Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Double Chocolate and Chili Cookies

If you're a regular reader of my blog, it's probably clear that I'm a big fan of spicy food - but that I'm not a huge dessert person. However, last week I decided to combine the smoky, intense heat of cayenne pepper with cocoa and chocolate chips, and the end result was luxurious. Slightly naughty, even.

I got the recipe for these Double Chocolate and Chili Cookies from Food 52 (please excuse their heinous spelling errors), and the only thing I changed was that I substituted all purpose flour for whole wheat, because that's what I had on hand. The end result was chewy, rich, extra-chocolatey cookies with an "oh-my-goodness-what-is-in-these" spicy aftertaste. Seriously - people's eyes were bugging out with surprise when the cayenne hit their throats. Priceless reactions.

If you don't want the cookies too spicy, I'd recommend adding 1/4 tsp. of cayenne, or even just a pinch. For me, though, the 1/2 tsp. was the perfect amount for a nostril-clearing heat with every morsel. 

These cookies were also very affordable to make. I had everything on hand except for the chocolate chips, so the total cost of this recipe, for me, was about $2. 

Do you like the combination of spicy/sweet? Why or why not?


  1. Ooooooh I MUST make these!!!!! Sound amazing! I adore the sweet spicy combination, even more so when it's a chocolate/spicy combination. Beautiful photo of the cookies with the chili peppers!

  2. I love the combination of spicy and sweet! Have you tried Taza's chili chocolate? Yum!

  3. I have not tried Taza's chili chocolate, but I've tried some of their other flavors, which all have been delicious. I'll have to try their chili flavor next!

  4. Ooh I made Mexican chocolate crackle cookies a while ago, and they had chocolate and chilli pepper -- soo good. I'm not a huge fan of spicy, but when paired with chocolate, you just get that little hint of it. So perfect!

  5. Okay, these are definitely going on the "must make" list. I love the hot/sweet combo of chocolate and chili.