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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

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These winter months are a perfect time to be exploring kitchen science.  Kids Kitchen Instructor, Paige led Gateway Elementary students though a process of discovery by demonstrating how cooking changes the properties of food. Using a recipe for Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies which is safe to eat both raw or cooked, students sampled the cookies both before and after cooking to compare. They noticed the heat of cayenne pepper intensified once cooked.  Paige explained this effect is called “blooming a spice.”  Start off your new year exploring in the kitchen with a kick of cayenne.  Trying this recipe as a rolled and chilled no-bake cookie, and or cook for a warm winter chocolate treat.

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate cookies with a pinch of cayenne that are both egg and wheat flour free. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, & Egg Free. Can be rolled, chilled and served as a no-bake cookie, or baked.
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Ingredients
  1. 1⁄4 cup cocoa or cacao powder
  2. 1 1/3 cup quick oats
  3. 1 cup oat or almond flour
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  6. 2 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1/4 tsp red pepper/cayenne, optional (some kids won't like the spice where as some adults prefer the spice.)
  8. 1/2 cup sugar
  9. 1/3 cup vegetable or coconut oil
  10. 1⁄4 c water
  11. 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  12. 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  13. **For oat flour you can just pulse rolled oats in a food processor until they become powder, and measure after processing
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients (cocoa through sugar). Add in oil, water & vanilla and stir together with a rubber spatula until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough approximately 15 minutes or until firm enough to roll into 1” balls (if using coconut oil, don’t refrigerate too long or the dough will become hard). You can also use a 2 tbsp measuring spoon for uniformed sized cookies. Bake these cookies on the middle oven rack for 8-10 minutes. (Cookies will look lightly underdone.) Let cool on tray 5 minutes before eating.
  2. Dust with powdered sugar, optional.
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