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Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Forget boring, predictable cookies! These Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies are here to blow your taste buds away with a fiery twist. It’s a flavor explosion that’s both unexpected and utterly irresistible.

Stack of chocolate chip cookies.

Imagine the warm embrace of melty chocolate chips nestled within a crispy, golden cookie, infused with a subtle kick of cayenne pepper and the comforting warmth of cinnamon. Yep – that’s what you get when you make this recipe.

What These Cookies Are

  • Unexpectedly delicious: The subtle heat of cayenne pepper adds depth and complexity to the classic chocolate chip cookie, creating a unique and memorable experience.
  • Easy to make: No fancy ingredients or complex techniques required, just pantry staples and a little love. Perfect for baking beginners and seasoned cookie connoisseurs alike.
  • Customizable: Adjust the cayenne pepper quantity to your spice preference, or swap it for chili powder for a smoky twist. Add chopped nuts, dried fruit, or even a pinch of espresso powder for endless flavor variations.
  • Crowd-pleasing: These cookies are sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Watch them disappear from the plate in a flash!

Ready to unleash the heat? Gather your ingredients

  • Dry: All-purpose flour, baking soda, salt, cayenne pepper, cinnamon
  • Wet: Butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, egg
  • Star of the show: Chocolate chips (milk, dark, semi-sweet, or a mix – choose your favorites!)
Ingredients to make spicy chocolate chip cookies measured out and on a counter top.

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375° degrees.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Dry ingredients to make cookies in a bowl.
  • In a mixer, cream butter. Add granulated and brown sugar and mix well. Add vanilla extract and egg beating well.
  • Add dry ingredients to the mixer bowl and beat until well-mixed. Add chocolate chips.
Chocolate chips being added to basic cookie dough.
  • Use a medium-sized cookie scoop and place dough balls approximately 2 inches apart on a baking sheet.
Cookie dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
Baked spicy chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet.
  • Let sit for one minute then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Chocolate chip cookies cooling on a wire rack.

Tips for Sweet and Spicy Perfection

  • Use high-quality chocolate chips for the best flavor and texture.
  • Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes before baking for thicker and chewier cookies.
  • Don’t skimp on the spices! The cayenne pepper and cinnamon are what make these cookies special.
  • Pair these cookies with a glass of milk for a classic pairing, or try them with a cup of coffee for an extra kick.

Spice Up Your Life (and Health) with the Warm Embrace of Cinnamon

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

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 – Tiny Pepper, Mighty Punch

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 ditch the ordinary and embrace the heat! These Sweet and Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies are a delicious adventure your taste buds won’t soon forget. Share your creations and spice preferences in the comments below, and let’s celebrate the joy of cookies with a little kick!

Stack of 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.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 121kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter softened
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

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

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 114mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 154IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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Close-up view of a spicy chocolate chip cookie with a bite taken out of it.

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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  1. Hello yum! What a fun combination. I think I might try and surprise my husband with these. He absolutely loves spicy foods and has a sweet tooth so these are perfect.

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