Chocolate Ginger Cookies

I couldn’t let The Great Cookie Season pass without sharing my absolute favorite Christmas cookie recipe of them all: Chocolate Ginger Cookies. Soft and chewy in the centers with melty puddles of chocolate and a spirited zing of fresh ginger, these are the cookies I most look forward to every year.

Martha Stewart's famous Chocolate Ginger Cookies. Soft and chewy with warm gingerbread spices. Fresh ginger and dark chocolate make these the best Christmas cookies for the holidays!

I first started baking these amped-up ginger cookies in my early 20s for an annual girls’ cookie exchange my coworker Megan and I started. Newcomers to town, we surmised that an excellent way to expand our friend network would be to lure prospective candidates over with promises of chocolate, butter, and Spiced Wine. It worked.

We hosted the exchange every year we lived in the same city. While we changed up the cookie assortment each year, these Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies were our annual, iron-clad must make.

It’s been almost a decade (!) since I first tasted these Chocolate Ginger Cookies, and my Christmas still doesn’t feel complete without them. I’ve baked them for my sisters, girlfriends, and neighbors. When I receive requests for a recommendation for a stellar cookie to bring to a cookie exchange, this is the recipe I send. Everyone who tries these Chocolate Ginger Cookies loves them. They are special.

With only one week to go until Christmas (when did that happen?) today feels like the right time to share this treasure from my cache of cookie recipes. If you love warm spices, chocolate, and cozy, fuzzy feelings that make you want to cuddle around a Christmas tree, I know they’ll be a fast favorite of yours too!

PERFECT Soft and Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chunks and fresh ginger. This is the BEST soft gingersnap recipe. Perfect for Christmas or anytime you want a special treat! Recipe at | @wellplated

The Very Best Chocolate Ginger Cookies

These Chocolate Ginger Cookies are triumphantly thick, chewy, and their spice level is spectacular.

In addition to a heavy dose of classic gingerbread spices such as cinnamon and cloves, this Chocolate Ginger Cookies recipe uses fresh ginger, which I am convinced is what makes them unquestionably superior to any other ginger molasses cookie in the cosmos. Every bite is filled with the warmth and comfort of a crackling fire on a chilly day.

The big chunks of melty dark chocolate certainly don’t hurt their superiority level either.

The BEST Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies. Rich, chewy and the dark chocolate puts it over the top! Recipe at | @wellplated {Christmas, healthy}

In case you need further endorsement, these Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies are approved by Martha Stewart herself. They’re the cover recipe of her exclusively cookie cookbook, Martha Stewart’s Cookies.

I’ve added my own recipe twist by swapping a portion of the regular flour for white whole wheat flour to give them a little nutritional boost. While I can’t in good faith call this recipe healthy ginger molasses cookies, I assure you that they are worth the splurge.

Fresh Ginger Molasses Cookies with Dark Chocolate. PERFECT soft and chewy gingersnap cookies and the dark chocolate makes this recipe the best! Recipe at | @wellplated

Whether you are looking for the perfect soft ginger cookie to add to your tray, a treat to warm you on a winter night, or something to show Santa how much you’d really, really appreciate his support, these Chocolate Ginger Cookies truly hit the spot.

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PERFECT Soft and Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies. Dark chocolate and fresh ginger make this the BEST old fashioned gingersnap cookie! Must make for Christmas cookie trays or anytime you need a special treat. Recipe at | @wellplated
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Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies

Yield: 24 cookies
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Thick, soft, and chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies. Fresh ginger and dark chocolate make these the best gingerbread cookie you will ever bake!


  • 7 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate — I used 70% dark
  • 1 cup  white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour — plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly grated nutmeg*
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter — (1 stick)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar — packed
  • 1/4 cup unsulfured molasses — NOT blackstrap
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar


