Chocolate Chili Spice Cookies


Chocolate Chili Spice Cookies

Update – the recipe is now in this post

When you think spicy, you often think savory, ranging from enchiladas to salsa to curry to jerk chicken. But what about dessert? These Chocolate Chili Spice Cookies look innocent, but they pack quite a punch. When you first bite into one, you get what you expect – a chocolate cookie. After a few seconds, the heat from the chili powder creeps up on you. It’s enough to make an appearance, but it won’t make you breathe fire (unless you eat 3 in a row. Then I’m not responsible).

Chocolate Chili Spice Cookies

Spice is a great way to elevate your meals. If a recipe doesn’t have spices in it, I’ll add some (whether it’s tame like garlic powder or spicy like pepper flakes. Or even dried herbs).

Chocolate Chili Spice Cookies

Although I enjoy spicy food, I’m a bit of a wimp. One time, I made a habanero sauce but couldn’t finish dinner because I was on fire. However, I do grow jalapenos, mainly for salsa, and add them to dinner when I can. I also love curry and sweet chili sauce. Oh and I make a pretty awesome fajita seasoning too.

Chocolate Chili Spice Cookies

Chili powder in chocolate desserts is becoming more common, perhaps even a little cliché, but I can’t call it cliché if I’ve never tried it before, right?

Chocolate Chili Spice Cookies

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Chocolate Chili Spice Cookies
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3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground clove
1/4 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp boiling water
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 Tbsp sugar


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, ginger, cinnamon, clove, chili powder, and cocoa. Set aside.
  2. In another small bowl, dissolve the baking soda into the boiling water. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in honey and vanilla. Beat half of flour mixture into butter mixture. Beat in the baking soda mixture then remaining flour. Stir in chocolate chips. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 325F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into 2-inch balls then roll each ball into sugar. Place onto sheets and flatten slightly. Bake until surfaces crack slightly, about 18-20 minutes. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.

Source: Adapted from Savour Fare

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  1. Fabulous pics, my friend. FABULOUS! Heading over now!

  2. How fun! I never would’ve thought to add chili powder in cookies!

  3. These look wonderful. I love spicy chocolate cookies. And your photos are gorgeous! Heading over to the guest post…

  4. I am looking for a cookie recipe using for my Mexican chocolate. This one sounds perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  5. These look so fabulous :D
    The ooey gooeyness of it with the chilli = yum :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. How awesome are these! Probably even my husband would like them, though doesn’t like most baked treats :)

  7. These look lovely. Im having to hide the screen from my kids who are obsessed with cookies

  8. I have never added chili to cookies before. I can’t wiat to try it!

  9. These cookies are fantastic! I made them tonight for Cinco de Mayo bc they remind me of Mexican hot chocolate. They were a hit. The texture is perfect and I love the taste of all the spices (particularly the cloves). I will definitely be making these again!

  10. I just made these last night (very hesitantly I might add). Oh my goodness!! They are delicious!! And already gone. I will be making them again tomorrow. I was very leery because chili powder doesn’t belong in cookies, and I am a wimp when it comes to spicy foods (native San Antonian but you can’t tell). They were a hit with my family and with me. Thank you for encouraging me to try something unusual!!

    • I know the chili powder seems a little unusual, but I’m glad you still tried it anyway! These are some of favorite cookies because I just love the chili and cinnamon together with the chocolate.

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