Crystallized Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies #ChristmasCookiesWeek #FBLCookieExchange

Every cookie exchange, cookie swap, or cookie tray should include a gingerbread cookie and this chocolate chip cookie version is one everyone will enjoy.

It’s a big day here at Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck. Not only is it the beginning of #ChristmasCookiesWeek but it’s also the day that I share my recipe for the #FBLCookieExchange with ya’ll. What does that mean for you? It means that not only do you get the opportunity to see my amazing Crystallized Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, but you also get to see the cookie recipes from several other amazing food bloggers as well.

#ChristmasCookiesWeek is an event I am taking part in with several other food bloggers. We’ll be sharing cookie recipes each day of this week, which are perfect for your holiday cookie exchange, swap, or platter. Nielsen-Massey, our #ChristmasCookiesWeek sponsor, is giving one winner a set of their pure flavors: 2-oz each of Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, Almond, Chocolate, Coffee, Rose Water, and Orange Blossom Water. Make sure to enter the contest below, for your chance to win this great prize package from Nielsen-Massey.

The #FBLCookieExchange is an event I first took part in last year when I made these Sugar Plum Fairy Holiday Cookies. After making a holiday donation to one of two selected charities, each participating food blogger is tasked with sending a dozen of their freshly baked cookies to three different pre-chosen food bloggers, and in return, they each receive a dozen cookies from three other pre-chosen food blogger participants. Pictured below are the delicious cookies I received this year in the cookie exchange.

Cranberry Bliss Cookies from The Emotional Baker

Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes

Mint Cheesecake Cookies from Cook with 5 Kids

Now, let’s talk a little about these cookies. When it comes to cookies, I typically may eat one or two of them and then I’m out. I pretty much always eat one cookie just to make sure that they are actually edible and then I give the rest of them away. With these cookies, I just couldn’t keep myself from coming back for more. I swear, I think I ate half of the batch all by myself. It’s probably a good thing that I had to send the other half to my lucky cookie exchange recipients. If you’re looking for a cookie that everyone will totally fall in love with, this is the one y’all.

Every cookie exchange, cookie swap, or cookie tray should include a gingerbread cookie and this chocolate chip cookie version is one everyone will enjoy.

Each day of this week, I’ll be sharing a helpful tip to help y’all totally up your cookie exchange, swap, or platter game. Today’s tip is to always include a recipe along with your cookies when exchanging or swapping them. That way, if the recipient falls head-over-heels in love with your recipe, they will have the recipe on hand to make them for themselves later on. It also doesn’t hurt to include a Christmas tea towel, ornament, or some other little festive gift along with your cookies when sending them. The recipient will think back on your cookies for years to come each time they set eyes on your thoughtful holiday gift.

Every cookie exchange, cookie swap, or cookie tray should include a gingerbread cookie and this chocolate chip cookie version is one everyone will enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar (Additional for Rolling Cookies)
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Crystallized Ginger
  • 1 (10-oz.) Bag Semi-Sweet Miniature Chocolate Chips

Every cookie exchange, cookie swap, or cookie tray should include a gingerbread cookie and this chocolate chip cookie version is one everyone will enjoy.

Directions:

Cookies:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together for 3 minutes on medium speed.
  2. Add the molasses; mix 30 seconds.
  3. Add each egg one at a time; mix 30 seconds after the addition of each egg.
  4. Add the vanilla; mix 30 seconds.
  5. Add the baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, and black pepper; mix 30 seconds.
  6. Add the flour, one cup at a time; mix until just incorporated
  7. Use a silicone spatula to fold the chopped crystallized ginger and the chocolate chips into the cookie batter.
  8. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Bake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Pour some sugar into a small bowl.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to form even amounts of dough, roll them into a ball using the palms of your hands, and then roll each ball in the granulated sugar.
  4. Place each sugar-coated cookie onto a Silpat or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 9 minutes.
  6. Carefully transfer the cookies to a baking rack to cool completely before storing.

Every cookie exchange, cookie swap, or cookie tray should include a gingerbread cookie and this chocolate chip cookie version is one everyone will enjoy.

Suggestions:

  • This recipe will yield approximately 5 dozen cookies.
  • When adding the crystallized sugar and chocolate chips, you will have to use your muscles to make sure that they are evenly incorporated.
  • These cookies will spread some but not too much. You can easily place twelve cookies on each baking sheet.
  • Store these cookies in an airtight container. Cover them with a piece of wax paper and then place a slice of bread on top of the wax paper. The bread will help to keep the cookies moist.

Every cookie exchange, cookie swap, or cookie tray should include a gingerbread cookie and this chocolate chip cookie version is one everyone will enjoy.

