Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Have you guys seen all The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap? Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen teamed up to organize this huge cookie swap for food bloggers. We each made three dozen cookies and shipped a dozen to three different food bloggers. The best part was that Hubby and I got to try three new kinds of cookies! We loved checking the mail every day to see if there was a new box of cookies waiting for us.

For my contribution, I decided to make these Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies. When Hubby tried one straight from the oven, he thought the ginger taste was too overpowering. After sitting in the fridge for a couple days, the ginger flavor became more subtle. They honestly mellowed out into an amazing flavor combination.

I shipped these cookies off to Peanut Butter and Peppers, Chrysanthemum, and Brave New Food. I hope everyone enjoyed these cookies!

And now on to the good stuff, the cookies that Hubby and I got to enjoy. I totally forgot to take pictures of the cookies, so be sure to click through to each blog to see the photos and recipes. That Skinny Chic Can Bake sent Raspberry White Chocolate Bars. Peanut Butter and Julie sent some Cranberry Lemon Biscotti. And last but not least, Reetsyburger’s Refuge sent some Simple Shortbread cookies.

As a reminder, everyone who participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap should email Cookies for Kids Cancer with the number of cookies swapped (3 dozen here) so that Glad can donate $0.10 for each cookie.

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Chewy Chocolate Ginger Cookies

Yield: Makes 2.5 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

7 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbsp flour
1 1/4 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 Tbsp freshly grated ginger
1/2 cup dark-brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar

Directions:

Line two baking sheets with parchment. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and grated ginger until whitened, about 4 minutes. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add molasses; beat until combined.

In a small bowl, dissolve baking soda in 1 1/2 teaspoons boiling water. Beat half of flour mixture into butter mixture. Beat in baking-soda mixture, then remaining half of flour mixture. Mix in chocolate; turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Pat dough out to about 1 inch thick; seal with wrap; refrigerate until firm, 2 hours or more.

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough into 1 1/2- inch balls; place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Refrigerate 20 minutes. Roll in granulated sugar. Bake until the surfaces crack slightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes; transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe from Martha Stewart

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8 Responses to “Chocolate chip cookie bars”

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    Ingrid — June 25, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I’m totally with you on liking bars over cookies! MUCH easier.
    ~ingrid

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    Kerstin — June 25, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    I’m a huge fan of bar cookies, in fact, I rarely make regular ones! They look great!

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    Hanaâ — June 26, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I’m with you on the bar thing vs cookies. They look great. I’ve never tried these before. How would you say these choc chip bars are different from blondies?

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    Joelen — June 26, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I’m a total sucker for chocolate chip cookies and these in bar form look awesome!

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    Melissa — June 27, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Those look delicious! They would make the perfect midnight snack with a glass of milk. 🙂

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    oneordinaryday — June 28, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    Mmm. Looks good to me too!

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    Mermaid Sweets — June 29, 2009 at 2:40 am

    I love bars too, same reasons. Sorry I have been MIA, I have been so busy, but it has made me feel so bad not to have time to comment. Happy Birthday, hope the kitchen is going well.

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    MunchkinMama — October 15, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I found these while surfing around the other day. Made them and LOVED them. Then had a little panic attack when I couldnt find your site. (Do you realize just how many options you get from chocolate chip cookie bars?)
    Anyways, thanks so much! 😀

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