Chocolate Cayenne Wafer Cookies

Chocolate Cayenne Wafer Cookies~ Don’t be fooled by the picture. These thin, chocolaty crisp wafers are spiced with some cayenne pepper that will have your taste buds dancing to a sweet and spicy tune.

Chocolate Cayenne Wafers

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now I love chocolate. In fact, I’m guessing that a third of my posts are chocolate or chocolate related. The thing is chocolate is versatile to work with and that’s why its one of my favorite flavors to bake with. It does well alone and compliments almost anything it’s paired with. . . like cayenne.

Ah, yes a test recipe gone right.  And boy is it ever right. I love these Chocolate Cayenne Wafers, so I had to test them on my very picky husband whose palate tends to veer towards the less adventurous.

I have to confess, I didn’t tell him even when he asked what was in them. I answered his, “What weird thing did you put in them” with “They’re called Chocolate Wafers”.

Does omitting one word deem my answer a lie? If so, this post will serve as my confession.

What do you pair a Chocolate Cayenne Wafers with? Well if you are Matt, you have it with milk. To my relief he liked it with only one comment of “I know there’s something weird in here”. For me, I don’t like milk and my chocolate pairing preference is wine.

And that is exactly how I’m going to end this post and this evening. Left over Chocolate Cayenne Wafers from the photo, a glass of Migration Anderson Valley Pinot Noir and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help— a perfect ending to a very long day.

A few notes:
1. The dough is extremely sticky, so divide your dough into two portions and keep one half in the refrigerated while you work with the other half.
2. Make sure to roll your dough between two pieces of parchment to minimize having to flour your work surface.
3. After rolling the dough into a 1/8 of an inch, place the dough in the freezer for ten minutes prior to using your cutter. The freezer will help keep the cutouts nice and neat when you transfer the cutout from parchment to cookie sheet.
4. The polka dot glass is from Pier 1 Imports. If you know me, you know I’m mad for polka dots. And for those who do know me, please don’t get me polka-dot-everything, I love it but I’m picky about it too. (Okay, so that was really a note to the near and dear in my life, since my b-day is approaching).

Chocolate Cayenne Wafers
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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Starbucks instant coffee Via (bold blend)
1/2 teaspoon Vietnamese cinnamon
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, cayenne, Starbuck’s Via, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
2. Cream butter and sugar with paddle attachment until pale and fluffy, approximately 3 minutes.
3. Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and mix until combined.  Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough 1/8 inch thick between parchment paper.
5. Cut dough using a 2 1/2-inch preferred cutter. Transfer cutouts to baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
6. Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until they only slightly give when lightly touched.

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8 Responses to “Chocolate Cayenne Wafer Cookies”

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    Michelle — May 21, 2010 @ 5:53 pm

    These sound (and look) awesome. I love the story – and I like weird ingredients too. I do the same thing with my husband and kids. I often won’t tell them what my “secret ingredient” is until after they’ve already eaten my food. Sometimes you have to be sneaky! : )
    .-= Michelle´s last blog ..S’mores ice cream =-.

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    Aimee — May 22, 2010 @ 3:06 am

    Just checking before I make these, are the measurements on here correct? I love me some chocolate but more cocoa than flour seems odd to me but I want to make sure cause these look AMAZING!

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    • Naomi replied: — May 23rd, 2010 @ 1:35 am

      Hi Aimee,

      Good thing you asked or I would have missed the mistake completely. The flour portion is 1 1/2 cups NOT 1/2 cups. I have changed it on the post and on the print version. Thanks for reading and for the question.

      Happy baking!
      Naomi

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    diva — May 22, 2010 @ 11:09 pm

    chocolate paired with wine? sounds good to me! i’ll have that whenever when u say the word :) these are pretty cookies and with that secret ingredient makes it all the more daring and exciting x
    .-= diva´s last blog ..It finally feels like summer =-.

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    Sue — May 23, 2010 @ 1:59 am

    I have a friend who makes something very similar. It is my favorite cookie. That combination of heat and chocolate verges on exotic. Ok so maybe that’s taking it a bit far but I really do love it. I’m definitely keeping your recipe in my file. :)
    .-= Sue´s last blog ..Daring Cooks – Stacked Green Chile and Grilled Chicken Enchiladas =-.

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    Jenn — May 31, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

    I made these for a party yesterday and they were a hit! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    • Naomi replied: — June 1st, 2010 @ 1:26 am

      Oh, I’m so glad to hear that! I love them too. I don’t usually tell people there is cayenne in it until they bite into them, as most people think the combination is too odd, but it’s so good. I’m glad you and your guest enjoyed it. Thanks for letting me know!

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