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Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Sriracha Ganache ~ #SweetTreat

Double Chocolate brownie cookies drizzled with a spicy Sriracha ganache.

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I hope you like your sweet with your spicy, because I made you thick, gooey brownie cookies topped with a unique ganache made with spicy Sriracha sauce.

Are you familiar with Sriracha? I only take every opportunity I get to slather whatever I’m eating with the vibrant red chili sauce. It’s not overly spicy, but it does pack a wee kick. In the ganache, the Sriracha creates a gentle warmth in the background. I even added a pinch of cayenne pepper—totally optional—for an extra kick of heat.

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I was a little nervous about these cookies. Chocolate and Sriracha is a fairly odd combination for most. For years chefs and bakers have been pairing chili with chocolate, but not everyone is a chef or a baker. I was concerned that people wouldn’t understand and accept these cookies.

Sriracha in chocolate… Say what?

That’s what you’re probably thinking, right? One bite is all it will take to fall in love with this unconventional combination.

Squirrel loved them, but I figured as much—the man loves spicy food. I sent the remaining cookies to work with him, and his coworkers gobbled them up. I asked him how the guys liked the cookies, and his response was, “The bowl’s empty, isn’t it?”

Enough said.

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I’m participating in the Baker’s Joy “Which Sweet Treat Are You” campaign. Each baker was paired with a specific personality. I was chosen to represent the “Comedic” personality, which meant using an unusual ingredient in my recipe. While Sriracha isn’t particularly unusual, you don’t often find it paired with a sweet dessert.

Since chocolate and spice go well together, I decided to create a sweet chocolate brownie cookie with a Sriracha ganache.

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Baker’s Joy fans will have a chance to participate in a “Which Sweet Treat Are You?” personality quiz. Each personality result is represented by a specific “sweet treat” recipe made specifically for this quiz by bakers across the web.

You can take the quiz daily for a chance to win daily prizes and be entered for a chance to win the grand prize. Daily winners will receive a $50 Visa gift card and a year’s supply of Baker’s Joy. One grand prize winner will win a $500 Visa gift card, a KitchenAid mixer, and a year’s supply of Baker’s Joy.

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The brownie cookie yields a rich, gooey cookie that isn’t shy with the chocolate. What makes this cookie so rich is the 1 cup of melted chocolate that gets mixed in to the batter. If that isn’t enough chocolate for you, a generous scoop of chips get folded in at the end.

The key to big, thick cookies is chilling the dough. Do not skip this step. The dough needs to rest in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. I know it’s hard to wait for cookies, but, I promise, they’re worth the wait.

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These cookies are a bit delicate, so you’ll want to line your cookie sheet with parchment and spray the parchment with a light coating of non-stick spray with flour (such as Baker’s Joy). Once the cookies are finished baking, allow them to cool on the sheet for at least 5 minutes before removing with a thin spatula and transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Let’s talk about the exciting part: the ganache! If you haven’t made ganache before, you’ll find it simple and rewarding.

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Bring a 1/4 cup of milk to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. While the milk is heating, add the chocolate, Sriracha, and cayenne pepper (if using) to a bowl. Pour the hot milk over the chocolate. Allow the mixture to rest for 3 minutes, just enough time to let the chocolate melt. Stir until smooth.

If you’re not keen on spicy ganache, feel free to leave out the Sriracha and cayenne pepper.

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With a spoon or a fork, drizzle each cookie with a generous drizzle of ganache. The ganache adds a spicy, mildly salty warmth to the top of each cookie. It’s a perfect complement to the sweet cookie.

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Don’t forget to take the Baker’s Joy “What Sweet Treat Are You?” quiz uiz for a chance to win some fun prizes.

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Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Sriracha Ganache

Thick, gooey chocolate brownie cookies drizzled with a spicy Sriracha ganache.

