Gingersnaps with Dark Chocolate Chips


After the Thanksgiving turkey, potatoes, rolls, and pies have been eaten and a food induced coma has ensued, we wake up and it is officially the Christmas season. Christmas comes with a whole new kind of cooking and baking. We bake Christmas cookies for our neighbors, for friends, co-workers, teachers, Santa, and ourselves. I can remember as a girl the painstaking time my mom put into the baking of the Christmas goody plate. Six plus different kinds of cookies/treats made in mass production. Then divided and assembled between way too many plates because no one could be left out.  I love this memory and I have enjoyed partaking of this same holiday craziness as an adult.

To kick of the holiday baking season I thought I would share with you a great cookie to make for friends, family, and neighbors: Gingersnaps with Dark Chocolate Chips


The smell of ginger totally reminds me of the spiciness and warmth of Christmas. I took a favorite ginger cookie recipe I have used for years and added a dark chocolate twist. These cookies are the perfect combinations of chewy and crispy. The perfect combination of sweet and spicy. LOVE. That is all there is too it.


  • 3/4 cups shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips


1. Cream shortening and sugar together. Add egg and molasses until well combined.

2. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

3. Slowly incorporate dry mixture into wet mixture.

4. Stir in chocolate chips.


Now you have a lovely dough which you could always package up with the recipe for a neighbor gift.  

If you want cookies, let’s keep going.


5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

6. Scoop out uniform sized balls of dough. (I like to use a cookie scoop.)

7. Roll the scoop into a ball.


8. Drop the ball into a small cup of sugar, coating just one side.


9. Place ball onto a cookie sheet, sugar side up. Using one to two fingers, slightly press the ball flat.

10. Cook for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden. Remove and let cool on pan for 5 minutes. Then remove cookies onto a cooling rack.

Once completely cool, you can wrap them up sweetly and give them to just about anyone who loves cookies.


Or you could give into your craving, pour a glass of milk and eat a couple yourself!


Here are two of my other favorite cookie recipes also perfect for holiday goody plates.

christmas cookies Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies  //    Monster Cookies

Happy holidays & happy cookie-baking!


About the Author: Larissa is a mom of 4 boys who likes to cook and create. The former Food Contributor on Somewhat Simple (2011-12), she now shares her creative adventures full-time on her own blog Just Another Day in Paradise.

This recipe originally featured on Somewhat Simple in December 2012.

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  1. Kathryn B. says

    I didn’t realize that other families did monster cookies! This is something that my grandma did for her kids and still does for us and her great grandkinds! They are our favorite and are never the same each time! My grandma started them when her kids were young by making cookies out of whatever she had on hand. She has 6 kids so money was tight. In order to treat the kids she would make monster cookies in order to give them something sweet. I love how you can use anything to make them. We still love them to this day!