CHERRY & CHILI CHOCOLATE COOKIES

 

  • Cooking Time: 15
  • Servings: 24
  • Preparation Time: 15

Backstory

My mom always gets me chocolate for Christmas and this year, stuffed in my stocking, was a new chocolate by Lindt Creations: Cherry and Chili. Immediately I was intrigued...chocolate, cherry and chili!? After one bite, immediately I was sold. The unexpected kick at the end makes for an exciting bite every time. So, when I realized I had some extra Cherry Jam in the fridge, and some of that special chocolate tucked away in the pantry I knew I had a cookie creation on the way.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne chili pepper powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 cup cherry jam
  • 6 pieces of Lindt Creations: Cherry & Chili, chopped* or just any dark chocolate that you could add some jam and chili powder to.

Directions

  • In a small bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • If using a standing mixer use a paddle attachment and beat butter, sugar, and egg.
  • Mix in cocoa powder, cayenne pepper, and vanilla extract.
  • Add flour mixture and mix until combined.
  • Roll about a tablespoon (basically one spoonful) of dough into a ball. Place balls on parchment paper lined baking sheets.
  • Once dough has been placed on the baking sheets, poke a hole into the ball until you just about hit the baking sheet- I used the end of a rounded knife handle.
  • Fill each hole with cherry jam.
  • Pop your jam filled cookies to the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Transfer the baked cookies to a cooling rack.
  • In a double boiler, melt the chopped chocolate mixing constantly until smooth. *If you can't find the Lindt Creations: Cherry & Chili, you could always melt a dark or semi-sweet chocolate of your choice. To get the cherry and chili flavor, once the chocolate is melted add a spoon full of cherry jam and a pinch of chili powder.
  • Drizzle the melted chocolate over each cookie and leave on the cooling rack for chocolate to cool.

Categories: Cookies 

Author Credit: yours truly

Website Credit: http://sweetebakes.blogspot.com/2010/03/cherry-chili-chocolate-cookies.html

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