I have a slightly unhealthy relationship with chocolate chip cookies. I LOVE them. The chewy cookie paired with gooey chocolate morsels, yum! Chocolate chip cookies have the power to brighten any gloomy day, turn enemies into friends, and they finish off a nice dinner with just the right amount of sweet. My love affair with chocolate chip cookies began when I was young, but it really blossomed in college.
I had a very unique college experience – I attended a women’s college in Upstate New York. There were only 400 women at the school, total. Yep, a very small school, in the middle of nowhere, all women, and chock-full of traditions. One of the traditions was Tea Time. Tea Time was held in the middle of afternoon seminars. The dining hall staff would bring tea, coffee, and cookies to the Main Hall for us to enjoy with our professors. My favorite were the chocolate chip cookies they made from scratch. If our professors let us out a little late for the break, we would miss-out on the chocolate chip cookies. This was incredibly disappointing.
I have made many different types of chocolate chip cookies over the years – ones with nuts, milk chocolate chips, chocolate chocolate chip, white chocolate chips, even peppermint chocolate chips. I enjoy making them, just so that I can eat some of the cookie dough – cook’s reward, right? I usually just make them based on the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip package. Yesterday, however, I strayed from my usual routine.
I thought it would be a great opportunity to turn up the volume on chocolate chip cookies! There is definitely a chill in the air, and when it gets colder, I start craving spicy foods. I was thinking about the Mexican Hot Chocolate I had at a chocolate house in Santa Fe, NM. Chocolate melted with cream and spices – cinnamon, chili powder, vanilla – what a great idea! I found a recipe that did not disappoint. This is definitely a chocolate chip cookie for adults – sophisticated and spicy.
Caution: I would recommend not giving your children the beaters to lick, the cayenne pepper will likely “light up their lives” and burn their tongues.Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Diet Recipe Blog) Printable Recipe
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, butter, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla; beat until smooth and light. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Gradually mix into wet ingredients. Beat until they are combined. Fold in the chocolate chips until combined. Scoop cookies into 2-inch balls and place them on cookie sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes (until lightly golden). Let the cookies cool slightly for a few minutes, then remove from them from the cookie sheets and transfer to a wire rack until they cool completely.