Add this cookie to your holiday cookie basket or plan it for your cookie swap. These are simple to make, and the sugar coating gives the cookies a festive shimmer. They are chewy bordering on crisp with an occasional chunk of chocolate. Even my chocolate-hater friend Dorothy loved them, especially the ginger -- they have both ground ginger and freshly grated ginger, but the flavor isn't overwhelming in the least.
|On the left, 2¼-inch scoop cookies; on the right, "tablespoon" scoop cookies.|
The scoops of dough then get rolled in sugar and baked.
Chewy Chocolate Ginger-Molasses Cookies
7 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
½ cup packed dark-brown sugar
1 tbs freshly grated ginger
1½ cups plus 1 tbs all-purpose flour
1 tbs cocoa powder
1¼ tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
½ cup unsulfured molasses
¼ cup granulated sugar
Chop chocolate into ¼-inch chunks; set aside. In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in 1½ teaspoons boiling water; set aside
In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter with brown sugar until combined. Add fresh ginger and mix until combined. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Slowly add to butter mixture, mixing until well combined.
Add baking soda mixture and molasses; mix to combine. Stir in chocolate; Transfer to refrigerator. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 325°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Using a 2-inch ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto baking sheet, 2½ inches apart. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Roll dough balls in granulated sugar and return to baking sheets. Transfer to oven and bake until surfaces crack slightly, about 18 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.