Last I shared with you one of my favorite Christmas cookies which are these Ginger Molasses Cookies from my grandma’s Bridge Club Cookbook.

I have to taste those cookies every year, or it just doesn’t feel like Christmas. This year I decided that since I love the molasses flavor of those cookies so much, why not mix it up a bit and try these Chewy Ginger and Molasses Chocolate Cookies?

These cookies are so soft and chewy and the bursts of chocolate from the chocolate chips embedded in these cookies offers a welcomed richness.  These cookies are also very sturdy, so again, if you are sending cookies to someone or bringing cookies to an exchange, these cookies would travel particularly well.

Chewy Ginger and Molasses Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 26 cookies

Thick and chewy molasses cookies embedded with sweet, rich chocolate chips


  • 1 1/2 cups, plus 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (or ground if you don't have whole nutmeg on hand)
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp hot water
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and cocoa.
  2. In a large bowl, using a mixer, cream together butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes).
  3. Add molasses and mix to combine.
  4. In another small bowl, dissolve the baking soda in the 1 1/2 Tbsp hot water.
  5. Add half of dry ingredients to butter mixture. Mix in baking soda and water combination. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix well to incorporate.
  6. Mix in chocolate chips.
  7. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate dough for at least 2 hours, or overnight (this will allow the dough to stay stiff whie it bakes so the cookies stay tall and puffy).
  8. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl.
  9. Roll dough into 1 1/2 -inch balls and roll each ball in the granulated sugar. Place onto cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes or until edges feel set.
  10. Cool for 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  11. Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Cookies.

cream together butter and brown sugar

add molasses

add dry ingredients and baking soda mixture

mix in chocolate chips

after refrigerating dough, roll balls in sugar, then bake

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12 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 8:44 am

    I adore molasses cookies! They’re so old-timey and classic. I bought some crystallized ginger a while back that I’ve been meaning to use as well…


    • Mercedes
      Dec 05, 2012 @ 8:47 pm

      I have wanted to try cookies with crystallized ginger as well Loretta! Let me know if you try it!


  2. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I love that you mixed in chocolate chips! That sounds amazing. Chewy molasses cookies are a favorite Christmas cookie of mine, so I’m going to have to try adding chocolate for a fun twist.


  3. Liz
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    I love all the flavors in these cookies…a mouthful of deliciousness!


  4. Jessica@AKitchenAddiction
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    Chewy molasses cookies are the best and the addition of chocolate chips sounds perfect!


  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    I love chewy cookies, these look delish!


  6. luv what you do
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    Those look amazing! I might need to make them this weekend!


    • Mercedes
      Dec 05, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

      Thank you Jennifer!


  7. sally @ sallys baking addiction
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    i just made molasses gingersnap cookies with chocolate chips and i seriouesly asked myself “why have i never added chocolate to these babies before?!?!” So glad you made these and i love how perfect they look – those beautiful crinkly tops! YUM!


    • Mercedes
      Dec 07, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

      Thank you Sally! I know, chocolate seems like a no brainer addition to ginger and molasses to me too! Have a great weekend!


  8. Cassie | Bake Your Day
    Dec 05, 2012 @ 8:57 pm

    Mmmmm! Chewy ginger cookies are my favorite!!


    • Mercedes
      Dec 07, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

      Thanks Cassie, have a great weekend!


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