Mayan Chocolate Sparklers

Recipe by Graceless Ally
READY IN: 25mins
SERVES: 15-20




  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place rack in center of oven. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat and set aside.
  • TOPPING: In a small dish, add granulated sugar and cinnamon. Stir until evenly combined. Set aside.
  • COOKIES: In a large mixing bowl, add shortening, softened butter, both sugars, and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, beat on low-speed for 30 secs until ingredients are combined.
  • Scrape down sides of bowl and continue to beat at medium-speed until mixture is creamy (1 -2 minutes).
  • Add one egg to mixture and beat on medium-speed until combined (30 secs). Repeat with second egg.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  • Add black pepper, salt, chili powder, and cayenne pepper to flour mixture and gently stir to combine all ingredients.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture (1/2 cup at a time) and beat at low-speed until combined (1 minute) after each addition.
  • Add half of the chocolate chips to bowl and fold them into the batter. Repeat with remaining chocolate chips.
  • (Optional) Attempt to roll a small amount (1 tbsp) of batter into a ball. If the batter is too sticky and not cleanly rolling off your hand, chill batter in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes or until desired tackiness is reached.
  • Roll tablespoons of batter into 1" balls. Do not flatten.
  • Roll balls of batter through cinnamon and sugar topping until evenly coated.
  • Place rolled balls on prepared cookie sheets, about 2” apart. Do not flatten.
  • Bake batches for 7-10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookie edges will be dry, but centers should still be soft.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes before attempting to remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • TIP: Place a paper towel under the wire rack to catch loose topping.
  • Store cookies in a counter-top cookie jar for 1 week or in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.