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Author Notes: The basis for this recipe comes by way of the former Restaurant Vintage Park in Kearney, Nebraska. I think it’s the best chocolate chip recipe ever; not too crisp, not over cake-like. Just right. This version was inspired by a Cinco de Mayo fiesta I attended a couple of Cinco de Mayos ago. Chili, spices, aromatics, cocoa nibs and walnuts sounded delicious to me. It was a crowd pleasing treat, and I’ve made them a few times since. —SW Food Works
Serves 1 1/2 dozen 2-2.5 oz cookies
- 1 cup Butter
- 3/4 cup Packed Brown Sugar
- 3/4 cup Granulated White Sugar
- 2 Eggs
- 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 teaspoon Fennel Seed
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Seed
- 1 teaspoon Cumin Seed
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 2 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Nibs
- 1 cup Chopped Walnuts
- 2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream together the butter and sugars in a standing mixer or with a hand held beater until light and fluffy.
- Slowly incorporate one egg at a time until well mixed.
- Mix in the vanilla extract.
- Using a spice grinder, finely grind the cumin, coriander, and fennel seed.
- Reserve this spice mixture to a medium bowl and continue adding the remaining spice powders, flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Whisk this dry mixture together with a fork or wire whisk until the mixture is well combined.
- Slowly add the dry mixture to the creamed butter and sugar mixture using the lowest setting on your mixer, or by hand with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Once combined, add the nuts, cocoa nibs, and chocolate chips all at once and mix until just incorporated.
- Portion out the dough and slightly flatten the cookies to 1/2 inch.
- Bake for 10 minutes, rotating after 5 minutes for an even bake.
- Reserve to a wire rack for cooling.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Chocolate Cookie