Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

For two years, every time I pull out this cookbook, these drool-worthy cookies have been staring me down, begging me to make them.  And when I finally figured out they were these chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies, I immediately classified them as Christmas-only cookies.  (Seriously, who makes gingerbread at any other time of the year?) The first Christmas with this book in my possession, I had no clue which recipe it was.  Last Christmas, I had them on “the list” but they never got made and I vowed to make them this year.  And goodness gracious am I happy I made them a priority this year.  By far, these are some of my favorite cookies to date, and hands-down they are in the top 5 best Christmas cookies I’ve ever made.  Loaded with warm spices, dark brown sugar, molasses, and candied ginger, they smell amazing while baking and will rock your Elf on the Shelf, Muppet Family Christmas, or It’s a Wonderful Life world (depending on which generation you are a product of) once you bite into them.  The chocolate chunks and cocoa powder lend an extra level of greatness to these soft and chewy gingerbread cookies and I dare you not to go back for seconds.

Don’t forget!  The giveaway for the very cookbook these cookies come from ends tomorrow night at 11:59pm ET.  Three winners will be chosen!

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Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
source: slightly adapted from Martha Stewart Cookies
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tbsp candied ginger, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 7 oz best-quality semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Instructions:

  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment.  In a medium bowl, sift together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and candied ginger until whitened, about 4 minutes. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add molasses; beat until combined.
  3. In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in 1 1/2 teaspoons very, very hot (or boiling) water. Beat half of flour mixture into butter mixture. Beat in baking-soda mixture, then remaining half of flour mixture. Mix in chocolate; turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Pat dough out to about 1 inch thick; seal with wrap; refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or more.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Roll dough into 1 1/2- inch balls; place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Roll in granulated sugar. Bake until the surfaces crack slightly, 10 to 12 minutes.  Remove sheets from oven. The cookies will be puffy; if you are ok with that, cool them for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely; if you want them a little flatter (my preference), gently and carefully flatten them with your fingers then let them cool 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Yields: about 3 dozen
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  • December 12, 2011 at 6:04 AM

    Yum!
    Was just going through your site to find a good christmas cookie recipe – this could be the trick. Thanks!

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  • December 12, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    These look absolutely heavenly. Can’t wait to try them!

  • December 12, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    These sound lovely! I’ve never tried putting chocolate with ginger!

  • Melissa
    December 12, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    I’ve had such a tough time deciding which cookies to make for our exchange at work. I think these cookies may be perfect!

  • December 12, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    These sound so wonderful – I’d be hard-pressed to find anything that isn’t made better with chocolate. I will be trying these even if I don’t win your giveaway!

  • December 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    I adore gingerbread! Luckily my husband likes it too, so I actually make it all throughout fall and winter. Thanks for the great post!

  • December 22, 2011 at 10:48 PM

    I made these tonight and they are wonderful. I will be blogging about them tomorrow. Thank you again!

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