I was browsing through recipes on wordpress and stumbled upon this amazing sweet & spicy dark chocolate cookies. Although mine did not turn out like the original, the taste was still amazing! Plus, I did not have all the ingredients to hand so I substituted the chocolate chips for peanuts and I did not add orange zest to the recipe.
(Recipe source from Olas & Chanclas)
YOU WILL NEED
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar (I reduced the amount a little)
1/2 cup brown sugar (again I reduced this amout too)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (or 1 tsp. for a spicier cookie)
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I did not have choc chips so I used peanuts instead)
Sea Salt for sprinkles
You will need to chill this dough for about an hour before baking, so no need to re-heat the oven just yet. The key to a chewy cookie is cold dough into the oven. Warm dough spreads out immediately and gives you a thinner, crisper cookie. I wanted these a bit chewy, so chilled the dough first.
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and both sugars. Mix well until fluffy and smooth.
2. Add the egg and mix until smooth again.
3. Add to this the cocoa powder, baking soda, cayenne pepper and salt. Make sure you blend this very well to distribute the cayenne pepper thoroughly so that you make sure the heat is distributed evenly.
4. Next, add the flour in thirds until it’s incorporated completely into a nice thick delicious dough.
5. Fold in peanuts and refrigerate for about an hour.
6. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
7. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet about 2″ apart and bake for 10-12 minutes.
8. Halfway through baking, sprinkle the coarse sea salt on them.
Of course, if you like them a bit crisper add another minute.
9. Cool them for 2-3 minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.