Sugar, spice, and everything nice — especially chocolate — are all essential elements of the holiday season. Combine all three in these festive cookies made with cocoa powder and the fundamental spices used to flavor gingerbread.
Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies
- 1 ¾ cups All-purpose flour
- ¼ cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Ground ginger
- ½ tsp. Table salt
- ½ tsp. Baking powder
- ½ tsp. Baking soda
- ¼ tsp. Ground cloves
- 1 ½ Sticks unsalted butter, softened
- ⅔ cup Packed brown sugar
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- 1 Egg
- Coarse or turbinado sugar, sifted powdered sugar
- Whisk together flour, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cloves in a bowl; set aside.
- Using a hand mixer on medium speed, cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a bowl until mixture is light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
- Add egg to creamed mixture; beat on low speed until well blended. Add half of the flour mixture; beat on low until ingredients are combined. Add remaining flour mixture, beating only until flour is incorporated into dough.
- Divide dough in half. Roll each portion between two sheets of parchment or waxed paper until dough is about 1/8-inch thick. Chill dough for at least 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350°; line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Remove top sheet of parchment. Cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer cookies to the prepared cookie sheets, spacing cookies 1 inch apart. (Roll scraps again one time only.) If desired, sprinkle cookies with coarse sugar, or wait to decorate cookies after baking. Chill cookies again, about 20 minutes.
- Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, until they’re firm to the touch and lightly brown on the bottoms, 13–15 minutes. Let cookies cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack.
- Sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar or additional coarse sugar.
1 servings per container
- Amount Per ServingCalories93
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 3g 15%
- Cholesterol 18mg 6%
- Sodium 73mg 4%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Protein 1g 2%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.