Chocolate Chili Cookies

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Chocolate Chili Cookies

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 3 dozen cookies
Active time:25 minutes
Total time:1 hour, 45 minutes
This recipe appears in: Weekend Baking Project: Chocolate Chili Cookies


  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • Confectioner's sugar


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line two baking sheets.

  2. 2

    In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, flour, salt, and chili powder.

  3. 3

    In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Mix in eggs and beat for another minute. Beat in flour mixture and continue to beat until dough has become smooth and cohesive, about two minutes.

  4. 4

    Split dough in two equal parts. Roll each half into a 1 1/2 inch wide log. Wrap each log in plastic wrap. Let dough chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.

  5. 5

    Cut dough logs into 1/2-inch thick coins. Arrange coins on baking sheets. Bake until evenly lightened in color but still chewy in texture, about 16 minutes. Let cookies cool before dusting with confectioners sugar and extra ancho chili powder, if desired.


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