Jalapeño Habanero & Cranberry Brownies


Jalapeño Habanero Brownies

These are really not as spicy as you might think, rather the savory flavor of the jalapeño chile comes out when baked and paired with chocolate. The sharp spicy flavor common in salsa fresca is replaced with a sweet and mild warmth in the back of the mouth. The habanero adds a little more warmth and tames the herbal flavor of the jalapeño. The cranberries add a bit of texture and their natural sweetness is a true compliment to the sweetness of the chiles.

If you’re a fan of spicy food you’ll love the familiar flavor but miss a little of the spiciness you might expect. If you’re not such a fan of “spicy,” you’ll be surprised to discover the flavor of jalapeño normally hidden behind the fiery spiciness you might expect.

I prefer my classic brownies stale, but these treats are best served right out of the oven, cut into bite-sized chunks. The heat-hotness and the chocolaty vapors of the fresh-out-of-the-oven-brownies will make for the best possible experience!

Mmmmmm! I can’t wait to make this again.

(This recipe was made with a brownie box mix, but I’m gonna create a recipe from scratch using Sharffenberger chocolate in the next few days. If you’ve got a great (from scratch) recipe you can recommend, please share as a comment or link below!)


  • 1 box of your favorite fudge brownie mix. Check the box, but you’ll probably need the following for the brownie mix:
    • 3 eggs
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
    • 1/4 cup water
  • 7 jalapeño peppers, minced. But cut off the tops (with a little of the “meat”) and save ‘em for decoration.
  • 1 habanero pepper, minced
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped


  1. Prepare box brownie mix
  2. Stir in minced jalapeños, habanero, and cranberries
  3. Bake according to box directions, but….
  4. Half-way through the baking (when the batter is still wet, but firm) place the jalapeño tops in random places on the top of the brownies.
  5. Place back in the oven till done.
  6. Serve hot. With milk!


Beau! Look at you go with your bad self! those brownies look amazing!

Mmmmm… I gotta make these again.

Wow, I have never seen a jalapeño on a brownie before. That’s a bit intimidating lol.

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