I love chocolate. But I’m not really into fancy chocolate. And by “I’m not really into fancy chocolate,” I mean that I only started accepting dark chocolate as an acceptable sweet in the past few years. And half the time a recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips, I buy the milk chocolate ones anyway.

So when I came across this recipe from Heather’s Dish for chocolate cookies and realized they had cinnamon, coffee and chili powder in them? Well, I just wasn’t sure about this.

Have I mentioned that I don’t like coffee?

Right. But I found this recipe when I was looking for a Mexican dessert, and apparently all that spice makes regular chocolate cookies Mexican. I don’t know.

What I do know is that I decided to give these strange, spicy cookies a try this weekend – and I’m glad I did! [And so are my friends, who helped me eat them after our Sunday night taco dinner!] As a matter of fact, when I ate one (to make sure it tasted okay before taking it to my friends’ house), I immediately wanted another one. And, um, another. I think it has something to do with having so many flavors in one cookie. My mouth needed lots of bites to truly comprehend and appreciate all of them!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

1 stick butter, melted
3/4 cups brown sugar
1/4 cups [white] sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground coffee
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix together remaining ingredients (except the chocolate chips), then add to the wet ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips. Put spoonfuls of batter onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Yields three dozen small cookies.

Notes: I didn’t add the cayenne pepper. It just made me too nervous. You’re probably way more adventurous and brave than me. Also, 10 minutes in my oven was a tad too long. Next time I’ll pull them out after nine. Or I’ll make bigger cookies.

Do you like fancy – or spicy – chocolate?

This post will be linked to Mouthwatering Monday, Made by You Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, 33 Shades of Green, Works for Me Wednesday, What I Whipped Up Wednesday, I’m Lovin’ It, Sweet Tooth Friday, Foodie Friday and Show and Tell Saturday.

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