Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies

filed under: Chocolate Cookies on October 8, 2013

Dark, dense, fudgy chocolate cookies that are unlike anything you have had! These Chocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies are a fun adult snack and perfect for entertaining! Don’t miss my 50 Best Cookie Recipes if you want other options!

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
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 7 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. In a large bowl sift flour, soda, pepper, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a LARGE saucepan over medium heat. (you will be adding the flour to it later so it needs to be big enough to accommodate all ingredients.)

  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in both sugars; the mixture should resemble coarse sand.
  4. Add in sour cream and vanilla to sugar mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Add in flour mixture and stir until fully incorporated.
  6. Drop heaping tablespoons onto a parchment lined baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. (Using a small ice cream scoop or measuring cup is a good way to ensure consistency.)

  7. Bake at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until top appears slightly cracked. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool to room temperature.

  8. Serve with Red Wine. 


Cocoa Fudge Cookie with PepperChocolate Fudge Pepper Cookies

I recently entered these cookies in a contest. They won first place out of 2,400 entries. Can you guess what the contest was? I can’t stand suspense… it was 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!!!

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

They are best served WITH RED WINE. I added that in bold because you might be tempted to try them with milk or water, but it will not taste the same.

Fudgy Chocolate Cookies with Coarse Ground 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!)

Chocolate Cookie with Pepper

This cookie pairs really well with red wine. I encourage you to test me on that theory!

If you like this recipe you will LOVE this one:

winecakeChocolate Wine Glaze

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?