Fiery Chocolate Chip Habanero Cookies

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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.

Habanero chocolate chip cookies

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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Habanero chocolate chip cookies

Fiery Chocolate Chip Habanero Cookies

3.96 from 22 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 255 kcal



  • 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.


Calories: 255kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 2gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 186mgPotassium: 38mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on June 4, 2022 to include new content.
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2 stars
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!