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Spicy Chocolate Cookies

Spicy Chocolate Cookies. Sweet and spicy combine in this cookie recipe to give you a decadent sweet with a little kick! 

Chocolate cookie balanced on top of a glass of milk

Mexican Chocolate Cookies

Spicy cookies are the best. Seriously.

A tiny dash of cayenne mixed with a sweet chocolate cookie base really takes these cookies over the top. Making them my number one go-to.

The first bite you take fools you. You think you are enjoying a decadent chocolate cookie. As you chew a small hint of spice sneaks in and overwhelms your taste buds.

In a good way. It is not an overwhelming spicy flavor, but just the right amount.

Spicy Chocolate Cookies Recipe

The best way to eat these? Heated in the microwave for just 10 seconds and dipped in milk. They MELT IN YOUR MOUTH.

Close your eyes and imagine this with me… SO GOOD.

Disclaimer: My nine year old is not a fan. He said they are ok, but more of an adult taste. They still managed to get a 7 out of 10 in his rating system!

Tips for this recipe:

  • Be sure to use softened butter, but not melted. You want the butter to be soft to the touch but still a little bit firm. I remove the butter from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before starting.
  • Line your pans with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This helps keep your cookies from sticking to the bottom of the pan. 
  • Use a scoop for even cookie sizing. I really love this one. I use it for all of my cookie recipes. 
  • Always chill your cookie dough for soft and chewy cookies. Unless you really love flat more crisp cookies, that is. See notes above for more information on chilling dough. 
  • Scoop your cookie dough BEFORE you chill. After you chill the dough it becomes a little difficult to scoop out. By scooping before you chill, you are saving a lot of effort! 

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What does chilling cookie dough do?

Short answer? Chilling cookie dough keeps the cookie from spreading out during the baking process. As you prepare the dough the butter begins to heat. By chilling you give the butter a chance to solidify again. When it is cold before going into the oven, it melts a tad slower which keeps your cookies thick and fluffy. 

If you really love a thin crispy cookie I suggest skipping the chill time! 

Chocolate cookies stacked on a black plate with a glass of milk on the side

Like this recipe? You will love my Brownie Cookies, The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Copycat Oreo Cookies!

How to make spicy chocolate cookies:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking tray with parchment or silicone mats. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter with the chocolate for 40 seconds, stirring halfway through. Allow to cool while you prepare the next step.
  3. In a large measuring cup combine the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cayenne. Whisk together with a fork and set aside.
  4. Combine both of the sugars with the melted chocolate mixture in the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat until fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl once. Add the vanilla extract and egg until incorporated followed by the dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of dough onto your prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches between each. Bake 12-14 minutes or until the edges are firm.

How to freeze cookie dough:

Drop cookies are by far the easiest to freeze and bake. Examples will be chocolate chip, M&M, and snickerdoodle.

  1. Scoop and shape your cookie dough into rounds.
  2. Place close together on a parchment lined baking tray.
  3. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Remove and store in a freezer safe bag or air tight container. Be sure to label and date.
Spicy Chocolate Cookies

Spicy Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes

Spicy Chocolate Cookies. Sweet and spicy combine in this cookie recipe to give you a decadent sweet with a little kick! 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • large pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking tray with parchment or silicone mats. Set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl melt the butter with the chocolate for 40 seconds, stirring halfway through. Allow to cool while you prepare the next step.
  3. In a large measuring cup combine the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cayenne. Whisk together with a fork and set aside.
  4. Combine both of the sugars with the melted chocolate mixture in the bowl of your electric mixer. Beat until fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl once. Add the vanilla extract and egg until incorporated followed by the dry ingredients. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of dough onto your prepared cookie sheets, leaving 2 inches between each. Bake 12-14 minutes or until the edges are firm.

Notes

How to freeze cookie dough:

Drop cookies are by far the easiest to freeze and bake. Examples will be chocolate chip, M&M, and snickerdoodle.

  1. Scoop and shape your cookie dough into rounds.
  2. Place close together on a parchment lined baking tray.
  3. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Remove and store in a freezer safe bag or air tight container. Be sure to label and date.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 cookies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 178Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 111mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 2gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g
Spicy Chocolate Cookies combine sweet and spicy making this cookie recipe irresistible. Decadent sweet with a little kick! 

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Sue

Wednesday 27th of May 2020

I love these cookies! Just enough kick to make them different. I tried flattening them before baking..looked terrible! Haha! I got 15 cookies using my Pampered Chef scoop that is equivalent to 2 TBS.

Jesseca

Friday 29th of May 2020

Those scoops are my favorite! Glad you love these cookies. The sweet and spicy combination is one of my all-time faves.

Kim @ 2justByou

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

The cayenne pepper gives just the kick that the chocolate cookies might need! Bet these taste amazing. They definitely look it.

Jesseca

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

You'll have to try them. They are amazing!

Marilyn

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

I've used cayenne in my hot cocoa recipe and it's wonderful. I bet your cookies are out of this world!

Jesseca

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

I have a spicy cocoa recipe as well. Nothing like warming your belly with a spicy hot chocolate!

Bethany

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

I have never tried anything chocolate that was also spicy. I don't know if I would like it, but I'd be willing to try it. :)

Jesseca

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

It's not too spicy. Just a hint that really compliments the chocolate.

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