A few years after that movie came out I was in France and had an amazing cup of cocoa with a hint of orange, clove cinnamon and a "secret" ingredients. Of course, having seen that movie, I knew that warm flavor that stayed with me after the drink went down was just a hint of chili pepper, but I was instantly hooked, and I craved the stuff.
When I got back to the U.S. I found a recipe for Mayan Hot Cocoa that, with just a single tweak of adding a little orange zest, was pretty much the Holy Grail of cocoa for me!
Ok, fast forward back to this morning when I decided I wanted to make a fall inspired chocolate roll out cookie. I went and drug out that Mayan Cocoa recipe and a basic roll out cookie recipe and went to work trying to turn a hot beverage recipe into a successful roll out cookie recipe. I decided that all new cookies recipes need a name and the appropriate name for the cookies should be something simple that clearly defines what the cookie is all about. Hmmmm, How about Mayan Cocoa Roll Outs? Works for me.
So here is how this whole create a new recipe thingy played out.
First, instead of just granulated sugar, I added in light brown sugar and powdered sugar. Since the price of butter has been skyrocketing I also decided to take a little butter out of the recipe and add a little cream cheese in its place. Of course I also added in some dutch processed cocoa powder. Then it was time for some real flavor.....it was then I realized that not only did I not have vanilla bean paste but I also didn't have an orange. Since I do my best recipe creating looking nothing short of a deranged homeless woman, I decided to stick to items I already had in the pantry. Luckily I had a brand new bottle of vanilla extract and some LorAnn Orange bakery emulsion that I could use. Whew, had it been a couple of weeks from now I might have gotten away with the look but I thought it better to save my small town from an early Halloween horror show.
Next time I might try using orange zest and vanilla bean paste, but, in the end this recipe turned out to be pretty darn yummy just as it was. I hope you will give it a try. You might want to go rent the movie, too!
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