Soft Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate, cookies, gingerbread
Dessert Type: Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 60 cookies
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Elizabeth LaBau
This is the perfect Christmas cookie! It's packed with gingerbread flavor, but with a chocolate twist and a big chocolate button in the center.
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  • 12 1/3 oz all-purpose flour (2 3/4 cups)
  • 3/4 oz unsweetened cocoa powder (1/4 cup)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 oz butter (3/4 cup), at room temperature
  • 5 2/3 oz brown sugar (3/4 cup), packed
  • 1 3/4 oz granulated sugar (1/4 cup), plus extra for rolling
  • 4 1/2 oz unsulfured molasses (1/3 cup)
  • 1 egg at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp packed orange zest (from 1/2 large orange)
  • 60 milk chocolate stars or chocolate kisses


  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, all spices, and salt, Set aside for a moment.
  • Place the butter and both sugars in the large bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat them together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Add the molasses, egg, vanilla extract, and orange zest, and beat until well-mixed. The mixture might look a little broken at this point. Stop the mixer and add the dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until just a few streaks of flour remain. Finish mixing by hand, scraping the bottom and sides of the bowl well with a spatula.
  • Turn the dough out onto a piece of cling wrap, and wrap it well. Chill for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Pour some granulated sugar into a shallow bowl. Roll the chilled cookie dough into small 1-inch balls and roll the balls in granulated sugar. Place them 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 F for 7-8 minutes, until puffed and dry in the center, but still soft.
  • Remove the tray from the oven, and immediately press a chocolate star or unwrapped chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Let them cool completely on the baking sheet. These cookies keep amazingly well and, if stored in an airtight container at room temperature, will be soft and moist for up to a week after baking.



These cookies are adapted from the Soft Gingerbread Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction. 


Serving: 60g | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 48mg | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.5mg