Saturday, November 6, 2010

Recipe: Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

On Friday, Sophie and her friend decided to make cookies. They chose a new recipe from Martha's Everyday Foods, put on aprons and went to work.

These cookies are evil. Really, really good and even better with a glass of milk.

Makes 32

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down side of bowl. Add eggs and beat to combine. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture and beat until combined.
  2. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, and chili powder (if using). Using heaping tablespoons, form balls of dough and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place, about 3 inches apart, on two parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake until cookies are set in center and begin to crack, about 10 minutes (in my oven I baked them for about 8 minutes), rotating sheets halfway through. Let cookies cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to racks to cool completely. (Store in an airtight container, up to 1 week.)


  1. Those look so good! And I have all the ingredients, I might just have to make these.
    I love that Sophie just goes to work baking in the kitchen with her friends. I think it's great that she is cultivating her baking talent at such a young age. She is adorable.

  2. I may have to try out that recipe just to see what chili powder in my chocolate cookies tastes like! Keep encouraging your kids in the kitchen. I'm finding my older ones resisting the cooking and baking that they once loved...sad:(