mexican chocolate crinkle cookies

i have a friend.

well actually this is the story of two friends.

one friend is a baker. she makes amazing cupcakes.

another friend likes to eat these cupcakes. and likes to tell us both that we’re slacking on the baking and that we should bake something for him.

today happens to be my friend’s birthday. and me and my other friend and all our other friends got together for his birthday on friday. so i baked him something. because you know it’s good karma to be nice to people for their birthdays.

really, he just got really lucky because i’ve been itching to make these cookies again. we did a mexican theme for friday’s dinner get together so i gave these chocolate crinkle cookies a mexican spin. and they turned out beautifully. when i think of mexican chocolate, i think of cinnamon and cayenne and chili powder. so that’s what i added to this cookie dough. and it worked out. you could leave out the extra spices and these cookies are still fabulous. but i think that if you were going to a mexican themed party, you should add the spices.

happy birthday mike!

mexican chocolate crinkle cookies

  • 4 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/4 c (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 c mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c powdered sugar
  1. preheat oven to 325F. line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  2. put the unsweetened chocolate and butter in a double boiler and stir often until well melted together. remove the bowl from the pan and let the mixture cool.
  3. combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt together in the bowl of a mixer. beat on medium speed until light and thick, about 3 minutes. add the cooled chocolate mixture and beat on low speed until blended.
  4. stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, chili powder, and cayene together. add the mixture to the egg/chocolate mixture and stir to combine. cover the bowl and put in the fridge to cool for 2 hours.
  5. go shopping. take a nap. whatever.
  6. sift the powdered sugar into a bowl.
  7. scoop the cookie dough out with your handy cookie scoop. roll the cookie dough into a bowl and roll around in powdered sugar. place onto your cookie sheet. repeat leaving about 2 in of space between each dough ball. press each dough ball down slightly so that they stay in place.
  8. bake 1 cookie sheet at a time for 15-17 min until the tops are puffed and feel firm to the touch. let the cookie cool on the cookie sheet for a couple minutes and the let finish cooling on a wire rack.

seriously. these cookies were delish. bake them for your friends’ birthdays and you’ll give them the awesomest present. they’ll be thanking you.

kisses.

recipe adapted from: perfect cupcakes, cookies & muffins (a book i found at barnes & noble in their baragain priced area)

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