I’m not much for chocolate desserts.  Given a choice, I always pick something fruity. This extends to cookies.  Chocolate chip just aren’t my favorite.  I also love a little hint of heat in my desserts.  That’s why this cookie recipe is one of my favorites.  I have not tried it with Nephilium’s twist of salting the cookie sheet, but I will when I make them next.


1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 large egg, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste, it should have just a hint of heat.)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

¼ cup chopped peanuts


Kosher salt


Heat oven to 350 degrees

Beat together sugar, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy

Add egg, vanilla, and cayenne pepper and beat until well mixed

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix well.

Stir in the chopped peanuts until well distributed

Sprinkle kosher salt on an ungreased baking sheet. (This is a tip from Nephilium.)

Form the cookie dough into 1 ½ inch balls and place on the prepared sheet about 2 inches apart.

Flatten the balls using a fork dipped in sugar and forming a cross hatch pattern

Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned.

Cool on a rack and enjoy.

Makes about 40 cookies.


I like this recipe because it doesn’t require chilling the dough before forming into balls, and because it tastes good.  What’s your favorite cookie recipe?