Peggy’s Firecracker Cookies

by Jennifer on March 23, 2012

in Awesome Treats, Drop Cookies, Mad Men Desserts, TV Themed Desserts

Peggy is my favorite female character on Mad Men. People make assumptions about Peggy based on her appearance. She looks sweet and innocent (and dresses the part). But, don’t mess with this chica. She’s ambitious, smart, and finding her feet in a male-dominated world.

“Let’s get liberated.” – Peggy Olson

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I knew I needed to make something special for a pistol like Peggy. Something…surprising and unexpected…

Have you ever tried Chuao chocolate? They have fun, unique flavors and one of my favorites is the Firecracker chocolate bar. It has a nice mild spiciness that builds in your throat as you eat it and…surprise…popping candy! Yes, just like Pop Rocks. It is all kinds of awesome. Perfect for a Peggy cookie.

So, how do they taste? This cookie recipe is honestly one of the best I have ever made. They are soft and chewy, with a wonderful, light crunch. Unfortunately, the popping candy didn’t work after a stint in the oven. Still, the cookies were so Peggy – they look just like regular chocolate chip cookies, but then, as you’re eating, it’s starting to feel warm…wow…is it hot in here to you?

You go girl. Get your liberation on.

Peggy’s Firecracker Cookies
The perfect chocolate chip cookie with a spicy kick!
Recipe type: Drop Cookie
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled (I put mine in the fridge for a couple minutes to quickly get the temperature down)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of Chuao Firecracker chocolate bar, coarsely chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Beat the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together for about a minute. Beat in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture until just combined. Gently stir in the chopped chocolate bar pieces.
  4. Shape dough into balls (about a ¼ cup each) and place on cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes (do not overbake!). Let cookies cool on the baking sheet.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker


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1 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

These cookies look absolutely delicious! Perfect balance of chewy, crunchy and soft. Thanks for sharing. Also, I’m having a great giveaway today with four potential prize winners, so you should enter!


2 Lizy B March 25, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Im a little bit afraid to admit this but…..I’ve never seen Mad Men. Please don’t hate me….. I officially must watch this show and catch up. I promise I will!! Love the idea of a secretly spicy cookie!!


3 Jennifer March 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Oh, the horror! ;) It really is such a fantastic show. It can be slow-building sometimes, but the writing and the acting are amazing. Plus – Jon Hamm. Enough said!


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