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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 in to.  This particular cookie has a couple unusual ingredients, and I would hate for you to be surprised.

recipe for chocolate gingersnaps

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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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Chocolate Gingersnaps

A recipe for a classic gingersnap, with a punch of chocolate.  This cookie was made to impress!

Source: Baking Bites.  You just can’t go wrong at this amazing blog.

Yield: 3-4 dozen

This is literally one of the best cookies I have ever had in my life.  Honestly, I thought Nicole at Baking Bites was a little weird for putting these ingredients together, but I take it back.  I take it all back!!

I did hesitate momentarily to make these cookies, when I looked through the ingredient list, headed to the store, and stood in the baking aisle staring at the jar of crystallized ginger.  $7.12 for one small jar.  Barely enough to make one batch of cookies.  I wavered.  Can a cookie really be worth one $7 ingredient?  It can.  It absolutely can.

Update:  I later found crystallized ginger in packages, next to nuts and candy and yogurt pretzels at the front of the store.  It is way cheaper this way, and lasts a long time in the cupboard.  I put it in my stir fry too!  Now I have no excuse at all to not make this cookie.

 

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