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Mexican Brownies with Dark Chocolate Pretzels & Sea Salt

These Mexican Brownies are made with a bit of ground cinnamon and topped with Dark Chocolate Pretzels with Sea Salt. Fair Trade never tasted so good!

Mexican Brownies with Dark Chocolate Pretzels & Sea Salt

{This is NOT a sponsored post. I agreed to work with Fair Trade USA because what they’re doing is important and makes the world a better place.}

First…these Mexican Brownies. You may have noticed that I have far more savory dishes on my blog than sweet, but in this case I just couldn’t help myself. Fair Trade USA sent me some ingredients to use for the creation of a new recipe; the ground Ceylon Cinnamon and Bark Thins were calling my name and I knew that I had to make something fun with them! {You can enter to win the very same box of goodies that I recieved, just read all the way through to the bottom of the post!}

I used my go-to brownie recipe which is a balance between cakey and fudgy, just the way I like them. Normally I just sprinkle a bit of powdered sugar on them after they’ve cooled but this time I topped them with the Dark Chocolate Pretzels with Sea Salt BarkThins about halfway through baking. The reason I call these Mexican Brownies is because I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the batter (and a dash of cayenne would be fantastic, too!). Mexican cinnamon would make them more authentic but I loved the fact that the Ceylon Cinnamon is a Fair Trade ingredient.

So just what is Fair Trade and why is it important?

“Fair Trade is a simple way to make every purchase matter. When you buy a product with the Fair Trade Certified™ label, you know that the farmers and workers who produced it got a fair deal for their hard work. This means better prices and wages, safe working conditions, environmental protection, and additional community development premiums to invest in much needed projects like education, healthcare and clean water.”

The reason I’m posting about Fair Trade USA today is because they’re hosting a “Mother’s Day Brunch” and my contribution are these brownies. Perhaps not the typical brunch dish but it never hurts to end any meal on a sweet note, am I right? In honor of all the hard-working mothers out there, take a look at this infographic (courtesy of Fair Trade USA):

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I’d like to introduce you to Mukantelina Soline, an inspirational coffee farmer in Rwanda:

Fair Trade USA

“Mukantelina Soline joined the Dukunde Kawa cooperative in 2003, prior to that she had to process her coffee at home. She has been farming since she was very young, and she says that processing at home was very difficult. It was hard to find water, and once done with processing, it was hard to find a market for her coffee. After joining the cooperative, she primarily needs to grow and harvest her coffee. Since joining, she feels a spirit of solidarity working together with others in her community, and she says she benefits from the training and organic fertilizer provided by the cooperative.

With the additional income she has received for her fair trade coffee, she is able to pay for her children’s school fees and was able to bring electricity to her home. She used to have to grow everything her family ate and she had to make all the clothes they wore. Now she is able to purchase food and clothing for her family. She also invested in cows to provide organic fertilizer and also to provide milk for her children.”

It’s all of these reasons and more that I felt it was important to be a part of this fun Mother’s Day brunch! Also, I love chocolate and I got to make – and eat! – these delicious Mexican Brownies, too! So there really was no downside for me :) Please visit the Fair Trade Brunch 2015 Pinterest page and pin your favorites; the recipe with the most pins and repins wins a Vitamix! Of course, I’d love it if you’d pin mine, but I’d rather you check out all the recipes and pin the one(s) that is your favorite. I already own a Vitamix (you know that already because I rave about it all the time) and I’m not in this for the win. I simply believe that Fair Trade USA is doing some amazing things and I’m honored to be even a small part of their campaign.

Mexican Brownies with Dark Chocolate Pretzels & Sea Salt

I’m telling you…these Mexican Brownies are to die for. The chocolate from the pretzels melts just enough and the pretzels stay crunchy, adding a killer texture. I only had one bag of BarkThins and I kind of like the plain brownie around the edge with the gooier, crunchier brownies in the middle, but you could use two bags and cover the entire pan if that’s more your thing. You could even leave out the cinnamon – but don’t leave out the BarkThins!! They make these Mexican Brownies something truly special. Leaving out the cinnamon would mean you’d have to change the name from “Mexican Brownies” to something else…but even if you just call them Awesome, I don’t think anyone will care too much :)

Oh yeah, remember that I mentioned there would be a giveaway? Check out these awesome products that one lucky winner will receive:

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So how can you enter? You must do two simple things: send out the tweet below AND visit the Fair Trade Brunch 2015 Pinterest page and pin your favorite (it doesn’t have to be mine but do tag me so I can track your entry). That’s it! I’ll choose one winner randomly and Fair Trade USA will ship the goodies directly! (Don’t have a Twitter account? You can also follow me on Pinterest as an alternate entry).

[Tweet “Enter to win these fabulous #FairTrade products from @thewickednoodle! http://bit.ly/1IoeVfv #FairMoms”]

And now, without further adieu, here is the Fair Trade USA Mexican Brownie recipe!

Fair Trade USA

Mexican Brownies with Dark Chocolate Pretzels & Sea Salt

Yield: 0

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 packages Dark Choclate Pretzel with Sea Salt BarkThins
  • powdered sugar, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. In a separate bowl, melt the butter then whisk in vanilla extract, sugar and cocoa powder. Add eggs and whisk thoroughly. Add dry ingredient mixture to wet, a little at a time, stirring until incorporated.
  3. Spray a 13x9 inch pan with cooking spray (I've used an 11x7 with good success; simply increase baking time slightly if needed). Pour brownie batter into pan.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes. Working quickly, add BarkThins to the top of the brownies and continue baking until brownies are cooked through and brown around the edges, about 10-15 minutes more.
  5. Allow brownies to cool then sprinkle with powdered sugar.
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Kevin Ashton

Friday 29th of May 2015

Hi Kristy,

I loved this recipe and your photos, though I will have to hunt around for the Dark Choclate Pretzel with Sea Salt BarkThins since I live in England.

Kristy Bernardo

Wednesday 17th of June 2015

Hi Kevin! Anything close will work...although these are SO GOOD. Would love to hear what you find :)

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