The Speckled Palate
December 20, 2012

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

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There is nothing better in the world than a gooey cookie straight out of the oven. Particularly one that fulfills my incessant dark chocolate cravings and served with a side of ice cold milk… and scarfed three at a time.

… Just me?

Certainly not.

This recipe fulfills these needs for me, and I would gladly stand over the still-warm baking sheet and consume cookie after cookie, not bothering about burning my fingertips and simply enjoy the fantastic combination of dark chocolate and gingerbread. These cookies are soft in the middle and crunchy on the outside, and they best served warm.

I can’t get enough of them… and I think this might be my favorite recipe from this year’s Christmas Cookie Week. Honestly.

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies // The Speckled Palate
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Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Christmas Cookie Week continues with this twist on a seasonal favorite: Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies! These chocolate cookies that are studded with chocolate chips and gingerbread goodness are sweet and decadent for the holidays.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 42 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 158 kcal
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened ( stick)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger , grated and peeled
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Line one large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon and cocoa.
  3. In a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment (or with an handheld mixer), cream the softened butter and fresh ginger together until lightened.
  4. Add the brown sugar to the butter/ginger mixture, mixing until smooth.
  5. Add the molasses to the butter/ginger/brown sugar mixture, and stir on medium speed until combined.
  6. In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water.
  7. Beat half the flour mixture into the wet ingredients, mixing until combined, then pour in the baking soda mixture. Pour in the rest of the flour mixture, and mix until combined.
  8. Add the chocolate chips, and stir in with a spoon.
  9. Pat the dough into a round on plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
  10. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  11. Roll the dough into 1" balls in the palm of your hand, and roll in the granulated sugar. Place on the parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  12. Chill for 20 minutes in the freezer.
  13. Once cookies have chilled, bake for 12 minutes or until browned around the edges but gooey in the middle.
  14. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to complete drying.

Recipe Notes

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

These cookies are best consumed immediately, but they can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts
Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 58mg 2%
Potassium 169mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Sugars 16g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 4.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



Do you have a recipe like this, where you would gladly burn your fingers just to eat bite after bite of just-baked goodness?


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  2. Marjory

    What does the chilling of the dough balls do? I forgot that step and am wondering what I missed out on! They were delicious and still gooey. They were a smidge flat, but I thought that’s because I didn’t get all the baking soda in. Also, used ground ginger instead of fresh, still yummy. (And more cost effective.)

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