7 Spicy Sweets to Heat Up Your Dessert Game

Use your spice cabinet to turn traditional desserts into hot stuff.

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Photo By: Matt Armendariz

Sugar and Spice Make Dessert So Nice

Salt isn't the only ingredient that can make sweets taste even better. A little bit of heat can also be a surprisingly delicious complement to sugar. Here, your favorite desserts (like ice cream, brownies and cookies) are coming in hot with fiery seasonings.

Hot Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Try a new twist on the classic peanut butter cookie. Spicy honey adds a kick that lingers after your last bite.

Get the Recipe: Hot Honey Peanut Butter Cookies

Spicy Mango No-Churn Ice Cream

This treat is quick, easy and packs a surprising punch. It's reminiscent of the mango-on-a-stick boardwalk snack — but with some heat.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Mango No-Churn Ice Cream

Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies

Cinnamon and cayenne pepper add a healthy dose of spice to these cakey, smoky brownies.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownies

Spicy Caribbean Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

We reimagined this classic cake so it has some satisfying (and decorative!) heat. Candied chiles replace the traditional maraschino cherries that would typically top this dessert.

Get the Recipe: Caribbean Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Ginger-Black Pepper Ice Cream Sandwiches

Chewy, peppery ginger cookies are perfect anchors for a melty dessert that's chilly and spicy all at the same time.

Get the Recipe: Black Pepper Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cashew and White Chocolate Brittle with Sichuan Peppercorns

This beautiful chocolate-covered brittle is crispy, creamy and packs a peppery punch.

Get the Recipe: Cashew and White Chocolate Brittle with Sichuan Peppercorns

Salt and Pepper Caramels

One bite you'll ask yourself why you ever ate caramel without salt and pepper. These are chewy, salty, spicy — and totally addictive.

Get the Recipe: Salt and Pepper Caramels