The first mention of brownies was in the 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook and were described as “molasses cakes baked in tins.” One story tells of a careless cook who forgot to add baking powder to chocolate cake batter and the result was brownies! Another version of the brownie is that the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, during the 1892 Colombian Exposition, received a request from Bertha Palmer for a dessert to put in box lunches for ladies that would not get their hands dirty and thus the brownie was concocted. Most believe that the brownie was named for its cocoa brown color.
No matter where brownies originated, most of us really enjoy eating this bar cookie, with or without ice cream, and many other ways as well.
Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies
In this post I’d like to present for your eating pleasure Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies. These brownies are flavored with Kahlua, vanilla extract, cocoa, chocolate chips, brown sugar and cinnamon. If you don’t want to use Kahlua, a coffee-flavored liqueur, you could substitute strong coffee instead.
The butter and chocolate chips are combined in a small saucepan and cooked over low to medium heat until the chocolate melts. After the pan is removed from the heat, the Kahlua and vanilla extract are stirred in and the pan is set aside.
Flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder and salt are combined in a small bowl and set aside. An egg and the brown sugar are combined in the bowl of a mixer and beat on low until blended well.
The chocolate mixture is added to the mixing bowl and mixed well.
The flour mixture is added to the mixer and blended well. The batter is poured into a greased 8″ square baking pan.
The brownies are baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Cool completely before cutting. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.
Here’s the complete recipe for Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies that may be printed if you’d like:
- 1/4 cup Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 cup Butter
- 1/4 cup Kahlua (coffee-flavored liqueur)
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa
- 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 2/3 cup Brown Sugar, firmly packed
- 1 large Egg
- Cooking Spray
- Confectioner's Sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine chocolate chips and butter in a small saucepan; cook over low to medium heat until chocolate melts, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in Kahlua and vanilla. Set aside.
- Combine flour and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl; stir well and set aside.
- Combine brown sugar and egg in a large bowl; beat at low speed of mixer until blended.
- Add chocolate mixture and beat well. Add flour mixture and beat until well blended.
- Pour batter into an 8" square baking pan coated with cooking spray.
- Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven, let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack.
- Dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.
- Strong coffee may be substituted for Kahlua.
Tasty Tip: Whenever I package brownies or cookies for a gift, I like to use clear plastic bags and tie them off with a ribbon with a holiday tag attached.
Down the Rabbit Hole
In thinking about brownies, I remembered being a Brownie, the youngest of the Girl Scouts. I participated in scouting from the Brownies to the Seniors and I even lead a troop of middle school age girls one year. I enjoyed being a Girl Scout! (Still love those Thin Mints, too!)
Girl Scouts have a tradition called a “bridging ceremony” to mark a girl’s move from one level of Girl Scouting to another level. One of these ceremonies is called a “Fly Up” ceremony. My Fly Up ceremony signifying my progression from Brownies to Intermediate Scouts took place in a park near the old high school in my hometown where I walked over the bridge there with my fellow scouts. My Dad teased me endlessly for years and years every time we passed by that park. He would say “there’s the bridge that Janet flew over.” Even though I’d sigh “Oh, Dad!” secretly I was pleased that he remembered that ceremony. I was blessed that my parents attended events surrounding my activities. Enough about Brownies!
Put Kahlua Cinnamon Brownies on one of your holiday menus soon.
More holiday food will be presented in future posts.
Remember to Savor the Flavor!
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