Chocolate and Spice and Everything Nice

The Mexicans know a thing or two about peppers and chocolate, like the amazing Mole’s for example.  And also know these two ingredients have a pretty good working relationship when coming together in a sweet treat like these cookies.

These are SO good. You got chocolate, crunch of toasted pumpkin seeds, finishing salt, set against a background of smokey heat-  addicting combination!

You want this cookie.

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They are best pulled from the oven just as they are finishing to achieve a chewy, toothsome bite and let them sit on the baking sheet a minute before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

I had increased the original amount of Smoked Paprika to double and find it sufficient, but I may even increase it again next time. I’d still like to feel the heat a bit more pronounced. But that’s just me. Enjoy!

Chocolate Spice Cookie

1 cup +2 Tbl Butter

1-1/2 cup Brown sugar

1-1/3 cup White sugar

2 Eggs

Cream the butter and sugars well, then add the eggs.

In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients

2-1/2 cup Flour

1/2 cup Cocoa

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika   (I increased this to 1/2 tsp, but you may want to try it with 1/4 tsp first.)

2 tsp Salt  (keep in mind you could probably reduce this amount to 1-1/2 tsp due to the added salt onto top of the cookie, but I do use 2 tsp.)

Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar/egg and mix until combined.

Then add:

1-1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds (Pipitas)

1 cup chocolate chips

Mix to combine, spoon onto lined baking sheet and top with a few grains of Flaked salt. 

Bake in a 350′ oven for about 10-12 minutes, cool on a wire rack.

**To toast the Pepitas simply put them in an oil free  fry or sauté pan and onto a Med- Hi heat. Keep an eye on them and move them around a lot- they don’t take long, just until they get a bit of color and fragrant.

**The finishing salt can be found in specialty food stores, essentially you’re looking for a salt that isn’t too overpowering, but in a pinch Kosher salt will be fine.

** Smoked Paprika can also be found in good food stores.

 

 

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