Mexican Brownies with Dulce de Leche

Are you ready for Cinco de Mayo?  Time to get into the festive spirit and whip up something with a kick, or in this case something sweet with a little kick.  

We are having a few friends over to celebrate the occasion and enjoy some Mexican fare.  I have some great items on the menu, one of them being these sinful Mexican Brownies topped with Dulce de Leche.  Do you want to dive into this now or later?

These brownies are thick and moist with a hint of cinnamon and a dash of chili powder to add just a little heat.  You will find these brownies are thick with a cake like texture.  I always make my brownies in an 8″x8″ pan.  You can make these in a 9″x13″ instead, and you will just need to adjust the cooking time accordingly, maybe by 5-7 minutes.  They will be a bit thinner, but just as good.  If you want to add a little more heat, add a touch more chili powder or substitute for cayenne.  I use chili powder as you find other spices in chili powder so it adds a little more earthiness and doesn’t pack such a punch as if I just used cayenne.  Plus I just wanted to create a little note with the addition of the chili powder; not making it one of the main components so when you bite into the brownie you are taste the chocolate and the cinnamon. 

If you don’t have time to whip up Dulce de Leche simply combine one teaspoon of confectioners sugar with one teaspoon of cinnamon and dust on top of these.  However I have found a method of making Dulce de Leche incredibly easy.

These brownies are just as good on Cinco de Mayo as they are on Seis de Mayo and Siete de Mayo; you get the picture.  The Dulce de Leche, well that is fantastic on just a spoon anyday!  

Happy Cinco de Mayo! 

Mexican Brownies with Dulce de Leche

Mexican Brownies


3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon chili powder or cayenne pepper

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 oz. (2 squares) semi-sweet chocolate squares, coarsely chopped

For Dusting

1 teaspoon confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Spray an 8″x8″ baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and line with parchment paper, letting the edges hang over the sides.  Set aside. 

In a medium bowl combine flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and chili powder.  Stir until combined and set aside.

Using an electric mixer on medium speed cream butter and sugar until creamy.  Add in eggs, one at a time stirring after each addition.  Add in vanilla extract and gradually add in flour mixture until just blended.  Gently stir in chopped chocolate.

Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until tester comes out clean.  Cool completely on wire rack.  

If desired stir together confectioners sugar and cinnamon and dust over brownies to serve.  

Dulce de Leche

Click here for a printable version


14oz can sweetened condensed milk

Pinch of coarse salt


Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.  

Pour condensed milk in a oven safe pan, add a pinch of salt and tightly wrap with aluminum foil.  

Place in large roaster and fill roaster with water until about half way up the sides of baking dish to create a water bath.

Place in oven for 1-1 1/2 hours, checking periodically to fill with more water if needed.  

It is done when it is brown and caramelized.   Remove from oven to cool.  

Stir mixture and pour into storage container and refrigerate until ready to use.  

Warm mixture before using by microwaving it or placing in a simmering water bath to reheat.  

Source for Dulce de Leche:  David Lebovitz


  1. I love that you put chili powder in this recipe! Such a beautiful and perfect Cinco De Mayo dessert!

  2. Cinco de Mayo in Australia now.. and I think these Mexican brownies should have pride of place at the dinner table! Gorgeous!

    I see a pin button so I’m assuming you won’t mind if I pin these!

  3. I would like to dive into this immediately! Yummmm.

  4. Just a brownie wasn’t indulgent enough. You had to go and use two to sandwich ice cream in. And then comes the dulce de leche. Do you know how much I love you for this?! Enough to kick my diet out the window!

  5. Brilliant! I have yet to experiment with spicy desserts, and it seems like chocolate is the best avenue for this. What better way than brownies?!

  6. That is so so good!

  7. I’m a day late but I think I am making these anyway today for a dinner party that we have tonight. What a great mix of flavors. Gorgeous, too!

  8. Those are beyond gorgeous. Yum!

  9. Yum! These look perfect for any day of the year!

  10. This sound bien delicioso!

  11. Seriously – YUM!!

  12. Ha! I make dulce de leche brownies too! Like they idea of using it on Mexican brownies

  13. oh my goodness!!! Jennifer these look out of this world.

  14. Those brownies look so good!

  15. Those look heavenly lady!

  16. Added to my todo list.

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