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Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookies

Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spicy Twist on a Classic Favorite!

Heat up your kitchen with a batch of sweet and spicy jalapeño chocolate chip cookies. They are the same classic, soft, and chewy cookie that everyone has grown to love, infused with the spicy hotness of jalapeño peppers.

I had a few jalapeños left over from my families little Cinco de Mayo fiesta dinner that needed to be used up, and I thought they would be perfect for adding a little spice to a batch of chocolate chip cookies in homage to National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on May 15th, which also happens to be my daughter's birthday. She thinks it is a pretty awesome "holiday" to celebrate!

Jalapeño peppers are a spicy add-In for chocolate chip cookies.

Jalapeño peppers are a spicy add-In for chocolate chip cookies.

I have heard of these cookies referred to as cowboy cookies before by a cousin of mine who lives in Texas, though he says he adds a cup of oatmeal to give them a more heartier texture. Kick things up a notch and add 1 cup of finely diced jalapeño peppers to any of your favorite cookie recipes. I wonder what jalapeño peanut butter cookies would taste like?

Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Cut off the tops and scoop out the insides of the jalapeño peppers with a spoon or jalapeño corer. They have a fairly mild to medium heat level, and if you like things really spicy, you can leave the seed and membrane intact and add a 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper. The seeds and the white vein contains the majority of the pepper's heat. I personally don't like using the seeds in my cookies. Chop up the jalapeños very fine. I use four to five jalapeños per batch of cookies, which is approximately equal to 1 cup diced peppers.

Bake your jalapeño chocolate chip cookies at 375°F.

Bake your jalapeño chocolate chip cookies at 375°F.

I think the dark green flesh of a jalapeño pepper combined with the dark brown richness of chocolate looks absolutely gorgeous, both in the raw dough and when baked into a cookie. These make delicious sweet and spicy homemade gifts from the heart. Package them in a decorative tin or wrap a them up with a pretty ribbon.

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

40 min

1 hour

4 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup softened margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 4–5 jalapeño peppers, diced


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Add the softened margarine, white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs to a large mixing bowl and beat until the mixture is nice and fluffy.
  3. Add the flour and baking soda to the mixture and finish stirring the dough with a spoon.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and diced jalapeños.
  5. Drop by heaping teaspoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. To make cleaning up easier, line the sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from the pan from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on a wire rack.
  7. Grab yourself a tall glass of cold milk or a steaming mug of coffee and savor every delicious bite of these sweet and spicy cookies.
Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar

I have a confession to make. I burn more cookies per batch than are edible, and it is not because I am a terrible baker. Rather, I am an impatient person who gets bored waiting for the cookies to bake and find "little things to do" while I am waiting. Alas, before I know it, another batch is burned.

That is why I love making cookie bars instead! Just dump the cookie dough onto a baking sheet and gently press down with a spatula. Set the timer and bake for 30 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and cut into squares.

© 2013 Corrinna Johnson

Have You Made Jalapeño Chocolate Chip Cookies Before?

Norma Jones on January 06, 2018:

These sound interesting will make the for Super Bowl Sunday !!

Becky on October 19, 2016:

FAB RECIPE. Not only are they exciting and delicious, they look so beautiful. I was worried at first about how soft the dough was but they turned out PERFECTLY. I halved the recipe and only used 1 large jalapeno and that was just hot enough for me. Thanks for the recipe!

Satcy24 on October 17, 2016:

This is the second time I have made these cookies and have had nothing but request for them since the first batch. They are yummy!

Stella on October 13, 2015:

I made these cookies and they're actually really good, the only thing I would do different is it after dicing the jalapeños I would put them on a paper towel to soak up the jalapeño juice as you know jalapeños contain a lot of water which made added more moisture to the batter..

mistyriver on May 26, 2014:

No, but I am intrigued! I've had chili sugar cookies and I love them so I'd like to try these as well. Thanks for sharing this unique recipe!

jmchaconne on November 20, 2013:

You may not be a great baker, but you are a great lens writer. I'd have never thought about jalapeno in a cookie, I'd like to try it with an old fashioned dark chocolate chewy brownie, but I am a worst than terrible baker! Thanks for the drool!

Dusty2 LM on August 08, 2013:

P.S. Congratulations for winning the Purple Star as this lens is well deserving of it. The photo for your baked cookies cooling on the rack look very yummy and Lip-smacking good!

Dusty2 LM on August 08, 2013:

WoW! These cookies sure bring back some nice memories! When I was younger we used to know a Mexican family that owned a Mexican Deli and Bakery. When their daughter and I would stop in they'd give us both jalapeno chocolate chip cookies. I remember the spiciness of the jalapeno with the rich smooth chocolate taste was amazing. I appreciate you sharing your delicious and spicy recipe as well as the memories. Thank You for stopping by my Grilled-n-Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Burgers lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Bon Appetit!

Rosetta Slone from Under a coconut tree on May 29, 2013:

A recipe right up my alley! I've never tried jalapenos, but I have a similar looking mild chilli growing in my garden that I might experiment with.

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on May 29, 2013:

This sounds really interesting. I would have never thought of this.

Monica Lobenstein from Western Wisconsin on May 29, 2013:

I'm intrigued! Not sure I'd like them but I'm positive I'd like to try them. Thanks for the idea!

LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on May 29, 2013:

Jalapenos might be a bit hot for me! I like chilli and chocolate though

Jogalog on May 29, 2013:

These do look lovely with the bits of green in them. I've made chilli chocolate truffles but never tried putting any type of chilli pepper in a cookie. I love the idea though.

WhiteIsland on May 29, 2013:

Hmm... interesting idea. I have never tried them, but now I want to! :) My husband is Mexican, so of course I have to, anyway (I use that excuse for everything - love it! ;)

Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on May 27, 2013:

Different! Not sure I could eat these but Great Lens.

Stuwaha on May 15, 2013:

These look delightful!! :D

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on May 14, 2013:

WOWZA! that's a different recipe - may have to try this one

LisaDH on May 14, 2013:

Hmmm... I just can't imagine what jalapenos and chocolate would taste like together. Guess I'll have to give it a try to find out!

Angela F from Seattle, WA on May 14, 2013:

Well this is a new combo for cookies! Pinned it too :)

anitabreeze on May 14, 2013:

Wow, I don't know which part of this smacked me in the head more, adding jalapeños to cookies, or the fact that there is a National chocolate chip cookie day! I am so making these and soon!

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