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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.


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Hot Chocolate Cookies
June 30, 2020
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Hot Chocolate Cookies

At first glance you might think this cookies are based on a nice cosy drink that you add marshmallows to and enjoy around a campfire. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong! These are hot chocolate cookies due to the chilli and cayenne pepper in them. If you haven’t tried the chilli chocolate combo, get onto it. 

I also didn’t have chilli powder, so I resorted to pulverising some chilli flakes instead. They have this warming quality to them, I didn’t find them spicy as more on the aromatic side. 

Hot Chocolate Cookies

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Servings 24


  • 120g unsalted butter, chopped
  • 120g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 260g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chilli powder (or ground chilli flakes)
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 185g chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place a tablespoonful 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.


Recipe by Valli Little

Post updated 30 June 2020.


20 comments on “Hot Chocolate Cookies
  1. msihua (@msihua)

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

    August 11, 2013 at 9:51 pm
  2. chocolatesuze

    ooh baby these sound like a good kinda burning!

    August 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm
  3. Catherine

    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

    August 11, 2013 at 11:57 pm
  4. cquek

    Wow this is the most spectacular looking cookies.

    August 12, 2013 at 12:10 am
  5. Cara Waters @Gourmet Chick

    Love the chilli and chocolate combo – these look delicious!

    August 12, 2013 at 7:08 am
  6. Tina @ bitemeshowme

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

    August 12, 2013 at 8:50 am
  7. Sammie

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

    August 12, 2013 at 8:59 am
  8. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

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

    August 12, 2013 at 10:37 am
  9. Joanne T Ferguson

    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

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

    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!

    August 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm
  11. Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie

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

    August 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm
  12. Leah

    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 😀

    August 12, 2013 at 3:53 pm
  13. Miss Sage Sugar

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

    August 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

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

    August 12, 2013 at 10:07 pm
  15. Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today

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

    August 13, 2013 at 8:25 am
  16. GourmetGetaways

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

    August 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm
  17. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    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 😛

    August 15, 2013 at 12:28 am
  18. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

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

    August 23, 2013 at 4:29 pm
  19. Agnes

    More chilli, more chilli, more chilli.

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

    September 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm
  20. Seema Sharma

    5 stars
    My kids really love hot chocolate. And my husband too. This is a great combination dear!

    August 17, 2020 at 10:29 pm

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