Mocha Cookies with Black Pepper

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

60g butter

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.