Cocoa-Ancho Chile Cookies

Cocoa-Ancho Chile Cookies

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20 min.
41 min.
30 cookies

Warm up the holidays with a batch of these flavorful Cocoa-Ancho Chile Cookies that double as one-of-a-kind gifts for those with a penchant for spice. The rich flavor of 100% cocoa complements the unexpected and unique kick of ancho chile, awakening taste buds to pure delight.


  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • Finely grated peel from one lime
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chile powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
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PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Combine 3 tablespoons sugar and lime peel in shallow dish; stir well.

COMBINE flour, cocoa, cinnamon, ancho chile powder, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; stir well.

BEAT butter and remaining ¾ cup sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Beat in flour mixture. Scoop dough by level tablespoon, then roll into balls. Place balls in shallow dish with sugar-lime mixture; swirl to coat. Place balls on ungreased baking sheet; flatten slightly.

BAKE for 6 to 9 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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Tastey with a kick

I love these and everyone I have shared them with looks at me funny when I tell them the name. Chocolate and chili spice is just the right combo for unexpected goodness.

- Cassy Polen from Oregon

Good cookie, could use more spice

Very good cookie. I used chipotle powder ground from our own smoked jalepenos instead of ancho powder. It has a nice slow heat on the finish. I forgot to flatten the balls before baking, but that seemed OK. The cookies were softer on the inside and more ****-sized balls.

- Melissa LeClair from Houston, TX

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/30 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 30

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 80
  • Calories from Fat: 30
  • Total Fat: 3.5g (5% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 2g (10% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 15mg (5% of DV)
  • Sodium: 35mg (1% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 11g (4% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: .5g (2% of DV)
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 2% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 2% of DV
  • Calcium: 0% of DV
  • Iron: 2% of DV

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

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