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mexican chocolate chip cookies

These cookies are a great dessert to serve when you’re entertaining with a Mexican theme. They are full of chocolate with a hint of cinnamon, and a bit of extra heat from the cayenne pepper. Mexican chocolate can be found at some specialty markets or you can order online at www.tazachocolate.com.

1.37 ounces Mexican chocolate, roughly chopped
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped
2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place chocolates in a glass bowl set inside of a saucepan filled with just enough water to fill saucepan without touching bottom of bowl. Bring water to a simmer. Allow chocolate to melt completely. Set aside.
3. In a medium bowl, combine 2/3 cup flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cayenne and salt.
4. Using an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs. Add vanilla and mix to combine. Add cooled chocolate and mix until combined. Scrap down sides of bowl as needed to incorporate all of mixture. Add flour mixture, a little at a time, mixing well after each addition.
5. Toss chocolate chips with remaining 1 tablespoon flour and stir into batter.
6. Spoon batter on a non-stick baking sheet or a pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are just set. Remove cookies and cool on a wire rack.

Makes approximately 20 cookies.


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