Hot Chocolate Cookies with Cayenne

Happy National Creme-Filled Chocolates Day & Happy Valentine’s Day

Hot Chocolate Cookies with Cayenne

Hot Chocolate Cookies with Cayenne

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries and is usually celebrated on February 14th in the United States. Originally, in honor of St. Valentine in Christian and Roman traditions, it has evolved into a time to celebrate romance and to offer small tokens of affection to those we love. In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have a spicy chocolate treat for you and your loved ones.

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Hot Chocolate Cookies with Cayenne

When I try a new recipe, I will frequently make it the first time with all the regular ingredients: all purpose flour, regular sugar, real butter, eggs, etc. That way, I can taste and know what my goal is in the end for modifications. I try to eat vegan & lower glycemic index so these ingredients don’t fit with my meal plan on a regular basis; however, my hubby doesn’t have diabetes or any other health issues so he prefers “the real deal”. This way, he gets his version and I get mine.

Hot Chocolate Cookies - Regular Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs Follow Me on Pinterest

Hot Chocolate Cookies – Regular Flour, Sugar, Butter, Eggs

Hot Chocolate Cookies - Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, Low Carb Sugar Substitute, Vegan Butter & Egg Follow Me on Pinterest

Hot Chocolate Cookies – Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, Low Carb Sugar Substitute, Vegan Butter & Egg



This sweet & spicy cookie is just what is needed on a day such as this. The cayenne gives it a great kick to go along with the punch of sweet & chewy. Honestly, I was so surprised at how similar the low carb, vegan version came out. The hubs and I both agreed that everything tasted the same except for the texture. You just can’t replace the food science properties of baking with sugar and the regular cookie truly has that sugary crispy, crunchy exterior from the caramelization that takes place during baking. The lower carb, vegan version was much softer and cakey. Both are amazing and the hubs and I have reverted to our respective corners with him preferring “the real deal” and my vote going to the lower glycemic, vegan option.

Hot Chocolate Cookies with Cayenne


  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance (vegan butter substitute)
  • 1/4 cup Whey Low Gold (low carb, brown sugar substitute)
  • 2 Tbsp Whey Low Granulated (low carb, sugar substitute)
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1 flax egg (vegan egg substitute)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Prepare flax egg (stir together one Tbsp ground flax seed with 3 Tbsp water and set aside).
  3. Using a stand mixer on medium high, cream together butter, granulated sugar & brown sugar until light & fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or lightly coat with butter/oil.
  5. Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, cayenne, baking powder, sea salt) in a medium bowl.
  6. When wet mixture is sufficiently creamed, turn down speed & add egg/vanilla, mixing until just incorporated.
  7. Mix in the dry ingredients, until just incorporated.
  8. Mix in the chocolate chips. If you want to leave the chips whole then do this by hand. I prefer to add them to the stand mixture so they break up a little.
  9. Drop dough by tsp onto the prepared baking sheets.
  10. Bake about 8 - 12 minutes, until golden brown around the edges. (I baked these at 11 minutes when making the version above but only baked them for 8 minutes when using regular flour, eggs, butter, sugar).
  11. Makes about 24 cookies.

Recipe adapted from The Golden Book of Cookies by Barron's


Hot Chocolate Cookies with Cayenne ~ Regular (L) & Lower Carb Vegan (R) Follow Me on Pinterest

Hot Chocolate Cookies with Cayenne ~ Regular (L) & Lower Carb Vegan (R)

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  1. These sound SO good. I love chocolate anything and I bet the cayenne adds the perfect kick and depth. YUM!
    amy recently posted … The Fearless Homemaker Family is Growing!My Profile

  2. I love the combo of chocolate and cayenne (or black pepper) – the depth of flavor of the combination is wonderful. These look terrific. Such a nice recipe – thanks so much.
    john recently posted … Pasta with Shrimp and FennelMy Profile

  3. They look absolutely adorable! And the cayenne gives them the special kick!

  4. What a wonderful cookie idea..sounds very interesting! I need to add this to my list of cookies to try.

  5. Oh YUM!!!! Chocolate and Cayenne – Give me 2 dozen please! I love chocolate and spice. Yesterday I made my chocolate pots and added some red chile powder. Oh SO good! These cookies are right up my alley! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
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  6. These sound fabulous. I’m a big fan of the chocolate/chile combo. I’ve been known to add a little cayenne and a little cinnamon to my hot chocolate. XD
    Kim recently posted … Valentine’s Day Menu Ideas, and the Liebster AwardMy Profile

  7. Happy Valentine’s Day CJ – those cookies look like a great treat :)
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven) recently posted … Bibimbap {Bee-Bim Bop! in Toddler}My Profile

  8. I love how crusty the cookies look….I am not a big fan of chili with chocolate, but this looks interesting. Happy Valentine :)
    Minnie recently posted … Kalakand – a decadent Indian sweet made of Ricotta CheeseMy Profile

  9. Mmmm absolutely fabulous cooking! I love the ones shaped as hearts too :)
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