Spicy Mexican Chocolate Cookies

Cookies equal comfort and isn't it comfort that we are all trying to find?  Cookies soothe the soul. They make one feel happy.  They put a smile on your face as you think of past cookies, baking projects with your mom or baking projects with grandchildren.  No matter your perspective, a cookie solves the problem.

I associate baking cookies with a rainy day.  Growing up, Mom, always baked cookies on a rainy day.  It is what one is supposed to do. While there isn't any hint of rain, cookies have become the go-to for comfort and contentment.

Spicy Mexican Chocolate Cookies made me smile.  They remind me of the Mexican Chocolate Brownies that I made a few years ago.  Both had a deep chocolate flavor and each bite made my tongue dance just a bit!  Who doesn't want to smile and dance?   Proceed with caution though, one bite wasn't enough...one cookie wasn't enough...I do love spicy!  Addictive....

Spicy Mexican Chocolate Cookies
adapted from Cookie Perfection

Yield: 3 dozen

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp Kosher salt (Diamond Crystal is available)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
12 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup turbinado sugar

Preheat oven: 325° F.

In a medium bowl mix together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt, cayenne and baking soda.  Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on high, until light and fluffy.  
Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.  On low, add the flour mixture and mix until combined.  Stir in the chocolate.

Scoop dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll the ball in the turbinado sugar and place on a parchment lined baking sheet two inches apart.

Bake about 11-13 minutes, until the surface cracks slightly.  Cool the cookies slightly on the baking sheet and then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.

Storage:  Cookies may be stored in an airtight container for up to a week.

You are certain to love these little morsels.  They are super rich and have a very nice spice to them!

Think comfort.  Think cookies.  It helps.


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