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Chile Chocolate Coins

Chile Chocolate Coins

Closely adapted from Serious Eats. Serious Eats suggested dusting with a combination of powdered sugar and ancho chile powder, which my family loved. I however preferred the raunchier flaky sea salt, coarse Aleppo chile pepper and sanding sugar combination. Be aware that the salt intensifies the chile kick. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Author The Spiced Life


  • 2/3 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t ancho chili powder, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 t coarse Aleppo chile pepper, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 t fine sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1/4 t caffe sport extract (or coffee extract, or 1/4 t instant espresso)
  • Confectioner's sugar for dusting, optional
  • flaky sea salt for sprinkling, optional
  • coarse sanding sugar for sprinkling, optional


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together cocoa powder, flour, salt, and both chili powders.

  2. In a large bowl of a stand mixer (or using a handheld), beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy on medium speed, about 4 minutes. Mix in eggs one at a time and beat for another minute. 

  3. Beat in vanilla and caffe sport extract (or coffee extract or instant espresso powder). 

  4. Mix in flour mixture in 3 additions, and then beat on medium speed for about 2 minutes, until dough has become smooth and cohesive.

  5. Split dough in two equal parts. Roll each half into a 1 1/2 inch wide log. Wrap each log in plastic wrap. Let dough chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

  6. When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  7. Cut dough logs into 1/2-inch thick coins. Arrange coins on baking sheets. 
  8. If desired, sprinkle the unbaked coins with flaky sea salt, coarse Aleppo chile pepper and sanding sugar.

  9. Bake until evenly lightened in color but still chewy in texture, about 15 minutes. 

  10. If desired, let un-garnished cookies cool before dusting with confectioners sugar and extra ancho chili powder.