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  1. Watch how to make these dark chocolate cookies:
  2. Spicy Dark Chocolate Cookies Recipe

While I love a holiday and reason to celebrate Halloween is one I am not overly into. Growing up in a rural setting didn’t really lend to a great trick or treat neighborhood although I do remember dressing up one time as a carebear, I do t think I chose the costume. Since I don’t deck out the house for Halloween, I mean don’t worry pumpkins are all over, I have plenty of time to bake a cookie of the month. In honor of the dark and scary holiday, I made an extra dark chocolate cookie with spicy notes, which honestly just enhance the cocoa! These sound odd but the spices really bring out the deep chocolate and create such a rich cookie!

Watch how to make these dark chocolate cookies:

Spicy Dark Chocolate Cookies

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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz 100% dark chocolate
  • ¾ cup Dutch process cocoa
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp chipotle pepper powder
  • ¾ tsp cayenne pepper powder
  • ¾ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place pepitas on a baking sheet in an even layer and toast in oven 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Set aside to cool.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, break up chocolate and heat in 30-second increments, stirring until melted. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and yolk, one by one, mixing after each until incorporated.
  • Stir in vanilla and prepared melted chocolate.
  • Using a colander, sift the cocoa, flour, salt, and spices. Mix together until no dry streaks remain.
  • Stir in pumpkin seeds and chocolate chips.
  • Using a 2-ounce cookie scoop, make cookies and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until the edges are just set.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on pan for 5 minutes. Remove and finish cooling on racks.


Serving: 1cookie
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking
Spicy Dark Chocolate Cookies | The Gray Boxwood
Spicy Dark Chocolate Cookies | The Gray Boxwood
Spicy Dark Chocolate Cookies | The Gray Boxwood

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