A hint of spice from cayenne pepper and a crunchy sugar exterior elevates these chocolate cookies. Make an adult version and infuse these with your favorite Bourbon.
Demerara sugar is a type of cane sugar with a coarse grain and light tan color. It’s used as a garnishing sugar in baking to add crunch to the tops of baked goods, and is also popular for sweetening coffee, tea, and other drinks.
Wow, you’ve got some beautiful ingredients! Once you’ve unpacked your Red Velvet kit, take out 1 egg from your refrigerator. Line a baking sheet with the parchment paper provided. Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place demerara sugar in a small bowl. If you are making the adult version of these cookies, add your favorite Bourbon until well coated but not soaking (about 1 to 2 tablespoons).
In a large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, vegetable oil and the egg until combined. Use a spatula to add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cayenne pepper, and salt until the dough comes together and a ball of dough is formed.
Using the palms of your hands, roll about 18 balls of dough the size of a golf ball.
Roll cookies in demerara sugar until well coated. Tip: if the sugar is not sticking enough, add a little bit of water to the mixture. Place on a baking sheet at least 2” apart. Pat down cookies gently so they flatten into disks (cookies do not spread much while baking).
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until cookies form cracks. Remove the cookies from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Enjoy with a cup of tea or a glass of your favorite bourbon on the rocks!