Christmas is not yet here but it feels a little Christmassy to me when I look outside my window and everything is covered with snow. Also, some people have already put on Christmas decorations to their houses and stores. So, to complete my Christmas is coming feeling I baked these cookies. They have an amazing smell and the chocolate with gingerbread is a delicious combination.
The original recipe is from Martha Stewart, but I followed Patricia’s adaptation from here, firstly because I didn’t have any fresh ginger and secondly because I speak metric better and it was easier to me. So, here’s the recipe:
Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies
200 g dark chocolate
1 ½ cups + 1 tablespoon (220g) all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
½ cup (113g) unsalted butter
½ cup (88g) dark-brown sugar, packed
½ cup unsulfured molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
Chop chocolate into small chunks (about 6mm) and set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter until whitened, about 4 minutes. Add brown sugar and beat until combined. Add molasses, beat until combined.
In a small cup, dissolve baking soda in 1 ½ teaspoons boiling water. Beat half of flour mixture into butter mixture. Beat in baking-soda mixture, then remaining half of flour mixture. Mix in chocolate; turn out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Pat dough out to about 2.5cm (1in) thick; seal with wrap; refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or more.
Preheat oven to 165°C/325°F; line two large baking sheets with baking paper. Roll dough into about 3.7cm (1 ½-in) balls; place 5cm (2in) apart on baking sheets. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
Roll in granulated sugar. Bake until the surfaces crack slightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 24. I got 26 pretty big ones.