Cayenne Chocolate Coffee Cookies | Cookie Recipe

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Cayenne Chocolate Coffee Cookie recipe

Cayenne Chocolate Coffee Cookie

First off, these can pack a punch if you turn up the addition of cayenne, so watch out! The cookies end up with a rich, fudgy almost brownie-like consistency. I love the addition of coffee liqueur and tart fruit in the batter. Very unique indeed.

Cayenne Chocolate Coffee Cookies

Shalana Patout
“These are great cookies to bring to holiday parties! They seem like such an unassuming little cookie at first. I have people ask me for the recipe constantly!”

1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup dried cherries
1/3 cup raisins
4 T. coffee liquor (such as Kahlua)
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped (I used TCHO for something really special. You can use Ghiradelli or another bar type chocolate)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/8 – 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (depending on how hot you like your cookies)
2 large eggs at room temperature
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 T. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan, combine dried fruit, raisins and coffee liquor. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and remove from heat immediately.

Heat chopped chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 20-second increments, stirring between each, until almost melted; do not overheat. (I’ve ruined too many good bars of chocolate this way, so I just make a double boiler out of a metal mixing bowl and a saucepan with simmering water).

In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, black pepper and cayenne. 
In a separate mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low; beat in melted chocolate.

Mix in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in fruit and coffee liquor mixture.
 At this point the batter will seem thing — more like a brownie batter than a cookie dough. Don’t worry, it will hold up.

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough 2 to 3 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake until cookies are shiny and crackly yet soft in the center, about 12 to 15 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe yields about 24 cookies.

You can use any variation of dried fruit to equal a cup.

Author: biteclub

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  1. Fantastic recipe! I made these cookies 2 days ago. I served them the following evening (after storing in a ziplock bag) and got rave reviews. They’re moist, rich, and unusual. Plus they taste good! I used the smaller amount of cayenne — the subtle heat was perfect. I didn’t have raisins, so I just increased the cranberries and cherries to equal 1 cup total. And I omitted the black pepper. My cookies were not as flat and smooth as those pictured, maybe because the dried cherries were so big. I will definitely make these again, and I think I’ll stick with the non-raisin version because I loved the cherry/chocolate flavor combo.

  2. Sounds delish! I really liked these, too.

  3. Oh My. I am surprised I am the first to comment here. I made these tonight – almost exactly as stated— I had no coffee liquor but I did have a random bottle of godiva liquor so I subbed in 2 tablespoons espresso into it. These are phenomenal! My beau and I both have a savory side to our sweet tooth and I am very excited to share these him. I used just over 1/8th tsp cayenne and in general I feel like the whole recipe is spot on. Thank you!!! Mine did not really flatten out- I used a very small ice cream scoop to portion them onto the cookie sheet. I thicker center almost added a brownie nod to it. Again amazing recipe, more funky cookie ideas please!

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