November 28, 2014

Mexican hot chocolate cookies

Platter of Mexican hot chocolate cookies.

Soft and chewy chocolate cookies with a hint of cayenne and cinnamon make these delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies.

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Mexican hot chocolate contains a touch of heat from chili or cayenne pepper and cinnamon. These hot chocolate cookies incorporate those flavors for a cookie with a kick.

These are a delicious cookie to warm up with on a wintery day. The cayenne and cinnamon add only a touch of heat and spice - they are not overly hot. It really gives them a nice warmth that pairs well with the sweet and chocolate flavor.

These cookies also contain bittersweet chocolate chips. The bittersweet adds another nice contrast of flavor and keeps these cookies from becoming overly sweet. If you prefer, you can substitute a dark chocolate chip. 

Mexican hot chocolate cookies with a glass of milk.

Mexican hot chocolate cookies make a lovely addition to your holiday cookie tins for something a bit different. They are also lovely for Valentine's Day or any time you want a tasty cookie. 

This recipe will make about two and a half dozen cookies, so they are great for a crowd or to bring to a party or potluck. Add them to a hot cocoa bar or dessert table, too.

They are chewy and flavorful cookies that are sure to be a hit with anyone who likes a little bit of spice in their life. These cookies are similar to these Mexican brownies with their addition of cayenne and cinnamon to the batter.

Mexican hot chocolate cookies with a bite out.

Yield: about 30 cookies
Author: Amy (Savory Moments)
Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Soft and chewy chocolate cookies with a hint of cayenne and cinnamon make these delicious Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies.


  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a small pot, heat the butter and 1/3 cup bittersweet chocolate chips over medium-low heat, whisking often until melted and combined (alternatively you can melt them together in a microwave). Set aside to cool slightly.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugars, and vanilla until well-combined. Whisk in the chocolate-butter mixture. Stir in the flour mixture until combined and then fold in the remaining chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop the cookies a tablespoon at a time onto the baking sheets placing them one-inch apart from one another. Bake for about 9-11 minutes, or until the bottoms and edges are beginning to turn golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and let sit on the baking sheet for another minute. Then remove to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Repeat until all the dough is used.
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Baked Mexican hot chocolate cookies.

This post was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in 2022 with a recipe card, new text, and more to improve reader experience. 

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  1. Oh, I LOVE mexican hot chocolate, with that little bit of spice and heat! I bet I would absolutely love these cookies, too - they look and sound perfect! Hope you had a beautiful Thanksgiving!

  2. Yum what a clever idea making Mexican hot chocolate cookies! :D Who doesn't love a warm cup of Mexican hot chocolate!

  3. These look amazing - and I have to tell you - that's what I love about Christmas season too - totally cookie season!

  4. The cayenne pepper sounds like a marvelous idea in those Chocolate cookies!

  5. Spices and chocolate go so well together I can imagine these cookies taste fabulous!

  6. Amy, these look so chewy and delectable. And the touch of spice is a lovely twist :)

  7. I make a version of this and they are VERY popular. However I see some possible positive tweaks with your recipe, which of course I will have to try out.

  8. Amy, what a truly wonderful cookie recipe, I love the combination of chocolate and cinnamon - I always make sure to added a bit to my chocolately baked goods when I bake! Plus, chewy cookies are my favorite kind!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  9. Hi Amy, yes it does seem that Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year, wish we had 2 months after Thanksgiving, then we could enjoy it properly. Love these cookies, very clever!

  10. These cookies sound amazing! I am loving these!

  11. I love Mexican hot chocolate so this is awesome that you turned it into a cookie!

  12. These cookies sound perfect! I love the spicy cinnamon paired with the chocolate. Yum!

  13. Hell yeah! Spicy chocolate wins my heart every time!

  14. this is one of my favorite flavor combinations. in fact, chocolate without cinnamon is almost useless to me, and the kick from cayenne is a pleasant surprise every time!

  15. I have to try Mexican chocolate one of these days. I heard that it also takes ground cinnamon.
    These cookies look to die for. I wouldn't need a glass of milk to devour them all.

  16. Cookies are my favorite reason for going into the kitchen. They're just so friendly! These look absolutely divine with all of the wonderful flavors in them. My cookie list is a mile long, but this one is on it! :)

  17. It's interesting, because chocolate crinkles with red chile powder are my traditional Christmas cookies. But that might be changing. I love these cookies! Gooey, chocolatey and spicy. Fabulous!

  18. Cookies with a kick, curious to see how it tastes


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