Sweet Friday!

Hey there LUB'ers!

It's Friday!! Which means it's time for the first edition of Sweet Friday. A day where we, at Local Urban Bites, share a recipe with you that is on the sweeter side of things, so that you can enjoy your weekend with some dessert in your life. You only live once right?!

This week we're bringing you a recipe for rich and decadent kicked-up Spicy Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

We like our cookies soft and chewy here at LUB, so we've done a couple of things to ensure that happens. First, we've added  cornstarch to the dough to make sure that we don't lose any chew. Secondly, we put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes prior to baking, to ensure things firmed up enough so that the cookies didn't spread too much in the oven.

On top of the that, we've kicked up your average double chocolate cookie dough with the addition of cayenne pepper and cinnamon to add a spicy kick at the end of each bite. Nothing to extreme though! Just a subtle pleasant warmth that leaves you wondering why you didn't try adding cayenne to your cookies earlier.


Finally, the whole thing is topped off with chunks of 72% dark chocolate- it's a health food right?! So these are healthy cookies... We think so.

Make these this weekend, and you'll have friends with whomever helps you eat them!

Spicy Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

1 1/4 cups (150 g) all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. (32 g) Dutch cocoa powder

2 Tbsp cornstarch

1/2 cup (115 g) unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup (100 g) granulated sugar

1/2 cup (107 g) dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup (200 g) chocolate chunks (We used 72% chocolate)


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together your flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa, cayenne, cinnamon, and cornstarch. Set aside.

3. Using a mixer, or a little elbow grease and a spoon, cream the butter and sugars together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.

4. Gradually, stir in your flour mixture just until combined, making sure not to over mix. Stir in your chocolate chunks. 

5. Scoop the dough into rounded tablespoons and place them on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until still slightly soft in the center.  Remove from the oven, and let cool on the pan for a couple of minutes, until they have firmed up enough to transfer them to a cooling rack. Repeat process with remaining dough. Enjoy!

Alyssa and Corey




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