Chili-Chipotle Brownie Bars

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


2 dozen

Updated: May. 20, 2022

What fun I had creating these sweet and spiced-up brownies, and those who have sampled every change in the recipe have had fun as well. It may have taken a few tweaks to reach perfection, but after just one bite, I knew I'd nailed it. —Sheri Dunlap, Shawnee, Oklahoma
Chili-Chipotle Brownie Bars Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 chili dark chocolate candy bar (3-1/2 ounces)
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ICING:
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Sift together sugar, flour, ground chipotle pepper and salt. Set aside.
  2. In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over simmering water, melt butter and both types of chocolate; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Stir chocolate mixture into dry ingredients. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Spread batter into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake until center is set, about 25 minutes (do not overbake). Cool completely.
  4. For icing, beat together cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and chipotle pepper. Spread over brownies. Cut into 24 bars.

Test Kitchen tips
  • You can find ground chipotle pepper in the spice section at the grocery store.
  • Dust the bars with a little of the chipotle pepper
  • Top these warm chocolaty bars with big scoops of vanilla ice cream.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 brownie: 281 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 147mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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