Chili Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted on by on September 3rd, 2011 | 55 Comments »

“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


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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  1. Posted on: 9-3-2011

    I love the combination between chili and chocolate, but it’s the first time I see it in a cookie! Great idea!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-3-2011

      Thanks Giulia! Chili and chocolate are amazing together!

  2. Posted on: 9-3-2011

    Yes. You are on fire! I didn’t mean that to be a silly play on the chili stuff, but it totally was. I’m going to stop talking now. Love this recipe!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-3-2011

      Hahaha Katherine, I love you.

  3. Posted on: 9-3-2011

    Oh, gosh, these sound amazing!!! My family would probably revolt if I added anything to their favorite cookies, but I’d love a half dozen of these beauties just for myself!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-3-2011

      Haha Liz, if they would revolt against the cookies that means you can have them all to yourself! I say make them!!!

  4. Dave L
    Posted on: 9-3-2011

    Yes, please!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-3-2011

      Haha Thanks Dave!

  5. Posted on: 9-3-2011

    Awesome recipe, I’ve often said the combo of chocolate and chili is just amazing. They really compliment each other so perfectly. Thanks for sharing!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-3-2011

      Thanks!! I agree, chocolate and chili really do work so well together!

  6. Posted on: 9-3-2011

    What an interesting combo! I am intrigued! I definitely have to give these a try! 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-4-2011

      Thanks Christina! The combo is really great together. If you try them out I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!!

  7. Posted on: 9-4-2011

    I adore chili and chocolate together…what a unique way to jazz up chocolate chip cookies!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-4-2011

      Thanks Carolyn! If you like these flavors together you will love these!

  8. Posted on: 9-4-2011

    It’s quite an interesting cookies with chili flavor. I’m pretty sure it will be a surefire hit for me and my hubby.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-4-2011

      Interesting but good!! The chili just adds a little extra something to the cookies to make them extra special!

  9. Posted on: 9-4-2011

    I am trying to describe your cookies with a letter C:))) hmm.. don’t have a word..only if “sensational” was spelled with a C :/ LOL!

    Really unique cookies..never tried with chilies..I can imagine bit of spicy and sweet at the same time! They sure look very delicious!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-4-2011

      hmmm I think we can go with sensational with a “C” haha

  10. Posted on: 9-4-2011

    L O V E this. And your pictures are gorgeous!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-4-2011

      Thank you so much Sarah!

  11. Posted on: 9-4-2011

    What an amazing combo. It sounds delicious and looks fantastic. Your pics are just gorgeous.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-4-2011

      Thank you Kim! The combo of chili and chocolate is SO amazing!

  12. Posted on: 9-4-2011

    Lovveee the look of these little cookies, they are just that bit different and sound divine! Great recipe and photos 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-4-2011

      Thanks so much Sasha!

  13. Posted on: 9-4-2011

    How interesting.. Though they sound nice I don’t think I would dare to eat them 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-4-2011

      They are delicious Medeja, not at all like you are probably thinking they taste like!

  14. Posted on: 9-4-2011

    What a great recipe. I love the idea of adding some spice to this. Chocolate chip cookies have to be one of my favorite recipes of all time so I don’t know why I haven’t tried them like this. The red gives them a beautiful appearance too.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-5-2011

      Thanks Russell! Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite recipes too. So classic and versatile!

  15. Posted on: 9-4-2011

    They look wonderful! The addition of chili makes them a more adult back to school choice. Great pictures!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-5-2011

      Thanks Egb! They are definitely more adult then not with the added chili. Im not sure how it would go over with little kids. Ive learned not to mess to much with chocolate chip cookies when dealing with a 5 year old.

  16. Posted on: 9-5-2011

    Whoa, now that’s a way to spice up same ol’, same ‘ol chocolate chip cookies. A big ice cold glass of milk is the perfect chaser, too, to that tingle of heat.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-5-2011

      Thanks Carolyn! Milk would be great or as my husband uncle said a nice class of chili chocolate beer to wash it all down!

  17. Posted on: 9-5-2011

    I am sold… I love both chillies and chocolate (and cookies!) and I am sure these taste fantastic! They surely look awesome! Great idea!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-5-2011

      Hahah Thanks Manu! Who doesnt love cookies?!

  18. Posted on: 9-5-2011

    I can’t wait to try this combination in a cookie! Although I think I’ll pass on the chocolate mushroom bar.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-5-2011

      Haha Naina, when I first heard about a chocolate mushroom bar I couldnt believe it! Still havent tried it. Dont know if I ever will have the urge to.

  19. Posted on: 9-5-2011

    My husband would love these. Such a creative cookie….nothing like a cookie with a bit of zing to it.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-6-2011

      Thanks Briarrose! Everything is better with a little zing!

  20. Posted on: 9-5-2011

    Oooooh yum! I have been craving a lot of complex flavours recently. If I didn’t know better I would think I was expecting 🙂 Right now, sweet and savoury are right up my alley!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-6-2011

      hahaha…I love sweet and savory and now Im on this new kick of adding wonderful things to chocolate!!!

  21. Posted on: 9-5-2011

    Haha, sorry, love, but where I come from, C is for ‘caesar’. 😛

    Anyway, I love the combination of chili and chocolate and bringing them together in a cookies is such a great idea!


    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-6-2011

      Thanks Tobias! “C” for caesar isnt as fun as cookie!!!!

  22. Posted on: 9-6-2011

    This is the second post I have read recently about chocolate and chilli, the other being Hannah at wayfaringchocolate. I am getting pretty curious now!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-6-2011

      Its a great combination! You should totally try it!

  23. Posted on: 9-7-2011

    chili cholcolate cookie?never tasted chili cookie… interesting…this is really impressing. and wanna taste it too.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-7-2011

      Thanks Raquel! These are super easy to make, you should try them!!

  24. Posted on: 9-7-2011

    Somehow chocolate + chili sounds normal than chocolate + bacon… Which one did you like more? I think chocolate is sort of like a spice (is it?) and it sounds nice with chili…well never know until I try this! Very creative Beth!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-7-2011

      Thats a hard question Nami! I think I still would choose the chocolate and bacon cookies, I just love them and they have become a big hit around here. These were definitely really good too though!

  25. Posted on: 9-7-2011

    one of my favorite chocolate is Chili Chocolate from Lindt but I’m glad you decided to make these cookies. They must taste heavenly! do you have a recipe for chocolate mushroom bars? I’m intrigued now that you mention

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-8-2011

      I love the chocolate chili from Lindt! I have never made a chocolate mushroom bar, I saw it at Vosges!

  26. Posted on: 9-8-2011

    C is for CAN you send me some of these wonderful looking cookies! Sweet and spicy! YUM!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 9-8-2011

      Hahah Tiffany too funny!!

  27. Susie Anne
    Posted on: 9-19-2012

    I have baked this kind of chocolate chip cookie but with cayenne pepper and cinnamon. You came up with chili powder this I have got to try.

  28. Juli
    Posted on: 11-6-2012

    I made these yesterday and they are wonderful! I used 2 T of ancho chili powder and 2 T chili pepper…great with a cup of coffee too. Thank you!

  29. Juli
    Posted on: 11-14-2012

    I doubled your recipe thus the total of 4 T of chili spices, in case any one wondered OUCH! Also, I meant to say 2 T ancho chili pepper and 2 T chili powder . I am so glad I found this recipe from you–it really encouraged my creativity in the adventuresome cookie dept.

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