Earlier this week I posted a salty and sweet popcorn. While salty and sweet is a great combo, I think I may like spicy and sweet even more.
The idea for this particular cookie came from a show. I can’t really remember which one, the boys and I watch our share of Food Network and the Cooking Channel!
But when I heard mention of a chipotle peanut butter cookie I kept that idea in the back of my head and stored it up for a rainy day. Actually, quite literally. It rained the day I baked these!
With the weather cooling off a little I can finally bake again. Okay, I bake year round but it gets done first thing in the morning in the hot summer. Now I can actually bake any time of day and not die from the heat or need to crank up the air conditioning.
Now that I bake more I can indulge in some cookie baking. It was time anyway, my stash of cookies in the freezer was gone. Jack recently discovered the chocolate chip cookies which were once hidden under a bunch of other packages. In my last rummage they were uncovered.
I always know when it’s Jack. He can’t reseal a zip top bag! Luckily he didn’t eat them all so I put the bag in a box of panko fish in the freezer. It wasn’t long before Josh had a “cookie emergency” and wiped out that last two cookies.
So in an effort to restock the freezer I remembered my desire to bake chipotle peanut butter cookies. My lips watered just thinking about this new experiment.
My first thought was take my basic peanut butter cookie recipe and add chipotle powder to the dough. Then the lighbulb went off in my head, add a little chipotle powder to the sugar to roll the dough balls in.
I like spicy, as in really spicy. The boys even like spicy. Jack and Sean recently have developed a love of spicy food. Ewan has always like is super hot. This would be a cookie for the whole family,
These cookies have a great smoky chipotle flavor. You don’t really notice it right away, it takes a couple bites. Then once you notice it the flavor is a perfect combination of sweet and spicy. A glass of milk would go well with these little gems!
Spicy Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. chipotle chile powder
1/2 tsp. salt
To coat the cookies:
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. chipotle chile powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In a large bowl cream together the peanut butter, butter and brown sugar. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined.
In another bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, chipotle powder and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and stir well.
Combine the sugar and chipotle powder in a small bowl. Shape the dough into approximately 1 1/2 inch balls (a small cookie scoop works best) and roll in the spicy sugar. Place on a cookie sheet. Using a fork mark a criss cross pattern on the top of each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the sheet and then place on a cooling rack.
Yields: 3 dozen