66 mg cholesterol, 190 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein.