Vegan Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles

I saw this recipe and just had to try it. I didn't even realize they were vegan until I read the recipe. These are really nice - and go big...don't skimp on the cayenne! The kick is kind of sneaks up on you. Plus the warmth from the cinnamon...yum! I used almond milk for this, and they were a big hit with everyone who tried them. I ended up with 40 cookies from this recipe - not 24 like the recipe estimated.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Snickerdoodles
Culinary in the Country (Adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar)

For the cookie dough

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons soy, almond or regular milk (if using regular milk, the cookies won't be vegan)
2 teaspoons vanilla

For the sugar coating

1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

To prepare cookie dough

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cayenne and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, maple syrup, milk and vanilla. Pour mixture into the dry ingredients, stirring with a wooden spoon until combined.

To prepare sugar coating

In a shallow dish, stir together sugar and cinnamon.

Roll dough into walnut sized balls, then gently flatten each ball into a 2" disc. Place once side of the dough disc into the sugar coating, pressing to adhere. Place dough, sugar side up, onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them at least 2" apart.

Place into the oven and bake until the cookies have spread and are crackly on top, about 9 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and place baking sheet on a wire rack - let cookies cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 24 cookies.

Big Flavors Rating: 4 Stars

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