Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies are studded with chocolate chips and gingerbread goodness are sweet and decadent for the holidays. Makes 24 cookies.

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.

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    Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    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.
    5 from 1 vote
    Servings 24 cookies
    Calories 153 kcal
    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 12 minutes
    Chilling Time 2 hours
    Total Time 2 hours 42 minutes


    • ½ cup unsalted butter softened (1 stick)
    • 1 tablespoon ginger fresh, grated and peeled
    • ½ cup light brown sugar
    • ½ cup unsulfured molasses
    • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1½ 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
    • ½ cup granulated sugar

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    • Line one large baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
    • In a large bowl, sift together the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon and cocoa.
    • In a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment (or with a handheld mixer), cream the softened butter and fresh ginger together until lightened.
    • Add the brown sugar to the butter/ginger mixture, and mix until smooth.
    • Add the molasses to the butter and sugar mixture. Stir on medium speed until combined.
    • In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water.
    • 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.
    • Add the chocolate chips, and stir in with a spoon.
    • Pat the dough into a round on plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
    • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
    • 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.
    • Chill for 20 minutes in the freezer.
    • Once cookies have chilled, bake for 12 minutes or until browned around the edges but gooey in the middle.
    • Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to complete drying.


    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.


    Serving: 1cookieCalories: 153kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 59mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16g
    Keyword baking recipe, chocolate, chocolate cookies, Christmas cookie, cookie recipe, cookies, dessert, drop cookie recipe, easy cookie recipe, easy cookies, ginger cookies, gingerbread
    Course Desserts & Sweet Treats
    Cuisine American
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    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    One Comment

    1. 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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