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Spicy Chocolate Cookies

These spicy chocolate cookies (aka Mexican hot chocolate cookies) have a hint of cayenne and cinnamon and are rich and chewy! The spiciness is not overpowering, rather it pops in a bit at the end and makes for a really unique cookie experience! 

Spicy chocolate cookies on a sheet pan with a piece broken off of one

Spicy Chocolate Cookies Overview

Before I ever started Baker Bettie, I had a cookie business called Sweet Chip Cookies. The business consisted of a lineup of classic cookie flavors with a twist. My spicy chocolate cookies were one of my most popular flavors, so now I’m giving you the recipe! 

These cookies are such a fun take on a double chocolate chip cookie. When you first start eating them, you have a rich and decadent chocolate experience. But then the spice creeps in. These spicy chocolate cookies have a hint of cayenne and cinnamon which truthfully makes them like a Mexican hot chocolate cookie! 

Spicy chocolate cookies on a sheet pan with a glass of milk

How to Make Spicy Chocolate Cookies

Step 1: Cream the Butter and Sugar Together + Eggs

We’re going to start by creaming room temperature butter together with brown sugar. I like to use dark brown sugar in these cookies for more depth of flavor and more chew. 

Once the butter and sugar are well creamed together, you can add the eggs one at a time followed by the vanilla extract. 

Step 2: Mix in the Dry Ingredients

For the dry ingredient lineup, we are going to start with the salt, baking powder, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and cocoa powder. I like to mix all of this in before adding the flour so that it gets evenly distributed. If your cocoa powder is particularly lumpy, you might consider sifting it first. 

One the first dry ingredients are mixed in, we can add in the flour and mix to combine. You want to only mix until just incorporated or you cookies can become tough. Last, you can fold in the chocolate chips if using. They are optional but highly recommended! 

Step 3: Scoop and Bake

Scoop large mounds of cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheets. I like to use a large cookie scoop that is about 3 TBSP in size. Before baking, I also top each cookie with a few more chocolate chips to make them extra pretty. 

Tray of baked spicy chocolate cookies and one is being held and broken open, showing the gooey middle

These cookies come out super soft in the middle and slightly crisp on the edges. They are rich in chocolate flavor and that spiciness pops at the end! Every time I give these to someone they are so pleasantly surprised with the bit of spice! 

Spicy Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Cookies

Spicy Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Cookies

Yield: 14 Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

These spicy chocolate cookies (aka Mexican hot chocolate cookies) have a hint of cayenne and cinnamon and are rich and chewy! The spiciness is not overpowering, rather it pops in a bit at the end and makes for a really unique cookie experience! 


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup, 112 gr)) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (224 gr) dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 TBSP vanilla
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup (53 gr) cocoa powder (preferably Hershey’s Specialty Dark Chocolate or a different dutch processed cocoa powder)
  • 1 1/4 cup (150 gr) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (168 gr) dark chocolate chips, plus more for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (170 C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fit with a paddle attachment, or a large bowl with a hand mixer, cream together the butter and the brown sugar until light and fluffy. About 2 minutes at medium/high speed. Add in the eggs 1 at a time and mix until incorporated. Mix in the vanilla.
  3. Add the baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and cocoa powder into the mixing bowl. Mix until evenly distributed. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Add the flour into the mixing bowl and mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop large mounds of dough (about 3 TBSP each) onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Top each dough mound with a few chocolate chips.
  6. Bake one sheet at a time at 350 F (170 C) for 8-10 minutes until the edges are set and the middle is still slightly under baked. Allow to cool on the cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to cooling racks.
  7. Store cooled cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 5-7 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118

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35 comments on “Spicy Chocolate Cookies”

  1. Definitely you and your blog is a kind of art to be inspired. Keep doing as you do! Best wishes.

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  4. These cookies sound ever so intriguing with their slightly spicy side. I must try them. And I love the idea of bringing them to a gathering. Nothing better than bringing something new and surprising!

  5. These look and sound amazing! Will have to try them.

  6. You totally ARE an artist! These cookies are beautifully chocolatey and deeelicious looking!

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  8. These cookies look absolutely luscious! All the chocolate going on here is so crazy awesome.
    Love it. pinning!

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  10. Hey! I made these the other day and the flavor is amazing, but for some reason mine turned out more cakey than chewy. I followed the recipe exactly, except I didn’t have any cayenne (I used 1/8 t of ground red pepper) and I used regular cocoa powder, but I don’t imagine those would change the texture. They are actually the perfect texture for whoopie pies, but that’s not what I was going for. Any idea what happened? I need to go back and read your science of the cookie post.

    • Do you live at high elevation Alyssa? It is possible too that there was too much flour in your batter. It might help to weigh the flour. I cup of flour should weight 4.5 oz. So for this recipe you need 5.6 oz of flour. When you say you used “regular cocoa powder” do you mean natural and not dutch processed? This actually could make a difference. Natural cocoa powder is much more acidic and could possibly affect the leavening of the cookie.

      • Oooooh I did use natural cocoa powder. Maybe that’s it (no high elevation here). I looked for dutch processed at a couple grocery stores and didn’t find any, so I just used what I had at home. I’ll definitely try to get some dutch processed cocoa and try again. Thanks!

  11. I hear you on needing a party security blanket (…or three). I’ve tried a chocolate dessert which had cayenne in it, and I wasn’t a fan (although I like them separately). I think the addition of cinnamon could be key. Anyway, I’m up for trying a spiced chocolate recipe again.

    • I understand the not liking the cayenne and chocolate combo. I have had it before when it was just too much. These have just a tiny hint of it. I don’t feel like they have a real cayenne flavor, just a little tingle and spice that comes on at the end. Let me know if you do try and what you think!

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  13. The best chocolate cookie ever. I’ve been looking for this recipe for such a long time. I baked them today and they turned out just perfect! Thank you!

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  23. Thank you for this delicious recipe. I made a batch last night and am repeating it again tonight. Everyone LOVED them.

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  25. I would never make this recipe for just 14 cookies. Is that correct 14? To dirty all the bowls all the equipment for this recipe I just couldn’t see myself doing it. Perhaps it is a typo? The recipe sounds like fun!

    Thanks, Pam

    • Hi Pam, you may not be able to tell from the pictures but this makes 14 large cookies so it is not a typo. I rarely ever have need for much more than a dozen cookies at one time, so I don’t tend to write recipes for huge batches. But you can very easily just double the ingredients or make smaller cookies and bake them for a minute or two less. Hope that helps!

  26. These cookies were so dry! I knew 2 tsp of baking powder looked weird. Also 2 eggs will make it more cake like. The two together are a disaster! Gonna have to change those two things and should be good. Flavor was great.

    • Hi Kara! I actually just retested this recipe today since I have not made it in some time and it came out chewy and moist! I’d love to help you troubleshoot! How did you measure your flour and cocoa powder? Make sure you lightly spoon them into the measuring cups without packing it down at all, then level it off. It sounds like you may have ended up with too much dry ingredients in your dough. I hope that helps!

  27. I’ve been making this recipe for years and it’s my favorite. People keep asking for more and for me to share the recipe ! Ive never have anyone not love these cookies. So I thought I ought to thank you for it at some point. Thank you!!

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