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Orange-Chili Chocolate Cookies

I love spicy chocolate so I came up with this recipe. Because it starts with a packaged sugar cookie mix, it's super easy! And orange, cinnamon and cayenne are a surprising combo that can't be beat.—Debbie Blunt, Wickenburg, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17-1/2 ounces) sugar cookie mix
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Triple Sec, optional
  • TOPPING:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Combine cookie mix, cocoa, orange zest, cinnamon and cayenne. Beat in butter, egg, vanilla and, if desired, Triple Sec.
  • Mix sugar and cinnamon. Roll dough into 1-in. balls; roll in sugar mixture. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 89 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 52mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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