Yield: 20 cookies

Prep Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours 33 minutes

Ingredients:

Cookies:

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon instant espresso powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 large eggs, at room-temperature

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Sriracha Ganache:

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup dark chocolate

3/4 teaspoon Sriracha

Pinch of cayenne (optional)

 

Directions:

 Cookies: 

Simmer 1 inch of water in a medium saucepan. Place 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips and butter in a medium heatproof bowl and place the bowl over, not touching, the simmering water. Melt the chocolate and butter together until the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.

In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together granulated sugar, brown sugar, espresso powder, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add the cooled chocolate mixture to the sugar mixture and whisk until smooth.

Using a rubber spatula, gently fold the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture until just combined.

Fold in the chocolate chips.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before baking. Refrigerating the cookie dough will yield thicker, softer cookies.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with a light coating of Baker’s Joy Non-Stick Baking Spray with Flour.

Using a 1-inch cookie scoop or tablespoon, dollop the batter onto the prepared cookie sheet, spacing the cookies 3 inches apart. Bake for 13 minutes.

Allow the cookies to rest for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before placing them on a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will be delicate, so be gentle when removing them from the baking sheet.

Sriracha Ganache:

Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot to the touch.

While the cream is heating, add chocolate, Sriracha, and, if using, cayenne pepper to a small bowl.

Pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Allow the mixture to rest for 3 minutes.

Using a small rubber spatula, stir the mixture until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Using a spoon or fork, drizzle the ganache over the cooled cookies.

 

Disclosure: I was compensated by Baker’s Joy to create a recipe for their “What Sweet Treat Are You?” campaign. All opinions are my own.

   

46 Responses to “Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Sriracha Ganache ~ #SweetTreat”

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 23, 2014 at 6:43 am

    You just blew my mind with these babies! I get the chocolate brownie cookies (which sounds yum!) but a sriracha ganache? SO CREATIVE. I am obsessed. Pinned!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Thanks, Taylor!

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    shannon — April 23, 2014 at 8:08 am

    hey: you know i’m totally cool with using something like sriracha in a baked good, because it can be really delicious. i mean, people use things like cayenne, right? hellooo? it’s good to be adventurous b/c you just never know. and what a great way to use sriracha! i like that you used it as a glaze; a good and easy way to get it in those lovely cookies. nice work, Jennie. :)

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:54 am

      I love being adventurous and baking outside the box. Thanks so much, Shannon!

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    Kelly — April 23, 2014 at 8:16 am

    These chocolate brownie cookies look amazing Jennie! I am obsessed with sriracha but have never tried it with sweets. What a brilliant idea – super creative and I’m so intrigued to try this out – pinned :)

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Thanks, Kelly!

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    Laura Dembowski — April 23, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Spice and chocolate are the perfect pair. These cookies look delicious!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Thanks, Laura!

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    Julia — April 23, 2014 at 8:39 am

    Sriracha ganache?!! I love you!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Thanks for the Sriracha love, Julia!

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    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life — April 23, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Whoa. Sriracha (whew, I’m even having a hard time spelling it haha!) and brownies and cookies all in one recipe – that is impressive, Jennie! My favorite treats are the advernturous ones, so this looks worth a shot! Love love love the photos, too!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:55 am

      I had to look up the spelling a few times, Mary Frances. Thank you so much!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 23, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I absolutely LOVE that glaze. there’s nothing better than a spicy chocolate combination for dessert!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Thank you so much, Gina!

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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — April 23, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    That ganache sounds like heaven. Sweet and spicy is my jam! And the brownie cookies sound good too. ;)

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Thanks, Kim!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — April 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    These cookies are out of this world!! How genius to add sriracha! You rock, Jennie!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Thanks, Anna!

