Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

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You can’t go wrong with rich chocolatey cookies with a hint of smoky spiciness. That’s the premise behind these spicy Mexican hot chocolate cookies. Cocoa powder and chocolate chips provide a sweet foil to smoky chipotle powder and fiery cayenne pepper. It’s a mouth explosion of earthy sweet and a wisp of smoke and heat.

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If heat is of concern, pull back on the cayenne pepper used. One-fourth of a teaspoon will provide a much milder experience. You could also opt to remove the cayenne altogether and just rely on the chipotle powder.

If you’re looking to increase the heat, try this: Dust the cookies with a little chipotle powder before serving. Just a light dusting provides a more immediate smoky heat experience.

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Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

A double-down on chocolate, with plenty of smokiness
4.41 from 15 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 12 servings
Calories 443 kcal



  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prep 2 baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the white sugar, butter, vanilla extract, and kosher salt. Using a beater, beat the mix until fluffy. 
  • To the mix, add in the eggs, cream of tartar, and baking soda – continue beating to combine. 
  • Add to the bowl the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper powder, and chipotle powder. Continue beating to combine. 
  • Add the chocolate chips to the batter and stir until combined. 
  • Using a scoop, scoop the batter into standard sized cookie balls onto the parchment covered baking sheets. 
  • Place the baking sheets into the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until the cookie edges begin to slightly crack.
  • Remove the baking sheets from the oven and move the cookies over to cooling racks. Allow them to cool for 5 minutes prior to serving.
  • OPTIONAL: Lightly sprinkle the cookies with chipotle powder (or a chipotle/sugar mix) to add a more immediate spiciness and smokiness to the cookie. 


Calories: 443kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 5gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 349mgPotassium: 293mgFiber: 3gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 580IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 4mg
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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on April 30, 2023 to include new content.
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