Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies Recipe | SAVEUR

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies

At brunch at the Liberty Bar in San Antonio, a plate of these spicy-sweet cookies is set down on the table at the beginning of the meal—gratis. Featured in our book Best Cookies, they make a perfect cookie for holiday parties, especially when drizzled with a little melted white chocolate.

Mexican Chocolate Icebox Cookies
At brunch at the Liberty Bar in San Antonio, a plate of these spicy-sweet cookies is set down on the table at the beginning of the meal-gratis.
makes ABOUT 4 DOZEN

Ingredients

12 cup flour
34 cup quality dutch-process unsweetened cocoa
34 tsp. ground cinnamon
12-34 tsp. cayenne
14 tsp. salt
14 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 cup sugar
1 12 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
12 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Instructions

Whisk flour, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, and pepper together in a medium bowl and set aside.
Put sugar, vanilla, and egg into a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until thick and pale, about 3 minutes. Add butter and continue to beat on high speed until smooth, about 3 minutes more. Using your fingers, work flour mixture into butter mixture until dough is just combined.
Divide dough in half and roll each half into a 9" log. Wrap each log in parchment paper, twisting ends tightly to make a uniform cylinder. Freeze dough logs for at least 8 hours and as long as overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°. Unwrap dough and slice each log into rounds about 13" thick. Place rounds 12" apart on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets. Bake cookies until slightly puffed and tiny cracks appear on surface, about 8 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to let cool.

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