A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Will and Dave Willis, brothers and owners of Bully Boy Distillery in Roxbury, at the launch party for their Boston Rum.  We chatted about scheduling a time to do a piece for The Boys Club, but didn’t get around to it until the other week.  The Willis Brothers were generous enough to give me a private tour and sat down to chat with me a bit more about the creation of their very successful business.

Click here to check out the interview and my recipe for The Cedric Street Cocktail, made with their Boston Rum.

  • September 3, 2013 - 7:49 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Great post – such an interesting process! Loved the photos!ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Joanne - I love seeing the photos of this whole process!! And I feel like I need to make a dark and stormy out of that rum…mmm.ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2013 - 8:52 am

    Dan from Platter Talk - Fantastic piece. Love the story and photos!ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2013 - 12:06 pm

    jaime @ laviejaime - i love Bully Boy packaging and products. great piece and photos.
    Nice to find your blog- I am a Southie resident too.ReplyCancel

  • September 4, 2013 - 5:02 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnnn… I loves me some distillation.

    Ron Ron rico!ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2013 - 6:37 am

    Carolyn - Wow, what a gorgeous distillery and that label about a drinking problem made me laugh! I need to check this place out!ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2013 - 7:42 pm

    Monet - How beautiful. Your shots are full of such artistry, Brian. No matter what you’re shooting…I know you will capture the beauty of each moment. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • August 30, 2013 - 12:09 pm

    Dan from Platter Talk - Love the post, profile, photos, and particularly the recipes. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • August 31, 2013 - 12:03 am

    Alison Maguire Sheffield - A lovely tribute to my favorite bar manager.ReplyCancel

  • September 2, 2013 - 7:30 am

    Joanne - The Company Swizzle is probably something I need in my life. On a weekly (daily) basis.ReplyCancel

  • September 4, 2013 - 5:38 pm

    Kristen - Just wow… your photos never cease to amaze me!ReplyCancel

I woke up Saturday morning with Eric sleeping soundly next to me and Maki curled up at the end of the bed.  It took me a moment to realize what was so strange about this: it had been 2 months since I’d been home on a weekend.  Maybe all that travel is why this summer has flown by.  I took this as an opportunity to relax a bit, which meant baking cookies, followed by a day of eating and drinking and time spent outdoors with friends (eating and drinking, of course).  It was exactly what I needed.  A chance to decompress a little.

While I sat at the table, dropping heaping tablespoons of dough onto the baking sheet, Eric walked into the room and inspected the cookies that were cooling on the wire rack.  Always eager to be my taste-tester, he snatched one up and took a bite.

These are great!  Where did you get the recipe?

I looked up.

What do you mean?  I created it.  

They’re really, good. There’s some kick there. Cayenne?  

Yup. And some cinnamon too.

I love that.  Gonna post these on the blog?

Of course.


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  • August 27, 2013 - 1:59 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - Simply gorgeous! I love the combination of chilli and chocolate, no wonder he was so keen to taste these!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 1:59 am

    Kelster - I have to make these very soon!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 7:37 am

    SMITH BITES - yep – chocolate and spices, marriage made in heaven – Eric knows a good thing when he sees it!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Jamie @lifelovelemons - Love the twist the cinnamon gives these! What a warm, yummy sounding cookie!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - These sound amazing!! I love the addition of cinnamon and cayenne!! Gonna have to make these just for me! :)ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 8:48 am

    Tieghan - Double chocolate anything is going to be a winner around here. These are killer and I love you story that goes with them. Too cute!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 9:00 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - I love this!!! I make my hot cocoa with these spices so I know I’d love it in a cookie!!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 11:53 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - You don’t even KNOW how excited I am to make 27 batches of these cookies.

    don’t. even. know.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    Sarvani (baker-in-disguise) - Cayenne.. that’s interesting.. more like intrigued.. should try this soon.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mmmnnn… I LOVES me some cookies – especially when they are double spiced.

    individuales, dobles, triples, infinitoReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Cara - Ah, to be the husband of a food blogger! (PS that’s just what happened to my summer, too. Twins?)ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 4:15 pm

    Ron Hilbink - May Kay and I volunteer to be tasters? They sound like something I would love.ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 6:17 pm

    Kay Frishman - These sound delicious–I think we should have these to taste on the Cape too!ReplyCancel

  • August 27, 2013 - 9:35 pm

    Lisa Anne - Do you think I can leave out the cayenne? Can’t have it.

  • August 28, 2013 - 12:22 am

    Kristen - Oh these cookies have had me craving chocolate since I first saw them this morning! Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2013 - 12:31 am

    Peaches, Please - These sound delish!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2013 - 3:47 am

    Jennifer Akridge - I make brownies with cinnamon and cayenne along with dark chocolate chips. Oh they are divine. Nectar of the Goddesses. I will be baking some of these also.ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2013 - 8:42 am

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This recipe is lovely. Simple and unique at the same time :)ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2013 - 7:16 am

    Joanne - I love lazy weekends. We haven’t had enough of those either!

    The spice in these would make me so so so happy.ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Carolyn - Saw these beauties on Facebook and was enamoured right from the start.ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2013 - 7:29 pm

    Monet - I’m so glad that you had a weekend. We all need those quiet Saturday mornings…especially when they result in creations like this. Thank you for sharing them with us Brian. Love the thought of the chocolate and spice combo.ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    Greg Henry - Cookies say homecoming. Enjoy the time spent there. I have a feeling it’s going to be a busy fall too. GREGReplyCancel

  • September 2, 2013 - 5:59 pm

    MikeVFMK - Love this, Brian! Looks amazing.ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2013 - 11:36 am

    Lora @cakeduchess - oh, gosh how I would love a cookie now with my coffee. I adore spice and chocolate together-just fabulous, Bri!ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2013 - 12:22 am

    Rene Ulrich - oh yummmmm I would switch it to all org. ing. :-) then I can eat them all :-)ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2013 - 6:57 am

    Patty Page - Is it really necessary to shave the chocolate with a chef’s knife? Won’t another method do? They do sound yummy.ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 11:45 am

    Averie @ Averie Cooks - Cinnamon, cayenne, cocoa powder – Chocolate cookies with a kick sound so good right about now!ReplyCancel

  • September 9, 2013 - 3:22 pm

    Shaina - Loving the sweet-hot of these, and they look amazing.ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2013 - 5:34 pm

    nusrat2010 - Fun doubles up when humans take a bite from double chocolate cookies :)And Fun turns into fascination when that cookies have a little spicy kick :)

    I love the real, honest, unpretentious, simple yet glamorous look of your cookies :)

    Hugely inspired to try them ASAP.ReplyCancel

  • September 14, 2013 - 3:23 pm

    The Food Hound - This is such an awesome idea. Like Mexican hot chocolate in cookie form!! I bet they would be great crumbled in chocolate or cinnamon ice cream, too. Well done! I will make these soon!ReplyCancel

  • September 15, 2013 - 10:04 pm

    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction - Oooh… These look amazing! I love pairing chocolate with a little bit of heat and cinnamon. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2014 - 8:45 pm

    Claudia - Did you use Dutch processed or raw cacao powder in this recipe?ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2014 - 6:30 am

    SSL: Desserts, March 1 | EatingPlaces - […] Spiced Double Chocolate Cookies, also from a thought for food, and not a new recipe…but after I found the coconut rice pudding, I started looking around, and you know how it goes. […]ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2014 - 5:58 pm

    salvegging - These were delicious! My favorite texture and thinness. I omitted the cayenne in lieu of a spicy chocolate bar I shaved in. Thank you :)ReplyCancel