Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookies [Food Blogger Cookie Swap]

This year I was lucky enough to snag a spot in The [2nd annual] Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen. I couldn’t wait to come up with a recipe to share with other bloggers around the country  just as much as I was looking forward to the daily anticipation of “is today one of the days my postman’s going to deliver a box full of goodies?”.

salted mexican chocolate chip | sweet betweens

Hoping to satisfy adventurous and tame palates alike, I decided to bake up my classic salted chocolate chip cookies, but with a twist. I stocked up on some of Taza’s Chipotle chocolate disks and added an extra boost of the ground powder, which is made from roasted jalapeno peppers. The great thing about the spice in this cookie is that it is warm and subtle, and all at the back of your throat after you’ve swallowed. Don’t let the spice intimidate you! If you’re a bit nervous, omit the Taza Chipotle chocolate and sub for equal weight of chopped semisweet or dark chocolate [or chips]. The ground pepper in the cookie dough batter should be enough for you to get the hint.

salted mexican chocolate chip | sweet betweens

I sent my treats to Melissa [I Was Born to Cook], Lauren [West Coast Girl, East Coast Life] and Madeline [Muching in the Mitten] who I hope enjoyed these cookies as much as I do!

I can’t finish this post without also mentioning that as part of registering to participate in the cookie swap, we all donated an entry fee which raised funds for Cookies for Kids Cancer. Not only that, OXO matched our funds raised!

So next year if you’d like to not only receive some delicious goodies, but also raise funds for a worthy cause, make sure you’re informed of the [3rd annual!] Great food Blogger Cookie Swap sign-ups for 2013 by signing up for a reminder email here.

xo,

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PS – Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to see the delicious cookies I received as part of the swap!

salted mexican chocolate chip | sweet betweens

Mexican Chocolate Chip Cookiewiches

adapted from The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie

Prep Time : 24-72 hours Bake Time : 12-15 minutes Yield : approx. 60 2″ cookies

Cookies

Ingredients

8 1/2 ounces cake flour

8 1/2 ounces bread flour

1 1/4 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp coarse salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg [freshly grated, if possible!]

1 1/2 tsp chipotle pepper, ground

2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

10 ounces dark brown sugar

8 ounces granulated sugar

2 large eggs, room temperature

2 tsp vanilla extract

14 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

6 ounces Mexican chipotle chocolate, finely chopped [like this, from Taza]

coarse sea salt

Directions

1. Measure dry ingredients [cake flour through ground chipotle powder] in a large bowl. Whisk until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.

2. In the bowl of an electric/stand mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy [3-5 minutes]. Add sugars, mix on high until fully incorporated.

3. Add eggs, one at a time, to butter/sugar mixture, mixing on medium until egg is fully incorporated. Lastly, add vanilla extract.

4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture in three separate additions, mixing on low until just incorporated. Add chopped chocolate and chocolate chips, mixing until they are evenly distributed.

5. Store cookie dough in an airtight container for a minimum of 24 hours [and up to 72].

6. When ready to bake, bring out cookie dough and let warm up while oven is preheating to 350 degrees.

7. Using a purple scoop, place cookie dough 2″ apart on a lined cookie sheet. Flatten dough slightly with palm of hand and sprinkle each cookie with coarse sea salt to taste.

8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating about halfway through. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before moving to a wire cooling rack.

Bakers Notes : If you would like to save some cookies to bake + enjoy later, scoop onto a cookie sheet, freeze and then store in a ziploc bag. Bake at 350 and add a few minutes to bake time. No need to defrost! Baked cookies will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

the great food blogger cookie swap cookies

[from L-R/F-B]

Amy // Amy Bites // Pretzel M&M, Butterscotch + White Chocolate Coookies

Cassie // Bake Your Day // Oatmeal Cranberry Pistachio Cookies

Monique // Food Snob 2.0 // Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thanks, ladies. These were all so very tasty. I loved having some delicious treats around that I didn’t have to get off my couch to bake myself!

9 comments
  1. I always covet that chocolate when I see it at Whole Foods and now you’re giving me reason to finally buy it. :D These look so good!

  2. JulieD said:

    woah – these cookies look awesome and with the sea salt – over the top!! So glad you participated in the cookie swap!! :D

  3. Madeline said:

    I absolutely loved your cookies! I can’t wait to make them in a few months when I come down from this cookie coma!

    • I know what you mean! Cookies galore, right? Hope you do get a chance to make them in 2013 [maybe?] and love them!

  4. sarahsjoys said:

    Oooh! I LOVE Mexican chocolate!! These will be fun to try for something new and different.

    • When I picked up the chipotle chocolate [Taza] a few other flavors “accidentally dropped into my basket” [at least, that’s what I told Jeremy!] – coffee, cinnamon and orange. They are all so. very. GOOD! Hope you make these cookies + enjoy!

  5. All I can think is Mmmmmm…. I love a new take on the classic chocolate chip cookie!!

    • And this is a great version, too, as it’s not a huge departure from your classic cookie, but the spice definitely adds another flavor to enjoy! Hope you make them + love them, too!

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