What sounds like a good single serving dessert to have at a chili cook off? I was thinking brownies or cheesecake pops, but what do you all think?
Lemon bars would be good to cool off those burning taste-buds and have a nice tang to them.
Cupcakes are always nice and easy to deal with. Mini cupcakes are good, too. Easier than making cheesecake bites, although anything sounds good.
Cookies are always popular, too, if you want to go a simpler route.
Oo...lemon bars would be a good sweet finish. I happen to have a great candied ginger lemon bar that I can make and square up ahead of time.
I'll tell you what NOT to serve...Chili Chocolate Cookies. I decided to experiment one day with some things in the cabinet. I think I went a bit overboard on this one. I made some chocolate cookies, with white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips, added some cinnamon for kick, and then thought...let's kick it up a notch...let's add chili powder. (Why not, I add cocoa powder to my chili!) The taste was not so bad...I kind of liked the kick, but the texture was really grainy. I would make them again, with the cinnamon, but not the chili powder. At any rate...I would NOT recommend them to anyone... LOL
That's too funny.
I have seen people use chocolate and peppers together, it's supposed to be good.
I've never tried it but maybe some liquid essence would have been a better route. Seems strange to me but I see chocolates with chipotle and other hot spices added to it and people seem to like it.
I'll have to give it a shot one day.
I found a recipe for Tex-Mex brownies that has red pepper in it.
Whenever I serve chili, I always make a lemon icebox pie. My family loves coolness of the lemon after the heat of the chili.
I think the lemon bars are an excellent idea. Very refreshing! Lime coolers or lemon meltaways would be easy cookies to make. I don't know the atmosphere, but I'd be tempted to make some limoncello or mojito Jello shots.
That's so weird, bambuf. I've added chili powder to both brownies and cookies and not had a problem with graininess. What kind of chili powder were you using?
Ditto on the lemon bars. A nice citrus break.
FYI, I learned several years, when I helped host a chili cookoff, that lime sherbet is a great palate cleanser between chili's for the judges.
Limeade cupcakes! They are so tasty. And just pick your fruity frosting! Lots of people like cherry...but raspberry is my personal favorite.
What about Banana Bars or a Snicker's or Butterfinger pie???
I actually make a Mexican Chocolate cupcake or cake - it's my sour cream chocolate cake with cinnamon and CAYENNE (not chili powder) pepper added to it. I like it heavy on the cinnamon, with just a half teaspoon of cayenne.
I put chili powder in it once by mistake and yes - it was nasty - didn't work at all. The cayenne adds some heat but not the smokiness.
As a dessert for chili - I'd keep it simple, like brownies or key lime bars (like lemon bars but with key lime juice).
... The cayenne adds some heat but not the smokiness...
Try ground chipotle peppers or chipotle powder -- it will add a lovely smoky flavor.