Fiery Chocolate Chip Habanero Cookies

A spicy twist to a cookie favorite.

Are you a spicy food fan and a chocolate chip cookie purist? These fiery cookies are right up your alley. Nothing fancy, just vanilla-rich cookie dough, delicious chocolate chips (and lots of them), and the big sweet heat of a habanero pepper. It’s a whole lot of flavor in a simple package. If you want things even hotter, double down on the habanero.

Habanero chocolate chip cookies

Fiery Chocolate Chip Habanero Cookies

4 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins


  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon habanero pepper minced
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Soften the butter, then in a large mixing bowl combine the butter and oil.
  • Add in the habanero, brown sugar, regular sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix until fully combined.
  • Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt then add it to the butter mix. Stir to combine.
  • Add the chocolate chips and continue to mix thoroughly.
  • Spoon out the cookie dough onto an oiled cookie sheet, then bake the cookies for approximately 10 minutes or until the cookies are a golden brown.
  • Let cookies rest for 3 to 5 minutes after baking on a rack, then serve.


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on January 20, 2021 to include new content.
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2 stars
Anticlimactic and a bit of a disappointment, to be honest. The flavor and heat of the peppers is barely noticeable.
I think doubling or even tripling the amount of habanero would improve this recipe greatly…..can’t wait to try again.


Just made a batch of these (though I halved the amount of choc chips), and I’m really loving the warm kick you get from them! I had intended to take them into work but we may just end up eating them all at home!