Chili pepper and chocolate. It's a flavor combination that's popping up more and more on this side of the border. And boy is it good!
To put it simply, these cookies are sexy. They'll cure your chocolate jones and get your endorphins pumping. This Valentine's Day, give them a try and...you get the picture.
I add cinnamon and chocolate to every layer of the dough, wrapping each cookie in a rich, earthy warmth, and a pinch of cayenne pepper raises the temperature and gives each bite a satisfying, hot finish. A roll in turbinado sugar gives each cookie a sweet, crunchy exterior--the perfect counterpoint to the moist, chewy interior.
Mmmm. Now I want one! Makes four dozen cookies.
2 sticks butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups finely ground oatmeal
1 cup finely ground graham crackers
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup cinnamon chips
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2.5 oz milk chocolate, microplaned
1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, microplaned2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- In your Kitchen Aid or a large mixing bowl, cream together the creamables: the butter, brown and white sugar, cocoa powder, and cinnamon.
- In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Whisk together the wet ingredients and add to the creamables. Mix together until smooth.
- In another large mixing bowl, add the dry ingredients. Using a spatula, fold together until evenly distributed. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the creamables and wet ingredients. Mix until evenly combined.
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Shape dough into balls--about 2 tablespoons each.
- Roll each dough ball in turbinado or raw sugar.
- Place sugared dough balls about 2 inches apart on Silpat- or parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
- Bake at 350º for 10-12 minutes or until edges of cookies spring back to the touch. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and let stand for 2 minutes. Then place cookies on wire racks to cool.