Improvements:

  • Add 1/2-teaspoon of ground cloves to the cookie batter.
  • Before baking, press a few extra pieces of finely chopped crystallized ginger on top of each cookie.
  • If you plan to mail these cookies, I suggest using a Sistema Storage Container to package them in. These food-safe containers are airtight, durable, and I absolutely adore them. Not only will they protect the cookies during travel but their recipient will be able to use them in the future for food storage.
  • Instead of placing chocolate chips in the cookies, melt the chips with a little bit of vegetable shortening and then dip half of each cookie in the melted chocolate.

Crystallized Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Crystallized Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar (Additional for Rolling Cookies)
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/2 Cup Molasses
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 Teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Chopped Crystallized Ginger
  • 1 (10-oz.) Bag Semi-Sweet Miniature Chocolate Chips

Directions:

    Cookies:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together for 3 minutes on medium speed.
  2. Add the molasses; mix 30 seconds.
  3. Add each egg one at a time; mix 30 seconds after the addition of each egg.
  4. Add the vanilla; mix 30 seconds.
  5. Add the baking soda, cinnamon, ground ginger, salt, and black pepper; mix 30 seconds.
  6. Add the flour, one cup at a time; mix until just incorporated
  7. Use a silicone spatula to fold the chopped crystallized ginger and the chocolate chips into the cookie batter.
  8. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
  9. Bake:
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  11. Pour some sugar into a small bowl.
  12. Use a cookie scoop to form even amounts of dough, roll them into a ball using the palms of your hands, and then roll each ball in the granulated sugar.
  13. Place each sugar-coated cookie onto a Silpat or parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  14. Bake for 9 minutes.
  15. Carefully transfer the cookies to a baking rack to cool completely before storing.
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#FLBCookieExchange

To take part in the #FBLCookieExchange, each blogger was asked to make a donation to one of the two charities below in order to spread the love this holiday season. Please consider making your own donation to help these two worthy causes this holiday season.

  • No Kid Hungry is an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger. They believe no child should go to bed hungry. CLICK HERE to sponsor a meal for a child in need!
  • RescuesForJoJo is an organization which was founded to help rescue shelter dogs in need. They focus on shelter “undesirables;” medically fragile, injured, abused, and breed or color specific dogs who would, otherwise, be looked over and euthanized through no fault of their own. CLICK HERE to donate and help save a dog in need.
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Make sure to come back each day of this week to see more great Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck #ChristmasCookiesWeek recipes.

Day 1: Crystallized Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

Day 2: Cranberry Orange Cookies

Day 3: Heavenly Almond Cookies

Day 4: Mexican Chocolate Chip Crinkle Cookies

Day 5: Lemon Ginger Crinkle Cookies




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  • Wendy Klik

    Love your new recipe format Colleen and great idea to offer Cookie exchange tips. I’m sure your cookies were well received.

    • I sure do hope so…I know I couldn’t keep my hands off of them! I plan on making another batch before Christmas…I’ll have to remember to give at least 4/5ths of them away so I don’t gain another 20 pounds!

  • saralafountain

    Thank you for sharing my mint cheesecake cookies! I am so glad that I met you this year through the FBL Cookie Exchange!

    • No problem…it’s all about sharing the love…and the calories!!!

  • Kayley

    These gingerbread chocolate chip cookies look great! I’m sure I’d enjoy them; chocolate desserts are usually my fave. In terms of the holidays, though, I tend to prefer sugar cookies simply because they give me more of the “holiday” feel.

    • It’s funny how we all have our faves! At least we have so many cookies to choose from at this time of year, we don’t have to decide on just one!

  • i love peanut butter blossom cookies at christmas!

  • P~

    Yum, yum, yum! Yum! P~ <3

  • Cindys Recipes

    I love the gingerbread-chocolate combo. Best in soft cookies!

    • Exactly…and these are perfectly soft little chocolate-studded pillows of heaven!!!

  • I love the ginger cookies paired with chocolate! They sound so good!

    • Dare I say too good! I can’t stop eating them and am ready to make batch number two!

  • Burnt Apple

    I’ve made these before and the crystallized ginger is what makes the cookie! What a great choice! Happy holidays!

    • Thanks…that and the super moist texture combined with the sugary crunchy coating…oh and the chocolate…that never hurts!

  • Sarah

    These cookies are so yummy! My girls said they were the favorites of the three batches we received! Henry even stole one while I was opening up the package before I knew what was happening!

    • I loved seeing the picture of him chowing down on one…such a cutie! So glad you liked them. I’m hoping I have enough time to make another batch before Christmas!

  • I love the idea of putting the crystallized ginger in these. I will have to get some.

    • Go for it. I also accidentally found out that it’s a great cure for a headache…added bonus!

  • Jan Thomas

    Mind blown! Must try! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate365 Cookie Exchange!

    • These were my favorite out of all the cookies this week and they were all pretty amazing! This one though…it ran away with my heart and left me with five pounds of blubber!

  • Lisa Pomerantz

    This is my very fave cookie, all year round! and they look incredible! image-in-ing