Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Soft, chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies! Made with dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and fresh ginger.
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Photography Credit: Irvin Lin

When I bake these chocolate gingerbread cookies, the entire kitchen smells of wintry spices. It’s impossible not to feel like the holidays have arrived.

Deep dark chocolate and fresh grated ginger sets these cookies apart from the other cookies on the holiday cookie plate.

Most gingerbread and gingersnap cookies don’t quite have enough gingery “snap” to them for me. My solution is to use actual fresh-grated ginger in the dough. It sounds fussy, but once you start using the fresh ginger, it’s hard to go back to plain ground ginger.

The fresh ginger also gives the cookies a warm heat that makes a great contrast to the earthier chocolate.

The ingredient list for these cookies may seem daunting, but don’t worry. You probably already have most of the spices in your spice drawer, and the others are easy to find at the grocery store.

The whole recipe comes together quickly, but keep in mind that you’ll need to chill the dough for a minimum of 2 hours before shaping the cookies into balls, plus another 20 minutes of chilling before baking them. The dough is soft and you need to chill it to be able to handle it.

Trust me: one bite of these soft, chewy cookies and you’ll realize they are well worth any amount of fuss!

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

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  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 minutes
  • Chilling time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 24 cookies

Make sure to use dark, full, or robust molasses, but avoid blackstrap molasses. It will give the cookies an overwhelming bitter flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (115 g or 1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (110 g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (150 g) dark, full, or robust molasses (not "blackstrap")
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups (210 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-processed cocoa
  • 1 cup (200 g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) white granulated sugar, for rolling the cookies

Method

1 Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and spices: Place the butter, brown sugar, ground ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves, nutmeg, salt and baking soda in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cream the ingredients together until they form a uniform colored paste that clings to the side of the bowl.

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2 Make the cookie dough: Add the molasses and fresh grated ginger and beat to incorporate. Add the flour and cocoa, and beat until you see no more dry streaks of flour. Add the chocolate chips and mix until they are evenly distributed in the dough.

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3 Chill the dough: Scrape the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap. The dough will be soft and sticky. Flatten the dough until it is about 1-inch thick then tightly wrap with the plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours or overnight.

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4 Roll the chilled dough into balls: Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon baking sheets. Place the white granulated sugar in a small bowl. Roll a piece of chilled dough into a 1 1/2-inch ball between your palms, then roll the ball in the sugar to coat. Transfer to the baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough, spacing each ball slightly apart.

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5 Chill the cookie dough balls: Place the baking sheets with the cookie dough balls in the refrigerator for 20 minutes. While the dough is chilling, heat the oven to 325F.

6 Bake the cookies: Bake the cookies for 11 to 13 minutes, or until the top of the cookies have started to crack slightly. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then transfer a wire rack to cool completely.

These cookies will keep for about 5 to 7 days in a sealed container at room temperature

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Irvin Lin

Irvin Lin is an IACP award-winning photographer, food writer and recipe developer, blue-ribbon baker, public speaker and occasional social media consultant. His blog is Eat the Loveand his first cookbook is Marbled, Swirled and Layered.

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  • Megan W.

    My last batch of these amazing cookies is cooling right now and they’re AMAZING! Probably my new favorite cookie and I’m excited to add it to my arsenal. Thank you!

  • Tanya

    Made this last night. They were fantastic, and such an unexpected combination for me. Definitely a keeper recipe.

  • Kelly

    I don’t have a stand mixer right now and probably won’t get one (too expensive) but I really want to make these cookies. Will a spatula and some good ole elbow grease work? Or what about a hand mixer?

  • Tia

    I am not a big fan of pepper. How does it enhance the flavor?

  • Laura

    Just made these. They are fantastic! Only change I made was to roll the cookie dough balls in cinnamon sugar instead of just sugar,

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