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

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 18 Cookies
These chocolate chunk gingerbread cookies are some of the richest and spiciest you will ever eat. And the biggest and softest and gooiest.


  • 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
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks


  • 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.
  • Add the molasses and beat until combined completely.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping sides.
  • Add the vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Beat well.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cover the bowl and chill in the fridge for at least 45 minutes, or up to 4 days. The longer the better.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 236mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 352IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 365
Keyword: Cake Cookies, Chocolate Chunk, Gingerbread, Gingerbread Cookies
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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made these every Christmas for about five years now. I’ve finally decided to rate it because I saw the negative comment. They are fantastic if you like soft gingerbread and chocolate. I will say they can be very finicky and you have to pay attention to them. They also don’t come out in the typical cookie shape they are more cone shaped than your normal cookie but that is just fine for me and all I share them with. 

  2. I actually made this recipe. Evidently no one else has. I followed the direction exactly. Cookies more or less stayed in one ball in the oven. Never spread out to resemble a cookie. Bottoms burned. The next batch I made the balls of dough smaller and flatten them out, sort of like what you would do for a peanut butter cookie. It helped some. Still not great. Flavor of the cookies is fine and I like the concept of the combination. Even so, there is way too much tweaking needing to make this recipe right. I have no interest in bothering with doing that. Very disappointed to say the least. 

    1. Hi Melissa! I’ve made this recipe, I promise ;) It sounds like your flour was too packed. Next time spoon and level your flour as stated. Also, flour levels in cookies can vary by climate, so you could try decreasing the flour by about 1/4 cup. I’m afraid the burning issue is a case of baking too long! I’m sorry it didn’t work out!

    2. Just made them today. I also had same result but smashed them with spoon and put them in for a few extra minutes (5 more)

  3. 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.

    1. 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??

  4. These cookies look just perfect!! Christian is crawling everywhere now too! I’ve upped my vacuuming to 3 times a week instead of the twice a month I was probably doing, lol! #Domesticgodessfail

  5. 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!!!

    1. Yeah sorry I don’t know why that just happened. Bad computer! Bad!
      I think it’s okay to be fanatical about kids choking, so we are on the same page Mis. I’m just glad you were able to get help in time!

  6. 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!

    1. Maybe he has a panic mode but apparently it’s so rare that I can’t even remember it :) And yes let’s get our cookies ON!!

  7. 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 : )

    1. 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!

  8. These look perfect! I LOVE the chocolate in here..Im totally going to have to try that…Im petrified of my kids choking too! If I hear them quiet for to long while eating, I start panicking a little…My one year old is also enjoying putting EVERYTHING in his times! ;)

    1. Thanks Alaina, and thanks again for the amazing recipe!

      And what is it with these kids putting stuff in their mouths?? It’s like they’re trying to torment us!

  9. These look so light and fluffy. Yum! Love the term emergency mode. Sometimes I have that come over me as well.

    1. I know, it really is a perfect description of how I feel. I think everyone gets it sometimes :) unless you’re my husband, apparently.

  10. These cookies look amazing and these photos are AWESOME! What’s your secret?

    Also, I can relate to going into “emergency mode.” Little things set me off into a panic!

    1. Thanks Megan! No secrets. Just lots and lots and loooooooooots of practice, haha. (Those pomegranate muffins sound good!!)

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