Hot Chocolate Cookies

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Cayenne pepper is what makes this chocolate hot. 

INGREDIENTS

1 stick unsalted butter

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

1 cup flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. 

In a heatproof bowl set over simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate together, whisking until glossy and smooth.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and eggs on low speed until well combined. Pour in the cooled chocolate and continue to mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
In a medium bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and cayenne pepper. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate batter and mix on low speed until just combined and no visible flour remains. Fold in the chocolate chips and walnuts.
Working in two batches, scoop 12 balls of dough (preferably using a small ice cream scoop with a spring handle, about 1 1/2 tablespoon size) onto a parchment-lined sheet pan leaving at least 1 1/2 inches of space between each cookie.
Bake the cookies for approximately 14 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking time. The cookies should be puffy and still fairly soft when removed from the oven. 

Immediately slide the cookies, still on the parchment paper, onto a wire cooling rack. Cool just a bit before serving, 5 to 10 minutes. Cookies can be stored in airtight container for up to three days, but I prefer them on the day they are baked.

I worked with this recipe.

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