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These sweet treats are inspired by the thought of Mexican hot chocolate. Sometimes it is just too hot to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, but with these sweet treats, you can still savor the spicy-sweet flavors.

Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies

The addition of cinnamon and cayenne pepper kicks this basic, delicious chocolate chip cookie up a notch.

Cinnamon

Did you know that cinnamon is obtained from the inner bark of several trees from the genus Cinnamomum.  Seventy to ninety percent of these trees grow in Sri Lanka, but it is also grown in Brazil, the Caribbean, and India.  Saigon, or Vietnamese, cinnamon is a much-prized variety because of its higher oil content.

So why is cinnamon associated with Mexican hot chocolate?  Well, Mexico happens to be the largest importer of Sri Lankan cinnamon.

WebMD has posted ” Lab studies have found that cinnamon may reduce inflammation, have antioxidant effects, and fight bacteria. But it’s unclear what the implications are for people.”

Cayenne Pepper

According to the internet, where everything is true 🙂 , cayenne is relatively high in Vitamin A.  At least by weight.  It also has vitamins B6, vitamin E, Vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium, and manganese.

So…since these cookies have some cayenne pepper and cinnamon, they must be good for you, right?  Be sure to have a glass of cold milk to go with them.   There is a little heat to them.

three different kinds of chocolate chipsI used three different types of chocolate chips.

chocolate chip cookie dough

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Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These sweet treats are inspired by the thought of Mexican hot chocolate. Sometimes it is just too hot to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, but with these sweet treats, you can still savor the spicy-sweet flavors.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In mixer, cream butter. Add granulated and brown sugar and mix well. Add vanilla extract and egg beating well.
  4. Add dry ingredients to mixer bowl and beat until well mixed. Add chocolate chips.
  5. Use medium sized cookie scoop and place dough balls approximately 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let sit for one minute then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1/8 batch

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 246Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 327mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

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chocolate chip cookie on cooling rack

What is your favorite cookie?

Other cookies you might like:

  • No-Bake Peppermint Cookies –  If you like Girl Scouts’ Thin Mint Cookies, then you will love these easy-to-make cookies that taste very much like the Girl Scout favorite.
  • Homemade Orange Cookies – This recipe has to be my family’s favorite cookie recipe.  These are orange cake-like cookies that are topped with a sweet orange icing.
  • Toasted Pecan Cookies – These sweet treats are made with Rice Krispies and oatmeal – perhaps they should have been named breakfast cookies?  
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Cindy

Tuesday 29th of November 2016

Just made these cookies and they are super simple to make and taste amazing! Excellent adult specialty cookie!

Lynda

Tuesday 29th of November 2016

I am glad you liked them!

Stacie @ The Divine Miss Mommy

Monday 16th of June 2014

Wow! These chocolate chip cookies sounds amazing! I love that they have a little heat in them.

Liz Mays

Friday 13th of June 2014

I love the kick of heat in these. That's totally up my alley!