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Chocolate Gingersnaps

When my daughter, Jennifer, was 15 years old, she created this recipe as a way to combine two of her favorite flavors. They're great with a glass of milk. —Paula Zsiray, Logan, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 7 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coarse sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in the molasses, water and gingerroot. Combine the flour, cocoa, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate. Cover and refrigerate until easy to handle, about 2 hours.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 350° until tops begin to crack, 10-12 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 80 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 47mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • Julie
    Jun 13, 2020

    Hello I'd like to bake these. They look and sound delicious. I'd like to know about the molasses - Is it a 1/4 cup of molasses from a jar or molasses sugar? Thank you

  • joanlucas1
    Oct 18, 2016

    These cookies are so delicious, a great combination of flavors. I just made them for my book group and everyone wanted the recipe!

  • RMR0828
    Nov 18, 2015

    I brought these cookies into work one afternoon and within 20 minutes every single cookie was gone. Not even a crumb left! Just the right amount of spice and then mellowed by the chocolate. Delicious!

  • merrycarrie
    Mar 9, 2015

    An absolute favorite and the more I share these cookies with friends, the more folks claim it's their favorite too. YUMMMMMMM

  • lisadritchie
    Dec 22, 2012

    This is my favorite winter cookie. It has become a most requested around the holidays.

  • Drasphinx
    Oct 31, 2012

    Baked these for my church's bazaar and people just loved them! I have even got requests to make them again this year.

  • skywaitress
    Jan 27, 2012

    Impressed that a 15 year old developed this recipe! Will make these soon and rate it here!

  • debrueg
    Dec 4, 2011

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  • FlyingSpaz12
    Dec 14, 2010

    These cookies are a great combinations of chocolate and ginger!!! They are amazing!!! I will make these again and again!!!

  • carolyncook
    Nov 27, 2010

    A big hit at Thanksgiving dinner!