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Spicy Chocolate Cookies

Recipe photo courtesy of Armando Rafael

Everything's nice about Mexican hot chocolate, which is why we dreamed up a cookie that showcases its signature qualities: deep cocoa flavor, a melt-in-your-mouth texture, and the assertive kick of cayenne pepper and cinnamon. Bake a batch or two, and wow a crowd -- or just your coworkers -- on Cinco de Mayo.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2017
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Cook's Notes

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

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  • archjane7463819
    13 JAN, 2019
    These are the most amazing chocolaty cookies. I love the spice in the cookies and in fact used 3/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Next time I will double it. The comments about the cooking temp are probably accurate, although you can achieve the same effect by cookie longer at a lower temp. The 25 degree difference is not a big factor. I will definitely be making these again.
  • MS11363499
    16 DEC, 2018
    These are amazing! Followed the recipe exactly, set oven to 325 and took them out at 11-12 minutes, and they turned out perfect and delicious.
  • copyska
    7 MAY, 2018
    Goodness! What delicious cookies! Made exactly to the recipe, baking at 325 for 14 minutes. Perfect! Will make again. Might try adding just a bit more cayenne, because the taste was subtle and I like the heat. Turbinado sugar crunch was fantastic!
  • nadia_mwilliams
    21 AUG, 2017
    These chocolate cookies are fabulous. They taste homemade and full of flavor. I read the comments before I baked the cookies, so I adjusted the temp to 350 degrees as well. I baked them for 11 minutes on the dot, and the cookies came out perfectly. Can't wait to make them again in the fall/winter.
  • cotedewlv31gma
    14 AUG, 2017
    I made the cookies as in the recipe and they were delicious! Moist, spicy and deeply chocolate in flavor. I baked them for 13 minutes at 325 and that was just right. I plan to try other spice combos, maybe omitting the pepper and subbing cardamon or ginger. My cookies didn't crack as much as the ones in the photo but otherwise looked just like them.
  • ALR5133650DW
    9 MAY, 2017
    After reading the above comments I adjusted the temp to 350 degrees. It took 11 minutes in my oven. They came out perfect. May have been a misprint.
  • agronczewski
    6 MAY, 2017
    Agreed the temp is too low. Cookies look nothing like the photo but very tasty!
  • susanbussmann48
    5 MAY, 2017
    the hot chocolate cookie recipe is flawed. The temp is to low and they do not spread out.

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