Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

This Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie is the cookie on the front of the Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook. I have loved every cookie I’ve made from this cookbook, so I was really looking forward to trying this one for week five of my 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with this cookie. I loved the addition of creamy chocolate and the chewy texture of this cookie, but I thought the spices were too strong. My kids said they were okay and my husband like them, but I didn’t care for them. I didn’t even like the cookie dough – just too spicy for me.

When I was trying to think of a great way to photograph these cookies, I decide it would be fun to try and duplicate the picture on the cover. The big question is how do you get cookies to stand on their end. Well, I went with a push pin and a paperclip. Not perfect – my cookie wouldn’t stand up on the other side – but it was fun trying to get the shot to work at home.

Martha has the recipe for Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies on her website. My first batch of cookies didn’t flatten out as much as the picture on the cover, so the next batch I flattened them with a glass before baking them, but then they didn’t look as good and weren’t as crackled on top. I also rolled them in turbinado sugar instead of granulated sugar, which I thought was a great change.

If I were to make them again, I would cut the spices in half. But there are lots of rave reviews of this cookie on the web, so if you like a really spicy gingerbread, this is your cookie.

Be sure and check out all of the fabulous cookies the other 12 weeks of Christmas Cookies bakers baked up this week.