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Mayan Chocolate Cookies

Course Dessert
Servings 16 cookies


  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flower
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter room temp
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg

Cinnamon Sugar Sprinkle

  • 2 tbsp sugar mixed with ½ teaspoon cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/ 176°C.
  • Sift the cocoa, cayenne, chili powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and flour together in a bowl.
  • In a standing 5-quart mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for a minute to soften, and then add the sugar and beat for 3 more minutes. Paddle until the butter is light and fluffy, making sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  • Add the egg to the butter and beat for another minute.
  • Stir in the flour/spice mixture until the flour is just incorporated. Remove the dough, place in plastic wrap, and let chill for 45 minutes in the refrigerator.
  • On a parchment-lined sheet tray, scoop out tablespoons of dough. Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar on top and then bake the cookies for 12 minutes.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, cool for 10 minutes, and enjoy.
Keyword chocolate, cookies, holiday, sweet