Diablo Cookies (add a little spice to your life!)

By Margo Elfstrom

As a Halloween trick, I made spicy pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  Turns out they were a treat.  I was a little surprised when one of my friends asked for the recipe, saying that she loved the spicy surprise on her tongue when she ate them.

I’ve since had several people ask for the recipe and who am I to withhold it.  My friend’s son dubbed them Diablo Cookies and I liked that, so it stuck.

Here’s the recipe for sweet, spicy, wickedly delicious cookies that will make for an interesting holiday season.  Not for the feint of heart!

Diablo Cookies

Wet ingredients:

1/4 stick of unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup of coconut oil

3/4 cup of white and brown sugar mixed (1/2 white 1/4 light brown)

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp honey

1/2 can canned pumpkin

Dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp red curry powder

3/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/4 tsp chili powder

1 cup dark chocolate chips

Beat butter, coconut oil and sugar together until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and beat it in.  Add vanilla honey and canned pumpkin and mix all the ingredients together.

In a separate bowl add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, curry powder cayenne pepper and chili powder and mix together.  Add wet ingredients in thirds and mix in until you have a well mixed dough.  Add chocolate chips and mix well.

Drop by a tablespoon full dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Or roll into balls, place about two inches apart on the sheet, and flatten slightly with your fingers.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

One really sweet option and really, the “icing” on the cookie is a swirl or two of cream cheese frosting.  I recommend it because it balances out the spiciness nicely.  I particularly like this recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cream-Cheese-Frosting-II-2/detail.aspx

However, if you have a quick and easy recipe that works share it with the rest of us!

I should also add that these cookies are the perfect remedy for being stuck inside on a snowy day.  Enjoy with glass of milk, an awesome movie (I prefer scary but works with romance, adventure or whatever) and a warm blanket.

A little sad that my Halloween trick turned out to be a treat but I have a whole year to figure out something nasty.  Stay tuned for details!

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