Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, Aztec Style

by Irvin on December 16, 2013 · 2 comments

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This easy twist on classic chocolate shortbread cookies kicks them up a notch with hot spices, tart dried cranberries and roasted cacao nibs!

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, Aztec Style. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

The first time I tasted Aztecan style chocolate I was smitten. I was working at a high-end department store sampling butter cookies for a Japanese company. And when I say I was sampling, I was handing them out, not taste testing them myself (though it IS possible a few cookies ended up in my mouth). A fellow food sampler in my department was sampling chocolate truffles and their Aztec Chili truffle was a revelation. It was the first time that I had ever tasted a spicy, bordering on savory, version of chocolate. Years later, I kept that combination in mind when I decided to go into the kitchen to make these chocolate shortbread cookies, Aztec style. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Chocolate Shortbread, Aztec Style. Recipe and Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Of course not everyone is a fan of spicy chocolate. I probably should have warned my friend Tina that they were spicy before she took a bite, as she wasn’t too pleased with them. However her husband Ben absolutely loved them. Of course this is the same person who is distraught over the temporary closing of the Sriracha factory. He loves his spice.

Chocolate Shortbread Cookies, Aztec style, cut into triangles. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

Personally I do too. There isn’t too much heat to them, as I like to enjoy my food, not suffer through it. But I love the way that the slight spice kicks these chocolate shortbread cookies up a notch. The addition of cinnamon and allspice adds an extra dimension to the chocolate while the touch of cayenne has a nice slow burn in the end. Nothing too drastic of course, but it’s lingers just a bit on the tongue, like a warm kiss from a loved one under the mistletoe.

If you like this recipe, check out my recipe for:
Spicy Chocolate Caramel Popcorn Brownies.

And check out these other spicy chocolate recipes from around the web:
Farmgirl Gourmet’s Aztec Kahlúa Hot Cocoa
The Corner Kitchen’s Mexican Hot Chocolate Doughnuts
Love and Olive Oil’s Mexican Chocolate Tart with Cinnamon-Spiced Pecans
Baked Bree’s Mexican Chocolate Cake with Mascarpone Frosting
Cooking on the Side’s Mexican Chocolate Crackled Cookies

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Belinda @zomppa December 16, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Knock me over. Deep, sensuous, rich, buttery…hello!


Miss Kim @ behgopa December 17, 2013 at 12:18 am

Wow….cookie sampling! you are like a cookie connoisseur! Sampling, and now baking/recipe developing.

I love spicy…I don’t think I have had spicy in cookies before. I am dying to try!


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