KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you’re looking to warm your bones this spooky season, look no further than these decadent hot chocolate cookies! Infused with cinnamon and cayenne, they’ll heat up even the coldest of hearts.
- 5 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (use whole wheat pastry flour for more fiber!)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- A few grinds of fresh black pepper
- Tiny dash of cayenne
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°. Place chocolate in a small glass bowl; melt in the microwave 1 minute or
until almost melted, then stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, pepper, and cayenne; whisk together.
Combine sugar and butter in a separate large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add egg; beat well. Add cooled chocolate and vanilla; beat just until blended. Add flour mixture; beat just until blended.
Drop dough by level tablespoons 2-inches apart on baking sheets covered in parchment paper.
Bake for 10 minutes or until almost set. Remove from oven. Cool on pans 2 minutes or until set. Remove from pans and cool completely on a wire rack. Makes 32 cookies.