Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

chocolate gingerbread cookies
Photo: Joseph De Leo
2 dozen

This cookie recipe is beloved by our food editors, who make it every Christmas as part of their holiday cookie boxes. What makes the cookies so irresistible? We think it's the combination of fresh and ground ginger, molasses, and chunks of semisweet chocolate. These chocolate ginger cookies are sophisticated enough for adults, but chocolatey enough for children.


  • 1 ½ cups plus 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger

  • ½ cup dark-brown sugar, packed

  • ¼ cup unsulfured molasses

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 ½ teaspoons boiling water

  • 7 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate, cut into ¼-inch chunks

  • ¼ cup granulated sugar


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.

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

  3. In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Beat half of flour mixture into butter mixture. Beat in baking-soda mixture, then remaining half of flour mixture. Mix in chocolate; turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Pat dough out to about 1 inch thick; seal with wrap. Refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or overnight.

  4. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough into 1 1/2- inch balls; place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Roll in granulated sugar. Bake until the surfaces crack slightly, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating halfway through. Let cool on sheets 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely. Cookies are best the day they are made but can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

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