Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies

Guys. I’m in emergency mode over here. My 9-month-old son Truman is now army-crawl-mobile. This means anything on the floor that can be drooled on, chewed on, or choked on is fair game. Goodbye vacuuming every 3 months. Hello crawling around on the floor looking for anything baby-esophagus-sized.

Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies

(By the way, “emergency mode” is a real thing. It’s what Eric says I go into when I get panicky about stuff. This can include anything from Charlotte spilling a cup of milk, to when I think that Eric doesn’t like something that I’ve made him, or this morning when I thought that Truman had crawled away and choked to death while I was busy making Chocolate Babka. I searched the whole house. I was about to call 911…when I remembered that I had put him down for a nap.)

Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies

Emergency mode usually only lasts a couple minutes. Either I take a deep breath and get over it, or Eric tranquilizes me.

Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies

But back to the choking thing. I consider myself a pretty laid back parent (don’t we all?) but I’m absolutely paranoid about kids choking on stuff. At Charlotte’s first Christmas when she met my siblings she was 10 months old. I was cutting up a hot dog, that classic if-you-don’t-cut-this-your-baby’s-gonna-die-food, when suddenly I realize that everyone is laughing at me. Apparently cutting a hot dog into a thousand minuscule pieces is overkill.

Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies

Whatever. It’s good for their fine-motor-pincer skills anyway.

Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies

Now let’s talk cookies. These are some of the richest and spiciest cookies you will ever eat. Not to mention some of the biggest and softest and gooiest. Normally I like my cinnamon and my chocolate to be very far away from each other, but it totally works in these cookies. The addition of cornstarch ensures that the cookies stay nice and soft for days. I’m a sucker for molasses, so I know I will be secretly making batches of these long after Christmas is over.

Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies

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Chocolate Chunk Gingerbread Cookies

Yield: Makes about 18 large cookies


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 11.5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chunks (about 2 cups)


  1. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until they are combined. Scrape down the sides, then continue to beat for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the molasses and beat until combined completely.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping sides.
  4. Add the vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Beat well.
  5. Add the spooned and leveled flour, but don't mix it in. Make a well in the flour, carefully add the cornstarch, baking soda, and salt, and mix it in with the flour with a small spoon. Then beat in the flour, using 1-second pulses so that you don't shoot flour everywhere.
  6. When the flour is not quite all the way mixed in, add the chocolate chunks. Beat until just combined. You might need to use a wooden spoon to mix it in.
  7. Cover the bowl and chill in the fridge for at least 45 minutes, or up to 4 days. The longer the better.
  8. Line a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to make balls of dough. Line them up on the pan. I did 8 per sheet.
  9. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes, or until they are no longer shiny on top and the edges are set.
  10. Remove from the oven. Let them set on the pan for about 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool.

Source: adapted from Fabtastic Eats





  1. says

    These cookies look delicious Karen! I love cinnamon + chocolate. Actually, I just saw cinnamon chocolate chips at the grocery store the other day, I should have bought them. And your story about “emergency mode” made me laugh out loud. I have the same thing, but my husband calls it panic mode. Usually happens when we’re running late, or the last 5 minutes before we’re having people over for dinner. Ha!

    PS-Thanks for liking my photo on Facebook because now I’ve found your blog and I am obsessed! Your photo’s are gorgeous and I love your writing. Can’t wait to see what you make next : )
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    • says

      YES, I so should have included the 5 minutes before people come over for dinner. Definitely qualifies for emergency mode, haha!!

      Okay, if you love cinnamon and chocolate, you have to make these. That’s not even my favorite flavor combo and I love these cookies. Thanks for checking out my blog Natalie!

  2. Kris says

    Eric has no panic mode? Really? That is not the son I know and love. I totally do not believe that, no matter what you say Karen.

    I hope you are planning on making ALL the cookies you have been posting when you get home! Send me a list of all the ingredients you need for everything and I’ll make sure it is all available to you!

  3. Misty says

    That was weird. I’ll try again! Haha
    Once your child is rushed by ambulance to a children’s hospital for emergency surgery to remove objects you are forever allowed emergency mode! Haha So always cut up those hot dogs and grapes just to be on the safe side and always pick up that spare change!!!

  4. says

    Choking hazards completely put me in panic mode. And it doesn’t even have to be my kid. There’s a family I can no longer sit by at church because they let their toddler play with the sacrament water cup and I know one day she’s totally going to choke on it. I KNOW IT.
    I’m probably the only mother on the planet who quartered her kids grapes before I put them on their plate.
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    • says

      I know, I’m obsessed with cutting grapes too. Char almost died once after Truman was born because I was nursing him and only had one left hand with which to prepare her lunch. I didn’t cut the grapes, for the first time ever. She choked, of course. Obviously it ended okay. I felt the worst the for Truman, who was literally thrown on the ground in my rush to help Char. Good thing kids are tough right??


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