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Craving: Mexican Hot-Chocolate Cookies

March 14, 2011

If you’ve ever savored a cup of Mexican Hot-Chocolate then you might have an idea what these cookies taste like. The texture is chewy on the inside with a little crunch from the cinnamon sugar on the outside. The flavor is rich chocolate, warm cinnamon and a spicy kick from the chili. The result is so addictive.  This is what I consider grown-up cookie heaven.

Mexican Hot-Chocolate Cookies recipe via Martha Stewart

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chile powder (optional) – I used cayenne but you can also use arboln ancho or chipotle.


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down side of bowl. Add eggs and beat to combine. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, and chile powder (if using). Using heaping tablespoons, form balls of dough and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place, about 3 inches apart, on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are set in center and begin to crack, about 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Let cookies cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to racks to cool completely. (Store in an airtight container, up to 1 week.)

Freutcake Tip: These would be perfect to serve at an adult dinner party!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. comodore permalink
    March 14, 2011 10:09 am

    these look so darn good.

  2. March 14, 2011 10:56 am

    Sounds like the perfect cookie!

  3. March 14, 2011 9:27 pm

    Mexican Hot Chocolate is my favorite, I can’t wait to make these!!! They look soooo Good!!!!!!!!

  4. Mom permalink
    March 15, 2011 12:38 pm

    It really is great being the mom of someone like Leah. There just happened to be ONE of these delicious cookies left when I popped in for a visit this weekend 🙂 All I can say is muy bueno!

  5. peter Culpepper permalink
    March 20, 2011 10:30 am

    That sounds really good and it looks like if you add the chile powder it might have a little spice to it. That could be interesting an delicious.

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