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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Hi!  Are you back for more Christmas cookies?!

This week is all about Christmas cookies here on A Pretty Life!  I figure it’s not too early to get started, because for me, Christmas is all about the season.  I actually love the time leading up to Christmas almost more than the big day itself!  So Christmas baking should be enjoyed all throughout this holiday!

Yesterday I baked up some Mint Chocolate Chip Blizzard Cookies, and today it’s time for some Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies!

I love these.  They have the perfect balance of sweetness and spiciness!  A really yummy combination!  Can’t you just picture yourself cozied up in the middle of winter eating these?!  They’re the perfect cookie to nibble on with coffee or your favourite hot drink! And Baileys.  Perfect with Baileys.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Look how pretty they are even before they are cooked!  😉  Oh and I should tell you, if you like your cookies chewy and soft, just cook them slightly less than the time indicated in the recipe below.  I bake mine for about 8 minutes (the tops should still appear cracked), and they’re perfect.  I don’t love crunchy cookies so I always bake mine a little less…are you on the crunchy or chewy team?!

Anyway, I hope you try these!  I don’t think you’ll be sorry!


Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies



Cookie dough:

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

Spicy Sprinkle:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/21 tsp chili powder (see notes)


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Then add the eggs and mix well.
  4. Then gradually add the flour mix to the butter mix, until combined.
  5. In a separate bowl mix together the ingredients for the Spicy Sprinkle: sugar, cinnamon and chili powder.
  6. Using about 1 tbsp of batter, roll the dough into balls.
  7. Then roll the balls in the sugar/spice mix until they are coated.
  8. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart (you don’t have to press them down).
  9. Bake for about 10 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet half way through.
  10. The cookies are done once the tops are cracked.
  11. When the cookies are done baking and they are removed from the oven, let them rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.


  • The chili powder adds a really nice subtle flavour and kick to these cookies. At ½ tsp you get a tiny bit of flavour and spice, but if you really want to kick it up a notch, use 1 tsp!
  • You can freeze these cookies too, which is great for the holiday season!

They’re fun and a little different!  And great for gift giving too…just wrap them up in some pretty paper!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply
    November 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Hi Jo-Anna ~ these cookies are beautiful! I love the subtleness of spice/heat along with chocolate, so you betcha I’ll be trying this recipe. With the Baileys. 🙂 And, like you, I like my cookies chewy.

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    November 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Oh those sound like a great flavour combo; pass the Baileys please.
    Elizabeth; team chewy!

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    November 27, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    Go team chewy!
    I am planning on making a bunch of different cookie doughs, scooping them into balls and freezing them until the week before Christmas. With this recipe, would I want to roll them in the sugar mixture before I freeze them?

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    November 27, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I am so ready to start holiday baking! I enjoy the aroma of cookies baking almost (almost) as much as the cookies warm from the oven!
    Your Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookes are just scrumptious!

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    Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life
    December 3, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Love Mexican hot chocolate, so I’m sure I’ll love these cookies, too!

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    Valerie @ Hand-Maid With Love...
    December 12, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Visiting your site through the trail of “Comfy House” and “Make, Do and Mend”…I’ll be baking these cookies for our 17th annual Cookie Exchange this week. Our test cookies came out delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

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    Sandy Dent
    May 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Just made these cookies in honour of Cinco De Mayo and they were delicious. I might be more daring next time and bump up the heat but either way they were truly yummy! Go team chewy!

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      May 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Hi Sandy! I’m so happy you made these! They really are SO good aren’t they?! And I agree, next time I’m bumping up the heat on them too! 😉

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