Spicy desserts?
July 23, 2013 1:57 PM   Subscribe

I'm going to a "spicy food party" this weekend, and I want to bring a dessert...

It doesn't have to be "hot-spicy" (I won a prize 2 years ago for a double-ginger rum cake) but I'm not against that either.

Mr. Arkham is probably going to make chipotle-chocolate rice treats, so I don't want to go with a chile/chocolate combo. Does anyone have any personally tested, tried-and-true recipes? I already Googled some up, but don't have time to make a test batch.
posted by JoanArkham to Food & Drink (39 answers total) 76 users marked this as a favorite
 
Oops, forgot to add: my skills and equipment are pretty basic. I can do cookies, brownies, and unfrosted cakes. (I suck at frosting.)
posted by JoanArkham at 1:58 PM on July 23, 2013


Chipotle/apricot is the world's most magical flavor combination. When I worked at an ice pop store, our chipotle apricot cream flavor was one of my absolute favorites.

If I were you, I might do a batch of chipotle apricot cream pops and a batch of pineapple jalapeno ice pops.

(If you don't want to get pop molds, you could also make granita-style ice cream or sorbet by freezing on a cookie sheet and stirring up every once in a while.)
posted by showbiz_liz at 2:01 PM on July 23, 2013 [7 favorites]


I made thumbprint cookies with hot pepper jelly for a meetup. They were delicious! Try to get the hottest jelly you can find, because the heat will be diluted a lot with the sugary dough.
posted by hydrophonic at 2:04 PM on July 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


These Chinese five spice cookies are really good. I'm telling you right now, though--you want to seriously up the amount of fivespice in there. It calls for one teaspoon. You will want to put in at least three tablespoons.
posted by phunniemee at 2:06 PM on July 23, 2013 [5 favorites]


I made thumbprint cookies with hot pepper jelly for a meetup. They were delicious! Try to get the hottest jelly you can find, because the heat will be diluted a lot with the sugary dough.

I ate these! They were fucking baller. I retract my earlier suggestion of five spice cookies. You should make these instead.
posted by phunniemee at 2:06 PM on July 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Cinnamon is spicy, as is ginger. A really strongly gingersnap or something would work, or something involving cinnamon hearts. They work as decoration on cookies or cakes.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 2:08 PM on July 23, 2013


Wasabi sorbet
posted by Monsieur Caution at 2:08 PM on July 23, 2013


Ginger juice! You want ginger juice, hoss. Buy a bunch o' fresh ginger, toss it a food processor/blender with a bit of water, whiz it up, strain it through [paper towels/cheesecloth/a clean dishtowel]. It is bright and spicy and magical and nothing like the stupid powdery spice jar stuff. Once you have your Magic Ginger Juice, you can incorporate it into all SORTS of interesting things:

- Popsicles or sorbet.
- Ginger milk pudding (it's dessert AND science!).
- Gingerbread/gingersnaps, as PuppetMcSockerson suggested.
posted by julthumbscrew at 2:09 PM on July 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Korean cinammon ginger tea (sujeonggwa) is traditionally served as a dessert. The drink has a spicy bite from the combination of ginger and cinammon, and is a nice refreshing drink when served cold.
posted by needled at 2:09 PM on July 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Cinnamon Schnapps Jello Shots

classy!
posted by bobdow at 2:10 PM on July 23, 2013


Thanks, all! These are all awesome ideas, and I'm bookmarking this to refer to beyond this week's party.

The thumbprints may work. I actually have a jar of mysterious hot pepper jelly my aunt brought me from Cape Cod, and my mom has a thumbprint cookie recipe she's made for Christmas forever.

Also thinking I may not have time to develop/test it out for this year, but the idea of a chipotle apricot cheesecake is now intriguing me.
posted by JoanArkham at 2:12 PM on July 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


These sparkled ginger cookies are out of this world and pretty much foolproof. I like to add extra ginger powder as well as some white pepper, and chop up bits of candied ginger to roll each cookie in before I bake them.

Watermelon-mint salad tossed with lime juice and cracked black pepper, cayenne, or a dash of chipotle powder is also phenomenal, and really nice to enjoy in the summer heat.
posted by divined by radio at 2:13 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


These Sriracha Peanut Butter Cookies are really good.
posted by bradf at 2:13 PM on July 23, 2013 [8 favorites]


Also thinking I may not have time to develop/test it out for this year, but the idea of a chipotle apricot cheesecake is now intriguing me.

Oh my god I am stealing this
posted by showbiz_liz at 2:15 PM on July 23, 2013 [3 favorites]


Pumpkin ginger cheesecake, with extra crystallized ginger studding the top.
posted by jetlagaddict at 2:22 PM on July 23, 2013


Garam Masala Cookies. I'd add a bit of cayenne as well, since hot-n-spicy is the main requirement in this case.
posted by deadmessenger at 2:23 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Seconding the sriracha peanut butter cookies. My friends always go crazy over them. They're also great with almond butter.
posted by smich at 2:27 PM on July 23, 2013


Seconding sujeonggwa. Lovely.

