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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Without The Guilt!

You can still enjoy chocolate without feeling guilty... pair it with chipotle! Yes, the spicy chipotle and rich chocolate may seem like an unusual match, but this combination has been enjoyed in Latin America for centuries. It was thought to build up immunity and fight fatigue.

Recent research shows, chipotles can help you slim down while still enjoying chocolate treats. How? Capsaicin, the compound that gives chile the heat, jump-starts metabolism by raising core body temperature, plus, it decreases appetite. So, who says you can't have your cake and eat it too? Haha.

If you can't find chipotle in your local market, you can substitute an equal amount of jalapenos or half as much as cayenne pepper. I'm leaving you with a yummy cookie recipe. Enjoy!!!

SPICY COCOA COOKIES



Heat oven to 325 degrees farenheit. In a bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour; 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder; 1 tsp. ground cinnamon; 1/2 tsp. ground chipotle chile pepper; 1/2 tsp. baking powder and 1/4 tsp. salt until blended. In bowl of electric mixer, beat 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature, and 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar for 2 minutes, or until blended. Beat in 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Stir in flour-cocoa mixture. Stir in 1 bag (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted. Using 1 tbs. measure, form dough into 48 balls. Dip in 1/2 cup toasted pine nuts; place on 2 sgeet pans. Bake 18 minutes. Remove from pans. Let cool on wire rack. Drizzle with 3/4 cup white-chocolate chips, melted.

4 comments :

Dorothy L said...

OK....I am yours...I will do anything for those cookies.
Goodness they look so delicious....so darn sinful too :)

anna said...

I'm feelin hungry by looking at the cookies.

Empty Streets said...

Hi,

It is a monday again - dont let the monday blues get yah down :) Happy stress free week ahead :) xoxo

chercroppin said...

Those look yummy Liza! I have heard about putting pepper with chocolate, that it makes it even better for your heart....thanks for the recipe!

 
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