Spicy Caramel Frosted Chocolate Brownies

A rich cake like chocolate brownie covered in a sweet and subtly spicy caramel frosting!

A rich chocolate brownie with a sweet and spicy caramel frosting www.lemonsforlulu.com

Sometimes I have the best brain storming sessions right before bed.  While I lie there waiting for sleep to envelop me, my mind is a flurry of food ideas!  I don’t know why this is the best time for me to think of blog topics, but it is.  Ideas just come at me like rapid fire, one after another.  I get so excited by the prospect of trying each and every meal idea, that I probably fall asleep with a huge smile on my face.

A rich chocolate brownie with a sweet and spicy caramel frosting www.lemonsforlulu.com

The next morning I wake up ready to start planning out my brilliant ideas only to discover I can’t remember a single idea!  Doh!  When will I learn to start leaving a pen and paper on my nightstand?  Good ideas are worthless if you don’t remember them!

A rich chocolate brownie with a sweet and spicy caramel frosting www.lemonsforlulu.com

I was going to share something with you that was refreshingly lime flavored, but I couldn’t remember what exactly I wanted to make!  I had all these fun ideas in anticipation of Cinco de Mayo, but they were lost in the deep recesses of my mind.  But sometimes good things come from tragedies.  These chocolate brownies are a good example of that.  I may have lost my original idea, but I feel confident that these chocolate brownies are even better!  They are decadent with rich, luscious caramel frosting.  They have just a hint of cinnamon and espresso powder (to really boost that chocolate flavor).  The sweet frosting has a mere hint of spice put there from the scant amount of chipotle chili powder that I mixed right in.  While you certainly can leave out the spice, I highly recommend you try it!  It’s not as pronounced as you might think.  Even my kids, who are utterly averse to any spice, ate these chocolate brownies with zeal!  It just adds a little kick that you feel in the back of your throat after each bite, mild, yet persistent.

I’ve learned a valuable lesson, it’s probably better to brain storm during the day!

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Spicy Caramel Frosted Chocolate Brownies
For the brownies
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 ¼ sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 5 whole eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 ½ cups flour
For the frosting
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon Chipotle chili powder
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x13 inch pan and set aside.
  2. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Stir in sugar until shiny. Stir in cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Combine completely. Stir in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add cinnamon and espresso powder. Slowly mix in flour, stirring until smooth and completely combined. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and edges have set. Let cool completely.
  3. For the frosting, melt butter in a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk, stirring to combine. Remove from heat. When cool, stir in vanilla and chili powder. Whisk in powdered sugar until fluffy and smooth. Spread over cooled brownies.


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34 Responses

  1. These look so delicious, Tanya — those spices and that frosting — oh my! Pinning. :)

  2. Caramel frosting is one of my favorite flavors. I love that you added chipotle to it… so creative! Great minds must think alike as I often think up my best posting ideas late at night :)

  3. I would definitely say whatever idea was lost was definitely made up for by these brownies. HOLY YUM.

  4. Oh I love this! The chili powder addition sounds perfect, and that caramel frosting looks spoonable. :)

  5. These brownies look absolutely sinful Tanya! And that frosting….YUM! Pinned!

  6. LOVE the use of chipotle powder in these tasty treats. This is the second great sweet treat recipe I’ve seen today that added a little heat. Olive a little heat in my food so the heat in the sweets is such a warm welcome. :) Pinned. Have a good evening, Tanya!

    • I’m crazy for spice Julie. I should have added more, but I knew my kids wouldn’t care for it.

  7. These look so moist and delicious. I love the spice idea. I tend to get more ideas right before its time for me to wake-up. Weird, I know.

  8. These look delicious and I love that you added the chili powder to the frosting! I bet you have sweet dreams after brainstorming recipes as you fall asleep! :)

  9. I have the same pre-sleep inspiration and then I’ll wake up in the morning and can’t remember what that awesome idea was – doh! These brownies look so yummy!! I love that you added spices to it, I know my husband would love it! Pinned!

  10. My high school English teacher used to talk about “planting the seed”….like the different thoughts we have are all just seeds that are being planted and will ultimately grow into our finished product. So maybe that’s what your late night brainstorming sessions do, and maybe it’s okay if you don’t “remember” them, per se. If this is what comes out of them, I’d say they are a success!! :)

  11. Angie

    These look great! Can I just clarify how much sugar is in the brownie? 2 1/4 cup? Thanks!

  12. Visiting from Show Stopper Saturday. Love, love, love the idea of these brownies. The combo of chocolate, caramel and just a bit of spice sounds fabulous. Can’t wait to try them.

  13. These are my kind of brownies! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  14. Angie

    Made these for a Cinco de Mayo potluck at work tomorrow. They are fantastic!!! I had to sample them to make sure they were okay to share…….

    • Oh yay! I’m so happy Angie! Thank you for sharing!

    • Yes, that would probably be smart huh? Thanks lady!


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