05 May 2012

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!  I love Cinco de Mayo and consider it a food holiday!  We love Mexican food and margaritas and think it's totally awesome that there's a holiday for them!  I created a new "Mexican" dessert the other night and want to share it with you now.  The name sounds really fancy, but really, it's just cinnamon and cayenne stirred into a brownie mix and topped with cinnamon-flavored sweetened condensed milk that's been cooked.  Easy peasy, but so good!

Mexican Brownies with Cinnamon Dulce de Leche

1 (19 oz.) box brownie mix
Egg, oil, and water called for on brownie mix box
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp chipotle or cayenne powder
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
¾ tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350° (or whatever temperature the brownie mix box says to use).

Make brownie mix as directed on box.  Stir in 1 tsp cinnamon and chipotle or cayenne powder.  Bake according to box directions, in either an 8x8 or a 9x13 pan.  Remove from oven and let cool.

Meanwhile, remove the paper label from the can of sweetened condensed milk.  Place can in a large pot and completely cover with water.  Place on stove and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 2½ to 3 hours, making sure the can is covered with water at all times.  *IMPORTANT!* If the water level dips below the top of the can, add more water to the pot to cover it.  If the can isn’t covered by water, it will get too hot and explode all over your kitchen.  With tongs, remove can from hot water and allow to cool for several hours.

Open can and pour contents into a small bowl.  Add ¾ tsp cinnamon and stir to combine.  Pour dulce de leche over the brownies and smooth it out.  Cut brownies and serve.  Refrigerate leftovers.

Makes 9 thicker brownies (8x8 pan), or 15 thinner brownies (9x13 pan).

I made mine in an 8x8 pan and didn't use all of the dulce de leche topping.  I'm not totally sure it would be enough for a 9x13 pan, though, so if you are doing a 9x13 pan, make two cans of the sweetened condensed milk.  You will probably have too much that way, but it's better than not enough.  Also, the dulce de leche kind of soaks into the leftover brownies when you refrigerate them, so it's nice to have a little extra to drizzle on those.

This is a decadent dessert that finishes off a yummy Mexican dinner perfectly.  The cinnamon and ground pepper add just the right amount of spice and heat.  And you can't beat the convenience of a boxed mix!

I hope you are all able to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by enjoying some delicious food and don't forget the margaritas!

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  1. Lesa, this is over the top! And I mean over the top, especially with the dulce de  leche, I just want to take my finger and get some of the  drops that ran off the brownie, you don't mind do you? Pinning!

  2. OH!  I was looking for a dessert recipe for tonight!  Thanks - this one looks awesome!  I'll let you know how it turns out.