These Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies are the perfect treat for the holiday season! Chewy ginger spiced cookies dipped in dark chocolate.
I know I don’t usually have a post coming your way mid-week, but I wanted to get these festive Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies to you asap in case you’re looking for an easy and delicious recipe for your cookie exchanges, or just holiday baking in general!
The inspiration for these cookies actually came from the Chocolate Gingerbread Cake I made a couple weeks ago. It reminded me so much of these traditional Polish cookies my parents always buy during the holiday season. They’re puffy and soft gingerbread cookies coated entirely in chocolate. I actually find them dry, and I don’t know if they’re supposed to be that way or if it’s because they’re old (lol). My version is not at all dry. These Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies are perfectly chewy and only half dipped in chocolate, so you can have the best of both worlds.
So as much as I hated my pics last week, I LOVE these ones. The weather really does make a huge difference. We had our first day of sunshine the other day after weeks of gloom and rain. It’s actually been nice and sunny all week (albeit freezing).
We finally, FINALLY have all our Christmas stuff up too, and ugh, that was an ordeal. We’ve been wanting to get a new Christmas tree for a few years now. Well, more like needing to. We love the one we have — it’s so pretty and unique, and a bit rustic. But we got it 10 years ago, and the lights on the whole bottom 2/3rds of the tree have burnt out. We’ve been using additional light strands to compensate, but it’s a bit of a pain.
After what seemed like endless searching, we finally found a tree that we deemed “good enough”. We couldn’t find anything remotely close to the one we currently have and have no way of telling the brand of it. All I remember is that we got it at Zellers (which doesn’t exist anymore) and it was designed by some clothing designer (but I can’t remember who).
Anyhow, we finally buy a new tree, and of course it won’t fit in the car, so we have to take it out of the box and break down the box and lug it all home. We set the tree up (which took a good 2 hours) and we realize that it is HUGE and blah and neither of us likes it much. Ugh. We actually ended up quickly putting together our old tree to compare.
I loved the lights on this tree (we added extra strands of colored lights), but I just hated the shape. All of the ornaments seemed buried in there. Nothing stood out and it just seemed… messy? I don’t know. The old one just has more character and seems more realistic to me — it reminds me of the real trees we had growing up. Maybe we should just get real trees from now on.
I kid you not that I took this entire tree down on Monday and set the old one back up. We returned the new one last night. Thankfully they took it back without issue, but holy CRAP what a colossal waste of time that whole thing was. And maybe I’m just crazy (likely), but I couldn’t stomach getting rid of our old tree. Too many fond memories and it’s SO pretty. I had to buy two extra strands of white lights to compensate for the broken ones, but oh well. I still like it better.
I’m currently sitting here, basking in its lovely glow and eating two (or three) of these Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies.
If you think chocolate and gingerbread is a bit of a weird combo, I don’t totally blame you. I probably wouldn’t gravitate towards it had I not grown up with these cookies. Honestly though, the flavours go really well together!
I chose to dip the cookies into dark chocolate, but you can use any kind of chocolate you like. I prefer to use high quality chocolate because you can really tell the difference in flavour — especially with something like these cookies — but if all you have is good old chocolate chips, those will work just fine too.
These Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies are perfect for your holiday cookie exchanges, as gifts for holiday party hosts, or sweet treats to snack on throughout the season.
Tips for these Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies:
- I usually chill my cookie dough before baking, but it was not necessary with these cookies, and actually the non-chilled ones baked up much better.
- Ideally, use good quality (couverture) chocolate if you can find it. I use Callebaut, but Guittard or Valrhona are excellent options too. Ghirardelli and Lindt will do in a pinch. If you don’t have any of those, chocolate chips will work fine too! Do not use Bakers chocolate.
- Adding a bit of shortening to the chocolate is not necessary, but it helps prevent fat bloom. The longer your melted chocolate sits, the greater the chance of this happening. It’s less likely to happen with higher quality chocolate.
- I used gold sanding sugar and chocolate flakes to decorate some of the cookies.
- For an extra kick, you can add 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger into the cookie dough at the end, or sprinkle it on top of the chocolate.
Chocolate Dipped Ginger Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 250 g good quality dark chocolate chopped & melted with 1 tsp shortening *
- gold sanding sugar optional
- chocolate flakes optional
- Preheat oven to 375F and line baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
- Whisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Using a stand mixer, beat butter and sugars till pale and fluffy. Add molasses and egg and beat until combined.
- Reduce speed to low and add in dry ingredients.
- Portion dough using a medium cookie scoop (1 1/2 Tbsp). Roll into a ball and dip tops into granulated sugar.
- Place on baking sheet at least 3" apart (I did 6 cookies per sheet) and bake for 10-12 minutes or until cracks form.
- Cool on cookie sheet for 10 mins then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.