Cayenne Peanut Butter Cookies

cayenne peanut butter cookies

I suppose this recipe should come with a warning if you can't take the heat, but spice it up is my motto and that even includes baked treats, such as these moist yet slightly crunchy peanut butter cookies that my husband said were some of the best ever. If you can't handle too much heat, cut down on the spice, but I assure you this is one cookie you won't forget and they are easy to prepare and the smell when they are cooking is divine. Baking is often a stress reliever and though I am more of a savory girl, I do enjoy treating family and friends to homemade baked goods.

Give this recipe a try because even without the spice, these are delightful cookies and one of the most successful versions of peanut butter cookies that I have whipped together. Easy, and rather unusual with the addition of spice, your palate will be craving for more than just one though your tummy might protest if you eat too many at one sitting. I maintain that dismal Canadian winters call for some spice and always an excuse to turn on the oven to warm up a bit.

Cayenne Peanut Butter CookiesCayenne Peanut Butter Cookies
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Published on January 13, 2012

Soft, moist and chewy full-flavored peanut butter cookies with a little kick

Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

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  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne or a combination of cayenne and habanero powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached white flour
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat an oven to 400°F.

  • In a large bowl, cut the butter into small pieces with a pastry cutter or a knife and fork. Add the brown sugar and combine until creamy. A hand mixer works quite well for this step.

  • Now add the peanut butter, vanilla, cayenne (and/or habanero powder) salt, baking soda and blend well. Next add the egg, and beat until smooth.

  • Add the flour a bit at a time and mix until you have a soft dough. Form the dough into roughly 1 inch balls, flatten slightly on the prepared baking sheet and space the dough 1 inch apart. If you like, use a fork to make crisscross patterns.

  • Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cookies are lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

Makes 15 3-inch cookies

cayenne peanut butter cookies

More cookies from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen you are sure to enjoy:
Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Orange Cookies
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies


Priya Suresh said...

Yum,scrumptious cookies..

Lisa Turner said...

These cookies received rave reviews from friends, family and my husband's co-workers.

Rita said...

These sound like a must try for me; love a bit of heat.

Sharyn Dimmick said...

Pretty wild.

Anonymous said...

Spicy and sweet is one of my favorite flavor combos at the moment. The peanut butter fans in my family would love this one. Thanks. Kirsten

Johanna GGG said...

wow those look fiery - not for me but I am sure they are memorable and e would be interested as he appreciates heat more than I

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

They look good, but maybe just a teeny, weeny, wee pinch of spice for me, teeny tiny!

Ruth Ellis said...

These sound amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe - will definitely have to give them a shot.

Hannah said...

Hurrah, another believer! I made tabasco-spiked peanut butter cookies over a year ago and my housemate refused to try them. More fool her,right? :P

test it comm said...

Adding a touch of heat to sweet things is always nice!

Anonymous said...

made these yesterday and they're great! Better yet, too hot for the wife, so more for me!

Unknown said...

These are delicious, very much a demanded cookie for home and pot lucks.