Our favorite chocolate gingersnap cookies are super festive and easy to make. Holiday baking and cookie making is so much fun. This recipe was originally published in 2012 and still remains a holiday favorite.

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Cravings for Easy Soft Gingersnap Cookies

Our go-to cookie cravings are always for soft and chewy cookies and if there’s chocolate involved, even better. So when the Holidays rolls around and everyones making gingersnap cookies, we reach for these yummy dark chocolate ones. They’re satisfying and loaded with flavor and best of all, they’re soft and chewy.

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Dark Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies

We adapted these chocolate gingersnap cookies from Alice’s cookbook, Savory Sweet Life. Visit Alice’s blog and you’ll be treated to some incredible family recipes, including her spot-on dessert creations. Alice’s original recipe is the soft chocolate gingersnap cookies. To make them extra chocolate-y, we added an extra-dark cocoa, along with some freshly grated ginger. What lies before you is a perfectly soft & chewy cookie that you can sink your teeth into.

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Holiday Stencils for Festive Holiday Cookies

To make them extra fun and holiday festive, we used sprinkled powdered sugar and Martha Stewart’s cookie stencils (the original we bought isn’t available anymore but there is this updated Martha Stewart stencil set. We were also able to find a similar, fun seasonal stencil sets over at amazon. This is the first time we’ve ever decorated with cookies and were curious how they’d turn out. The dark color of these gingerbread cookies provided the perfect base for the whole stenciling.

Each cookie became so much more festive with all the different holiday icon designs. Now these cookies had so much more visual interest and personality. That’s why it was so easy for me to eat two back to back. On top of that, we busted out the box of See’s candy to celebrate Thanksgiving so there you have it, the reason why I had a chocolate hangover.

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Soft Dark Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies

Adapted from Alice Currah's Savory Sweet Life Cookbook. We used at special dark cocoa powder and used fresh grated spices when applicable. Alice's recipes are fantastic, especially her desserts. This is a great cookbook to have in the kitchen.
4.50 from 12 votes


  • 2 cups (250 g) all-purpose Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons (16 g) unsweetened Cocoa Powder (special or extra dark if you can find it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) Baking Soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (8 ml) ground Cinnamon (or freshly grated cinnamon if desired)
  • 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) freshly grated Ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground Ginger powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) freshly grated Nutmeg (or 1/4 teaspoon ground Nutmeg)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) ground Cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) Cream of Tartar
  • 1/2 cup (114 g) unsalted Butter , at room temp.
  • 3/4 cup (165 g) firmly packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup (85 g) Molasses
  • Confectioners Sugar for dusting



  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Line sheet pans with parchment paper.
  • Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove), and cream of tartar for 20 seconds or until well combined. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Slow down mixer speed and beat in egg and molasses until combined, scraping bowl sides and bottom at least once.
  • Slowly stir dry ingredients into butter mixture until just combined.
  • With an 1 1/2" cookie scoop (or similar sized scoop or spoons) form balls and place 2 inches apart on lined sheet pans.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes or until set. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on sheet pan, the carefully lift onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • After cool, if using stensil, place stencil over cookies and dust with confectioners sugar or just dust with confectioners sugar.


Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 129kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 17mg, Sodium: 54mg, Potassium: 98mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 129IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 1mg

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