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Spicy Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Cookies

These spicy dark chocolate cookies with cinnamon are rich and chewy with a hint of spice from cayenne that lingers at the end. The spiciness is not overpowering, rather it pops in a bit at the end and makes for a really unique cookie experience! 

Spicy Dark Chocolate Cookies- Baker Bettie

I’m at this crossroads in life. This place where it feels like something big is about to happen. Like my life is going to head in a new direction soon and I really have no clue what direction that is.

It is a weird place to be. Because I am the one who initiated this change of direction. Yet I still have no clue what destination I am aiming for.

I’m waiting for something to show me, give me a sign and say, “Here. Go this way. This is what you are meant to do.” Even though that is highly unlikely, I’m still waiting.

Spicy Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Cookies- Baker Bettie

What we are meant to do. I’m not sure that really is a thing. Sure we say it all the time. “This is what I was meant to do.” But I think it is up to us, not the universe, to find our place. And it is up to us to figure out our contribution.

I struggle with that sometimes. Is pursuing a passion for food and writing and creating recipes selfish? Is there really a need for that in the world? I think so. There is always a need for art. And this is my art.

Spicy Dark Chocolate Cookies- Baker Bettie

So if nothing else, I hope my contribution to this world is to inspire some creativity in you and to help build memories and connections when you create my recipes with and for the people you love.

That is probably my biggest pull toward my passion for food. It helps me connect with people which has always been a difficult thing for me. Which is why I always show up to parties with a big tray of fabulous cookies. Instant conversation starter all night long. “You’re the one who made those cookies? Let’s talk about life.” Pretty much how it goes down.

Spicy Dark Chocolate Cookies- Baker Bettie

So next time you are headed to a party and need to impress or need a party “security blanket” you should consider bringing these. They are rich and decadent and surprising.

I love how the cayenne rounds out the richness of the chocolate. You don’t notice it at first but then it lingers on the palate for a little while. The cayenne isn’t overpowering or too spicy. It just enhances the chocolate experience. Trust me.

Everyone will know you as the one who made *those* cookies. And they will love you. And they will want to talk about life with you. This is my contribution.

Spicy Dark Chocolate Cookies- Baker Bettie

Spicy Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Cookies

Spicy Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Cookies

Yield: 14 Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These spicy dark chocolate cookies with cinnamon are rich and chewy with a hint of spice from cayenne that lingers at the end. The spiciness is not overpowering, rather it pops in a bit at the end and makes for a really unique cookie experience! 


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup, 4 oz, 112 gr)) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (8 oz, 224 gr) dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (1.9 oz, 53 gr) cocoa powder (preferably Hershey’s Specialty Dark Chocolate or a different dutch processed cocoa powder)
  • 1 1/4 cup (5.3 oz, 149 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (6 oz, 168 gr) dark chocolate chips, plus more for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and the brown sugar. Add in the eggs 1 at a time and mix until incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and flour.
  4. With the mixer on the slowest setting, slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated. Do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop large mounds of dough (about 3 TBSP each) onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Top each dough mound with a few chocolate chips.
  6. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes until the edges are set and the middle is still slightly underbaked. Allow to cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 118

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33 comments on “Spicy Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Cookies”

  1. Definitely you and your blog is a kind of art to be inspired. Keep doing as you do! Best wishes.

  2. I am in a similar place in my life, knowing something is going to happen but not knowing what it will be yet. It is at time frustrating, I feel like things happen too slow and at other times I feel terrified of all the changes that are coming and want to put them off. Your photography is really beautiful and inspiring, thank you.

  3. Just listen to your heart! Always believe that something wonderful  is about to happen! I love your blog, which is always a refreshing air in my inbox. God bless you and thanks for sharing.

  4. These cookies sound ever so intriguing with their slightly spicy side. I must try them. And I love the idea of bringing them to a gathering. Nothing better than bringing something new and surprising!

  5. These look and sound amazing! Will have to try them.

  6. You totally ARE an artist! These cookies are beautifully chocolatey and deeelicious looking!

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  8. These cookies look absolutely luscious! All the chocolate going on here is so crazy awesome.
    Love it. pinning!

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  10. Hey! I made these the other day and the flavor is amazing, but for some reason mine turned out more cakey than chewy. I followed the recipe exactly, except I didn’t have any cayenne (I used 1/8 t of ground red pepper) and I used regular cocoa powder, but I don’t imagine those would change the texture. They are actually the perfect texture for whoopie pies, but that’s not what I was going for. Any idea what happened? I need to go back and read your science of the cookie post.

    • Do you live at high elevation Alyssa? It is possible too that there was too much flour in your batter. It might help to weigh the flour. I cup of flour should weight 4.5 oz. So for this recipe you need 5.6 oz of flour. When you say you used “regular cocoa powder” do you mean natural and not dutch processed? This actually could make a difference. Natural cocoa powder is much more acidic and could possibly affect the leavening of the cookie.

      • Oooooh I did use natural cocoa powder. Maybe that’s it (no high elevation here). I looked for dutch processed at a couple grocery stores and didn’t find any, so I just used what I had at home. I’ll definitely try to get some dutch processed cocoa and try again. Thanks!

  11. I hear you on needing a party security blanket (…or three). I’ve tried a chocolate dessert which had cayenne in it, and I wasn’t a fan (although I like them separately). I think the addition of cinnamon could be key. Anyway, I’m up for trying a spiced chocolate recipe again.

    • I understand the not liking the cayenne and chocolate combo. I have had it before when it was just too much. These have just a tiny hint of it. I don’t feel like they have a real cayenne flavor, just a little tingle and spice that comes on at the end. Let me know if you do try and what you think!

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  13. The best chocolate cookie ever. I’ve been looking for this recipe for such a long time. I baked them today and they turned out just perfect! Thank you!

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  23. Thank you for this delicious recipe. I made a batch last night and am repeating it again tonight. Everyone LOVED them.

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  25. I would never make this recipe for just 14 cookies. Is that correct 14? To dirty all the bowls all the equipment for this recipe I just couldn’t see myself doing it. Perhaps it is a typo? The recipe sounds like fun!

    Thanks, Pam

    • Hi Pam, you may not be able to tell from the pictures but this makes 14 large cookies so it is not a typo. I rarely ever have need for much more than a dozen cookies at one time, so I don’t tend to write recipes for huge batches. But you can very easily just double the ingredients or make smaller cookies and bake them for a minute or two less. Hope that helps!

  26. These cookies were so dry! I knew 2 tsp of baking powder looked weird. Also 2 eggs will make it more cake like. The two together are a disaster! Gonna have to change those two things and should be good. Flavor was great.

    • Hi Kara! I actually just retested this recipe today since I have not made it in some time and it came out chewy and moist! I’d love to help you troubleshoot! How did you measure your flour and cocoa powder? Make sure you lightly spoon them into the measuring cups without packing it down at all, then level it off. It sounds like you may have ended up with too much dry ingredients in your dough. I hope that helps!

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