Are you a spicy food fan and a chocolate chip cookie purist? These fiery cookies are right up your alley. Nothing fancy, just vanilla-rich cookie dough, delicious chocolate chips (and lots of them), and the big sweet heat of habanero pepper. It’s a whole lot of flavor in a simple package.
If you want things even hotter, you have a few options. You could double-down on the habanero (100,000 to 350,000 Scoville heat units), but that will really bring the heat. A potentially better option is to introduce a touch of cayenne pepper powder to the mix. Cayenne pepper is at minimum half the heat of a habanero (30,000 to 50,000 SHU). So adding just a touch will incrementally increase the spiciness. Plus cayenne is rather neutral in overall flavor, so it’s mainly a heat source.
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Fiery Chocolate Chip Habanero Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon habanero pepper minced
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
- Soften the butter, then in a large mixing bowl combine the butter and oil.
- Add in the habanero, brown sugar, regular sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix until fully combined.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt then add it to the butter mix. Stir to combine.
- Add the chocolate chips and continue to mix thoroughly.
- Spoon out the cookie dough onto an oiled cookie sheet, then bake the cookies for approximately 10 minutes or until the cookies are a golden brown.
- Let cookies rest for 3 to 5 minutes after baking on a rack, then serve.
Anticlimactic and a bit of a disappointment, to be honest. The flavor and heat of the peppers is barely noticeable.
I think doubling or even tripling the amount of habanero would improve this recipe greatly…..can’t wait to try again.
Just made a batch of these (though I halved the amount of choc chips), and I’m really loving the warm kick you get from them! I had intended to take them into work but we may just end up eating them all at home!