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11 January 2008

Mayan Cayenne Chocolate cookie recipe I promissed lonefrontranger months ago. [More:]Ingredients

Topping:

1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Cookies:

3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 cups Valrhona cocoa powder
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 or more to taste tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup unsweetened chocolate chips (85% or better cocoa)

Prep

Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Topping:

Combine sugar and cinnamon for topping.

Cookies:

Beat shortening, butter and white and brown sugars. Add eggs, one at a time. Add next 6 ingredients and mix until evenly mixed. Stir in chocolate chips.

Use a melon baller to make small balls and then roll them in the topping. Place them on the cookie sheets, about 2 inches apart (they really expand).

Bake 8-10 minutes. They should still be soft in centre. Let cool 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack.

Makes a very savory sweet.
I have been really curious to try a choco-pepper taste. This looks interesting... thanks, bud.
posted by BoringPostcards 11 January | 23:11
I had to give up on my Christmas gifty plans of making Mayan hot chocolate, a not-to-sweet blend with cumin and ancho chile powder. The combination cannot be beat.

If I make this, I'm gonna try using butter, though. Why would a recipe have Valrhona chocolate and...shortening? I know the texture comes out a bit differently, but still...the flavor? What do you think, arse_hat?
posted by Miko 11 January | 23:53
Butter would make the flavour a bit more toward the sweet than the savory to my taste but it would make for a bit of a different mouth feel. I slanted this to the savory. YMMV. Salted butter would alter it a bit more.
posted by arse_hat 11 January | 23:59
Mayan Cayenne? Love the rhyme, but do these cookies have an expiration date of December 2012?
posted by wendell 12 January | 00:05
Expiration date? About 30 minutes after they are made if they are around me Wendell. :)
posted by arse_hat 12 January | 00:13
I had hot pepper chocolate chip cookies at Monkey Town and we thought they were a trick on us.
posted by pinky.p 12 January | 00:19
arsey! *waves* thank you, darling, this is bookmarked for posterity :)
posted by lonefrontranger 12 January | 00:20
Tips hat toward lfr. Glad I could help missy.
posted by arse_hat 12 January | 00:25
Oh of course, I always use salted butter in baking for the salty dimension. It provides balance to sweet ingredients. I know many sources recommend sweet butter, but they don't have the salt-tooth that I am used to....
posted by Miko 12 January | 00:41
I am intrigued and must now try this recipe.
posted by phoenixc 12 January | 22:01
Me too.
Can we have more people added to the contributor list of Cooking With Metachat? i always hope someone has added recipes i see here so i can find them again, and it hasn't been updated in over a year.
posted by ethylene 13 January | 03:35
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