These Mexican hot chocolate cookies are soft and chewy with crisp, crackly tops and a subtle kick of heat – no mixer needed! If you've never tried spicy chocolate cookies before, this recipe is a must. Try one of these other chocolate or cookie recipes next.
Abbie said: “These cookies are so exquisite, five stars don’t do them justice. Since stumbling on the recipe a couple of weeks ago, I’ve made multiple batches at the request/impassioned plea of various recipients. I love the recipe as is; my boyfriend likes the addition of chocolate chips. Either way, a standout treat. Thank you! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“
I have a question for you: Are you Team Soft Cookies or Team Crispy Cookies?
I've never been a big fan of crispy cookies. Don't get me wrong, they have their place in the universe – it's just not really my thing.
When I bite into a cookie, I want it to be a soft, chewy, pillowy bite of heaven and I don't want to have to worry about it crumbling all over me.
And when I say soft and chewy, we're talking about opening a container of cookies a week after you baked them, and they're still so soft.
Not that these Mexican hot chocolate cookies will last that long, though.
I don't want to sound arrogant, but I can't overstate how good these are. My husband brought a bunch of these into work and a couple of the responses were:
- A Slack message with this Cookie Monster meme and the caption, “Oh my goodness that's a good cookie”.
- An email with the subject line, “THESE COOKIES ARE SO GOOD”
These cookies bring people together, my friends. Some coworkers who normally don't interact bonded over their shared love of these cookies.
And while I never post recipes I'm not proud of, but I have to admit – this might be one of my all time favorites.
I don't know why, but I've always had an obsession with crinkly cookies. Somehow, they taste better when they have crinkles, don't you think?
Yeah… yeah, they definitely do.
Plus, the crinkles create a more visually interesting cookie, and that's a nice added bonus. Pretty cookie are more fun to show off anyway.
Tips for making these chewy Mexican hot chocolate cookies
Use a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out the dough. It makes the perfect size cookie that's not too big, but big enough that it'll take more than two bites to eat it.
Scoop all the balls of dough at once (then gently roll between your hands and roll in sugar), and store them on a plate in the fridge. Each time you're ready to bake a batch, just grab them off the plate, plop them on your prepared baking sheet, and you're done!
This way, your dough won't get too warm as you're working with it and your batches will all be consistent.
Don't bake more than six at a time in each batch. This gives them plenty of room to spread as they bake, and I find that it's the perfect number to have them all bake evenly every time.
Tweak the amount of cayenne and chili powder to your liking. The amount I list in the recipe below gives them a subtle heat that slowly creeps in after you swallow each bite. You don't notice it at first, but after a few bites you have a moment of, “Oh, there it is!”
These are by no means spicy to a point that you're going to be running for a glass of milk, it's just a mild heat that adds a little somethin' somethin' to the chocolate and cinnamon flavors.
And if you don't like spice or heat at all, you can just leave it out. You'll just have delicious chewy chocolate crinkle cookies instead of Mexican hot chocolate cookies!
More chewy cookies!
- Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chewy Margarita Cookies
- Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
- Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Fluffernutter Cookies
- Grinch Crinkle Cookies
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Chewy Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Pinch of chili powder
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup Karo® Corn Syrup
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ to ⅓ cup granulated sugar, for rolling
- In a medium bowl, whisk to combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, cayenne pepper and chili powder. Set aside.1 1/2 cups (187 ½ g) all purpose flour1 1/2 teaspoons (1 ½ teaspoons) ground cinnamon1 1/2 teaspoons (1 ½ teaspoons) baking soda1/2 teaspoon (½ teaspoon) salt1/4 teaspoon (¼ teaspoon) cayenne pepperPinch of chili powder
- In a large bowl combine melted butter, cocoa powder, and corn syrup and stir to combine.3/4 cup (170 ¼ g) unsalted butter1/2 cup (43 g) cocoa powder1/4 cup (85 ¼ g) Karo® Corn Syrup
- Add brown sugar, egg and vanilla and stir until well combined.3/4 cup (165 g) light brown sugar1 egg1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Add dry ingredients into bowl of wet ingredients and stir until just combined and no pockets of flour mixture remain.
- Cover and chill dough in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with nonstick silicone mats or parchment paper. Set aside.
- Pour granulated sugar into a small bowl. Set aside.1/4 to 1/3 cup (50 g) granulated sugar
- Use a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion out cookie dough, and roll lightly between hands to form a ball. Roll in your bowl of granulated sugar to coat, then place 6 cookie dough balls on first prepared baking sheet with a couple inches of space between each.
- Bake for 10 minutes – cookies should be puffy and starting to crack on top. Remove and let cool on pan for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
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