Orange Fire-and-Spice Chocolate Shortbreads: cookies not for sissies!!

You’ve had enough of the too-sweet confections made for kids’s sugar-craved palates? You want something a bit more exciting, different, flavorful and hot? These cookies from “Simply Sensational Cookies” definitely fit the bill and will add an unusual and yet tasty treat to your cookie repertoire. If you feel that the spice and pepper take some getting used to, give it a chance though. Sugar and pepper have a way of working together to produce a very satisfying contrast, not often found in dessert and yet very interesting and original! Give these a try! SWEETTABLESCAPES bets you will be a convert!


You’ll need:

3 cups 50 to 60% cacao chocolate morsels, divided

3/4 cup (1 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, slightly softened and cut into chunks

1 cup granulated sugar

6 TBsp unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground allspice

finely grated zest of 1 medium orange

1/4 to a scant 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste

2 cups all-purpose flour


Preheat oven to 350F and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine 2 cups chocolate morsels and the butter in a large bowl. Microwave or melt in double-boiler, until almost melted.IMG_0043Immediately remove from heat and stir until smooth. Let cool slightly.


Thoroughly stir the sugar,cocoa, cinnamon, allspice, orange zest, and cayenne into the melted chocolate mixture.



Thoroughly stir in the flour, then let dough cool for 5 minutes.


If the mixture is dry and crumbly, gradually mix in a little water until the dough holds together. IMG_0051

Stir in the remaining cup of chocolate morsels just until incorporated; excessive stirring can cause them to start melting.IMG_0054Divide the dough in quarters, and divide each quarter into 8 balls, spacing them 2 1/2 inches apart on baking sheet. pat down until just flattened.IMG_0056Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, just until the cookies are beginning to feel firm when pressed in the center; be very careful not to overbake.

Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.(can be frozen for up to 1 1/2 months.





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