These Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies are thick, rich, and chocolaty, and made with a hint of cinnamon and chili powder for a subtle spicy flavor. They’re extremely easy to make and perfect for enjoying during the holidays.
I love curling up with a warm cup of Mexican hot chocolate, which is what inspired me to make these cookies.
They’re fudgy, loaded with chocolate chips in every bite, and spiced with cinnamon and chili powder for a subtle hint of spice.
They are easy and simple enough to make for a weeknight treat, but also perfect for a holiday gathering. Bake them for your next celebration and I promise they’ll be a hit!
How to make Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies
Step 1: Whisk together some all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, chili powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
Step 2: In a separate bowl, together some softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
Step 3: Mix in the egg, vanilla extract, and milk until well combined, and then mix together the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. The dough will be thick and sticky.
Step 4: Fold the chocolate chips into the cookie dough until just combined, then cover and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
Step 5: Portion out the cookie dough into 16 cookies by using heaping 1 tablespoon per cookie. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes at 350°F until the edges appear set but the middle is still soft.
Step 6: Sprinkle them with flaky sea salt (if desired) and let them cool for 5 minutes to firm up before serving.
- Add half a cup of chopped walnuts to the batter to give these cookies a little crunch.
- Like some caramel with your chocolate? Try drizzling some cajeta or dulce de leche on top of each cookie.
- Top with mini marshmallows for the full hot chocolate experience. Instructions on how to make these with marshmallows are in the recipe card below!
Storing and Freezing
To store: Keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
To freeze: You can freeze the cookie dough balls for up to 3 months, and then bake them directly from frozen whenever you want freshly baked cookies!