I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the Chocolate Cupcakes with Pepper and Raspberry Filling I recently shared. The flavor combinations were something I was not used too nor comfortable with… until I tried them.
Now I crave a little complexity with my desserts.
I loosely based this recipe off of a Cocoa Fudge Cookie recipe I found on myrecipes.com. While the original recipe creates a thin, crispy cookie, my recipe is a dense cake-like cookie that has the fudginess (why isn’t fudginess a word?) of a brownie with a slight kick of a peppery aftertaste.
I only added a small amount of the coarse pepper because I am a seasoning sissy. Really. Sometimes I think ketchup is too spicy. So I really liked the subtle (very subtle) hint of pepper. If you are more daring you can up your pepper amount and maybe even use a finely ground. (Heck, maybe you could even add cayenne!)
This cookie pairs really well with a red wine.
Just trust me on that.