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