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chocolate gingerbread cookies

This is my last new cookie recipe this year.  I have been looking for a good gingerbread cookie recipe.  My molasses crinckles are a go to but there are times that I want ginger snaps or gingerbread.  Ginger snaps are not so hard, the Joy of Cooking has a good one.  Gingerbread is almost always disappointing.  I do not know what is my mind but someday I will find it.

This is another Martha Stewart recipe that I looked at and then ranted in my head about.  I do believe that I want their square footage of counter space somehow wedged into my kitchen.  It is the only way that you would be able to make these recipes as written.  I am lucky to have four square feet clear to work with.  I am not even talking about the equipment or the tools they use.  Cool ideas if you have a kitchen with all the gadgets.  I decided a long time ago the gadgets were not worth the space!  Okay.  Rant over.

The original cookies were painted in white chocolate and rolled out.  They were supposed to remind you of twigs.  We really do not like white chocolate that well around here so I rolled them in powdered sugar and kept them in flatish balls.  They remind me of mushroom caps.  Just me. 

Currently, this is my favorite gingerbread cookie recipe.  I know it is not the last one.  I may try it without the cocoa.  I took the flavors in the given recipe and used my sable recipe as the base.  Baking time was interesting to figure out but they did turn out well.

chocolate gingerbread cookies

Inspired by Martha Stewart

1 cup of the best butter you can find

3/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup molasses

2 egg yolks

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons ground ginger

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

3/4 teaspoon salt

powdered sugar for dredging

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cover baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.

Cream butter and sugar together.  Mix in eggs and molasses.  Mix in flour, cocoa, spices, and salt.

Roll a teaspoon of dough  and dredge in powdered sugar.  Place on the baking sheet.  Flatten with the bottom of a glass.

Bake for 12 minutes.  You want done but tender.

Another need for tea.  I could get into the need for tea!

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