Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

Perfect chocolate gingerbread cookie recipe for the holidays as a treat for both adults and children. To store, layer within wax paper in an airtight container.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
2 dozen cookies


  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ cup unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar

  • ¼ cup unsulphured molasses

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ½ cups boiling water

  • ¼ cup white sugar


  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Chop chocolate into 1/4-inch chunks; set aside. Sift 1 1/2 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour, cocoa, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg together in a medium bowl.

  2. Beat butter and ginger together in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until whitened, about 4 minutes. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add molasses; beat until combined.

  3. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Beat half of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Beat in baking soda mixture followed by remaining flour mixture. Mix in chocolate; turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Pat dough out to about 1-inch thickness; seal with plastic. Refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or more.

  4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  5. Roll dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Roll in white sugar.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the surfaces crack slightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cook's Notes:

You can use regular molasses if unsulphured can't be found.

To give as a gift for Christmas as shown in picture, stack the cookies 6 high and tie together with ribbon color of choice. Place on a small plate and give.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

142 Calories
7g Fat
20g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 142
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 56mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 2g
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 80mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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