chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies, made with fresh grated ginger and loaded with chunks of dark chocolate. This cookie packs a punch of flavour.

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies, made with fresh grated ginger and loaded with chunks of dark chocolate. This cookie packs a punch of flavour.

I made this cookie for xmas several years ago, and it instantly became not only one of my favourites, but among my friends and coworkers too. And it’s been a big part of my xmas tradition ever since. One year I brought them in to work and one of my coworkers actually hid them so no one else could have any. Seriously! This year, I had so many other recipes to try that this one got left out. But I had to promise to make it soon after the holidays. So here we are. 

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies, made with fresh grated ginger and loaded with chunks of dark chocolate. This cookie packs a punch of flavour.

I don’t even remember where I first found this recipe. I have a feeling it was torn from a magazine (probably Martha Stewart Living), but I distinctly remember having lost it at one point and needing to google it – I couldn’t remember what it was called, and Martha has more than one chocolate-ginger cookie, so it took a bit of sleuthing. Luckily, now I can always find it in my Martha Stewart Cookies book where I have it clearly marked with a big red heart. ♥

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies, made with fresh grated ginger and loaded with chunks of dark chocolate. This cookie packs a punch of flavour.

When I made the chocolate ginger leaf cookies back in November, I mentioned that I was hoping for more of a punch of flavour. I want to be clear that that isn’t a bad cookie, but when I saw chocolate + ginger, my tastebuds were expecting something more. That’s because I was already spoiled by this one. This cookie is the flavour I was expecting.

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies, made with fresh grated ginger and loaded with chunks of dark chocolate. This cookie packs a punch of flavour.

All of the flavours in this cookie are very bold. If you prefer more subtle flavour, this is not the recipe for you. It has all the components of a good gingerbread – the spices and brown sugar and molasses – plus not only cocoa powder, but also a generous helping of chopped dark chocolate. Seriously, lots of dark chocolate chunks. And as if that’s not enough, there’s fresh grated ginger too.

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies, made with fresh grated ginger and loaded with chunks of dark chocolate. This cookie packs a punch of flavour.

This is a soft and chewy cookie – fresh from the oven, however, the outer shell has a nice crunch while the inside is still soft and gooey. Rolling them in sugar gives them a bit of sparkle (pretty!) and adds just a bit more sweetness (the cookie itself isn’t that sweet). And contrasted with the heat from the fresh ginger, the chunks of chocolate feel almost icy cold. There’s so much going on in this cookie, and it all works.

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies, made with fresh grated ginger and loaded with chunks of dark chocolate. This cookie packs a punch of flavour.

chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies

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Adapted from Martha Stewart's Cookies. The recipe states it makes about 2 dozen when rolled in 1-1/2" balls. I rolled them a bit smaller and got over 3 dozen cookies.


1-1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1-1/4 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 cup unsulfured molasses

1 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 teaspoons boiling water

7 ounces good quality semisweet chocolate, chopped into 1/4" chunks (I totally splurged and went with Valrhona)

for coating

1/4 cup granulated sugar

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa powder. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and grated ginger together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 or 4 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the brown sugar, beating until combined. Add the molasses and beat again until combined.

In a small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the boiling water.

Turn the mixer to low and blend in half the flour mixture, then the water-baking soda mixture, then the remaining flour mixture. Mix until just incorporated. Remove from the mixer and add in the chopped chocolate either with a spatula or by hand. I prefer to knead inclusions in by hand to ensure they're distributed evenly.

Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap. Pat out to about 1-1/2" thickness, wrap well and refrigerate for at least 2 hours (or overnight).

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325°F.

Form the dough into small balls (1" to 1-1/2") and roll each in the granulated sugar. Place about 2" apart on a baking sheet to allow for spreading. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until the tops begin to crack, rotating the pan halfway through. Allow to cool on a wire rack for a few minutes before removing the cookies from the pan and allowing them to cool completely.

Comments: 22

  1. dina January 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm Reply

    they look yummy!

  2. leonidas February 26, 2014 at 8:09 am Reply

    Hello and congratulations for your perfect site….!!!!
    I’m in love with this cookies and i have to bake them….!!!!

    I have two questions because English is not my native lang and i’m not sure for 1-2 things…
    Do you have ginger in two different forms,fresh and powder…??

    And with what other product can i replace “unsulfured molasses” from your personal experience…???

    Thank you so much for your time….!!!

    • laurel @ wannacomewith February 26, 2014 at 9:10 am Reply

      Thank you leonidas! I hope you love these cookies as much as I do. I could eat them all myself!

      And yes, there is both ground ginger (powder) and fresh grated ginger in this cookie.

