Sweetly Spiced Chocolate Chip Cookies

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!

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