Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies

These chocolate ginger crinkle cookies are a pleasing riff on a familiar (and easy!) Christmas standby. Chunks of crystallized ginger and dark chocolate make for a rather grown-up experience of a childhood classic.

A plate with seven chocolate-ginger crinkle cookies

There’s something magical about chocolate crinkle cookies. Little balls of dark chocolate dough are cloaked in a generous coating of confectioners’ sugar and lined up in neat rows on a baking sheet. Then, once in the oven, they are transformed, spreading and cracking as they please. This recipe is a play on the traditional chocolate crinkle cookie. The generous infusion of crystallized ginger gives the crinkle cookie a spicy wallop that enhances and intensifies the chocolate experience.–Jennifer Lindner McGlinn

Chocolate Ginger Crinkle Cookies

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • Makes 40 cookies
4.8/5 - 11 reviews
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Ingredients


Directions

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, ginger, and cinnamon.

In a medium heatproof bowl, combine the butter and 3 ounces of the chocolate. Place the bowl over a saucepan filled with about 1 1/2 inches of simmering water (being sure not to let the bottom of the bowl touch the water) and stir occasionally until the chocolate and butter have melted and the mixture is smooth.

Tester tip: You can instead melt the mixture in the microwave, heating it at about 20-second intervals and stirring periodically until it is melted and smooth.

Remove the bowl from the saucepan and let it cool for about 10 minutes. 

Stir the granulated and brown sugars into the melted chocolate mixture. Drop in the eggs, 1 at a time, mixing until smooth after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Gradually stir in the flour mixture. Fold in the remaining 4 1/2 ounces of chocolate and the crystallized ginger. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Shape the chilled dough into walnut-size balls, roll in confectioners’ sugar, and arrange them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. (If your kitchen is quite warm and the dough becomes too soft, return it to the refrigerator until chilled and fairly firm.) 

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies have spread and the tops are cracked.

Let the chocolate-ginger crinkle cookies cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for about 2 minutes. Place the cookies on the wire racks to cool completely. (You can store the crinkle cookies in an airtight container or in a resealable plastic bag for up to several days.) Originally published December 14, 2009.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This cookie recipe is very straightforward and perfect for novice bakers who want to venture beyond chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies. (Yes, it lets you melt chocolate in the microwave!) In terms of the flavor, subtlety is the name of the game. As the rich chocolate gets gooier, you’ll appreciate the added depth of the dark brown sugar and a hint of cinnamon. As the chocolate melts away in your mouth, bits of crystallized ginger shyly appear and release its fragrant warmth for you to enjoy.

Everyone who tasted these chocolate crinkle cookies was surprised by the candied ginger, then surprised again by how much they loved the combination! I liked the little added bits of chocolate pieces in the cookies and the fact that they stayed soft. Very chocolaty, thanks to the cocoa and melted chocolate.

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Comments

  1. A perfect recipe. Certain to transform any baker into the envy of the office holiday potluck. You’ll earn multiple sneers from the Crock-pot set.

  2. I was paging through my 1978 Betty Crocker recipe book and came across an old favorite, Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. I had not made them in decades and was not sure if I really loved them anymore. I thought to myself, I wonder if Leite’s has a modern version of this old classic. Lo and behold, a search of the Leite’s website did! I made the Leite’s recipe and, as usual, the recipe did not disappoint. My husband, who loathes holiday cookies, declared this one a winner and a keeper for future holidays. Thank you Leite’s for the gift that keeps on giving.

    A tin of chocolate-ginger crinkle cookies that are dusted with powdered sugar an covered in cracks

    1. Hi, Katherine. These have become the favorites of my family and friends. You can check my comment above for some tips I’ve figured out over the years I’ve made these. So glad you found this fantastic recipe!

  3. A table of freshly baked chocolate-ginger crinkle cookies covered in powder sugar

    If you asked me if I had a favorite cookie recipe, I would not hesitate before saying that this is it. If you asked me if I had a favorite recipe of all types and all time … well, it would have to be Julia’s Beef Wellington recipe, because I used to make that with my grandmother each Christmas. This comes a close second, as I have been making it with my mother each year since 2010 (double recipe since 2011).

    The comments above will tell you how great it is, though don’t be tempted to cut back on the ginger, powdered or crystallized.

    Here are some tips from my years of making these insanely great cookies:

    1. Layer for the winter. If you only take one piece of advice from me, double-confectioners-sugar coat them. Roll ’em once, then just before popping them in the oven, drop ’em back in the powdered sugar. If you want these to be Instagram-worthy with gorgeous snowy peaks of sugar, they should look like snowballs before they go in the oven.

    2. Keep it cool. The recipe calls for two+ hours in the fridge after mixing the dough. If you want to cook them in less than three hours, make some room in the freezer. Also, keep putting that dough back in the fridge/freezer, just taking out the amount you need to use for each cookie sheet.

    3. Stay warm. I’d recommend letting the oven get back to 350 before you put in the next cookie sheet. It always takes longer than I expect.

    4. Choose the right sheets. I’ve tried using “cookie-specific” sheets that have a layer of air between two metal layers and no rim. I was not as happy with the results. I’ve had better results with standard medium to heavyweight rimmed half-sheets lined with parchment paper. (You’ll be fine with a silicone pan liner, too.)

    5. Double down. You so want to make a double … or triple … or quadruple recipe of this. Not just because they are so good. Not just because they make the best holiday (or any day) gifts, but also because you can …

    6. Freeze! Yes, these keep really well in the freezer. Moreover, they are amazing straight from the freezer.

    7. Break your fast. You have them in the freezer. You’ve read those articles about how eating dark chocolate first thing in the morning will make you a better version of yourself. And perhaps you’ve listened to a podcast that assures you that the first step to hacking your life is consuming ginger in the AM (turmeric, too, though please don’t add that to this recipe). Eat one or two while cooking your eggs, making your perfect smoothie bowl, or mixing that homemade granola with some Greek yoghurt. I promise it won’t spoil your appetite!

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    1. Steve, my jaw hit the floor. This is amazing. Thank you for all this great information. I’m speechless. Utterly at a loss for words! (And for those who know me, that’s a hard thing to achieve.)

      1. You are quite welcome, David! We need to see a picture / video of you at a loss for words!

        Bonus tip:

        Don’t Tread Gingerly. In addition to using the full complement of ginger, make sure to use the freshest, most potent powdered and crystallized ginger. While using the best spices is key in any recipe, it’s even more important when baking, as you can’t taste and add more as you go like you can with most savory recipes.

  4. An excellent crinkle cookie. I got raves from everyone who tasted them for me. A very different cookie and very well received. This will become a standard in our Christmas cookie collection.

  5. I loved that the spices in this cookie made the flavor a little complex without any one ingredient overwhelming the others. They make a great festive treat, are easy to make, and are perfect for letting kids help out at the end, rolling the cookies in the confectioner’s sugar. Everyone who tasted one thought they were simply delicious!

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