PointsPlus Chocolate Chile Cookies Recipe

PointsPlus Chocolate Chile Cookies Recipe
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Chocolate Chili Cookies
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Chocolate Chili Cookies

Add some heat to your sweets, with this spicy chocolate cookie recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 2 sprays cooking spray
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate squares, chopped
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature

Directions

Position racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat 2 large cookie sheets with cooking spray.

Place the chocolate in a small bowl and microwave on high for 15 seconds. Stir well, then continue microwaving in 15 second increments, stirring after each, until half the chocolate has melted. Remove the bowl from the microwave and continue stirring until the chocolate has fully melted. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes while you begin making the cookie dough.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cayenne in a medium bowl and set aside.

Place the almonds in a skillet over medium-low heat. Cook, stirring often, until lightly browned and aromatic, about 4 minutes. Set aside.

Beat both sugars and the eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until thick and pale brown, about 5 minutes. Beat in the melted chocolate and vanilla until smooth.

Remove the beaters and stir in the flour mixture with a wooden spoon, just until all the flour has been moistened. Stir in the toasted almonds.

Drop the dough by rounded teaspoon-fulls onto the prepared cookie sheets, spacing the mounds about 2 inches apart.

Bake in the top and bottom thirds of the oven for 5 minutes. Reverse the cookie sheets top to bottom and back to front, and continue baking until firm and slightly puffed, about 10 minutes. Cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. If you need to cook these in several batches, allow the cookie sheets to cool for 5 minutes before making more cookies. 

Chocolate Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Chocolate Cooking Tip

When melting chocolate, use a double boiler and stir occasionally to avoid scorching chocolate at the bottom of the bowl.

Chocolate Wine Pairing

Sweet chenin blanc, muscat, or amontillado sherry with nut-based desserts; sauternes or sweet German wines with pound cake, cheesecake, and other mildly sweet desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines with sweeter desserts; sweet chenin blanc or muscat or Alsatian vendange tardive (late harvest) wines, port, madeira, late-harvest zinfandel, or cabernet sauvignon or cabernet franc with chocolate desserts.