Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies


Chewy chocolate cookies spiced with cinnamon and chili sandwiched together with marshmallow filling

Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies

Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies and birthdays. Two things that you don’t often see in the same sentence, but I did it anyway. Happy birthday, #SundaySupper! I probably should’ve made a cake for this occasion, but doubling the cookies and slapping them together with sweet marshmallow filling makes up for it, no? It’s amazing how much you can grow in a year. I already discussed my personal journey in 2012, but at the same time Chocolate Moosey was growing, so was #SundaySupper.

Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies

To celebrate, we were to pick any recipe that was made for past #SundaySuppers and make it. Problem is there are so many wonderful recipes, where do you even begin? With dessert, of course. When Jen posted Mexican Hot Cocoa Cookies for our cookie exchange, I immediately wanted them. Then I envisioned them as sandwich cookies. Of course she broke my heart by using cake mix, but I forgive her because she sent me cherry cookies.

Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies

I don’t like monotony, and since I did sandwich cookies not too long ago, I didn’t want to make sandwich cookies so soon. However, I could not stop picturing these slathered together with marshmallow filling. After all, they can’t be called Hot Cocoa Cookies without marshmallows.

Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies

They are chewy chocolate cookies spiced with cinnamon and chili powder then binded together with a creamy and not-so-sticky marshmallow filling. Mexicans like spicing everything up, including their hot chocolate. I was going to do the glaze too, but I tend to bake at night, so I went to bed as they cooled. Instead of following Jen’s directions with cake mix, I converted it all to scratch. You’re welcome, baking snobs :D

Yields 12

Mexican Hot Cocoa Sandwich Cookies
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1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Marshmallow Filling
3/4 cup marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract


    For the cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the cocoa, sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and chili powder. Add the vanilla, eggs, and oil. Beat everything together until combined and dough forms.
  3. Scoop the dough into 24 balls and place onto the cookie sheets about 3 inches apart (if you have to reuse cookie sheets, let it cool between each baking). Bake 10-12 minutes or until puffed and cracked. Let cool on the sheet for a few minutes to remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  4. For the filling:
  5. In a large bowl, beat together the marshmallow fluff and shortening until smooth, light, and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat on high for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. To assemble:
  7. Take one cookie and spread some marshmallow filling onto the flat side. Take another cookie and press the flat side onto the filling. Repeat with the remaining cookies.

Inspired by Juanita’s Cocina

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  1. I love love love chocolate and Chilli together!! Recently I have even managed to infect my husband with that chili choco madness and I started to add cinnamon as well. I feel my husband is going to go nuts for those. He is a huge cookie fan! =D

    Happy #Sundaysupper!

  2. I love what you did here – and I’m not just talking about the cake mix. Ehehehe The marshmallows really make the cookies go to the next level.

  3. Jen’s recipe caught my eye too, and I love the addition of the marshmallow! Thanks for the scratch version. Cake mix based cookies are great in a pinch, but I tend to only bale cookies occasionally, mostly around the holidays, and prefer scratch recipes for that. Great photos, as always!

  4. You used marshmallow fluff! You cheater! I make my own! ;)

    Just kidding…your cookies look fab. Thank you for choosing one of my recipes!

  5. It’s okay, I would have converted them and made from scratch too! Also, loving your cake stand right now!

  6. I want to dive right into that place of cookies. Yummy!!

  7. Darn if I don’t need some cookies right this minute now after seeing these. They look amazing! Serious ranking on the Yum Factor!

  8. What is the best way to get you my address, so you can send some of these? :)

  9. Your pictures are so beautiful – I could just lick the screen!

  10. Good that you replaced the cake mix, these are fantastic! I´m a big fan of sandwich cookies. Happy Sunday Carla!

  11. Carla~ I chuckled when I read this post… because I can remember the first time we connected on twitter and I checked out your blog and I could remember thinking… her blog is amazing… she needs to be part of the #sundaysupper group (originally inspiring foodies)… boy am I glad I invited you. I can’t tell you what a pleasure it has been having you in this group. #SundaySupper wouldn’t be #SundaySupper without you and your blog. Everyone has learned so much from you this past year… You are officially the #SundaySupper Photography Guru! Thank you so much for everything that you share with this group!

  12. Hey Carla…how about you send some of these on over to me? :) (great photos too)

  13. Oh Carla! Those cookies just pop on the screen. You are such a great photographer and inspire me with every single post.
    You also inspire me with your recipes. Brilliant to make these sandwich cookies because I love, love, love frostings and fillings.

  14. Love the white background, lady! And these cookies look divine. Glad you gave the from-scratch version. Even if I wanted to use a box mix, I’d have to trek halfway across the city to get to a normal grocery store (that’s a first world baking problem if I ever heard one, amiright?). I bet they’d be fantastic with ice cream in the middle of them too :x Maybe marshmallow ice cream?

  15. That marshmallow filling just amazed me.. :) these cookies look wonderful!

  16. I love sandwich cookies, and these are gorgeous! Love the various angles on the pictures!

  17. I want these now! I have marshmallow fluff in the pantry that needs a recipe so I’m thinking this sounds perfect.

  18. These are look so amazing!

  19. Chocolate cookies with marshmallow frosting… it sounds like a Carla classic to me! They look really delicious!

  20. Ahhhhh these cookies look SO SO SOOO chocolatey and good and I love that little twist of the spice!

  21. Love love love these! They’re so pretty, and I bet tasty to boot!

  22. Oh, Queen of Sandwich Cookies! You have out done yourself on these!

  23. This looks so fabulous! I’m so glad I’m connected with you via Sunday Supper. You always come up with unique recipes, and of course beautiful pictures.

  24. Your pictures just make me want to reach in a grab a handful of those cookies!

  25. I couldn’t imagine Sunday Supper without you – I’m so glad we’ve met and are getting to know each other! Your beautiful baked goods have me drooling with each new post and this one is no different. I love the spicy kick of cinnamon and chili with chocolate – the best thing I consumed when I was in Mexico last year was their spicy hot chocolate. And it’s only natural to sandwich these with marshmallow fluff – it wouldn’t be hot chocolate-esque without it!

  26. You took an amazing recipe and took it up a notch. These look amazeballs!

  27. This is amazing, Carla! I wish to bite them now!

  28. I love marshmallow and this filling sounds delish! I also like the chili powder in the cookies, sounds yummy!

  29. Can I say aaaaamazing!!! They look so good, Carla :)

  30. I love mexican hot chocolate twist!

  31. my new year culinary resolution is to be a better baker. I’m going to stalk your blog for baking ideas. looks so good. i love the marshmellow fluff. i could probably eat the whole container in one sitting.


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