Chocolate Gingerbread

Many of the best holiday recipes are family favorites, whose sweet, fresh-baked aromas evoke fond childhood memories. This delicious Cookie of the Week is sure to become an heirloom in your family. A twist on the classic gingerbread, it blends the distinctive flavor of European chocolate with the old-fashioned taste of molasses.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 dozen cookies
Chocolate Gingerbread

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, March 2003

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 8 teaspoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, for rolling
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses

Directions

  1. Line two baking sheets with Silpat baking mats, and set aside. Chop chocolate into 1/4-inch chunks; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, ground ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream grated ginger and butter until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add molasses; beat until combined.

  3. Add the flour mixture in batches until fully incorporated. Mix in chocolate, cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or more.

  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place the sugar in a pie plate. Using a 1-ounce ice-cream scoop, scoop the dough into a bowl filled with sugar. Roll each ball of dough in sugar. Bake until surface cracks slightly, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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