      Do you have molasses where you are? I usually use “fancy” molasses. “Cooking” molasses will give you a deeper, stronger flavour.

  3. leonidas March 5, 2014 at 5:26 am Reply

    Hello again…!!!!

    Congrats for this great recipe and thanks for your help.
    I finally find all the ingredients at the super market…. 🙂

    They came out JUST PERFECT….!!!!!!!

    I’m going for the “flo’s chocolate snaps” now, i will right you about…..
    I read about your great creations and at

    Keep up the great work…!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

  4. Dora April 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm Reply

    I just made these tonight, and wow, these are definitely one of my favorite cookie recipes I’ve ever tried. I love fall spices, and these really hit the spot. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    • laurel @ wannacomewith April 12, 2015 at 7:55 pm Reply

      I’m so glad to hear that, Dora! This is one of my all-time absolute favourites too. You can’t really go wrong with that combination of spices and chocolate. 🙂

  5. Annie September 25, 2015 at 11:05 pm Reply

    I have looked for this recipe after having them at a local bakery. They’re awesome!
    How well do they freeze? Would it be better to freeze uncooked? Thanks!

    • laurel @wannacomewith September 26, 2015 at 6:49 pm Reply

      I would imagine they’d freeze just fine, but I’m sure freezing them before cooking would be even better – that way when you want them, you get them fresh from the oven 🙂

  6. Ferg December 10, 2015 at 10:39 am Reply

    I’m going to make this recipe, but this should in absolutely no way be misinterpreted as my endorsement of the ridiculous number of photos you have used. I know, it’s not your fault. You’re just following in the footsteps of the Pioneer Woman who is a pioneer in the way she blazed a trail for digital SLR abuse.

    • laurel @wannacomewith December 10, 2015 at 11:47 am Reply

      Wow. My first reaction to your comment was that was a pretty rude thing to say. I took another look at the post and you’re right, I had added too many photos. It was one of the earlier posts I’d made and I hadn’t found my groove yet.

      That said, if you’re not happy with someone’s blog, you can always go elsewhere. This is my blog and I can put whatever I want in here. And there’s really no need to insult another blogger too.

      Thanks for your comment.

    • King Friday December 17, 2015 at 11:05 am Reply

      Yikes, chill out. I bet your cookies will taste bitter.

    • Lauren November 25, 2017 at 5:49 am Reply

      Good lawd, Ferg, I agree that a lot of baking sites use too many photos, but it’s rather a first-world concern, no? You can scroll past them and appreciate the overall good humor of the blogger as well.

  7. Marjorie December 21, 2015 at 9:06 pm Reply

    My sisters and I and our (now grown-up) children had our 25th (!) annual Cookie Day this weekend. We all get together and make cookies just before Christmas. This recipe was so good last year that we made it again this year. Love the combo of chocolate and ginger. The key to this recipe is not to bake it too long. Take them out of the oven when they still seem a bit soft and unbaked. The texture is great when they cool (if you can wait that long to try them).
    For sure this will be on the list again next year.

    • laurel @wannacomewith December 21, 2015 at 9:17 pm Reply

      I’m so glad to hear that Marjorie! This is one of my all-time favourite cookies 😀

  8. Kym August 5, 2016 at 9:57 pm Reply

    OMG these are AMAZING. I made some for a school bake sale. One guy bought 4 and then promptly came back and bought 3 more. I didn’t have ground cloves or nutmeg so substituted 1/2 tsp mixed spice instead. This recipe is going straight into my favourites folder!

    • laurel @wannacomewith August 9, 2016 at 8:24 pm Reply

      I’m so glad you liked them too! Seriously, this is one cookie that I absolutely HAVE TO MAKE every single Christmas – my friends insist on it, but I could easily eat them all myself. All credit goes to Martha. 🙂

  9. April January 16, 2017 at 5:53 pm Reply

    I love this cookie and have made them every Christmas for years. Recently I had a friend with Celiacs ask if I could try to make them gluten free. My first attempt was a disaster! Any suggestions?

    • laurel @wannacomewith January 23, 2017 at 12:16 pm Reply

      I’m so sorry to hear that April. Unfortunately, I have no experience with making gluten-free cookies. I do know that it’s tricky, though, and takes a lot of trial and error. All I can say is good luck! You might want to post the question at a site that specifically focuses on gluten-free baking. And please let us know if you have any success. 🙂

  10. Lauren November 25, 2017 at 5:44 am Reply

    Hello! These look fantastic. Just checking, though-there’s no egg? Thank you!

  11. Lauren December 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm Reply

    No egg?

  12. Lauren December 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm Reply

    To answer my question, no egg is required. I made this recipe, and it is truly fantastic. A very rich, deep, dark taste, with the ginger and chocolate married perfectly. Highly recommended.

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