Mocha cookies with black pepper is, in my opinion, a complete misnomer because on making these, I would rename them Death by Chocolate cookies. I didn’t get a huge coffee hit, and while other people said they could taste the pepper, it remained elusive for me.
So feel free to up the quantity of Tia Maria, or coffee, as well as the black pepper (gradually though, we don’t want pepper cookies). Also, I replaced the raisins in the original recipe with glacé cherries, because that was in the cupboard. Once again, I would increase the quantity, and decrease the quantity of chocolate chips.
Anyway, they are rather nice, my dad is particularly fond of them. And they are rapidly disappearing in my brothers lunch boxes…
Make and enjoy 🙂
Original recipe from The Golden Book of Cookies
300g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
100g glacé cherries
2 tbsp Tia Maria
250g 70% dark chocolate
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp coffee essence
90g chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 180˚C
line 2 baking sheets with baking paper
Mix flour, baking powder and pepper
Melt the chocolate with the butter in a double boiler and then allow to cool slightly
Beat eggs and sugar until creamy
Add the chocolate and vanilla and coffee
Beat in the flour mix, then the cherries and Tia Maria.
Press tablespoons of dough onto the sheets.
Bake for about 15-18 minutes.