It’s that time of month again, Secret Recipe Club time!
If you aren’t familiar with how the Secret Recipe Club works, check out their page. I get assigned a new blog every month, then make and blog about one of their recipes. This month I was assigned to So Tasty, So Yummy (Uhh…how could you go wrong with a recipe from a blog with a title like that?) ;)
As I say EVERY month, picking a recipe for SRC was difficult, and Katie has a lot of extra delicious recipes on her blog. But in the end, I opted for something sweet. And when I ever saw Cayenne Chocolate Cookies on her cookie page…well I couldn’t resist. Who wouldn’t want a hunk of chocolate goodness, with the kick of red pepper at the end?
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp OR 1 tsp cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like things to get — I used a heaping 1/2 tsp)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Cream together the butter and both the sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and blend well.
- Sift together the cocoa powder, cayenne, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Then add to the butter mixture and blend well so that the heat is evenly distributed. Slowly blend in the flour. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
- Put the batter into the freezer for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or grease it).
- Clean your dishes!
- Drop cold dough by teaspoon onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies have set.
My Two Cents: I was a teensy bit scared of these cookies. But they’re AMAZING! I can’t handle a lot of spice, but these are completely tolerable. Here’s how they work: You take a bite o’ cookie. You swallow. You think, “wtf there’s no spice in this! where did it go?” Then bam. A half second later you get a tiny little kick of spice in your mouth. But not like it’s on fire. Just like a little jig. It’s good stuff. I brought them to my grandparent’s 60th Wedding Anniversary party (yup, that’s right — 60!!), and everyone really enjoyed the spicy hit they got from these. I noticed several people ate 5+ of these cookies ;)
But if you are seriously offended by spice of any kind, you can just leave the cayenne pepper out and then these become regular chocolate cookies.
But take a ride on the spicy chocolate side. You’ll love it!
Another SRC success :)