I used to enjoy baking cookies occasionally, maybe three or four times a year. Since the new kitchen, though, I feel like making cookies all the time. My new favorite recipe is Mexican Chocolate Cookies, a recipe Schnookie found online. A few years ago she had a recipe for Chocolate Pepper Snaps that were one of my favorites, but the cookbook was lost in a move. This recipe sounded like it had possibilities, so a week or so ago we gave it a shot. The result? Well, there were good enough I made them again last night!
These cookies could not be easier to make (provided you hang on to the parchment paper on the tray when putting them in the oven; if you don’t, hypothetically, the cookies could all go flying into the bottom of the brand new, piping hot oven. At least, that’s what I’ve heard could happen), and taste phenomenal. They have cinnamon, cayenne and black pepper, giving them a very interesting and engaging flavor. The spices don’t overpower the rich and satisfying cocoa flavor, making these a nice, substantial snap. If you don’t like your cookies too sweet, these are the cookies for you.
My favorite thing about this particular baking adventure? Surprisingly, it wasn’t the frantically snatching the cookie dough blobs from the bottom of the oven (again, hypothetically this could happen…), but instead was the joy I got every time I walked into the new kitchen to retrieve cookies from the oven. There’s a giant mullioned window over the sink, and somehow this window manages to convey everything I love about my life here at IPB Manor. I always scoff at people on HGTV who say getting a new kitchen will make them want to cook more, but I’m beginning to think that just might be what’s going on here. If you don’t see any further Adventures in Baking with Pookie, just assume it’s for some other reason than I got blase about the new space!