Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies Recipe
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Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies Recipe

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My mother Esther created this recipe, and I've been making the cookies in her honor every Christmas since then. People can't get enough of the molasses and chocolate flavor combination.—Karen Sue Garback-Pristera, Albany, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1-1/2 teaspoons baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Icing and decorations of your choice

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 92 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 95mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-1/2-in. gingerbread boy cookie cutter; place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough; chill and reroll scraps.
  3. Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Ice and decorate as desired. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook

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Mandy257 User ID: 6312943 121063
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"When I made these, I added a couple more Tbsp of butter and some extra cocoa. They weren't the best cookies I have ever had, but they weren't bad. The kids loved them. The molasses was overpowering in the raw dough, but not the finished cookies, at least not for us. I would make them again."

steph0123 User ID: 6172720 175352
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2013

"I thought these were amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe. I replaced the regular flour with Gluten Free "cup for cup" flour since i have celiac. I made these with my mother and we both agree that this recipe is far superior than our other gingerbread recipe. The chocolate just give it a flavor does not overpower the cookie flavor what so ever. I didn't have any problem with it being dry. I used a lighter molasses too. Anyway great recipe in my opinion."

Aponie User ID: 7173458 192888
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"Sorry, but I didn't like these at all :( I should've clued in when I read the ingredients that they weren't 'gingerbread' in flavor when it didn't call for any 'ginger'. The gingerbread only refers to the shape. That aside, I continued making them as I thought in light of the ratings, they might be nice. Unfortunately not. The taste of molasses completely overtook the flavour of cocoa. I wouldn't consider myself a master baker, but I am a confident and good one, so knew the recipe was as it called for. I made these for my son and his class as I thought the cocoa might give the cookie a nice twist, but sadly my son disliked it very much, so I didn't end up bringing them in for his classmates. I too didn't like the taste. I would say this was more of an adult flavoured cookie if you really LOVE molasses because that's all you will taste. Of course this is just my opinion and the recipe of whom this belongs to, obviously loves them. But I didn't think they were very nice. :("

wisher558 User ID: 7458370 107806
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2013

"I haven't baked these yet but the dough was very, very dry. I did have to make some substitutions, shortening for butter and a homemade substitution for the molasses, but it wouldn't come together. Ended up adding 1/4 of milk. Also added ginger and allspice. Dough is chilling now."

alexandraxoxo User ID: 6713888 190557
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"I made these for my German class, since I found them under German recipes. I made changes to the recipe. I found that the dough was way to dry(?), most likely due to my mistake. So, we added more liquid. The taste was way too molassesy, so since the add of the liquid made it too sticky we added more cinnamon and cocoa. Now, it had a hint of molasses, which tasted a whole lot better. We put it in for 6 minuets at first, but found it wasn't ready, so we put it in for another 2 minuets. All in all, the recipe was good, but it could be better. I had high hopes for this, but they feel a bit."

kat83 User ID: 2934264 107803
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2010

"Tasted just fine to me!"

katysue618 User ID: 2720089 211983
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2010

"I made this recipe because my 5 yr. old grandson has been asking for gingerbread men cookies. I am sure that the gingerbread refers to the shape. I did not add ginger because I don't think that he would have loved them as much as he did. The cocoa flavor, I think is what makes it good to him"

jessanne1101 User ID: 4945365 190556
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"They were so yummy"

coupals User ID: 2729917 148251
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"Thank you for the review and confirmation. I like the previous statement that it is reference to the shape....I don't know about you but I LOVE thinking outside of the box and making a new favorite of old recipes, that's the whole reason I subscribe to TOH--Way to go Karen, 5 stars!"

KScales User ID: 3262967 130747
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"Due to the comments here, the Test Kitchen has reviewed this recipe again. We agree with Gr8cook17's comment below. These are called Gingerbread cookies due to the shape. However, the molasses also provides a gingerbread-like flavor. The recipe is correct as published.

Taste of Home Test Kitchen"

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