Ginger Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These ginger chocolate chunk cookies boast three types of ginger, in addition to chunks of dark chocolate and cocoa powder. They are, quite honestly, the best chewy ginger cookies we’ve ever tried.

Several ginger chocolate chunk cookies on a piece of parchment paper.

If you adore soft, crinkly molasses ginger cookies as much as we do, then these triple ginger chocolate cookies need to be at the top of your must-bake list. The addition of ground, fresh, and candied ginger, as well as cocoa powder and dark chocolate elevate this classic cookie to super-stardom.–Angie Zoobkoff

Several ginger chocolate chunk cookies on a piece of parchment paper.

Ginger Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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  • 40 M
  • 4 H, 30 M
  • Makes about 24 cookies
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In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and cocoa powder.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or using a hand mixer, beat the butter and brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes.

Beat in the fresh ginger and egg yolks until combined. Add the molasses and vanilla and then add the flour mixture and mix on low speed just until no flour pockets remain.

Stir in the chocolate and candied ginger. Cover and refrigerate the dough until firm, at least 3 hours and preferably overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the granulated sugar in a bowl. Pinch off pieces of dough about the size of a golf ball (about 1 1/2 ounces | 43 g). Roll each ball in sugar and place on a separate unlined baking sheet.

Freeze for 10 minutes. Roll each dough ball in the sugar again.

Working in batches, place the dough balls 2 inches (5 cm) apart on the prepared baking sheet. Stash the remaining sugar-coated dough balls in the refrigerator while the first batch bakes. (Alternatively, you can freeze the unbaked dough balls on a baking sheet until solid, pop them in a resealable bag, and bake them whenever craving strikes.)

Bake the cookies, rotating the pan after 5 minutes, until the tops begin to crack and the edges are just set, 10 to 14 minutes. Be careful not to overbake.

Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

These ginger cookies have a great flavor, they’re a lovely soft and chewy texture, and would make a magnificent addition to any holiday cookie plate.

The cookies had a great flavor and everyone I shared them with really enjoyed them. These cookies take about 2 hours to make (excluding the overnight resting of the dough) and almost all of it is hands on with the way the recipe is written. You can’t really ever walk away or fully step back from the process so I really feel that most of this time is hands on due to that. Even though you have minutes where you aren’t active I still feel like you’re “on deck” the whole time.

The cookies are delightful and they stay soft and moist for days. Even after a week the last one was still somewhat soft. Everyone who tried them really enjoyed them and so did I!

I’m a big fan of ginger nut cookies, and when I saw this recipe that added chocolate to the mix, I had to give it a try. I always have some fresh ginger root stored in my freezer for Asian recipes, or when a recipe like this one turns up, so its something to consider for your pantry.

Everything comes together in under a half hour, and then it’s a matter of being patient whilst the flavors meld in the dough as it rests in the fridge for 30 minutes. I used a medium cookie scoop to get 24 balls in total. I placed 6 balls on the baking sheet, and flattened them a bit so I would get a more consistent round and similar height for the cookies. They were ready in 10 minutes and the smell of the ginger was wafting throughout the kitchen. As there are only 2 of us in the house, I decided to freeze the remaining dough balls so I can bake quickly a half-dozen whenever I want!

Now, I’m a big fan of that San Francisco chocolate company, and used their cocoa power and two 60% dark chocolate bars for my dough. I did not too bitter a chocolate to spoil the ginger taste, and my choice proved correct. I’ll be adding this recipe to my holiday cookies collection this season!


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  1. I made these; they take more time than cookies I typically make because of refrigerating and freezing, but they are delicious. HOWEVER (big however) mine did not look like the picture. Once I added the molasses and cocoa the dough was very dark. They look like a chocolate cookie through and though. Honestly, how could the cookies in your picture not look the same?

    1. Thanks, Karen. I’m so happy that they turned out so well for you. As for the image, I agree. I think there is light hitting them at an angle that makes them look lighter than they are. The cookie on the far left is considerably darker, and likely more representative of their true coloring.

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