Chocolate Cookies with Hibiscus Flowers

Chocolate Cookies with Hibiscus Flowers

Galletas de Chocolate con Flores de Jamaica
18 to 20 cookies
Pati Jinich
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chocolate, cookies, flowers, hibiscus, jamaica, mexican vanilla, pati's mexican table
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or course sea salt
  • 12 ounces roughly chopped semi-sweet chocolate, or chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces rehydrated hibiscus flowers from sweet jamaica tea or water (recipe below), finely chopped

To Prepare

  • Make the sweet jamaica tea or water (recipe below).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place racks in the top and bottom third of the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a bain marie, or in a heat-proof bowl set on a pot with simmering water over medium-low heat, melt the chocolate along with the butter, until completely melted and smooth. Stir with a spatula a few times as it melts. Make sure not to overheat it, and stop once it is all melted. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer, using the whisk attachment, whisk the whole eggs and egg white along with the sugar on medium high speed until frothy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Incorporate the melted chocolate and butter mixture as well as the vanilla extract and whisk until completely combined.
  • Remove the bowl from the stand and add the flour mixture. Use a rubber spatula to stir and fold until completely combined. Fold in the chopped rehydrated hibiscus flowers. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill the batter in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Using a tablespoon or 2-inch scoop, place the batter in heaping tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, cool on sheet pans for about 5 minutes and then transfer to cooling racks.

Hibiscus Flowers and Hibiscus Tea

6 cups tea
Pati Jinich
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: drink, hibiscus, honey, jamaica, tea
Author:Pati Jinich
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Hibiscus Flowers and Hibiscus Tea recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 4, Episode 10 "Modern Mexico"


  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 ounces dried hibiscus flowers

To Prepare

  • In a medium saucepan, bring water and honey to a boil. Stir in dried hibiscus flowers, stir and cook at a simmer for about 15 minutes, until flowers are completely rehydrated and soft.
  • Strain flowers, reserving liquid for tea, and finely chop. Set aside.

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  1. I first saw you make these cookies in 2015 and have always wanted to make these. It finally happened! The wait was worth it. Like others have said, the cookies are so soft and almost brownie-like. I’m so glad to have tried this recipe. Thank you so much, Pati!

  2. Ok people, trust Pati! She knows what she’s doing. Yes, this recipe is unusual with so little flour, but it produces such a light and chewy cookie that is so different from other recipes. Like a meringue cookie and a brownie at the same time (which I didn’t think was possible). If you want an ordinary cookie with lots of flour, turn over your bag of chocolate chips and follow the ones on the back. But, if you came to Pati’s website for something unique, then you’re in the right place. After mixing all the ingredients, the batter will be runny and you will think “This can’t be right!”. My husband said “That looks like chocolate cookie soup, not cookie dough.” But I waved a sticky spatula in his face and said “Trust Pati!” After chilling, the mixture turns into a soft scoopable dough. Give it a try as written, and your faith will be rewarded.

  3. Hi Patti,
    The cookies are so delicious, they were a HIT with everyone at the baby shower 😋. I have even had people ask me to bake some more for them. Thank you for sharing your great ideas, look forward to trying other recipes.

  4. Hi Patti,
    I’m making these for a baby shower and would like to check the oven temp. Is the temp 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) with fan? I would be cooking them at 180 degrees Celsius or 160 with fan. What do you recommend?

  5. Made these to take for a picnic dinner at an outdoor concert, they were amazing, people in our group were talking them up to friends as they walked by, and we went through the entire batch (there were only 4 of us, so I am hoping we gave a lot of the cookies to passersby!) Thanks so much, for this recipe.

  6. Patti, So is the 1/2 flour and 1 1/4 cup sugar proportions stated in the recipe correct, or should they be changed? I often use less sugar than called for, but am mostly worried about the flour measurement. Want to make these for Christmas.

    Love your show.

    1. Hi Donna,
      I really love these cookies with the measurements provided here… give them a try, see how you like them! Not only does this ration it give the cookies a really wonderful balance of flavors also a very delicate texture, that I wouldn’t want you to fool around with… And thanks for watching my show 🙂

  7. Paty
    I did this cookies yesterday they are amazing
    but I noticed that the ratio of the ingredients are incorrect, cant used 1 1/2 cup of sugar and only 1/2 cup of flower
    I’m a pastry chef and adjusted the ratio and came out delicious


    1. Hi Sonia. What are the correct proportions? My cookies failed miserably. Did you use parchment paper without grease? Mine stuck to paper but I don’t think the baking time was enough either.

  8. I found the dried flor de jamaica at my local H-mart asian store. First time I have seen them there. They do stock a lot of Latino food items, but will often get an item in stock, and then it disappears, so grab it while you can.

  9. Followup to my previous entry. I have found the hibuscus tea now in two retail stores. Smart and Final and Food for Less. However, I am expremely happy with the product I have been bying from a supplier on Amazon-Frontier Natural Foods Co-op. Product is consistent, well packed . I also found Ceylon cinnamon sticks through them. Think I will just stay with a good thing.

    1. Me too— I buy the Frontier CoOp as well. Excellent, consistent product. I make the tea all the time. Don.t be afraid to adjust the tea ingredient amounts to your own liking. Sometimes I add less hibiscus and add a couple tea bags of Constant Comment Black and Pecot tea. I make the cookies once in a while. I do stick to the original recipe though.

  10. I have now made your hibiscus tea a dozen times. I love it and so have all my guests. It’s great that I can use the same used leaves for the delicious hibiscus cookies. I have not yet had any luck buying the hibiscus at a retail store or health food store but now just order it from Amazon. I also bought Ceylon cinnamon from Amazon to add to the tea. I like it both ways but just plain. Is my favorite. Thanks Patti—love your show and your web site