Double Chocolate Chipotle Cookies

One of the most surprising aspects of life as a starving artist is the near complete absence of female companionship. I mean, come on, the whole reason you get into the starving artist racket is to leverage your deep, brooding, artistic sensibilities to attract the ladies WITHOUT having to go to all the trouble of learning to play the guitar and sing, or God forbid, hold down a real job. The sweet kiss of a lovely, devoted lover was supposed to be the payoff for a life lived in near poverty committed to bringing life to the beauty and depth of the human condition. Hah! Someone sold me a bill of goods. The only sweetness in the starving artist's life these days comes from these Double Chocolate Chipotle Cookies. Just like that longed for lover, they're sweet at first blush, bring a little heat later on, but best of all, they don't hog the sheets.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 & 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 & 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Directions

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  2. Place the dark chocolate in a double boiler and heat until the chocolate is warm and smoothly melted. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. While your chocolate melts, in a separate large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, brown sugar, 1 & 1/2 cups of white sugar, cocoa powder, and chipotle pepper until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, beating each egg into the mixture before adding the next, then beat in the vanilla extract and water.
  4. Next, mix the melted chocolate into the butter mixture, then gently stir in the flour mixture until incorporated. Finally, mix in the chocolate chips. Cover the bowl, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  5. When the dough has cooled enough to handle, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Place 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl. Roll the cookie dough into small balls, then roll the balls in the sugar to coat. Place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. I roll them up A bit smaller than a golf ball, and put them 6 at a time on a standard cookie sheet.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are set, 12 to 14 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheet for a minute or two before removing to racks to finish cooling. Keep on baking until your dough is gone, and you're desperate to taste the sweet, spicy taste of romance.