These spicy rosemary chocolate chip cookies are bursting with herb flavor, a hint of spice, dipped in dark chocolate and finished with sea salt.

I’ve hated my refrigerator from the day we moved in to this house. Every dumb inch of it’s side by side stainless steel-ness has bothered me.

From the water line that constantly freezes and unfreezes whenever it feels like messing with my 100 ounce daily water consumption needs to the fact that you can’t fit a baking sheet in either the refrigerator OR freezer section unless it’s the smallest one I own and I spend 10 minutes rearranging things to the dying moans it sometimes makes when it wants to tease us into thinking it’s on it’s last leg (yes, I would’ve been happy about that).

Rosemary cayenne chocolate chip cookies
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So, we bought a new one yesterday.

Cayenne rosemary dark chocolate chip cookies

But, not wanting to go out without a bang, of course this one gave me one last slap in the face as I tried to get the chocolate on these cookies to set and stuck the cooling rack in the fridge.

After the aforementioned 10 minutes of rearranging and playing fridge Jenga with everything else so I could fit the rack of cookies on the shelf, an ill-placed container of yogurt fell down smack on top of the rack getting chocolate everywhere and flipping cookies over with its weight.

Spicy dark chocolate rosemary cookies

So peace out Mr. GE piece of crap.

You and your side by side doors won’t be missed, by me or by these spicy rosemary chocolate chip cookies.


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Spicy Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: 12 cookies
Prep: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 1 hour 18 minutes
These spicy rosemary chocolate chip cookies are bursting with herb flavor, a hint of spice, dipped in dark chocolate and finished with sea salt.


For the Cookies

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup gluten free baking flour, or all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate

For the Chocolate Dip

  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • coarse sea salt


For the Cookies

  • Combine the brown sugar and rosemary in the bowl of a stand mixer and rub together with your fingers.
  • Add the butter, maple syrup, vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  • Add the egg and mix again.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder, soda, salt and cayenne in a bowl.
  • With the mixer running, slowly add the flour mixture and mix until fully incorporated.
  • Turn the mixer off and fold in the chopped chocolate with a spatula until combined.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Roll dough into 1-1 1/2 tablespoon balls in your hands, place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and press down gently to slightly flatten.
  • Bake for about 8 minutes until the edges are just starting to turn golden. The cookies will appear undercooked but will firm up once out of the oven.
  • Let them cool for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Chocolate Dip

  • Combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil and microwave until melted. Stir thoroughly.
  • Dip the cooled cookies in the chocolate and sprinkle with the coarse sea salt.
  • Let them rest to set before eating.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 3gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 206mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. im in love with these they turned out perfect not to sweet and definitely a different flavor, the texture was like slicing the top of a cupcake it was so moist and cakey. my new go to!

  2. Wow the rosemary chili chocolate chip cookies are different. Flavorful. Can these cookies be frozen?