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Mexican Chocolate Earthquake Cookie recipe. A recipe for Mexican Chocolate Earthquake Cookies. Soft and chewy. Mexican Chocolate Earthquake Cookie recipe. A recipe for soft and chewy Mexican Chocolate Earthquake Cookies. Hey Guys! This past weekend the boyfriend and I took a little weekend getaway to Idyllwild, Ca. It’s a tiny mountain town close to Temecula and Palm Springs (think Big Bear scaled down a lot and minus the snow boarding) and can I just say, I’m totally in love! It really is a teeny-tiny town filled with gorgeous, scenic hiking trails and cute snow capped mountains. It was just a quick 2 hour drive inland and we stayed in a private two-story cottage with Strawberry creek just a stones throw away from our back patio. Needless to say I was in my happy place, doing my happy dance ALL.WEEKEND.LONG.

On top of the super friendly people, really cute accommodations and gorgeous weather we experienced…the town is OOBER dog friendly!!!….Like so much so that their mayor is A DOG!!! I really love it when little towns like this say, “Screw it, we’re electing the golden retriever Max as the mayor.” Okay, so the decision probably wasn’t made like that but still, how awesome, right?! This was seriously one of the most relaxing weekends I’ve had in a long time….aside from the romantic, turned terrifying night walks we took along the woods…in pitch black….yep. One thing about tiny towns like this, little to no street lights; very freaky stuff, especially if you’re afraid of the dark (small secret: I’m terrified of the dark…like I turn into a big baby…..[yet LOVE horror films]….but more on all that on another day).

Aside from the “fearing for my life night walks” I did miss the exotic flavor punched meals that I’m so used to getting in LA. Don’t get me wrong, I had some great meals up there like a porcini and ricotta ravioli with a browned butter and sage sauce, osso bucco and a triple berry panna cotta. All of these dishes were pretty memorable to me, but my Korean roots were missing the ethnic and the spice. Ah yes, you’ll fine a large amount of American and Italian-American fare up in Idyllwild (I think there is one chinese restaurant there?), which is absolutely A-OK, but for a spice freak such as myself I was anxious to come home to something decadent, but not so “stick to yer ribs”. That finally brings me to today’s cookies. I ate three of these right when I got home and it really hit the spot. These earthquake cookies are special because they’re studded with cinnamon, cayenne and chile powder, along with the bits of Mexican chocolate already swirled together with the dark chocolate. They pack a really nice, warm sweetness with hints of spice here and there that really dance on your tongue. The crisp exterior is great with the soft and chewy center of the cookies…yum! If you’re looking for an awesome but slightly unusual, flavor packed cookie, I think this is it for you! Enjoy! xx, Jenny

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Mexican Chocolate Earthquake Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen

8 ounces of bittersweet chocolate (68% or higher), broken into small pieces
4 ounces good quality Mexican Chocolate , broken into small pieces
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup black coffee
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cayenne powder
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder (any chile powder will be just fine)
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons almond meal
2/3cup all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
sugar coating:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
2. In a double boiler over medium heat melt chocolates and butter together until smooth. Stir in coffee, cinnamon, cayenne, and chile powder and stir until fully incorporated. Set aside and allow chocolate mixture to cool slightly.
3. While chocolate mixture melts, combine almond meal, flour, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
4. Place the eggs and sugar into a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment or in a mixing bowl with a hand mixer and mix until the mixture has thickened and become a pale yellow color, 5 to 6 minutes.
5. With the motor running, begin pouring the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture, in a slow and steady stream (to prevent curdling) until fully incorporated.
6. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the flour mixture until fully incorporated. Pour the batter into a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap (at this point the mixture will be loose).
7. Allow mixture to chill for at least 3 hours before using.
8. Once mixture has chilled, use a cookie scooper to scoop out 1 tablespoon sized balls.
9. Quickly roll them in the granulated sugar, followed by the powdered sugar until fully covered and place the on a parchment lined baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart, the cookies will spread (Tip: try to handle the “cookie dough” as little as possible and with cold hands, as they have a similar consistency to ganache and will melt in your hands quickly)
10. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes or until the cookies have spread, leaving a fun “earthquake” effect on the tops of the cookies. Allow the cookies to cool for about 10 minutes before serving. They should be slightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.


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  1. Abby@ The Frosted Vegan Not Specified Not Specified

    I am making a version of these for a bake sale this weekend! Love the combo in this, especially adding in the notes of mexican hot chocolate!

  2. Sofie T Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds delish! Is it 4 (1/2 stick) or 8 Tbs (1 stick) butter?

  3. Carrie // cue the confetti Not Specified Not Specified

    These look so tasty! I can’t wait to make them.

  4. Rachel Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    These look awesome!!

  5. Alicia Gutierrez Not Specified Not Specified

    I LOVE Idyllwild ^-^!! i live at the foot hill!! Awesome…soo making these

  6. Lisa Harrison Not Specified Not Specified

    I totally love Idyllwild. They have a jazz festival every summer that is not to be missed! and totally making these cookies to take with me next time I go. :-)

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Great looking cookies and I love Idyllwild! Have done many yoga retreats there and it’s so close to San Diego (and stopping in Temecula is fun too!) Glad you enjoyed your time there!

