Traditional chocolate chip cookies are an easy favorite, but this slight variation is even better. Chewy and soft with just a touch of spice, these cookies contain cayenne pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon. The sweetness of the chocolate compliments the spice mixture nicely, providing a sweet snack or a gourmet dessert. While the recipe calls for milk chocolate chips, the cookies can also be made with semi-sweet or dark chocolate for a slightly healthier cookie and a richer flavor.
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon cardamom powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup unsalted baking butter (1 stick)
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs, beaten
11.5 ounces milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices and mix thoroughly with a whisk or fork. Set aside this mixture for later.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the brown and granulated sugar. Mix on low-speed until thoroughly combined. Add the vanilla and the eggs, and mix until the mixture is fluffy and no lumps remain.
- Gradually add the dry-ingredient mixture, and finally stir in the chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.
- Form the dough into one-inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake in the upper-third of the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the baking sheet immediately, and let cool for at least 15 minutes. Enjoy!