Recipe Exchange: Chocolate Gingerbread

For a fun, unique twist on gingerbread cut out cookies, try these Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies!

About a week ago, Logan came to me with one of his children’s cookbooks.

This particular book was a baking book put out by a flour company.

He turned to a page with gingerbread boys and with wide eyes asked when we could make cookies like that.

Who could say no to that?

Certainly not me!

chocolate gingerbread boy cookies

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We usually stick to tradition and make my husband’s recipe for German Cut-Out Cookies during the Holidays.

we’ve even made them for Valentine’s Day.

Kids always love to decorate them.

I figured we could do both this year.

Nothing wrong with making changes to our traditions.

And with that attitude in mind, I decided to make a few changes to a traditional Gingerbread Cookie recipe.

I was craving chocolate.

Chocolate gingerbread?

Oh yes!

These spicy gingerbread cookies have a hint of chocolate and a bit of orange zest.

They’re so rich in flavor, but not too rich or different that your kids or traditional gingerbread lovers won’t like them.

Because these chocolate gingerbread cookies are so packed with flavor, I kept them simple.

No need to add mounds of icing.

A quick outline and/or some buttons are all you really need.

And of course a mug of milk for dunking these tasty Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies in.

chocolate gingerbread cookies

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This guy lost his head!

As you can see, I’m not the best at piping the edges of the cookies.

Even though the lines aren’t steady and smooth on my Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies, I thought this one turned out too cute to not share the photo with you.

Check out Jamie’s post here: Holiday Recipe Exchange: Peppermint Brownies.


‘Tis the season for holiday gifting, and for our family that means homemade Christmas cookies!

Homemade gifts from the kitchen, like these Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies, make great holiday gifts for friends, teachers, and neighbors.

If you’re looking for additional inspiration for your Christmas treats this year, here are a few other favorite Christmas recipes to go along with this recipe for Chocolate Gingerbread.

Be sure to check out the Christmas Recipes Archive and the Dessert Recipe Archives if you need help building the rest of your holiday treat plans.

Bittersweet Chocolate Swirl Fruit and Nut Bark pairs bittersweet chocolate, white chocolate, almonds, raspberries, strawberries, pumpkin and chia seeds for a delectable holiday treat.

Do you love chewy caramel, crunchy rice crispies, and milk chocolate?

These Milk Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars are like Homemade 100 Grand Bars, but even better!

Cranberry Pomegranate Walnut Bars are the perfect wintery recipe to add to your Christmas Baking list.

A crumb crust is layered with sweet and tart cranberries and topped with a crunchy and crumbly walnut topping.

Do you like making candied nuts?

Cinnamon Vanilla Glazed Walnuts or Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts make great gifts or an addition to any exchange party for something sweet and savory as well as a great snack to have out for all your holiday parties.

This recipe for Chocolate Gingerbread Cake takes the classic flavors of Gingerbread and pairs them with dark cocoa.

This cake takes about 10 minutes to throw together and bakes up deliciously.

Candy Cane Crunch Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars are super festive with red and green funfetti and crunch up candy cane sprinkled on top.

If you like cherry and chocolate, you should try these Chocolate Cherry Cordial Thumbprint Cookies.

I love how the heat from the cookies warms the cherry chocolate kisses, but they still hold their shape.

Such a pleasant surprise when you bit into them!

Homemade Chocolate Dipped Candy Cane Marshmallows are easy to make!

Pair a bag of these goodies with a mug or hot cocoa mix for an inexpensive (and yummy) holiday gift.

Do you like making candied nuts?

Cinnamon Vanilla Glazed Walnuts and Sweet and Spicy Rosemary Bar Nuts are both simple to make and nice additions to a candy and nut gift box.


Homemade BBQ Chicken Rub features a mix of brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and smoked paprika for a flavorful homemade spice rub

I love that this BBQ Chicken Rub stores well in a jar so that you can make a large batch ahead of time and use it throughout the year.

It makes a great homemade gift for the BBQ lover in your life.

Homemade Pancake Mix Jars are a fun way to gift a delicious and healthy breakfast recipe.

Pair it with a cute mixing bowl and a wooden spoon or a nice spatula, or a bottle of your favorite maple syrup.

If you’re looking for a fun family Christmas craft that can also serve as a homemade gift, Salt Dough Ornaments are the sweetest!

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Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 42 minutes

For a fun, unique twist on gingerbread cut out cookies, try these Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies!


  • 3 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, soft but still cool and cut into 12 pieces
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 2 ounces at least 60% Cacao Semisweet Chocolate, very finely chopped
  • optional stir in: 3/4 cup dried cranberries


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the whisk beater stir together the flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, salt, and zest at low speed until combined.
  2. Stop the mixer and add the butter pieces; mix at medium-low speed until the mixture is sandy and resembles fine meal, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  3. Add the chopped chocolate and stir to combine.
  4. Remove the whisk beater and add the paddle.
  5. Whisk the egg and molasses together.
  6. Reduce the speed to low and, with the mixture running, gradually add the molasses mixture.
  7. Mix until the dough is moist, then increase the speed to medium and mix until thoroughly combined, about 15 seconds.
  8. Scrape the dough onto a work surface.
  9. Divide it in half and wrap in plastic wrap.
  10. Refrigerate for an hour, or until firm enough to work with without becoming sticky.
  11. Working with one portion at a time, roll the dough into 1/4 inch thick between two sheets of parchment paper.
  12. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
  13. Leaving the dough sandwiched between the parchment paper, stack the dough on a baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
  14. Alternatively, refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
  15. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  16. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  17. Remove 1 dough sheet from the freezer and place on a work surface.
  18. Peel off the top parchment sheet and gently lay it back in place.
  19. Flip the dough, remove the bottom layer and discard.
  20. Cut the dough into 5-inch gingerbread people or 3-inch gingerbread cookies, transferring the shapes to the baking sheet with a wide, metal spatula and spacing them 3/4 inch apart.
  21. Set the scrapes aside for reuse.
  22. Bake cookies at 350 degrees F for 8-12 minutes on the middle rack.
  23. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  24. Repeat with remaining dough.
  25. Frost as desired, once completely cool.

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