Saturday, December 5, 2009

Take A Bite Of: Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies

Warm, spicy, chocolately goodness. When the weather outside is frightful, cookies are deeee-light-ful. And this little cookie concoction, well, Santa will likely make you the first stop. You know St. Nick likes his snacks so butter him up with a plate of these. Thanks to Aaron Sanchez for contributing these to Food Networks 12 Days of Cookies what I like to call the Nom-nom-nom-festival.

Buon Appetito!

Cinnamon-Spiced Hot Chocolate Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon unsweetened Mexican cocoa powder (or substitute by adding 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sweet butter, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Generous pinch ground black pepper
  • Generous pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup dulce de leche, optional
  • 1/4 cup almonds, finely chopped, optional

Directions

Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix thoroughly with a whisk and set aside. Combine the sugars in a small bowl and mix well with your fingers pressing out any lumps. (Combine in a food processor if lumps are stubborn.)

In a medium mixing bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the butter and margarine until creamy. Add sugar mixture, cinnamon, peppers, and vanilla. Beat on high speed for about 1 minute. Beat in the egg white and until the mixture is smooth. Stop the mixer. Add the flour mixture, beating on the lowest speed, just until incorporated. Gather the dough together with your hands and form it into a neat log, 9 to 10 inches long by 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in waxed paper or plastic wrap. Fold or twist ends of the paper without pinching or flatting the log. Refrigerate at least 45 minutes, or until needed.

Put the oven racks in the upper and lower third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

Use a sharp knife to slice rounds of chilled dough, a scant 1/4-inch thick. Arrange the cookies, 1-inch apart, on the prepared baking sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. Rotate the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back about halfway through. Cookies will puff and crackle on top, and then begin to settle down slightly when done.

Remove the baking sheets from the oven and use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool. Allow the cookies to cool completely before storing or stacking. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks, or freeze up to 2 months.

To spice things up, after the cookies are baked, let them cool on a wire rack, drizzle with dulce de leche and sprinkle chopped almonds on top.

46 comments:

sheila said...

OMG. You kill me with these goodies. You must be a hell of a baker.

New England Girl said...

Oh my gosh! These sound so heavenly! I can't wait to try them. :)

Laoch of Chicago said...

Temptingly evil!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Mrs. Mac I have seriously been gaining weight since reading your blog. But oh so worth it. These choc. wonders I must try. Happy Saturday to you Jenny xx

JenJen said...

Hon I can't find out how many this recipe makes?
I think I want to use it for a cookie exchange....

Gillian said...

Anything with Chocolate in the heading gets my attention.

Holly said...

Well my goodness, these sound rather tempting. I was pretty much sold after "chocolate" and "spice" were mentioned together.

Kristina P. said...

I am having a cookie exchange in about 3 hours. I wish I had had this recipe!

Menopausal New Mom said...

These look so delicious! I can feel the weight piling on my hips from just looking at them!

Herding Cats said...

Drooling.

Heather said...

i think im going to have to unsubscribe, my waist line just can't take anymore!

Blasé said...

Another Mouth-Watering post!

I gain weight just coming over here...

Sadako said...

Oh yum, I so want!

Life Laugh Latte said...

I'm all over it! Making it this week to try out for the holidays. Thanks for the tip. Come by later this weekend for some bling. Holly

Cathi said...

Fantastic...will definitely be baking these! Thanks! xxoo

Erin said...

Will definitely have to add these to the list.

And while I know you are entirely too cool/popular/fun for awards, there is one waiting for you over at my place. I heart you & your blog!

HalfAsstic.com said...

Uh, YUM! That looks wonnerful!

JennyMac said...

Hi All: This recipe makes 36. Sorry I didnt include that JenJen!

Eva Gallant said...

Those cookies look awesome!

Jules said...

I might actually make these for a party next weekend.

Too Many Hats said...

Those sound AMAZING!

The Sharer said...

And Jennomacinator....ONLY 200 mg of Caffeine per cookie!

S

wendy said...

Oh agony. those look so good. Do you know I have gained 10 lbs since August---so making these would be like a death sentence for me. I can't eat just one, nope, not my M.O. I'd eat the whole freaking lot.
I love all the tasty cookies and things this time of year.
WHAT AM I GONNA DO

Marguerite said...

These chocolate cookies look divinely delicious! I will definitely make them. Thanks so much for sharing!

Her name was Lola said...

How decadent! I need to make these. Thanks for the recipe, sweetness.

Cheers.

Michael Rivers said...

These look and sound wonderful!!

My name is PJ. said...

This time I'm going to email you my home address so you can overnite them to me! YUM!

LadyFi said...

Quick - I feel an emergency coming on: please send me a packet of those yummy biscuits ASAP!

Karen MEG said...

Those look delish!

Thanks for stopping by my blog on SIT FB day!

Chief said...

why do I always hit you on Saturday and Sunday when you have these recipes.

note to self: stay away from Jmac on the weekends or your butt will explode

Lisa and Laura said...

Um...yes please. I'm never going to fit into my skinny jeans with posts like this.

Maggi said...

Holy smokes, those look amazing!!!

Vodka Logic said...

the recipe is secure in my files. yum yum

Inspiration in Italy said...

Sounds so delicious, and perfect for this holiday season!

xoxo
Rachel

Keith said...

Hey there. How are you today? I hope you've been enjoying the weekend. Take care. Have a great week ahead. Cheers!

Christiejolu said...

My mouth was watering just reading the recipe. I will try to make these cookies and try not to burn the house down in the meantime.

ModernMom said...

Oh these look like they belong on a bakery shelf! Delish!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Wow my dear sounds amazing. I actually tripped over my slanket running to the kitchen to get my pad and pen ... LOL

Perfect for a Christmas Gift ;) Thanks

Theta Mom said...

If that photo is of the ones you made, I am so impressed!

blueviolet said...

Oh that really does sound good!!!!

Ann On and On... said...

First time here..... that recipe sounds wonderful.

Love the post below giving ideas for "doing good"

Matty said...

I'm much better at eating than baking. I'll pass this onto the master chef here.

Candice said...

Okay, thanks to you and Blueviolet, I'm now starving.

Thanks alot! :)

Helene said...

Wow, those look so yummy!!!!

The Pocket Stylist said...

Oh yummy I want some right now!!! Lovely blog.

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

These sound so good. I might just have to add them to my list. Cinnamon and chocolate are one of my favorite combos.