Chocolate Chilli Biscuits

    30 minutes

    Dark chocolate, chocolate bits, currants, coffee liqueur, black pepper and cayenne pepper... these gourmet biscuits may bite back.

    29 people made this

    Serves: 24 

    • 1/2 cup (70g) dried currants
    • 2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur (such as Kahlua(R))
    • 170g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa
    • 50g unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup (60g) plain flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 eggs at room temperature
    • 3/4 cup (150g) sugar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla essence
    • 1 cup (170g) chocolate bits

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper.
    2. Combine the currants and coffee liqueur in a small saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium heat then remove from heat immediately.
    3. Pour water into a saucepan until about 3cm deep and place over low heat. Place a stainless steel bowl over the saucepan to form a double boiler. Combine the dark chocolate and butter in the bowl then heat and stir just until the chocolate melts; set aside.
    4. Stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a bowl; set aside.
    5. Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a separate large mixing bowl until light and fluffy and pale yellow in colour, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla essence; stir. Beat the melted chocolate into the egg mixture until well combined. Pour the currants and chocolate bits into the mixture; then fold in the flour mixture and stir until evenly combined. Scoop 2-tablespoon portions onto the prepared baking trays with enough space between so they do not run together.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until barely set, about 12 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets until they set slightly, about 5 minutes, before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

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    amazing! the cayenne and black pepper don't add spicy heat; they draw out the chocolate flavor. the spice is way in the background. perfect.  -  04 Dec 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I was so excited to try these cookies. First of all, you neglected to put in where you add the flour mixture. I added it after the chocolate to the eggs/sugar. I did not really think the cayenne/pepper made much of an impact. If I did not know there was pepper in the recipe, I would have never suspected. I will not make these again, but will search for the perfect chocolate/pepper combo because I have heard it is fantastic.  -  12 Oct 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    These were great and surprisingly easy to make! I followed the written recipe to a tee as well as watched Chef John's Video on how to make them for more clarification! They certainly have a little kick to them and the taste savors in your mouth for some time after eating just one! Great little treat!  -  12 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)