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11 January 2008

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


1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon


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)


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


Combine sugar and cinnamon for topping.


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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