Cherry & Chili Chocolate Cookies
Why I Love This Recipe
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 You'll Need
1 stick softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
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.
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.