  1. Chop chocolate into rough 1/4-inch chunks (I like to use a serrated knife for maximum chunkiness). In a medium bowl, sift together the white whole what flour, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. (If you skip the sifting, the cocoa will be lumpy. It’s worth the extra step!)
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and grated ginger until very light, about 4 minutes. Add the brown sugar, then beat until combined. Scrape down the bowl, add the molasses, and beat until incorporated.
  3. Place the baking soda in a small bowl. Top with 1 1/2 teaspoons of very hot water, then stir to dissolve. Set aside.
  4. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then beat just until most of the flour disappears. Beat in the baking soda-water mixture, then scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the remaining half of the flour mixture and beat just until the flour disappears. Mix in the chocolate chunks and any chocolate “dust,” switching to a wooden spoon if needed to ensure the chunks are evenly distributed. Turn the dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap (I used two sheets stuck together at the edges to make it larger), then pat dough into a rough circle that is 1 inch thick. Seal the dough with the wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 3 days.
  5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Roll the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls (they will look quite large). Place on the baking sheets and refrigerate 20 minutes.
  6. Once the dough balls have chilled, roll them in granulated sugar and place them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. Bake until the surfaces barely begin to crack, about 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies will look underdone. Let cool 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling as long as you can stand the suspense. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • *It's an incredible flavor upgrade to grate your own nutmeg from whole nutmeg instead of buying preground. I use this zester to do it.
  • Store leftover baked ginger molasses cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days, in the refrigerator for 7 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Rolled, unbaked cookie dough balls can be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then bake as directed.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookies, Easy Cookie Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 cookie) — Calories: 151, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Sodium: 7mg, Carbohydrates: 19g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 11g, Protein: 2g

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About Erin Clarke

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  1. look at those chunks!!! they look so soft and chewy too, dying for some! xo

  2. I have the Martha Stewart cookie cookbook and it really is a nice one – so many types to choose from. These on the cover actually convinced me that I NEEDED this book!

  3. These, of course, look INCREDIBLE! I have always had a soft spot for ginger cookies (although I admittedly grew up on Ginger Snaps, rather than the homemade variety). Will definitely have to try these!

    PS – As much of an avid reader of your blog as I am, you’d think I would’ve said this before (or comment more in general!), but you are an amazing writer. Love all the life you bring to your food and your blog!

  4. These remind me a lot of my favorite ginger/molasses cookies, a recipe I got from, called Triple The Ginger cookies.  They have powdered, fresh, and candied ginger, and are probably my all-time favorite cookie, even though I’m a chocolate addict.  I’m saving this recipe, for just in case.  You know, sometimes you just have to bake, whether you want to or not…  If I make them I would actually probably reduce the amount of cloves, because the flavor tends to be overpowering for both my husband and me.

    • Those triple ginger cookies sound delicious, Susan! I hope you enjoy these cookies too if you decide to give them a try!

  5. hey girl these look oh so divine! Right up my alley!

  6. These look amazing, Erin! Great combination of great flavors! Yum!!! xo

  7. My mouth has been watering since I saw these on your blog and I’ve set aside tomorrow to bake all my Christmas cookies !Just gathered all the ingredients to make these but forgot the fresh nutmeg :( Can I use ground nutmeg and should I use the same amount? Thanks

  8. Hey Erin!
    I’m already obsessing over these cookies and haven’t even tried them yet. I think chocolate is unjustly underrepresented in the holiday baking season–gingerbread needs chocolate too! Thanks for the inspiration. ;)

  9. These are good – yum. Definately adding these to my Christmas cookie baking extravaganza (which appears to get bigger each year)

  10. I just made these and they tasted delicious but were much darker than yours.  What do you think may have cause the color variation?

    • Hi Ann, it could be your brand of molasses. Also, older or darker baking sheets can sometimes cause darker cookies. No matter the color, I’m glad they were yummy!

  11. How many people does this serve?

  12. i know you said the whole wheat flour really elevates these cookies, but is it ok if i just use all-purpose ?

  13. I love ginger cookies but, the addition of chocolate was amazing!

  14. This is a great flavor combination! They are perfectly chewy, too.

  15. Ginger cookies are a must for the holidays and your version with chocolate was a huge hit with my friends!!

  16. YES GIRL! These are everything. That MELTY chocolate is giving me the feels.

  17. I love chocolate chip cookies, but during the holidays my favorite cookie is this chocolate ginger molasses cookie. For reals, this cookie is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Such a great idea to add chocolate to a ginger cookie.

  19. Favorite cookie at our house for the holidays!

  20. One of my husband’s favorite cookies baked from scratch is a molasses sugar cookie that has lots of spices in it. Will definitely try this ginger cookie with the chocolate. I like the fact that you used 70% dark chocolate. Pinning this to my cookie board. Thanks for sharing this and wishing you Merry Christmas, happy holidays and a great new year ahead. Love reading your recipes and posts!

  21. The choice of the best chocolate ginger cookies for the cookie season is just right. They are really delicious when I cooked some and handed them to my friends and neighbors. You are amazing with your cookies here. Thank you so much.

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