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Chili Chocolate Chip Cookies

“C” is for cookie. Everyone knows that. It’s one of those things that no matter where you come from you learn at a very young age. “C” is for cookie. Damn you cookie monster for drilling that into our heads and wanting a cookie every time we see the letter “C”.

In honor of back to school and those little ones who are about to learn that “C” is for cookie (or the older ones, like my husband, who are about to learn “C” is for Cardiology) I present to you” C” is for cookie cookies. Chili chocolate chip cookies to be be exact. How’s that for the letter “C” cookie monster?

I’m not sure if it were a bunch of pregnant women hanging out and coming up with weird combinations to curb their cravings or what, but whoever it was that thought of pairing chocolate with unexpected flavors is a genius. I mean chocolate and bacon? Yes please. I love chocolate and I love this trend of pairing it with unexpected flavors. I hardly ever make regular chocolate chip cookies anymore after I made my first batch of bacon chocolate chip cookies. And though chili isn’t the strangest thing to be paired with chocolate (chocolate mushroom bar anyone?) and this recipe is surely not the first time it has happened, these cookies are still pretty awesome.

These cookies are play off the mexican hot chocolate flavors and there are many recipes out there for a chocolate cookie with chili. However, there aren’t many recipes out there for a chocolate chip cookie with chili. So I did what anyone would do in this situation, I took one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes and I added a bunch of chili powder to it. The heat of the chili powder, though subtle, adds a little kick to the sweetness of the chocolate. The combination of flavors is like fireworks. In your mouth. The only problem with these cookies is finding a place to hide some all for yourself so that no one else in your house finds them.

Ingredients (adapted from Jacques Torres)

2 sticks butter
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons chili powder plus more for sprinkling
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 pound dark chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl cream together butter and sugars.
Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, chili powder, vanilla, and chocolate and mix until combined.
Using a small tablespoon, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
Sprinkle some chili powder on tops of cookies.
Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.
Cool completely.



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