Traditional ginger beer is good and spicy. Jamaican-style is genuinely explosive.
posted by scruss at 2:33 PM on July 23, 2013


Try a fruit chat masala.
posted by Leon at 2:34 PM on July 23, 2013


I just came in to also recommend fruit chaat. Pakistanis love to have this when breaking fast for Ramadan (after the traditional date).
posted by planetesimal at 2:42 PM on July 23, 2013 [4 favorites]


I was at our local taco truck one day when a gentleman came up and bought a gallon bag of cut watermelon, walked over to the hot sauce and poured a bunch of it in and then proceeded to eat with great relish. I had to try it, turned out to be awesome.
posted by Runes at 2:46 PM on July 23, 2013


Whatever you make, garnish it with a side of fresh strawberries, sliced and dusted with powdered sugar and cracked black pepper. Magical surprise flavor combo.
posted by Mizu at 3:05 PM on July 23, 2013


Thirding sujeonggwa.

Also:
Once I went to a dessert potluck party, in which everyone was supposed to make a dessert. There were a lot of stellar creations - cheesecake, brownies, ice cream, sweet pie, etc. etc.

One of my friends, however, didn't fully understand and brought a salad instead. It turned out that the salad was the by far the _most_ popular item at the party, since it was the only respite from sweetness that everyone had. When all you have is sweetness, tart/fresh/cold greens are absolutely refreshing and amazing in contrast.

So that having said - maybe bring a chilled yogurt drink, as the opposite of spiciness? Turkish ayran?
posted by suedehead at 3:33 PM on July 23, 2013 [2 favorites]


Chocolate (hot chocolate, brownies, cake) with cinnamon and cayenne is a great combo.
posted by fireandthud at 3:36 PM on July 23, 2013


OK, don't hurl, but this Jello salad is pretty good!
posted by peep at 3:55 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Sriracha over crushed pineapple on vanilla ice cream, sprinkled with candied ginger bits. Sweet, spicy, hot and cool all at once.

Pineapple spears with a squeeze of fresh lime, sprinkled with chili powder. Delicious.
posted by erst at 4:02 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


Spicy brownies with chipotle.
posted by murphy slaw at 4:26 PM on July 23, 2013


Chili and fruit paletas (popsicles) are delicious. I recommend using mango, pineapple, tamarind or watermelon. Add some Chile Tajín on the side.
posted by clearlydemon at 4:31 PM on July 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


These spicy chocolate chip cookies are pretty much wonderful.
posted by darchildre at 4:42 PM on July 23, 2013


i've been eating fruit chaat every night for the last two weeks (guess why ;)) and that recipe is good but i'd recommend subbing lime juice for orange juice. just a suggestion :)

bookmarking this thread. <3 all of you.
posted by raihan_ at 4:51 PM on July 23, 2013


Do you have an ice cream maker? If you this vanilla habanero ice cream looks good.

Serve with hot pepper jelly candied walnuts or maybe put a candied walnut in half the thumbprint cookies and jelly in the other half?

You can make sweet sauces (and as a result your own hot sauce) by starting with a good fruit preserve. For example, get a decent peach jam/preserve and put, say, a cup of it in a non-reactive sauce pan and add the a finely diced and skinned peach and a minced and seeded habanero pepper (or a couple hot cherry peppers or a couple jalapenos). Cook on low until the fruit softens and the mixture becomes a looser sauce. The water in the fruit should be enough to do that, but if you cook the water out, you'll have to add a little more liquid in. I'd add a fruit brandy. Serve that over vanilly ice cream.
posted by plinth at 4:53 PM on July 23, 2013


This spicy caramel popcorn is easy and addictive. Add nuts for more deliciousness.
posted by TrarNoir at 6:02 PM on July 23, 2013


I got this one.

Mark Bittman's recipe for sweet corn flan is simply phenomenal. (And if custards/puddings/flans intimidate you, it's also pretty foolproof if you follow the directions.) I'd add a dried chipotle as it steeps -- or a teaspoon or so of adobo -- to turn it into a sweet and spicy dessert.

If you don't have ramekins, no worry. Just make it in the largest baking dish you can fit into a water bath, then serve in individual bowls or wine glasses.
posted by mudpuppie at 6:20 PM on July 23, 2013


Tabasco Pumpkin Pie. We have made this and it is DELICIOUS.

My *dream* is to find a recipe for First Slice's Tabasco Cream Pie but the pumpkin is quite good.
posted by bibliogrrl at 6:30 PM on July 23, 2013


Wow...so many good ideas. I think I'm going with the siracha peanut butter cookies, since I already have everything I need and it seems like an easy recipe. I'll definitely be trying a bunch more of these though!

Tempted to make something off this thread for this year's work bake off, after last year's chocolate stout cake was "too weird."
posted by JoanArkham at 6:52 PM on July 23, 2013


TraNoir beat me to the spicy popcorn, but here's another recipe, this with cinnamon and cayenne. It's delicious.
posted by paradeofblimps at 7:20 PM on July 23, 2013


Should your plans suddenly change and you need a stupid easy, incredible tasty spicy mocha pound cake, here you go. Addictive.
posted by Space Kitty at 12:04 AM on July 24, 2013


My colleague made an amazing chocolate cake paired with a spiced red wine sauce for my birthday party recently - it's amazing - details here
posted by loominpapa at 1:53 AM on July 24, 2013


Peanut Butter Sriracha Cookies came out great! I stuck to the recipe, but added about a teaspoon of chipotle to the sugar I used to roll the cookies in for added spice. Thanks to all, and I'm definitely going to try some of the other ideas in this read.
posted by JoanArkham at 4:26 PM on July 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


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