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Hot-Chocolate Cookies

“Hot due to the chilli and cayenne pepper in them. If you haven't tried the chilli chocolate combo, get onto it. Heck, chicken with a chocolate mole is also good, those South Americans know how to really be versatile with chocolate.”

Recipes | August 11, 2013
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Hot-Chocolate Cookies

Hot-Chocolate Cookies

I promise you more healthy recipes soon, when if life ever calms down for me! I have a dessert back-log to catch up on too!

But for now, these hot chocolate cookies are what you are getting. Hot due to the chilli and cayenne pepper in them. If you haven’t tried the chilli chocolate combo, get onto it. Heck, chicken with a chocolate mole is also good, those South Americans know how to really be versatile with chocolate. 

I made these to share with a few blogger friends as we headed to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie for their hot chocolate festival. With something like 31 flavours of hot chocolate, check it out before the end of August. The range of flavours changes each week, and we were down there shite and briney on Sunday morning sampling 8 flavours of hot chocolate. Whilst I was really excited for gingerbread flavoured hot chocolate, my favourites ended up being Snickers and Pina Colada.

Anyway, back to chocolate cookies. I’ve just finished typing up the recipe and realised I forgot to add cinnamon in them. Oooops!.. alas, next time. 😉

I also didn’t have chilli powder, so I resorted to pulverising some chilli flakes instead. I was pretty light handed on the cayenne pepper, but I think I should have been a bit more heavy handed. They had a subtle hummm to them, but perhaps if your chilli tolerance isn’t too high go easy on the chilli.

Hot-Chocolate Cookies
  1. 120g unsalted butter, chopped
  2. 120g dark chocolate, chopped
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 firmly packed cup (250g) brown sugar
  6. 1/2 cup (110g) caster sugar
  7. 1 3/4 cups (260g) plain flour
  8. 1/2 cup (50g) cocoa powder
  9. 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  10. 1 tsp chilli powder (or ground chilli flakes work well too!)
  11. 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  12. Pinch cayenne pepper
  13. 1 cup (185g) chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (don't let bowl touch water) and stir until melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk eggs, vanilla and sugars with electric beaters until thick and pale. Add the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Stir over the flour, cocoa and spices, and fold to combine, then fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Place tablespoonsful of dough, 4cm apart, on the tray. Bake, rotating tray halfway, for 14 minutes or until set. Cool on the tray for 5 minutes, the transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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19 comments on “Hot-Chocolate Cookies
  1. msihua (@msihua) - August 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    These have been strangely addictive… must lay off them tomorrow as it’s a fast day!

  2. chocolatesuze - August 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    ooh baby these sound like a good kinda burning!

  3. Catherine - August 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    I had some chilli chocolate today and phewww it was hot! I want to bake up some chocolate cookies and dunk them in milk now! Although I’m also craving hot chocolate after witnessing all your yarra valley instagram pics hehe

  4. cquek - August 12, 2013 at 12:10 am

    Wow this is the most spectacular looking cookies.

  5. Cara Waters @Gourmet Chick - August 12, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Love the chilli and chocolate combo – these look delicious!

  6. Tina @ bitemeshowme - August 12, 2013 at 8:50 am

    i dont think ive ever tried chilli chocolate but i sure am intrigued!

  7. Sammie - August 12, 2013 at 8:59 am

    This recipe is a dream combining two of my favourite things; chilli and chocolate! I must try!

  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef - August 12, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I like chilli and chocolate but not so much chilli that my lips melt off. These are very pretty cookies.

  9. Joanne T Ferguson - August 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    G’day and absolutely yum, true!
    Just finished brekkie, but am sure I have room for one or your lovely cookies…maybe too! :)
    Cheers! Joanne

  10. Helen (Grab Your Fork) - August 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    lol i totally thought these were cookies to be eaten with hot chocolate at first glance, but I love the resourcefulness of grinding chilli flakes for kick!

  11. Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie - August 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    These look delicious! I love chilli chocolate so I think I shall have to give these a try!

  12. Leah - August 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    A classic combo, chili and chocolate. Ive only just started to get into chili, I KNOW! CRAZY that i waited so so long, but now im loving it.
    This cookie is right up my alley, bookmarking to try in the near future 😀

  13. Miss Sage Sugar - August 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Great combo! Tried the chilli chocolate at Hahndorf’s the other day and it got hotter and hotter… Maybe a bit too hot :)

  14. - August 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    One of my absolute favourites chilli and chocolate. These really work for me…..

  15. Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today - August 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I’ll add cinnamon, these look too chocolatery to be true, hahaha.

  16. GourmetGetaways - August 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Oh how delicious!
    I really need to try these… and hopefully they will be safe from the children.

  17. Daisy@Nevertoosweet - August 15, 2013 at 12:28 am

    Ohhh it’s a Valli LIttle recipe no wonder it looked familiar hehe but gosh they were delicious maybe just needed a little bit more chilli powder and it’ll be perfect! I wanna make it for my colleagues but not sure if they’ll like the chilli LOL or maybe I should just make them and see if they notice 😛

  18. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed - August 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Oh Valli, she can do no wrong. Mmmm I love the sound of the heat and spice in this recipe!
    Heidi xo

  19. Agnes - September 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    More chilli, more chilli, more chilli.

    Though they were pretty damn good as they were. Thumbs up!


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