Hello, Barbara Bakes readers! I am Deborah from Taste and Tell and I’m super excited to be here today, guest posting on Barbara’s blog. I’m lucky to know Barbara in real life and I’m happy to call her a friend, so that makes it even more fun to get to post here!!
Holiday baking is underway at my house. It’s my favorite time of year for baking, and I love all of the holiday flavors. Peppermint, eggnog, and of course – gingersnap!!
Truth be told, I wasn’t a huge gingersnap fan growing up. But somewhere in the last couple years, that has taken an full turn, and I am completely drawn towards anything with that spicy ginger flavor. These gingersnaps are not like the ones that I had as a child, though. Instead of being crisp, these are soft. And the chocolate centers give this another level of flavor that will make you wonder why you ever ate gingersnaps without chocolate. These cookies – they are quickly becoming a holiday favorite!!
If you want some more Christmas cookie inspiration, make sure you also check out my Peppermint Butter Cookies, Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies or Chocolate Covered Cherry Delights. And come say hi on my blog!
Thanks for letting me share today, Barbara!!
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
pinch of nutmeg
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla
turbinado sugar or coarse sanding sugar
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Combine the brown sugar, shortening and molasses in a large bowl and mix until smooth. Add in the egg and beat until combined.
Add in the baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Mix to combine. Add in the flour and beat together. The dough will start to come together but will look crumbly. Beat until it sticks together when you squeeze it together with your fingers.
Place the sugar in a small bowl. Make 1-inch balls from the dough, then roll in the sugar. Place at least 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake 9-11 minutes, until the cookies are just set and starting to crack on the edges. Remove from the oven and immediately press the centers down with the handle of a wooden spoon, creating an indentation. Cool for a minute or two on the cookie sheets, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, powdered sugar, hot water and vanilla. Fill each cookie with the chocolate mixture, then sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Let the chocolate set up before storing in an airtight container.
Today’s post is part of a Virtual Christmas Cookie. I’m sharing a cookie recipe on Hoosier Homemade and I’m lucky to have Deb from Taste and Tell sharing a cookie recipe on Barbara Bakes today. The virtual cookie exchange is a great way for our readers to check out some blogs that may be new to them, and of course, get some wonderful new cookie recipes for their holiday cookie trays.
I hope you’ll check out all these great Christmas cookie recipes:
- Candy Cane Meringue Cookies shared on Bless This Mess by Sweet Treats and More
- Chocolate Filled Gingersnaps on Barbara Bakes by Taste and Tell
- Chocolate Peppermint & Oreo Cookies shared on Let’s Dish by Mandy’s Recipe Box
- Chocolate Strawberry Truffles shared on Sweet Sugarbelle by Hoosier Homemade
- Crispy Maple Sugar Cookies shared on Mandy’s Recipe Box by Bless This Mess
- Gingerbread Drop Cookies shared on Kitchen Meets Girl by Munchkin Munchies
- Iced Gingerbread Cookies shared on A Family Feast by Roxana’s Home Baking
- Italian Almond Cookies shared on Munchkin Munchies by Your Homebased Mom
- Molasses Cookies shared on Crumbs and Chaos by Kitchen Meets Girl
- Orange & Ginger Cookies with Chocolate Drizzle shared on Your Homebased Mom by A Family Feast
- Orange Ginger Pecan Cookies shared on Sweet Treats and More by Let’s Dish
- Snowmen Cookie Pops shared on Roxana’s Home Baking by Sweet Sugarbelle
- Soft Chocolate Gingersnaps shared on Taste and Tell by Crumbs and Chaos
- Soft Gingersnap Cookies shared on Hoosier Homemade by Barbara Bakes
More Christmas cookie recipes you might like: