Chocolate Caliente Cookies




  • 1 3/4 cups (11.5 oz package) Semi-sweet chocolate chunks, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon (pinch) ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Microwave 1 cup of chocolate chunks in medium, uncovered, microwave safe bowl on HIGH power for 1 minute; STIR.  Chunks may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave an additional 10 to 15 seconds, stirring just until chunks are melted.

  • I used a double boiler to melt the chocolate (more civilized then a microwave).  Used chips instead of chunks and a few left-over chocolate bunnies from Easter!

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Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.  Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixer bowl until creamy.  Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat well.  Add melted chocolate; stir until blended.  Gradually stir in flour mixture.  Refrigerate for 2 hours.

  • I used almond extract…did not realize I was out of vanilla.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line baking sheets with foil.

Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.  Place 3 inches across on baking sheets.

May 2009 026Bake for 12 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set but still soft. Immediately place remaining chunks, about 5-6 per cookie, onto tops of cookies. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks. Allow chunks to soften and spread melted chocolate evenly over tops of cookies.

**Still need to post a picture of the final cookie….they were delish!  In the future I would add more cayenne.

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8 Responses to Chocolate Caliente Cookies

  1. Neve says:

    Oooh, caliente! I can’t wait to see photos. You’ve left me hanging!


  2. Ruth says:

    thanks for sharing….NOT!!!

  3. Neve says:

    @Erla, if you’ve got a close-up stick it at the top of your post, I’m eager to see all the gooey-choco-caliente-wonderfulness!

    @Ruth – I’m expecting some buffalo chicken cookies out of you 🙂

  4. alteregobakingcompany says:

    not super pretty but pretty tasty!

  5. Erla says:

    could have used more chocolate on top… a little lazy towards the end

  6. Neve says:

    Nice work, babe! They look munchable! x

  7. Lauren says:

    Yummy cookies! Not too spicy. I detected a slight cayenne pepper aftertaste, but I don’t think I’d like them too hot.

  8. Gene says:

    ummmm…would have LOVED to have tasted them!

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