These cookies are the best of 2 worlds. The sweetness of chocolate with a kick from cayenne.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 cookies
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

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  • Beat 1 1/2 cups sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl until fluffy. Beat in eggs; add cream of tartar and baking soda. Beat in cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and cayenne powder. Beat in flour. Stir chocolate chips into the dough.

  • Mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon together in a bowl.

  • Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into balls. Roll balls in the sugar-cinnamon mixture and place on the prepared baking sheets.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until centers are set and edges crack slightly, about 10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If you'd like more spice, add a generous pinch of cayenne to the sugar-cinnamon mixture.

Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 29.2g; fat 10.6g; cholesterol 35.8mg; sodium 151mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (77)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2018
Great texture and the cayenne is subtle to start and bites in the end. Ideal accompaniment is a tall glass of milk. Going to a church picnic tomorrow and entering it into a cookie contest. Will update if I win something. LOL UPDATE 7/22/18: I ended up winning the "best texture" category and the "best cookie overall" category! Got lots of compliments. Just enough kick to balance the chocolate. WINNER! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2018
After reading the reviews I decided to bake recipe as written but only 1/2 batch. Boy am I glad I only did do a 1/2. They were edible but most definitely needed more cinnamon and cayenne. Also mine baked for 13 minutes. Will make again next week with the modifications and update review. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 73
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2018
Great texture and the cayenne is subtle to start and bites in the end. Ideal accompaniment is a tall glass of milk. Going to a church picnic tomorrow and entering it into a cookie contest. Will update if I win something. LOL UPDATE 7/22/18: I ended up winning the "best texture" category and the "best cookie overall" category! Got lots of compliments. Just enough kick to balance the chocolate. WINNER! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2017
Made these cookies according to the recipe but did spice them up a bit more by adding an extra 1/2 tsp cinnamon & 1/2 tsp chili powder to the batter. They came out delicous, soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2018
Wow! I haven't reviewed anything in probably 10 years but I loved this recipe so much, I had to reopen my allrecipes.com account just to put my feels in! I was a little anxious to try these as it is a pretty new addition to the site and they only have 2 reviews (both positive). I made them exactly as written and everyone from my 5 year old up to my husband loved them! I was concerned about the addition of spicy cayenne for my non spice liking kids but we all found it has just enough spice to add depth to the otherwise very rich chocolate cookie. I have made A LOT of cookie recipes over the years, I actually have quite a reputation for my cookies with friends and family. So trust me when I say this recipe is a keeper! I plan to make these many times in the future! Thank you so much for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/08/2019
These are wonderful. Followed the suggestions and upped the cinnamon. My husband was impressed with the gooey centers from the chocolate chips. I'll bet adding mini marshmallows would take this cookie to the next level. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2019
Excellent cookies. I did double cayenne pepper and added a 1/4 tsp black pepper. Next time I will sub half brown sugar with white. Cinnamon and sugar on outside a must, I personally added a touch of cayenne to mixture, wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2018
I followed the directions but maybe it was too little moisture in the air (DC Area) but they came out too dry and gritty once they cooled. I wanted to add some more moisture to the cookies to get either something with a softer bite or at least less like white sugar crystals. So I took 1.5 cups of white sugar suggested and instead did.75 cups of white sugar and.75 cups of dark brown sugar (brown sugar contains more moisture because of the molasses and does not alter the taste to much). I also added a tablespoon of whole milk. If you add too much moisture in the recipe you will not get the great crinkle breaks on the top of the cookie. To remove the moisture add a 1/4 cup of flour at a time. You are looking for something that is closer to break-n-bake cookie dough but less sticky. I would also advise you chill your cookie dough before using it. 15 mins in the refrigerator is enough to chill it. It makes it easier to roll into a ball and hold the desired shape better. If it is too warm you cookie cook but it look like it has a puddle around the edges. Do not however leave it chilling for too long (i.e. 1 hour) because can become too hard to work with and you will have to wait for it to come up to handling temperature again. Lastly the other commentators are right double the suggested amount of chili (cayenne) powder or use an equal amounts of another chili powder like ancho or chipotle to add more character to your spice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2018
Easily the best chocolate cookie dough I have ever worked with. These cookies are amazing made as is with just slightly more cinnamon and cayenne. I also tweaked it to make chocolate peppermint cookies using just a dash of cinnamon and cayenne for depth then added chopped peppermint baking chips with chocolate chips. Crushed candy canes into powder and mixed with sugar to roll in. Thinking of using dough to also try chocolate salted caramel espresso cookies. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/17/2018
After reading the reviews I decided to bake recipe as written but only 1/2 batch. Boy am I glad I only did do a 1/2. They were edible but most definitely needed more cinnamon and cayenne. Also mine baked for 13 minutes. Will make again next week with the modifications and update review. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2018
Delicious and so easy! I was craving sweet and spicy I added a touch more cayenne and they were perfect. My husband took some to work and was immediately invited to join a holiday cookie swap. Read More
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