Feel the Heat: Hatch Chile Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add a little spice to your sweets with these Hatch Chile Chocolate Chip Cookies. Perfect with mild or spicy hatch chiles.

Hatch Chile Chocolate Chip Cookies by FamilySpice.com

Those of us on the west coast and southwest US are pretty fanatical about our chiles. I grew up in Houston, attended the University of Arizona and lived in Florida and now California. I was always exposed to spicy food, but never really cared for it. It was only recently that I decided to shed my wimpy, mild side and train my taste buds to feel the chile heat. I know that if my brother ever reads this post, he will laugh hysterically. When we were kids, he tried to get me to eat jalapeños, the pepper of choice in Texas. I refused to take the bait. And here I am, a little older and definitely not that much wiser, and I’m complaining that my meals aren’t spicy enough. Go figure.

We are in the midst of Hatch Chile season, right now. Hatch Chiles, if you do not know, are chiles that come from Hatch, New Mexico. They are large peppers and are available in mild or spicy. Melissa’s Produce was kind enough to send me a box to play with, and I asked for mild chiles. I suppose I’m still a bit intimidated with my chiles.

After attending a few produce shows in the past, I have sampled many treats made by Melissa’s. And one that stuck in my head were their Hatch Chile Chocolate Chip Cookies. There is something about a little kick of heat with chocolate that really lights me up!


I decided to make my own version.

If you are using mild chiles, you can get away with two Hatch chiles for every batch you whip up. But depending on your heat tolerance, I think you should reduce it to one chile when using the spicy versions. I tried the cookies with roasted chiles as well as unroasted (raw) and I preferred the cookie flavor with the roasted. The extra step is definitely worth it.

Hatch Chiles for Hatch Chile Chocolate Chip Cookies by FamilySpice.com

I followed the pan roasting technique I learned from Shockingly Delicious. Super easy, especially if you are roasting a small number of chiles. Dorothy also has a terrific variety of hatch chile recipes, too!

This recipe produces thin, crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside chocolate chip cookies. I threw in some whole wheat flour and wheat bran for good measure!

Hatch Chile Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pepper and chocolate have always paired well. This chocolate chip cookie gets its heat from hatch chiles! Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice


  • 1 spicy hatch chiles
  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, light
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, large
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet


  1. Wash and pat dry:
    • 1 spicy hatch chiles
  2. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat and place chile inside.
  3. Cook chile and turn chile over until all sides are browned, about 15 minutes.
  4. Place hot chile in a thick heat-proof bag and loosely fold over to close.
  5. The steam will continue to "cook" the chile and do not remove from the bag until it is cool enough to touch, about 90 minutes.
  6. Peel the chile, remove the seeds and dice.
  7. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  8. Whisk together in a medium-sized bowl:
    • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup wheat bran
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 3/4 tsp salt
  9. In another large bowl, cream together until smooth with a stand mixer or hand-held mixer:
    • 1 cup butter, unsalted , room temperature
    • 1 1/2 cup brown sugar, light
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  10. On low speed, mix in one at a time:
    • 2 eggs, large
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  11. In batches, add flour mixture into butter mixture until thoroughly combined.
  12. Stir in hatch chiles by hand, along with:
    • 2 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  13. Scoop out 1 rounded tablespoon and transfer cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheet.
  14. Space the dough balls 2-inches from each other and from the edge of the baking sheet.
  15. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned.
  16. Allow cookies to cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove with a spatula and place on a cooling rack to cool completely, about 10 minutes per batch.


Cooking Tips: This recipe uses 1 spicy Hatch Chile. If using mild chiles, you can add 2 chiles to this recipe.

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Yield: 24 servings

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So how do you like the heat? Mild or Flaming HOT?!

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12 Responses to Feel the Heat: Hatch Chile Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. I like mild to medium. I want to keep my lips just where they are. 🙂

  2. Loved these cookies at the show…can’t wait to try your version because these cookies are one tasty bite!!!

  3. mjskit at #

    The smell of roasting chiles is one of the best smells in the world, but now – chocolate chip with roasted chile? I bet these smell heavenly and taste even better. I love this time of year! 🙂

  4. I love Hatch chiles and often grill them. Such a creative idea to add them to cookies!

  5. Laura — your photos are always unbelievable gorgeous! I could stare at them all day. And oh how I’d love to bite into one of these cookies!

  6. Carolyn at #

    I love the idea of chilies in these cookies!

  7. I really must try baking with chillies. I know it is done a lot but I have never ventured down that road.

  8. We don’t get hatch chillies over here, but I love the idea of adding chilli to chocolate chip cookies! Great recipe Laura 🙂 I am a chilli fiend, so I can eat anything from mild to flaming hot (though I do prefer medium-hot level, as sometimes the ‘flaming’ heat can prevent taste buds from registering the complexity of the other flavours). Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Hey ho, those look magnificent!
    I want, I want!
    Thanks for linking to my tutorial on how to roast, stovetop.
    ALSO, here’s an idea….use 1/4-1/2 tsp. Hatch chile powder in addition to your roasted fresh chiles.

  10. Chile chocolate chip cookies?!? Mind-bogglingly delish 🙂

    I love spicy foods but NOT the scorching hot type. I want to be able to taste and enjoy morsels!

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