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Sunday
Jan202013

Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies

I have a handful of memories from when I was very young. My oldest memory comes from when I was only eighteen months old. I was laying on the table in a doctor's office as the doctor hovered above me, putting stitches in my chin, the damage the result of falling and cracking my chin open on a stone fireplace. I do not recall any pain or suffering, but I do remember my mother singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star while rubbing my foot to soothe my cries—a snapshot of tranquility in a scary world for a young child. I have often been curious why this particular moment caught in my mind, both vivid and cloudy at the same time.

Perhaps it is a reminder of my mother's love for her daughter.

Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies

On my third birthday, my mother gave me the independence to choose the outfit I would wear for my party. I remember standing in the laundry room, surveying my choices with excitement. I felt so proud of the pink, frilly outfit I chose. It may have been a simple decision for my mother, but the freedom felt so special to me on that day. I wore my polka-dotted dress with confidence, spinning around to make the edges of the gown flare up.

After my sister was born, I remember sandwiching her between my cabbage patch dolls while she slept, believing she might need some friends her own size. When she awoke, she looked to her left and right and let out a terrified wail. Not expecting her reaction, I found her frightened cries hilarious enough to send me off into a fit of giggles. The moment was amusing enough to hold onto for many years to come.

And, I fondly remember the first time I stole a chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven.

Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies

I couldn't have been older than four or five. It was a cold winter night and the house was filled with cozy warmth. My mother made a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, leaving them to cool on the counter's pull out cutting board. After she left the room, I paced back and forth in front of them, wanting a cookie, but feeling guilty that I didn't have permission. I ended up stealing one before my mother came back to check on them. I hid underneath the table and ate my forbidden cookie in silence, hoping that if my mother came back into the room, I would be hidden from her prying eyes. I did not think far enough ahead to realize that my mother would notice that a cookie was missing, but the crime had already been committed. Even so, I was satisfied with my quiet defiance.

My early memories hold moments of independence, rebellion, silliness, love, and chocolate chip cookies—a portrait of a happy, healthy childhood.

Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies

Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies are a twist on the traditional chocolate chunk cookie. Dark brown sugar, ground ginger, and a hint of molasses lend a dark and spicy undertone, adding a new dimension to the cookies. A surplus of chocolate chunks gives these cookies a little attitude. Warm from the oven, these over-sized cookies are soft and chewy, gooey from the melted chocolate, and much too easy to make disappear.

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Chocolate Chunk Ginger Cookies

Yields 1 dozen large cookies (or 2 dozen standard size)

8 tablespoons (1 stick or 113 grams) butter
2/3 cup (130 grams) dark brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup (75 grams) granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces (170 grams) chocolate, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, molasses, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour, ground ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gently fold in the chocolate chunks.

Form cookies using 2 tablespoons of cookie dough (or 1 tablespoon for standard sized cookies). Drop onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Reader Comments (15)

My first memory was when my sister was born and the nurse in the hospital gave me a choice of which lollipop flavour I wanted - I chose green, and have loved anything lime flavoured ever since! These cookies combine my favourite (oh man, I have a soft spot for ginger cookies) and a good, healthy dose of chocolate. If I wasn't at work right now, I'd be in my kitchen gathering the ingredients...
I, too, busted my chin open when I was young. I was about 5 or 6 years old and I was swimming in a blow-up pool. I was showing my friend how I could hold my breath under water when another girl decided to cannon ball into the small pool. She landed right on my head the moment I was above the plug. I was at a day-care place and just kept crying. My nanny told me if I cried anymore my chin would open wider, so that made me cry even harder. Then when I was getting stitches, they put a cover over my face and I wasn't able to see anything. It was probably one of the most traumatic experiences of my younger life.

I also remember going to a baseball game with my dad. I was probably 9 or 10 and I had these blue capries with a pink floral (think giant flowers) on them. I wore a short sleeved shirt with a duck on it and I had lacy socks that went past my ankles. My dad asked me if I got dressed in the dark. I never wore those pants again.

Some memories and experiences can be so powerful. That's what I love about memories.

These cookies look so delicious! Chocolate chip cookies are definitely my favorite kind of cookie.
These look like perfection, though I think my family will scream if I add ginger and/or cinnamon to one more recipe. That'll just mean more for me!
I love the fact you swapped out the large amount of caster sugar for more deeper flavors to match the dark chocolate. I have always preferred the slight bitterness of molasses. These remind me of a ginger nuts you can get here in Australia, but of course home made is better. I think the first time I tasted a cookie was when I was 5 and I allowed to have a party. The balloons, cake and especially the sweet treats of rainbow jello with cream and chocolate cookies from the local bakery. Such simple time but this recipe brings me back.
Any memories involving chocolate chip cookies are always good ones =) These cookies sound unique and delicious!
01.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy
Such beautiful stories about your first memories :) and such gorgeous pictures of those cookies! They look absolutely heavenly. Ginger must be such a delicious addition to chocolate chunk cookies.
01.21.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachel @ Bakerita
Ginger and chocolate are so fabulous together. These cookies sound lovely!
These look perfect - did you not have to chill the dough? Can't wait to make these, I had been looking to make my own version of these but you have saved me experimenting! x
01.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChloe
Chloe-- I did not have to chill the dough. I think they naturally spread out just the right amount.
01.22.2013 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
I have made these twice...in three days. A new favorite cookie for sure. Thank you!
01.24.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke Fiore
Ginger is my absolute favourite! Every morning I drink hot water, lemon and ginger. We devoured carrot and ginger soup with homemade bread for lunch so guess what I am going to bake now!!!
01.30.2013 | Unregistered CommenterVal
this takes cookies and milk to a whole different level, scumptious! :)
01.30.2013 | Unregistered Commentergirlychef9021
love your photos! just out of curiosity, where did you get your mini milk jars?
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer
Jennifer-- Thanks! I found one of them at a thrift store and the other a couple years later at an antiques store. Sorry I can't be of more help than that!
02.18.2013 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
These cookies are amazing and have that perfect subtle taste of fall! I plan on whipping up a batch tonight! Thank you!
11.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSara

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