Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies

filed under: Chocolate Cookies on October 8, 2013

Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies are dark, dense, fudgy chocolate cookies that are unlike anything you have had that are perfect for entertaining! Try my Dirty Chocolate Cookies for another cookie full of chocolate flavor!

Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies

This Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookie recipe is a dense, cake-like cookie that has the fudginess of a brownie with a slight kick of a savory aftertaste. The cookies won first place out of 2,400 entries for a company that wanted to find the best cookie recipe to pair with their red wine! If you happen to enjoy a glass of red every now and then, you definitely need to make these amazing (seriously, AMAZING) cookies!!! 

Cocoa Fudge Cookie with PepperChocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies Ingredients

The ingredients in this chocolate cookie are pretty standard. I will highlight a couple of them that may throw you off a bit.

Pepper: 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!)

Sour Cream: This recipe includes sour cream. This ingredient gives the cookie its denseness and richness. If you don’t have sour cream, you can substitute full-fat plain yogurt (but that will affect the texture).

Fudgy Chocolate Cookies with Coarse Ground Pepper

How to Make Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies

To make these cookies that pair so well with a glass of red wine, first, sift together the flour, baking soda, pepper, salt, and cocoa in a large bowl. Set aside. Next, in a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Be sure to use a saucepan that is big enough to hold the flour mixture.

After the butter has melted, remove the saucepan from the heat. Then, add in both the brown sugar and granulated sugar, followed by the sour cream and vanilla. Stir to combine. Finally, add the flour mixture to the saucepan and stir all the ingredients until incorporated.

Use an ice cream scoop or measuring cup to drop heaping tablespoons onto a lined baking sheet. Bake the cookies at 350°F for 8-10 minutes, or until the tops of the cookies appear slightly cracked. Allow the cookies to cool to room temperature before serving with red wine. (Have I mentioned they go well with red wine?) Enjoy!

Chocolate Cookie with Pepper

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Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This recipe is a dense, cake-like cookie that has the fudginess of a brownie with a slight kick of a savory aftertaste.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 91 kcal
Author: Amanda
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • cup brown sugar, packed
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large bowl sift flour, baking soda, pepper, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.

  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. (You will be adding the flour mixture to it later so it needs to be big enough to accommodate all ingredients.)

  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in both sugars. The mixture should resemble coarse sand.

  5. Add in sour cream and vanilla to sugar mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Add in flour mixture and stir until fully incorporated.
  7. Drop heaping tablespoons onto the lined baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. (Using a small ice cream scoop or measuring cup is a good way to ensure consistency.)

  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tops appear slightly cracked. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool to room temperature.

  9. Serve with red wine.

There is an amazing ingredient in these cookies that you would NEVER expect!

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  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

    The addition of pepper to this just made me so happy!

    • Amanda says:

      Making you happy just made me happy! 🙂 #corny #Imeanit

  • Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker says:

    These look so fudgy it’s unreal. And the little hint of pepper in desserts is truly magical. Chocolate and sichuan or pink peppercorns is good too

    • Amanda says:

      I have never heard of nor seen pink peppercorns! Now I am obsessed. 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    Do you put the pepper in with the flour mixture? I don’t see it in the steps anywhere.

    • Amanda says:

      Sorry! I fixed it. The pepper was added into the flour mixture. 🙂

  • Monica B says:

    This would be awesome to try, I sually use cayenne pepper.. never thought of regular old pepper!! Baking excitment!!

    • Amanda says:

      lol Love that… “baking excitement”… thats cute!

  • Kelly says:

    I was just coming here to say I’m totally going to make them with cayenne pepper instead of black pepper – a bit of a spin on a mexican chocolate flavor. I make a chocolate frosting with that flavor combo and it’s AMAZING (if I do say so myself)!! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Love that!! The frosting sounds like the perfect addition!

      • Kelly says:

        I can’t wait to get home and whip these up. I’m sitting at my class starving and these look so yummy. Thank you for sharing more magic. 🙂

  • HeatherChristo says:

    I just chuckled loudly at your last sentence! These sound wonderful Amanda! I love a little spice with chocolate!

    • Amanda says:

      lol Thanks girl! Now just to find a way to share cookies and a bottle of wine with you! 🙂

  • Amanda Paa says:

    This reminds me of Mexican Hot Chocolate, which I love! They look so chewy. Yum.

  • Jen Minkowitz says:

    Love it! 5 Spice is another good one to throw into chocolate sometimes 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Great idea!

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    Love that kick of spice by adding the pepper, Amanda! Something about a touch of “spicy heat” just makes that chocolate even better!!!!

  • Linda | The Urban Mrs says:

    Gulp! I am sure the addition of pepper made these cookies extra special, but I might be a sissy, too.

    • Amanda says:

      lol It really is very, very subtle. But trust me, I am right there with you! 🙂

  • Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    I say add the cayenne too! Go for it!

    • Amanda says:

      lol You go girl!

  • Tiffany says:

    I have done the whole chocolate and salt thing, but pepper? Would have NEVER thought of that! But it sounds like it works… I guess I will have to try 😉

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    Cake-like cookies are my absolute favorite!

  • Javi Trulove @T3treats says:

    Loooove this cookies… This is my thing.. Fudgy cookies with that goey center… God i’m drooling right now… i’m a big fan on Pepper-chocolate things… a couple of days ago i made my “Armand Truffles” that is just Dark chocolate truffles filled with strawberry marmalade and black pepper.

    • Amanda says:

      That. Sounds. Amazing.

  • Karen @ Lemon Grove Cake Diaries says:

    I have only recently started using pepper and spice in chocolate cakes and cookies, it is such a great combination I fear I may be a bit addicted now!

    • Amanda says:

      Me too!! Its a good thing to be addicted to though! 🙂

  • Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts says:

    Totally craving chocolate cookies now! This look fantastic!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you so much!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I think these are super fun! It’s nice to bake something different once and a while!

  • BlessedMama says:

    Oh, I love the concept of these cookies. Thanks for posting!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Wow! Love when chocolate desserts have a little kick! Thanks for sharing, Amanda!

  • Bonnie Banters says:

    As pepper (freshly ground, to be specific) is my favorite spice, and I’m a serious chocolate freak, I’d say these cookies are meant for me!

  • tanya says:

    I have had cookies with chili powder-which I love, but never with black pepper. I do believe I have to change that! And yes, fudginess should be a word!

  • Kristina says:

    Do you have to use freshly ground pepper?


    • Amanda says:

      Nope. 🙂

  • Miriam says:


    I just made this cookies, and someting goes wrong because they came out of the oven sooooo flat…

    • Amanda says:

      Oh no! I clearly did not have that same issue, so am not sure why that happened to you. So sorry!

  • Jennifer says:

    How many cookies do you get out of one batch?

    • Isabelle says:

      Mine was also like apple sauce. I added 2 cups of flour to get a good cookie dough. Must be a typo.
      So 21/3 cup of flour. Makes 36 cookies.

  • Rosemary Profera says:

    Help: I just mixed up the Chocolate Fudge Pepper cookies….I rechecked the recipe many times….I must not have put enough flour in….my mixture right now is like applesauce. Should I add for flour?

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