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Chocolate cookies are scattered on a beige wooden surface, with a spoonful of cayenne pepper, cinnamon sticks, and a tall stack of cookies in the middle.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

  • Author: Shanna Mallon
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1/2 Dozen Cookies 1x


Rich, spicy Mexican hot chocolate cookies are the slice-n-bake treat you won’t be able to resist. And you can freeze the dough for later use.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg


  1. Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.
  2. Sift the sugars together into a separate medium bowl, and remove any hard lumps.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and coconut oil until creamy with the paddle attachment on medium speed.
  4. Add sugar mixture, cinnamon, cayenne, and vanilla. Beat on high speed for about one minute. Then beat in the egg.
  5. Add the flour mixture. Beat on low speed just until incorporated. Gather the dough together with your hands and form it into a neat 9- to 10-inch log.
  6. Wrap in waxed paper. Fold or twist ends of paper without pinching or flattening the log.
  7. Chill at least 45 minutes, or until needed. Place oven racks in the upper and lower third of the oven and preheat to 350°F.
  8. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Use a sharp knife to slice rounds of chilled dough that are a scant 1/4 inch thick.
  9. Place 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes.
  10. Cookies will puff and crackle on top, and then begin to settle down slightly when done. Use a metal spatula to transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  11. Cool completely before storing or stacking. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Category: Cooking
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: Halloween, dia de muertos, chocolate, cookie, spicy