Recipes

Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies

4-IMG_5780Have you ever had a cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate? The perfect blend of sweet, spicy and smooth delicious chocolate can only be described as an orgasm for your tast buds. I usually don’t like super sweet food, so the added spice in these cookies makes them perfect for my picky palate.

I was wanting to make something with the vanilla that I had recently purchased in Mexico, and was looking for something that would go with our Mexican/Tacky Tourist party theme. These were made weeks ahead, put in the freezer and taken out the morning of the party. – R. Dolly

Yield:
2 dozen cookies
Level:
Easy
 Ingredients
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter (I never have unsalted butter, because then I accidently use it on my toast and that’s just gross. I used the salted butter and cut down a bit on the salt I added)
  • 4 ounces good-quality unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

In a heatproof bowl set over simmering water, melt the butter and chocolate together, whisking until glossy and smooth. Alternately, the butter and chocolate can be melted in the microwave (in a microwave-safe bowl) in 25-second increments, whisking between each interval. Cool the chocolate mixture to room temperature.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a hand-held mixer), beat the brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and eggs on low speed until well combined. Pour in the cooled chocolate and continue to mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed.

In a medium bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, chili powder, baking soda, salt and cayenne pepper. Add the dry ingredients to the chocolate batter and mix on low speed until just combined and no visible flour remains. Fold in the chocolate chips with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon.

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Working in two batches, scoop 12 balls of dough (preferably using a small ice cream scoop with a spring handle, about 1 1/2 tablespoon size) onto a parchment-lined sheet pan, leaving at least 1 1/2 inches of space between each cookie. Bake the cookies, one pan at a time, for approximately 14 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking time. The cookies should be puffy and still fairly soft when removed from the oven.

Immediately slide the cookies, still on the parchment paper, onto a wire cooling rack.

 
Recipe found on cookingchanneltv.com and was courtesy of Neely Dozier
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Cream Cheese Cookies

Standing in the grocery line up, way back in May, 2001, I saw a Better Homes and Gardens: Creative Home magazine with perfectly iced cookies on the cover. They were smooth, glossy and not stuck to each other. What the actual fuck? How in the hell was this perfection achieved if not by witchcraft? I was, at the time, the queen of the hot mess Christmas cookies, and if Pinterest Fail had been a thing back then, I would have had a board dedicated to my icing disasters. I bought the magazine, and I will tell you the secret for free. It was not in fact achieved through “eye of newt and toe of frog,” but through the equally mystical magic of meringue powder! The only thing that took longer than the twenty plus years to learn this secret, was to actually find meringue powder in my small town. I finally resorted to begging some off of the baker at Save On Foods but now you can find it for sale in WalMart with the Wilton cake supplies.

The cookies themselves are perfection. I no longer even make sugar cookies or shortbread (unless it’s cake style in a pan).  They taste great and the dough is super easy to work with once you take it out of the fridge! I’ve used the recipe so many times in the last sixteen years (oh my god, it’s been sixteen years!) that the magazine opens itself up to the correct page and is covered in grease stains and floury fingerprints. – R. Dolly

Since it was a spring issue, they call the cookies Bloomin’ Cookies, but I just call them cream cheese cookies so people don’t think I’m swearing like an old lady when they’re in the shape of a Santa.

Cream Cheese Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup of margarine or butter
  • 1 8-oz package of cream cheese, softened
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. In a mixing bowl, beat margarine or butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 30 seconds or until softened. Add about half of the flour, the sugar, egg, baking powder and vanilla to the margarine mixture. Beat until thoroughly combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Then beat or stir in the remaining flour.
  2. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill for 3-24 hours or until easy to handle. On a lightly floured surface roll each portion of dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into 2 ½ to 3 ½ inch shapes
  3. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in a 375° oven for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm and bottoms are lightly browned
  5. Carefully remove cookies and cool on wire rack.

Makes about 36 Cookies, but will depend on the size of cookie cutouts you use.

Meringue Powder Glaze

With a fork, beat together 2 tablespoons of meringue powder, ¼ cup warm water, and 2 cups sifted powdered sugar until smooth. Gradually stir in about 1 ½ cups additional sifted powdered sugar to make a smooth glaze that is spreadable but not runny. (It should have a flowing consistency and be too thin to hold ridges when spread.) Divide glaze; tint with paste food colour as desired.

Makes about 1 cup.

I used the Fred and Friends, Day of the Dead cookie cutters which fit the theme perfectly and can be bought on amazon.ca or .com.