Introduction: Trick Your Friends With These Brownies

You sink your teeth into sweet, chewy warmness. You inhale the aroma of rich, dark chocolate... with a hint of chilli? Without a moment to spare, you dash to the fridge and chug five glasses of ice-cold milk. Phew!

For those who think April Fool's should be a year-round holiday, this is for you! Have fun gifting your friends with these SECRETLY SUPER SPICY brownies hidden in an innocent, delicious-looking guise.


Makes 2 brownies in standard muffin tins or 6 brownies in mini muffin tins. You wouldn't want to make too many or they would go to waste! ;)


  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbs plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 tbs all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp finely ground chilli powder (or more)
  • a pinch of salt
  • a very small pinch of baking soda

For the icing (optional):

  • 1 tbs icing sugar
  • 1/8 tsp milk

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 350°F or 180°C and grease muffin tin of choice (standard or mini). Gather all ingredients.

Step 2:

Combine vegetable oil, sugar, yogurt, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, stir together the cocoa powder, flour, chilli powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, until the batter is smooth.

Step 3:

Spoon the batter into the muffin tins and bake for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 4:

Meanwhile, mix the icing sugar and milk together. When the brownies are done, let them cool for a while before drizzling with icing.

Step 5:

Give them to a friend, a family member (who didn't see you making them), a neighbour, or whomever and have fun watching their reaction!

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