Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookies

Updated on December 15, 2017
Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookies | Source

Spicy Twist On A Classic Favorite!

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

I had a few jalapenos 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!

Jalapeno Peppers Are A Spicy Add-In For Chocolate Chip Cookies
Jalapeno Peppers Are A Spicy Add-In For Chocolate Chip Cookies | Source

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 jalapeno peppers to any of your favorite cookie recipes. I wonder what jalapeno peanut butter cookies would taste like?

Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough | Source

Cut off the tops and scoop out the insides of the jalapeno peppers with a spoon or jalapeno corer. Jalapenos 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 jalapenos very fine. I use 4-5 jalapenos per batch of cookies which is approximately equal to 1 cup diced peppers.

Bake Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookies At 375F
Bake Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookies At 375F | Source

I think the dark green flesh of a jalapeno 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 time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup softened margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 4 -5 diced jalapeno peppers


  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 jalapenos.
  5. Drop by heaping teaspoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. To make clean 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.
3.7 stars from 34 ratings of Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Jalapeno Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe | Source

Jalapeno 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, but 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.

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        Norma Jones 3 months ago

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

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        mistyriver 3 years ago

        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!

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        jmchaconne 4 years ago

        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!

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        Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        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!

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        Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

        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!

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        Rosetta Slone 4 years ago from Under a coconut tree

        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.

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        Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

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

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        Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

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

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        LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

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

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        Jogalog 4 years ago

        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.

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        WhiteIsland 4 years ago

        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! ;)

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        Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

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

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        Stuwaha 4 years ago

        These look delightful!! :D

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        Barbara Tremblay Cipak 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

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

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        LisaDH 4 years ago

        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!

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        Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

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

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        anitabreeze 4 years ago

        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!