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.