I feel the same way about Penzeys that you do McCormick's, and I also feel the same about not knowing what was up with the spices when I was young. Although my mom proudly stated "I like bland food!" the other night, so I'm guessing spices didn't especially play a role in my childhood:P
Oh my gosh! Your mom is missing out ;)
Don't I know it! :)
Oh wow, these look insanely squidgy and delicious. I've made a lot of brownies in my time, but surprisingly never coffee ones - this needs to be rectified!
Squidgy is the most spot-on word for these ever. I wish I would have thought of that! They're almost, like, ganche on a square of slightly firmer ganache.
Ahh Penzeys... they just opened one near my house, so no more mail order for me. McCormick is a staple. I grew up with it, as did my children. The smell of cinnamon always brings me back to my mom's kitchen and her making a traditional pie crust cookie that has been in our family for generations. I learned a lot about spices when I was younger.. the first and most important is that vanilla may smell inviting and yummy, but don't drink it, ughh! Still remember that day. :)
I DID THE SAME THING! Oh, awful awfu awful. It just seems like it HAS to be good, but... Oh man. So wrong.
Oh. my. word. This looks SO yummy!
What can I use instead of the Coffee extract (they on't sell it here), coffeewith some hot water?
Do they have instant coffee where you live? That makes a nice substitute. Just add 1/2 tsp in with the dry ingredients. Otherwise, yes, very strong coffee should work just fine!
Mmm those brownies look so good! Yum! :)
Oh, my, these look so good! I'm from Brazil, so I don't even know what McCormick is... Do you know if I can use regular coffee with a little hot water instead?Thanks!Mariana
Thanks! I think very dark coffee will work just fine :)
I've wanted to do a post like this for so long but I didn't know how to approach it! My parents never used spices either, and it wasn't until I got to college that I realized the same foods I cook over and over (chicken, anyone?) could taste so different just by using different spices! Nice post, nice anecdote, nice recipe! Can't wait to try this :)
These brownies look FANTASTIC! I'm also loving the confectioners' sugar + cinnamon combo. Clever!You're pictures, as always, are absolutely amazing. I'm so jealy of your talent!
My brownies didn't turn out. Turns out I mixed the chocolate in with the last part of the batter and then poured it over the other batter. Was that the problem? Why two sets of batter??
Oh - I am sorry to hear that :( What was wrong with them? They are supposed to be quite soft - was that the problem?The two batters were just so there were two different textures.
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