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    Mariana @The Candid Kitchen — April 23, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Your very brave adding all that fiery heat to food. I am such a wimp when it comes to spicy food. But maybe the chocolate will take off the edge?!?!?!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 9:58 am

      The ganache isn’t spicy; it’s more warm than hot. You get the salty warmth of the Sriracha in the ganache. It’s really lovely. I think you’re safe to eat one of these without your mouth catching fire. Thanks!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — April 23, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    But I don’t waaaaaannaaaaaa wait for cookies!!! Lol, I’m just being a brat. These look like serious business, Jennie. The mammoth amount of chocolate in these gorgeous brownie cookies is perfect (the more chocolate the better!) and I love spicy/sweet combos. Have you been keeping up with all the sriracha drama in California? I’ve been glancing at the headlines – all I know is that the sriracha company has had complaints that it’s a public nuisance by pumping spice into the air and there are attempts at shutting it down. Devastating, right?! I hope you stock up so that you can continue making that luscious sriracha ganache!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:00 am

      I’m so freakin’ impatient, Nancy. I feel ya! You can’t go wrong with triple the chocolate. Yes, I heard about the Sriracha plant. I get that it’s producing a strong scent, but I don’t want to live without the spicy red sauce either. Ugh! What to do? Thanks so much, Nancy!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — April 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    What a cool program-I love that they had you guys make desserts to go with personality traits! (I was the peach bundt cake thing for the record :P)

    I’ve never actually had sriracha because my tolerance for spicy is pretty much 0 but these cookies look sooo good that maybe I could give it a try ;P

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Thank you so much, Kayle. I really enjoyed participating in this particular campaign. I thought Baker’s Joy was brilliant for coming up with a sweet treat personality quiz.

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    Nicole~Cooking for Keeps — April 23, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I don’t know who would be afraid of these guys!! Love me some sweet and spicy — ALWAYS a good idea. These are on my must make list!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Sweet and spicy is the way to go! Thanks so much, Nicole.

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    Jenn @ Deliciously Sprinkled — April 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Jennie, you are GENIUS! I can’t wait to try these brownie cookies with sriracha ganache, my husband is going to LOVE them! Pinned :)

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Thanks, Jenn! Squirrel devoured these babies.

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    Connie | URBAN BAKES — April 24, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I am the biggest baby when it comes to spicy but I know A LOT of people that would love these cookies mainly because of the sriracha sauce. That’s very creative! PS: you photos are gorgeous!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Thank you so much, Connie!

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    movita beaucoup — April 24, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Mother of pearl! I saw these cookies in my feedly, and died. Then I read “sriracha ganache” in the title, and died again. I’m twice dead over these gorgeous things.

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:05 am

      I’m not going to lie, Movita, I’m feeling quite proud :)

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    Amy | Club Narwhal — April 24, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Holy cow, I LOVE that you use sriracha in your ganache! I can just imagine how amazing that sweet/spicy combo tastes on these gorgeous cookies :)

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:05 am

      The ganache is really good. Thank you so much, Amy!

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    Kelly — April 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I LOVE sriracha!! What a unique combination! I will definitely be trying these out!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Thanks, Kelly!

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    Kate | Food Babbles — April 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    These are GENIUS!! I love sriracha and chocolate together so I know I would devour these. Gotta gotta make them! Yum.

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:06 am

      Thanks, Kate!

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    Jamie@Milk N Cookies — April 25, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I love this idea! I made sriracha caramel corn a while back and loved the sweet/spicy combo. I’m positive that i would love these as well. (BTW, I took the quiz and got Vanilla Bean Doughnut. Which is pretty much the polar opposite of spicy, haha!)

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:07 am

      I bet Sriracha and caramel go brilliantly together. That is too funny, Jamie. Thanks!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — April 25, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Get OUT. Sriracha on cookies?! I think I’m in love. What a great sweet-spicy combination!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thanks, Georgia!

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    mjskit — April 25, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Oh how I love spicy chocolate cookies! I’ve added hot red chile powder to chocolate cookies but never Sriracha. What a fabulous idea! I’m making these next! They look quite awesome!

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    • Jennie replied April 28th, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Thanks, MJ!

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    Meghan — April 28, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Sweet and spicy is the best! These cookies look amazing, girl! Love the photos too!

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    Smitten Foodie — May 3, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Sriracha Genache…..get out of town!! This sounds amazing!

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