low fat brownies, decadent brownies, light brownies, brownies cayenne, milk and sugar, milk and sugar sisters, michelle stroebe

Brownies + wine = the perfect combination for a great night with a great friend (or friends).  For years now it has been a tradition with one of my best friends to have a girls’ night as often as possible, and it always, always includes brownies + wine.  I’ve struggled over the years to find the perfect less-guilt brownie recipe, and have thrown away many, many batches in the process.  I finally succeeded and was so pleased with the results that I had to share!  I love the combination of a little spice and chocolate, so I added the cayenne to give the brownies a little kick.  The spice was very mild, but feel free to omit or add your own flavor kick to the brownies.  (I bet Suzanne will have some good suggestions!) Enjoy!!

Decadent Less-Guilt Brownies

Adapted from Cooking Light

3/4 cup unbleached white flour

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne (optional; but adds a great flavor without too much heat!)

3/4 cup chocolate chips, divided

1/4 cup brewed coffee (cold or hot)

1/3 cup non-fat milk (or almond milk)

4 Tbsp butter, melted

2 tsp canola oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients (through cayenne) in a large bowl and  mix well. Add 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, coffee, and milk in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir in melted butter, oil, and vanilla. Let cool 2 minutes, then add the eggs. Mix well until well combined.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until smooth & glossy.  Add remaining chocolate chips and stir just a few more times until combined.  Pour batter into a 9-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife/toothpick comes out clean (be sure not to overcook!). Cool in the pan on a rack and enjoy!

low fat brownies, decadent brownies, light brownies, brownies cayenne, milk and sugar, milk and sugar sisters, michelle stroebe

low fat brownies, decadent brownies, light brownies, brownies cayenne, milk and sugar, milk and sugar sisters, michelle stroebe

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