Sunday, January 15, 2012

What I'm Cooking...Chocolate-Cayenne Cocktail Cookies

Last quarter I was quite busy and didn't have much time to read my regular magazines.  By regular magazines I mean the ones I subscribe to, including Food and Wine.  I don't like to keep clutter in my home, so when I'm done reading a magazine I toss it.  If I find a couple great recipes in Food and Wine, I'll pull that page out of the magazine, put it in a folder until I want to use the recipe.  If the food turns out good, I will transfer the recipe to a 3x5 card and put it in my recipe box (I will rewrite the whole recipe). If the recipe sucks, I toss the page in the trash.  If it is okay, I'll keep it in my folder and try it again.

I pulled 7 recipes from the November 11 issue of Food and Wine and decided to make one immediately.  The idea of the Chocolate-Cayenne Cocktail Cookie really sung to me.  My favorite thing now is super dark chocolate with a bit of spice and some sea salt.  These three ingredients work so well together -- they just make me smile.  I also chose to make this because I'm trying to bake a little more -- I really hate to bake, but I want to push myself to try new things.

The recipe was really easy to make and unlike most baking options, I had all the ingredients in my pantry.  I pulled out my Kitchen-Aid, which I've had since 2007, but haven't used it all that much -- maybe 2 dozen times in 5 years.

The cayenne pepper added quite a bit of spice to this treat.  I love spice paired with chocolate, but I think this recipe had just a bit too much pepper.  Pulling out about half the amount I think would reduce the heat to the right level.

I also think the salt didn't add enough...well, saltiness. It's possible I didn't use the right size of sea salt flakes, or something like that.  I think I would add a bit more salt to the top of this, before baking next time.

This definitely wasn't a dessert cookie -- it wasn't billed as one either.  I will definitely make this again -- I actually have the second half of the dough in my freezer right now and will use it again in a few weeks when I have people over for dinner.  I am glad I didn't bake the whole recipe -- I can tweak it a bit with more salt before baking.

I, of course, had to partner this with a glass of Kopke Port.  It worked well and did put a bit of a smile on my face.


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