Spicy Chocolate: Chocolate Diablo Cookies

I am an absolute ‘freak’ for anything spicy, so when it also includes chocolate you can count me in.   During an episode on Cooking Channel, they were highlighing a food truck that served ‘Chocolate Diablo Cookies’.   My ears perked up instantly and I was off on an internet search…..and there are tons of recipes.   I searched my pantry for the necessary ingredients and realized I had everything needed AND since I can be a lazy baker, it was all in one bag of Betty Crocker Double Chocolate Chunk cookie mix…..homemade cookies in 20 minutes.   The only needed ingredient was cayenne pepper…..which I always have in the spice cabinet.   These cookies are chocolate with huge chocolate chunks, obviously the reason I had picked up the package at my trusty Wegmans.   A girl has to be prepared for a chocolate attack.    I followed the package instructions & added 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper.   If you sprinkle a bit of sea salt on top prior to baking, it really pops the flavors even more.

There are no words to describe these marvelous concoctions.   Now I understand why people were standing in line at that food truck.   I made them for a Ravens tailgating party & my friends are in total agreement.   You can’t eat just one  !!!

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Now I have a batch made most of the time & I keep the cookie dough in the freezer.   When I feel the need for chocolate, it so easy to make just a few.   If not, the entire 3 dozen cookies would disappear I am sure.

In case you feel the need to make these from scratch….here is the recipe.

Chocolate Diablo Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (or granulated sugar, if prefered)

Preheat oven to 375.  Lightly spray 2 baking sheets with oil.

Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda, cayenne & cinnamon in large bowl.  Stir in chips.  Whisk eggs in a medium bowl.  Add both sugars, oil & vanilla.   Combine with dry.

Roll into balls & place on cookie sheet.  Slightly flatten & sprinkle with sea salt.

Bake in center of oven until cookies start to crack, 11-13 min.  They will be fudgy in the middle.   Cool & eat immediately.   Or store in covered container, if you have any leftovers.

About Pat Thomas

I love what food brings to our lives other than the needed nutrition. I share all my foodie experiments with friends & family. Thankfully they are usually delighted but always kind with whatever I've cooked up.
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