My sister who lives in Albuquerque (and is possibly the only person who still actually reads this blog) was telling me about a local cookie bakery that she visited not long ago. One of the cookies she sampled included chocolate and chilies and she loved the unique flavor. Soon afterwards I came up with this cookie that I think is both out of the ordinary and delicious.
Chili Chocolate Cookies~
2 sticks butter, cold cubed and unsalted
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp Mexican vanilla (ok to use regular vanilla too)
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp coarse salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground chili peppers (SEE NOTE!)
1 bar chili chocolate, coarsely chopped (SEE NOTE!)
12 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugars. Mix in vanilla and eggs one at a time. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking powder, baking soda and chili pepper powder. Mix this flour mixture into the creamed mixture until just barely incorporated. You should still see some streaks of the cocoa/flour in the dough. Add the coarsely chopped bar and the chocolate chips in by hand. Bake at 350 on parchment paper lined baking sheet until just barely set. Allow to cool on pan for one minute and then remove to plate to cool completely.
This is the Chili Chocolate bar that I used. You can find them on the candy aisle of the grocery store.
Don't use Chili Powder which incorporates garlic, onions etc. I found this ground chili pepper jar in the baking section aisle of the grocery store near the other spices. It is only chili peppers without added spices, etc. I use 2 tsp but you can used more or less to your taste.