I’m going to let everyone in on a little secret:
I’m not a domestic goddess
But I really like cookies and my sister has gotten me craving cookies. I blame you dear sweet sister, Becky.
Except, unlike her, I am not an angel of the kitchen. No. I create abominations behind closed doors. I present to you:
The Pillsbury Gluten-free [Cayenne Surprise] Chocolate Chip Cookie*
“But Lo,” You ask, “What’s the surprise if you tell us the cayenne is in it?”
Well, most people aren’t prepared for a cayenne chocolate chip cookie made with coconut oil instead of butter.
Don’t forget to preheat your oven to 375F because Pillsbury says,“🦆 the metric system!”
That’s 1/2 cup of softened coconut oil, couple dashes cayenne pepper, 1 tablespoon tap cold water, and an egg.
Blend until decently homogeneous such that unsuspecting husband cannot see the cayenne pepper flakes.
Advise him that he can taste how spicy they are if he would like. Watch as he makes his “ew that has raw egg in it” face.
Laugh on the inside as you taste it and suggest adding more. He says, “No.”
Elevation seems to impact cooking time a lot for this baking mix. At 3205 feet elevation (at MSO) the cook time is approximately 10 minutes. I have made this recipe at 6000+ feet elevation and 10 minutes was not the correct time. Both were gas ovens, but there are other variables to be aware of.
Listen, gluten-free baking is weird and I’m constantly whispering incantations like “you better work you 🦆ing box of baking soda tasting 💩 “ over it. I’m not a wizard, contrary to what my last name may lead some to believe.
Once the cookies are out you have to let them cool a little, then detach them.
Next comes the fun part – the cayenne.
Dust the cookies with cayenne then transfer to a rack to finish cooling because I obviously trust you to do the right thing. Right?
Psych! Get that second batch in the oven and get your favorite homogenized nut juice some weirdo is insisting you call nut milk. Pour a glass and get a plate with at least 2 cookies.
If you are using horchata instead, you’re the true goddess, my friend.
Are you ready?
Yay! 2/2 approve! Cayenne Surprise is the good kind.
So What’s The Surprise?
The spice sneaks up on you. The tingling starts around your lips and crawls around in your throat balanced with the flavors of chocolate and cookie. It’s subtle, but you can’t eat too many. The cayenne isn’t super noticeable visually. It adds a brightness close up. Overall, I’d say this was a success. Have you tried similar with a different chocolate chip cookie mix or recipe? How did it turn out?