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Chocolate Gingersnaps

gingersnap cookie recipeI wish I could tell you that I created this recipe.  I mean, I really, really wish I could.

Because this cookie is, hands down, my single favorite recipe on this site.

Absolute. FAV.  Which is why I’m blogging about it again.

It was the brain child of this fabulous baker over at Baking Bites.  I’m giving her all the credit, because, let’s face it, she deserves it.  I bow to the master.

I get that it’s my job to give you lots of fabulous cookies and tell you every week how amazing they are and how you should try them and all that.

I hope it doesn’t make you think that this cookie is the same level of amazing as all the others.  It’s not.  This cookie is the king of all the others.

I tell you all this because I want you to understand what you are getting into.  This particular cookie has a couple unusual ingredients, and I would hate for you to be surprised.

recipe for chocolate gingersnaps

First, you’ll definitely need some balsamic vinegar.  I’m pretty sure this is the only cookie recipe I have ever made with balsamic vinegar.  It’s downright unusual.

Second, find yourself some crystallized ginger.  At my local store, they sell it with the bulk candy and dried fruits, but I realize that not all stores do this.  If all else fails, you can find it in a jar next to the spices.  You’ll need the entire jar.

If you’ve never experienced crystallized ginger, I highly recommend it.  If you enjoy ginger, you’ll probably find this dried-and-sugared version even yummier.  If you don’t enjoy ginger, this is a little easier to handle.  It’s also good for you.  Sometimes I chop it up and put it in granola.  Is that weird?

homemade chocolate gingersnap recipe

Third, you’ll need some mini-chips.  Okay, this one is not really all that weird.  It’s just a little weird for me, because even though I have a box FULL of chips… {semi-sweet, chocolate mint chips, cinnamon chips, peanut butter chips, peppermint chips, white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, need I go on?} … I almost never have mini chips in there.

Which is why I used regular chips in today’s batch.

Because it’s just cookies, after all.

gingersnap cookie recipe
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Chocolate Gingersnaps

A soft and chewy chocolate ginger cookie with chocolate chips and pieces of crystallized ginger.

Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger (dry powdered)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (or chopped semi-sweet chocolate)
  • 1/3 cup diced crystallized ginger
  • 1/3 cup coarse sugar

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add egg, molasses, vinegar, and vanilla. Mix well.

  2. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients slowly to wet mixture. Mix just until incorporated.

  3. Fold diced ginger and chocolate into the dough.

  4. Roll into 1-inch balls and roll in coarse sugar. Place on baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

  5. Allow cookies to cool before storing in an airtight container.

Bite-Size Christmas Cookies

I love playing Bonko.  It’s such a good excuse to get out of the house and hang out with my girlfriends one night a month.  I have been in this particular group for over 11 years now, if that tells you anything.

This year, I volunteered to host in December, the one month a year that we have a pot luck dinner with our dice game.  I made a glazed ham, some really yummy stuffed mushrooms*, and a few of my favorite cookies.  The dinner and the evening were both wonderful, and I even came away with a prize.

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Christmas Cookies

When you think of holiday desserts, you think of candies and pies, and most of all, cookies, right?  I do.  My sister-in-law and I get together before Thanksgiving every year, and make lots and lots of holiday desserts, and freeze them.  We generally make pumpkin roll, graham cracker pudding (an usual but delicious family recipe that bears absolutely no resemblance to pudding at all), toffee, some kind of candy, and 3 or 4 different kinds of cookies.  It’s a marathon, but the goodies last through the holidays and often well into January!

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Pumpkin Gingersnaps

A recipe for a soft and chewy ginger cookie with pumpkin puree.

Source: Maria at Two Peas and Their Pod, a JFC favorite.

Yield: 2-3 dozen

I’m kind of a summer person.  I like fall okay, but the main problem with it is that it reminds me that winter is coming.  And I hate winter.  Sometimes, though, fall is all warm and sunny, which I really like because it feels like an extended summer rather than a pre-winter.  Either way, one of my favorite things about fall is the cooking.  When it gets cool, I start making soups and chili, I put apples and pumpkin in all my breakfast recipes, I can applesauce, and I get to start making ginger cookies.  Mmmmm.

I look at the Two Peas and Their Pod site regularly. There are always lots of fun seasonal recipes there, and I almost always find something I can’t live without.  This week was no exception.  I saw the Pumpkin Gingersnap recipe, and thought to myself, “Just give me a reason.”  The reason wasn’t long in coming.  I hosted a jewelry open house last night, and these cookies were just the refreshment item I needed.  (I also make a second batch of cookies, the Peanut Butter Stuffed, which were also a hit, with me more than anyone!)

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