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Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies …because even though it’s still November, I am totally ready for Christmas cookies.

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Christmas cookies with plenty of chocolate too, because if you’re going to add chocolate…you might as well go all out.

Okay, fine. You don’t have to add chocolate, but let’s be real, these ginger cookies are a million and one times better with the addition of a generous drizzle of chocolate…or chocolate dip.

Whatever you prefer.

I know it may be slightly early (or not..depends on how you feel about Christmas…and cookies) to be circulating Christmas cookie recipes, but before you know it December 25th will be here and we need to be prepared. Plus, I have a major goal to actually send out my annual Christmas Cookie gift boxes this year, so I need to start compiling my list of cookies to include in the boxes. I wasn’t prepared/organized enough last year and I never got out all of the boxes I wanted to. Determined to not let that happen again this year, so today we’re talking cookies.

Who is ready?

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Every holiday season I pick a good amount of sweets to share with you guys. In previous years I’ve shared plenty of cookie recipescakes, and more. This year will be no different. I have so many recipes I want to share. When I was trying to decide what to make from my list of ideas I was kind of at a loss. I literally have a google doc page a mile long with holiday desserts. I stared at my computer screen forever before I finally decided to just send my list off to my family and have them pick their favorites.

Thankfully my family is awesome (except when they picked on me at Thanksgiving and I just wasn’t in the mood…thanks guys). and was more than willing to help…and taste test.

Obviously.

Lyndsie responded first and I almost always agree with her choices, so I went with her selections and didn’t think twice about it. It was no surprise that these ginger cookies were at the top of Lyn’s list. She also said I should make apple tarts and fruit crumbles, but those don’t feel very festive to me. Hmmm.

Anyway, Brendan and Lyndsie love ginger like no other, I’ve seen Lyn’s eat it straight up. It’s was weird.

As soon as I put this cookie on the list, I knew they’d insist I make it right away. So I did. Not going to lie, I was a little skeptical as to whether or not I’d love the combo of chocolate and ginger, but you know, it’s kind of delicious.

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Not kind of delicious. Like really, really, really delicious.

These cookies are soft, chewy, filled with molasses and a good amount of ginger, plus sweet and chocolatey…basically they’re just all things perfection.

Honest. These cookies are some of the best ever. Especially if eaten when slightly warm and right after being drizzled with chocolate. Ahh? Christmas cookie heaven? Yup.

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

A few important things. The one thing that really sets these cookies apart from other molasses based cookies is the use of salted butter and molasses. I know there are many people who don’t like to bake with salted butter. However, I actually prefer it, especially when baking cookies. Using salted butter gives your cookies a specialness that you just can’t get from adding in a pinch of salt. I know that sounds stupid, but salted butter is the way to go.

I also use a bit more molasses than most molasses cookie recipes call for. When I set out to make these cookies, I really wanted them to be extremely chewy. I also really wanted to have the molasses taste shine through. So, I upped the amount of molasses and added vanilla extract to highlight the molasses and ginger flavors. The result was a perfectly moist and chewy molasses cookie with hints of vanilla and ginger throughout.

For the final steps, the cookies are rolled through coarse sugar, baked (be sure to not over bake these, under baking is always, always best), and then drizzled or dunked into chocolate. As mentioned, eating these cookies warm, with melted chocolate is something I’d highly recommend trying.

Or let the chocolate set, package them up, and send them off in a cookie box. Either way, you’ll find yourself making (and eating) these cookies all December long.

Who’s up for a little Tuesday night baking? These take no time at all, so I’m thinking it’s a cookie before dinner kind of night…

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 26 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 171 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 1. Position an oven rack in the upper 1/3 of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 
    2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes. Add the egg and molasses and mix until evenly combined. Add the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt, beating until combined and a dough forms. 
    3. Place the coarse sugar in a small bowl. 
    4. Lightly rub your hands with butter. Roll the dough into tablespoon size balls and roll through the coarse sugar (if the dough is too sticky, chill for 20 minutes). Place on the prepared baking sheet, spacing the cookies 2 inches apart. Transfer to the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are just starting to set around the edges, the centers should be a little doughy. Let cool on the pan 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    5. Drizzle or dip each cookie in chocolate. Let the chocolate set at room temp, about 1 hour. Store in an air-tight container for up to 4 days. 
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Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

Just the way my mom taught me.

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    1. Hi TJ,
      Happy Sunday!! I love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Sorry, I am not sure, you would have to play around with the recipe, they should have been chewy for you. Let me know! xxT

  1. 5 stars
    These are delicious, and this is coming for someone who doesn’t usually love cookies. So, SO good.

    1. Hi Anne-Marie,
      Happy Friday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a go, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

  2. These are my favorite holiday season cookies but actually I love them year round. I have been dying to make them and finally got to last night. Added dark chocolate chunks to the batter because I’m too lazy for dipping. Always exceed my expectations 🙂

    1. Hey Jen,
      I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for testing it out! Have a great week! xTieghan

  3. 3 stars
    Like others, cookies stayed fairly round and cakey. Followed the recipe to the letter, even slammed cookie sheet to help flatten. Last batch I baked at 350, which helped them spread a little, but texture still airy, not dense and chewy. Flavor is great, though!

    1. Hi Marybeth,
      Thank you so much for making this recipe, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! Merry Christmas!🎄🎁 xT

  4. I made these cookies today and while the flavor is amazing, they really flattened out and they didn’t crinkle. I am a novice baker so I was wondering if you had any idea why this would have happened?? I followed the recipe as written. Thanks for any help and thanks for a beautiful website!

    1. Hey Bobbi,
      Wonderful! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! was there anything you adjusted? You could chill the, next time to prevent the spreading. Happy Holidays!🎄🎁 xTieghan

    1. Hey Melissa,
      Yes, that will work well for you! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  5. I was so excited to try these cookies. I ended up making it twice and both times they did not look like yours. I then read all the comments and realized that it was 1.5 cups and not sticks like it says in the recipe! You may want to clarify this in the recipe.
    Fingers crossed that the third time is better.

    1. Hi Leanne,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try, sorry for any confusion, but the recipe is correct. You will want to use 1 1/2 sticks of butter, not 1 1/2 cups of butter. What do you mean they did not look like mine? How did they taste? xTieghan

    1. Hey Natasha,
      No need to chill the dough, unless you find it super sticky you can chill for 20 minutes like stated in step 4. I hope you love this recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

    1. Hey Sonia,
      Happy Sunday! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try, I am so glad to hear it was enjoyed! xTieghan

  6. 4 stars
    I just made these and am wondering if the issue everyone is having might possibly be due to having more than one sheet in the oven on multiple racks? I took mine out around 9 mins and half are under cooked. I banged the pans on the table as well and only a few flatten and cracked. most stayed puffy. I pressed then down and pulled them a part a bit to achieved the “look” and popped the others back in the oven for a few mins. Flavors are great. Maybe a few look as good as yours though so I may give them another go. Of just cover them in chocolate. LOL

  7. 5 stars
    These are phenomenal!!! After reading other reviews about the cookies not spreading, I flattened them just a bit before baking, baked for 10 minutes, and they looked just like the picture and were chewy and delicious! The addition of the chocolate is genius- I’ve never had ginger cookies like this before!

    1. Hi Lynn,
      Thanks so very much for giving this recipe a go, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan