Chocolate Caliente Cookies

Chocolate Caliente Cookies

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based on 15 reviews
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15 min.
147 min.
20 to 22 cookies

Chocolate Caliente Cookies are delectable and festive cookies that will really make you wish it was Cinco de Mayo every day!


  • 1 3/4 cups (11.5-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/16 teaspoon (pinch) ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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MICROWAVE 1 cup chunks in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Chunks may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until chunks are melted.

COMBINE flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and cayenne pepper in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat well. Add melted chocolate; stir until blended. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Line baking sheets with foil.

SHAPE dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Place 3 inches apart on baking sheets.

BAKE for 12 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set but still soft. Immediately place remaining chunks, about 5 to 6 chunks per cookie, onto tops of cookies. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks. Allow chunks to soften and spread melted chocolate evenly over tops of cookies.


• For a richer chocolate flavor, substitute three 4-ounce bars of NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® CHOCOLATIER 53% Cacao Dark or 62% Cacao Bittersweet Baking Chocolate, broken into pieces, for the semi-sweet chocolate chunks.

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Great Cookies

Everyone in the house loved these, they didn't last long!

- Cara Roland from Winter Haven, FL

Something Extra

Everyone who has tried these cookies has loved them, except my husband. I asked him why he didn't care for them and he explained that they needed nuts. He started adding a pecan half into the chocolate on top of the freshly made cookies and is enjoying them as much as everyone else now.

- Donna Hall from Auburn, WA

best chocolate cookie on the planet

I was very hesitant to try these. Don't miss them they are fabulous. I gave them away at the holidays and everyone wanted to know what was in them they are so wonderful. My husband took them to the ski hill where he instructs and everyone was amazed by how delicious they are. Flavorful but not OVER chocolate. I found they are easeier to work with if you put the dough in the freezer for about ten minutes instead of refrigerating them. Faster too! oh and we agree, best without the chocolate on top. Some of them I just dressed up with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

- susan spelker from Commerce Township, MI

Chocolate Calientes

After putting the cookie dough together, I baked up 1 cookie to see how they tasted. I put another 1/8 teaspoon into the remaining dough and boy did that spice it up! The extra pepper really brought out the flavor of the chocolate! You gotta try this!!!

- Vicki Ott from Edinburgh, IN

Chocolate Caliente Cookies

I made a double batch of these for Cinco de Mayo for work - the cookies were gone in no time flat! I liked the little hint of pepper and no one knew what the "secret" ingredient was until I told them.

- Pam Hawkins from Bridgeton, MO

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/20 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 20

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 220
  • Calories from Fat: 100
  • Total Fat: 11g (16% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 7g (33% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 35mg (11% of DV)
  • Sodium: 90mg (4% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 30g (10% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g (7% of DV)
  • Sugars: 22g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Vitamin A: 4% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 2% of DV
  • Iron: 4% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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