One may ask what cookies have to do with BBQ? Well, as a part of this past weekends BBQ competition at Silent Valley was a dessert party the first night. In pot luck fashion, each team was asked to contribute a sweet treat.
I was reading an article about the rise of combining savory flavors in sweet treats so this brought back memories of adding ground hot red pepper flakes to sugar cookie dough. In addition, I thought of also combining the red hot pepper with ground chipotle. You know the rest. Decortaed sugar cookies with a warm kick.
Using a chile pepper and a pig cookie cutter with bold colored royal icing, our contribution was created.
To my favorite sugar cookie recipe, I added 1 tsp ground chipotle and 1/2 tsp ground pepper flakes. The cookies were not as warming/hot as I hoped. Next time, I'll increase the ground pepper flakes to 1 tsp.
The other change I made was to use key lime juice in place of water in the royal icing recipe. The key lime flavor was very mild.
When you bite into one of these, the first flavor is that of a nice sugar cookie. After a few seconds, a gentle welcome and warming sensation occurs in your mouth. Voila! BBQ cookies.