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!