  8. Bev @ Bev Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    My heart seriously just stopped.

  9. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    I love love love Mexican chocolate cookies! The spice is so fun. Also, your “earthquake” effect looks perfect!

  10. Yolonda Not Specified Not Specified

    OMG! If you post one more delicious dessert…I’m going to be in a sugar comma. Smile!

    ♥, Londa

  11. Sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    I love the Mexican twist on these chocolate cookies. Holiday spices can get a little samey after a while, but a Mexican chocolate vibe is a great way to bring the spice, and still be a little different. Amazing photos as always ladies!

  12. snappystreet Not Specified Not Specified


    These look so tasty! I don’t think I’ve ever had biscuits with those spices in them before, I may just have to give them a try :)

  13. Spencer Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some. I am sure they taste amazing.

  14. Lucy Miller Not Specified Not Specified

    Okay, these cookies look fabulous and gorgeous. So making these today.♥

  15. nani Not Specified Not Specified

    oh my gosh. This looks delicious. I feel like biting the screen. :)

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  17. Lynda Not Specified Not Specified

    They look divine and so perfect for xmas stocking fillers, must try!


  18. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    I love the spicy and sweet combo. These look like the perfect cookie, slight crunch on the outside and chewy on the inside! You aren’t the only one that is kinda afraid of the dark…. any creek in the middle of the night and I swear my heart drops to my stomach.

  19. Sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    I know what you mean about missing the spicy, garlicy goodness of Korean food! These cookies look amazing…. will try soon.

  20. Emily Not Specified Not Specified

    These look wonderful! Just two questions–do you know how long these will keep? And do you know if they freeze well? Thanks! I’m looking forward to adding these to my holiday cookie rotation!

  21. Nina Not Specified Not Specified

    These look amazing! Any nutritional info on these? I want to make sure I can count every point on these little treasures :)

  22. Megan Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve heard about Idyllwild. I really need to go there now! And I should make these cookies to take along! Thanks for sharing!!

  23. Tracy Not Specified Not Specified

    These look amazing and I’m a huge fan of Mexican Chocolate. Can’t wait to make them!

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  25. Alicia Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks like a lovely twist on Chocolate Crinkles! Thank you for sharing.

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  27. dina Not Specified Not Specified

    I just made this over the weekend and WOW! That spiciness kicks in at the very end. Good stuff. :) I am wondering if you have any tips on how to get them to flatten? Mine don’t flatten at all, the balls of dough just get a little bigger.

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  29. Tara Not Specified Not Specified

    Just made these at a cookie baking party, and everyone agreed that these were the best. They weren’t overly sweet, the spice had a nice kick at the end, and the insides were the perfect cookie consistency.

  30. Melissa Not Specified Not Specified

    Made these this weekend for a party and they were delicious! Subbed in gluten free flour (Cup4Cup) without any issue, too.

  31. Deb Not Specified Not Specified

    Just made these subbing regular flour for almond meal and used an ice-cream scoop to create the balls and drop them into the sugar- very mess free and the flour sub worked well. I love the flavor, but I love spice! Next time I will cut the spices in half so my husband will eat them as well… He is kind of a wuss :)

  32. Liondragoncustom Not Specified Not Specified

    love this! it brings back memories of making these during girls camp one summer. love the texture of the beeswax.

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  34. LZ Not Specified Not Specified

    Made these for my employees and my partner won’t stop eating them, so I’d say they’re pretty good.

  35. Sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    Made these last night and oh my wow! I make a lot of sweets and cookies and EVERYONE has said these are the best I’ve ever made, they’ve ever had, etc. etc. On a side note, I used an interesting substitute for chipotle powder. My dad grows, smokes and dries his own peppers (habaneros and thais, mostly), so I used his smoked pepper powder. The smokiness with the dark chocolate and spice was unbelievable! Thanks for sharing the great recipe, this is definitely a new favorite.

  36. Jennifer Butler Basile Not Specified Not Specified

    I found you during a search for desserts to accompany a friend’s taco bar dinner. These cookies look scrumptious – as do so many other recipes on your site. I’ve really enjoyed poking around, though it’s making me mighty hungry!

  37. Linda Cannon Not Specified Not Specified

    These looks wonderful. I’m wondering if almond meal is the same as almond flour? thanks

  38. Linda Not Specified Not Specified

    WOW – these are wonderful!! Made them for a Food52 Cookie Exchange, and they were easy, pretty, and popular. Just the right blend of chocolatey, spicy, heat. I used Ancho Chile Powder. Will use Chipotle next time for the smoky flavor.

  39. Marian Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow, who are you and where are getting all these amazing recipes. Your site if gorgeous. I am going to get the ingredients for these cookies immediately and give them a whirl.

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