Monday, December 21, 2009

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies / Cookies de pão de mel

No Christmas food series would be complete without a gingerbread recipe – these are from Martha’s website and they are delicious!

I placed the cookies in little bags and tied them with a red ribbon: they are going to be one of the gifts to my coworkers – I hope they like them!

Are you making edible gifts this year, too? I’d love to hear about them.

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies / Cookies de pão de mel

Chewy chocolate gingerbread cookies

196g (7oz) best-quality 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/1 stick) 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 6mm (¼in) chunks; set aside. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until whitened, about 4 minutes. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add molasses; beat until combined.
In a small bowl, 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 2 dozen – I used 1 leveled tablespoon of dough per cookie and got 42


Allie said...

these look absolutely delicious! I love the styling for these goodies too :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

I made those cookies and was amazed at how good they are. I'm sure your coworkers will love them and adore you for bringing them.

tracieMoo said...

these chewy cookies are perfect for xmas!

abi porter said...

i made fleur de sel caramels, almond bark, various candied nuts and marshmallows (which can be seen on the blog)

Katerina said...

What a beautiful picture!

I always think about giving little gifties to coworkers but I simply have too many!

Ash said...

these have to be one of my favorite cookies!! The addition of chocolate would just make this a dream come true!! I must make these soon!! Hmmm or should I? It might be a mistake, cause I wouldn't want to share! hehe

Abby said...

We aren't giving gifts this year for various reasons, but I'm going to bake my heart away on Wednesday.

Beautiful cookies and photos as always.

Merry Christmas!

Unknown said...

Oh my - bookmarked this to try. They look so moist and delicious

Patricia Scarpin said...

Allie, thank you!

Lynn, I was munching on some of the raw dough, so good! ;)

Tracie, thank you - I thought so, too!

Abi, what a wonderful list - I'll check it out!

Katerina, thank you! I brought 38 little packages, can you believe it? :)

Ash, I thought the addition of chocolate was perfect here, too!
Thank you, darling!

Abby, baked goods are the best gifts, my dear.
Merry Xmas! :)

Wizzy, I hope you give them a go!

Julia @Mélanger said...

These are one of my favourite cookies. I have made them many times over. So delicious. They are gone in a flash. Yours look so tempting!

I hope you had a lovely holiday! Here's to more baking in 2010.

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