Hatch Green Chile Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Hatch green chile season, as we know all too well here at New Mexico Green Chile company, is a much-anticipated end-of-summer event. We associate those familiar, spicy notes in the air with waning sunny, smoky days.

The beauty of green chiles, however, is that they can provide some much-needed warmth throughout the colder seasons, too. Of course, adding them to soups and bread will spice up your dinner, but what about dessert?

We’ve got the most delicious recipe for Hatch Green Chile Hot Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now, before you start wondering what we could possibly be going on about, we ask that you only give it a shot. Adding a kick of spice to chocolate has been famous for hundreds of years, and adding it to everyone’s favorite classic cookie is sure to be just as popular.

 

Ingredients:

1 Roasted, diced spicy Hatch chile, or 2 medium-spiced chiles

8 TBSP softened butter

½ Cup brown sugar

½ Cup granulated sugar

1 Tsp. vanilla extract

1 Lg. egg

1 ½ Cups all-purpose flour

½ Tsp. baking soda

½ Tsp. salt

½ Tsp. ground cinnamon

1 Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

½ Cup chopped pecans

 

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350°.

Cream the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter together until they are well blended and reach a smooth consistency. Next, add in and beat your vanilla and butter until they become creamy.

In a separate bowl, add the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt, whisking until evenly-blended. Add the blended dry ingredients to the blended wet ingredients and mix until nicely combined.

Next, stir in your chocolate chips, chopped pecans, and those tasty diced green chiles.

Roll the dough into balls, each about the size of a walnut. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the cookies for 11-14 minutes, or until you can see the edges just beginning to turn brown. Place the finished cookies on a cooling rack and continue the process with the remaining dough. This recipe yields about 24 cookies.

 

Notes:

It’s a good idea to taste your roasted chiles before adding them to your cookie dough. While we think that extra kick of heat is delicious, we know everyone’s tastes differ. If the peppers are too spicy, try only adding ½ of them to the mix and go from there. You can always add those extra green gems to an omelette or egg scramble in the morning!