Spicy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Shelly S. from Montana started making these cookies to spice up the spirits of a friend suffering from the holiday blues.
Since he loved chocolate chip cookies, "preferably homemade," she baked him a batch of these Spicy Surprise Chocolate Chip Cookies, and he has yet to find another treat that cheers him up as much. The "surprise" is a mildly fiery blend of cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne—an earthy combo that makes for "a divine cooking-eating experience!"
step 1Preheat oven to 350° F.
step 2In a mixing bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and light.
step 3In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Gradually mix into wet ingredients. Beat until just combined (i.e., when all ingredients are just wet).
step 4Fold in chocolate chips until combined. Scoop cookies into 2-inch balls and place on cookie sheets.
step 5Bake until lightly golden, about 10 minutes.
step 6Let cool slightly, then remove from cookie sheets and transfer to a wire rack to cool further.