Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

Chewy chocolate-gingerbread cookie

I know I’m in the minority by baking and feasting on cookies in the middle of January when most people typically begin their year by resolving to eat healthily but I just can’t help myself. I’m too much of a cookie monster to deny myself cookies. Besides, nothing comforts me more than a cookie or two in this miserable winter (feels like -20 degrees celsius, people!). Well, maybe a slice or two of banana bread.

For the last two weeks of December in 2012, I caved in to the festivities by whipping up batches upon batches of various cookie dough to store in my freezer and baking off a few each day for our daily treat. I marveled at how perfect it is to have an efficient system that enables my family to have freshly baked cookies at our fingertips. One day, and not surprisingly, I finally OD-ed on cookies. Now, never will I complain about having homemade cookies to feast on for two weeks straight but sometimes, too much of a good thing can turn out to be…. well, not so good. I just didn’t want to taste another spiced cookie until Christmas season 2013.

But I suppose I spoke too soon. My husband was rummaging through the freezer yesterday and found a ziplock bag containing balls of these Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookie dough. I decided to rescue them from the deep freeze and bake them all off. This recipe is found in Martha Stewart’s book, Martha Stewart’s Cookies, and the drool-worthy cover photo is of this cookie. I’ve owned this book for years and I don’t know why it took me so long to make this cookie – all the ingredients are constantly in my pantry and the gorgeous cover is absolutely enticing.

These cookies are such a hit. My daughter loves them. She adores gingerbread and chocolate and when the two combine to form one of her favourite food groups – the Cookie – it just can’t get any better than that for her. The recipe calls for dried and freshly grated ginger but it is not overly gingery; it is deeply spiced yet mellowed by the semi-sweet chocolate chips studded throughout. This cookie is definitely a sophisticated cousin to the always reliably good chocolate chip cookie. It is a winner if you love chocolate, gingerbread and a chewy cookie. My husband, ever the gingerbread purist, thinks the cookie could do without the chocolate chips – and this is where he parts ways with the rest of his family.

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4 thoughts on “Chewy Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

  1. Yum, these sound so good! And… Paula’s obsessed with ginger-anything including gingerbread cookies, while I’ll eat any cookie with chocolate chips in it! Thanks for the recipe link. : )

    (Also, you are not alone baking cookies in January… I just took a batch of oatmeal choc. chip cookies– Smitten Kitchen’s oatmeal raisin cookie recipe– out of the oven!)

    1. These sound like the perfect cookie for you both! And hey! We also baked some oatmeal raisin, choc chip AND walnut cookies (I know, lots of add-ins but they work) recently :)

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