no, not Swiss Miss hot chocolate.
i talkin' muey caliente cayenne HOT...
well...not too hot but just the right amount to counter balance the sweetness of the chocolate and sugar.
this starts out with my good ol' go-to recipe for shortbread cookies i found from Smittenkitchen who adapted it from Dorie G.
from this recipe you can add just about anything...and i have and will continue to do so.
for the Chocolate Chocolate Cayenne cookies i added 2 Tsp cocoa powder, 3/4 c. mini chips and 3/4 tsp cayenne. you might want to start with 1/2 tsp because, as you know, you can always heat things up, but ya can't cool 'em down..
a trick i learned to keep the shape crisp is i add about 1 T. extra flour to the recipe and after cutting shapes i put them back in the fridge for about 10 min....then straight into the oven and bump up the temp about 20-30 degrees for the first 4-5 mins (but DON'T forget to lower it again).
i love these cookies #1 they are kinda fancy (haute, ha ha), and #2 people don't know what that little kick is at the end(if you don't tell)...they'll just ask for more.