Dark & Spicy Fudge Brownies

Turn up the heat in these deliciously dark chocolate fudge brownies, with the help of cayenne pepper and cinnamon bark essential oil!


Today’s post is all about one of my very favorite Essential Oils to bake with – Cinnamon Bark! If you’re looking to spice things up this Valentine’s weekend (or any day of the year!), look no further than these decadent and fudgy dark chocolate spicy brownies! 😉 The recipe for these addictingly good brownies is at the bottom of this post, but first, we’re talking about the amazing health benefits of the delicious Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil! My fabulous sister-in-law Arianna, the essential oil guru, is here again this month to teach us all about how to use Cinnamon Bark not only in baking, but also to boost our body’s overall health. If you’d like to learn more about the how and why behind essential oils, check out our Intro to Essential Oils page!

SpicyBrownies5Hi! Arianna here! :) If you love the smell and “spice” of Cinnamon, you’ll LOVE Young Living’s Cinnamon Bark essential oil! Cinnamon ((Cinnamomum verum) bark, specifically, is thought to promote healthy cardiovascular and immune function, and acts as an antiseptic. Cinnamon is also found in Thieves, as well as some other oil blends, where Anna discussed how to make a yummy Thieves Green Tea to help fight the germs around you. Cinnamon is an EarthKosher-Certified Oil


How do I Use it?

Use diluted (with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, vegetable oil, etc):

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location
  • Apply to vitaflex points
  • Diffuse, or
  • May be used as a dietary supplement.

I love to put Cinnamon Bark EO onto the bottoms of my feet at night, with nice cozy socks. It protects and supports my immune system, AND keeps my feet warm. Double wammy!


If you’re new to this blog, go ahead and check out the other essential oil infused recipes. They are amazing! AND, if you’re wanting to start using oils in your daily life, click here to create your wholesale account today!


When Arianna and I decided to use Cinnamon Bark for this month’s Essential Oil post, I knew right away that I had to come up with a brownie recipe that would absolutely make that spicy cinnamon flavor really shine through, and this recipe does exactly that! Brownies, I have to admit, are my #1 dessert weakness!! That soft, fudgy, chocolatey goodness is something I simply cannot resist! And I think today’s recipe may be my very favorite brownie recipe yet! The addition of Cinnamon Bark and cayenne pepper heightens the dark chocolate flavor and gives a powerful zing of flavor to each bite, making your tastebuds tingle and ask for more and more! :)

You’ll get the exact same weak-at-the-knees fudgy result by using regular, wheat-containing All-Purpose Flour, or by using Better Batter’s Gluten-Free Flour, for a gluten free version! It’s the only gluten free flour I’ve ever tried that gives me identical results to regular all-purpose flour; it’s simply amazing!

Also, if you would prefer to use the ground cinnamon from your kitchen’s spice rack, you can use that instead of the Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil! I’ve included directions for both in the recipe below.


Warning: If you’re a brownie-addict AND a cinnamon fan, these indulgent, spicy fudge brownies may just become your new weakness (in the yummiest way possible!) :) Enjoy!!


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Dark & Spicy Fudge Brownies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 20
Turn up the heat in these deliciously dark chocolate fudge brownies, with the help of cayenne pepper and cinnamon bark essential oil!
  • ½ cup Butter (1 stick), chopped
  • 8 ounces Dark Chocolate (use your preferred %, I used 8 oz. from Trader Joes Pound Plus Dark Chocolate Bar), chopped
  • ¾ cup All-Purpose Flour OR Better Batter Gluten Free Flour
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (or up to ¼ teaspoon, if you love spicy foods!)
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (or 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon)*
  1. Prepare a 9x9-inch pan by lining with foil, leaving some overhang on each end; spray pan with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Melt chopped Butter and Chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently. Once melted and smooth, remove chocolate from heat and transfer to a large mixing bowl to cool slightly.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together Flour, Salt, and Cayenne (and ground cinnamon, if using*). Set aside.
  5. Whisk Sugar into melted chocolate. Add Eggs, and whisk very well until completely incorporated, about 1 minute. Finally, whisk in Vanilla Extract and Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil (if using*).
  6. Pour flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and stir with a large spoon or rubber spatula until just combined. Do not overmix.
  7. Spread brownie batter evenly in prepared baking pan.
  8. Bake for 37-41 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack, and cut into squares.
  10. Store brownies in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in a freezer-safe ziplock bag in the freezer for up to 4 months.
  11. Makes about 20 brownies.
*You may use Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil OR Ground Cinnamon from your spice rack in this recipe with nearly identical results. If using Cinnamon Bark Essential Oil, add to the wet ingredients while mixing; if using Ground Cinnamon, mix into the dry ingredients, as directed in the recipe instructions




I LOVE using essential oils to boost my immune system and to heighten the flavors in my foods! More must-tries using essential oils:

Paleo Pumpkin Bread



Pizza Noodle Soup



Cranberry Lime Smoothie



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    • Anna BradleyAnna Bradley says

      Thanks so much Michele!! If you like cinnamon, you’ll fall in love with it even more inside brownies! Enjoy!!

  1. says

    I love brownies and these look soooo delicious, but I’ve never tried chilli and chocolate together (although I’ve wanted too). They sound really interesting, thanks for sharing : ) I saw you on The Best Blog Recipes The Weekend re-Treat


    • Anna BradleyAnna Bradley says

      Thanks so much Kathryn!! I was nervous to try spicy brownies my first time, but now I’m 100% hooked! I hope you’ll love these as much as I do! :)

  2. says

    This is amazing! I just went to an essential oil party and this cinnamon bark was one of my favorite, I never dreamed I could cook with this! Whoo Hoo this is great news, and the brownies look beyond delicious!

    • Anna BradleyAnna Bradley says

      Thanks Cathy!! I agree–Cinnamon Bark is just fabulous! I love how many different ways there are to use the oils! :) Enjoy!

  3. says

    Thank you for reminding me of the health benefits. I am ready to make the switch to cinnamon oil after reading that lots of cinnamon in the grocery stores contain sawdust. That is certainly not a good thing if it’s true. These brownies look very decadent.

    • Anna BradleyAnna Bradley says

      Thanks Sandra! It sure is crazy what’s going into our foods these days! The cinnamon oil is a fabulous option that won’t disappoint! :) Enjoy these!

  4. says

    I really love brownies like crazy and I love this recipe. But as I have gained a lot of weight after my daughter and I am now working on loosing weight. So will it be good to try this recipe for me? It would be really great if you could provide a measurement of the calorie consumed for one brownie piece and also for all of your recipes.

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