Looks like Mrs. Chili365 was finally wrong about something. You really can just throw some [stuff] together and expect it to come out as a cookie. Perhaps the Missus has been wrong twice, as I patiently await confirmation that dressing as Catwoman does not induce anaphylactic shock in those suffering from cat allergies. I have long suspected that Mrs. Chili 365 won’t actually die if she dons a leather cat outfit but the allergist should be able to clarify.
I needed to develop a recipe which captured all the goodness of chili in a cookie-like vehicle and I flat-out winged it. In the past, my impromptu baking recipes have culminated in incredible, inedible disasters (think ancient fire extinguishers and a “clove” flavor that haunted the taste buds for weeks). To be honest, when I told them I was making chili cookies, Chili Junior and The Pirate expressed considerable apprehension. Once I assured them that, yes, they could use the electric mixer AND set it at maximum speed, their concerns melted away like a prom dress.
2 sticks of butter
2/3 C brown sugar
½ C sugar
2 t chili powder
¼ t Chinese 5 spice powder
¼ C cocoa
2 ¼ C flour
½ C chocolate chips
1) Have your kids set the mixer on max speed and obliterate the butter, sugars, and spices. The ingredients should end up thoroughly mixed and the mixer motor should smell burnt.
2) Add the eggs. If your mixer remains functional, mix more.
3) Add cocoa and flour, mix if able.
4) Add chips. At this point your mixer will clearly need respite. Use a wooden spoon to mix.
5) The batter will be sticky.
6) Drop sticky Tablespoon sized balls onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
They tasted great and even the haughty Involuntary Tasting Panel rolled out unanimous support for this cookie. As it was my day up for Wednesday Treat at work, the chili cookies were the offering. They were a hit with the guest tasters, receiving uniform positive reviews. The one point of contention among tasters was whether the cookies were chocolate forward or chili forward, no one seemed to agree. For my taste, the cookies were more chocolate forward, although I have been bludgeoning my taste buds with chili for 106 consecutive days. At this point I may need to drink chipotle smoothies in order to truly get a chili fix.
I’ve eaten chili for dessert a number of times in the last 3 ½ months, but this marks the first (but not last) dessert chili I have created. Stay tuned.