Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

The ultimate soft batch gingerbread cookie, loaded with chocolate chips! A must make holiday cookie!

The ultimate soft batch gingerbread chocolate chip cookie recipe from A must make holiday cookie!

I’m mostly fearless when it comes to frying food but every so often something happens that really makes me second guess making greasy food of any kind. I was making shaved steak sandwiches for dinner and you know how greasy that meat can get. I was going to remove some of the excess grease so the meat would crisp up a little faster but decided not to. The end result was a pan of popping grease and bits. One pop went straight to my eye. I had no time to react and man did it hurt. I swear it easily hurt for hours after. Obviously it could’ve been worse but now I kind of want one of those crazy hazmat suits to do any sort of frying. It wouldn’t be too weird. ;)

Thankfully cookies aren’t greasy and require no frying. At least this particular variety… and most varieties for that matter.

The ultimate soft batch gingerbread chocolate chip cookie recipe from A must make holiday cookie!

I’ve shared soft batch chocolate chip cookies and the perfect (non-cakey! no, seriously!) soft batch pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe, so I knew I had to tackle a version for the ultimate holiday baking season. I’m kind of, okay totally, in love with gingerbread flavored food, so it seemed right to make the Christmas version a gingerbread flavored cookie, packed with chocolate chips… of course!

They’re perfect… just like your favorite soft batch cookie, loaded with chocolate chips, but gingerbread flavored. They’re quite possibly my new favorite cookie and I’m positive they’ll become one of yours too! If you’re only going to make one new cookie this season, this definitely needs to be added to your list.

The ultimate soft batch gingerbread chocolate chip cookie recipe from A must make holiday cookie!

Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

The ultimate soft batch gingerbread cookie, loaded with chocolate chips! A must make holiday cookie!
Prep Time2 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cookie
Servings: 2 dozen


  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C light brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 C semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • In a large bowl or stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars. With mixer running on low, add in molasses and vanilla, followed by remaining dry ingredients (reserving chocolate chips). Increase speed as needed until dough comes together. Mix until dough is smooth and no longer has streaks. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  • Cover and refrigerate for several hours or until chilled through, but not firm.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to create balls of dough. Space 2-inches apart on a parchment or silicone baking mat lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes. Allow cookies to rest on baking sheet for 1 minute prior to transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.


If using a stand mixer, increase speed to medium-high to combine dough in the final stage. If using a hand mixer, due to the firmer consistency of the dough, more effort may be needed but it will come together.
Dough should be refrigerated until chilled but not firm.
**This is an egg-free recipe.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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Gingerbread cheesecake

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72 Responses to “Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. #
    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — December 9, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Frying food or making cookies…I choose cookies every time!!! You just described one of my frying food fears. I sure hope your eye is ok. Now these cookies…I love how puffy and yummy they look. Love the gingerbread twist to them!

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      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      I need to remember that the next time I want to fry some particularly fatty foods… opt for cookies instead lol

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    Andrea — December 9, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I hate frying, sautéing, searing, and even the first part of braising! It’s so messy and painful…and messy!

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      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      It really is! The results are usually worth it though, so long as the injuries aren’t too bad lol

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 9, 2013 at 8:35 am

    The best of both worlds!! Pinning!!

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      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks Liz!

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — December 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

    These look amazing! I love gingerbread, and the addition of chocolate makes these even better!

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      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks so much Maggie!

  5. #
    Ali @ Inspiralized — December 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I need to splurge on a KitchenAid stand mixer!

    • #
      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      You really do! Or put it on your wish list and hint to everyone you know :)

  6. #
    steph@stephsbitebybite — December 9, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Oh yes yes yes!!! I love gingerbread, but then when you add some CHOCOLATE! oh yeah!!!

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      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      Haha! Thanks Steph.

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — December 9, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I’ve had that moment before–the other day a bunch of droplets (not even from frying, but from pan frying) flew onto my bare feet, and I actually legitimately got burned. Not fun.

    Love the combination the gingerbread and chocolate! These look so soft and chewyy.

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      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Ouch!! Not fun at all. I hope your feet are feeling better!

  8. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — December 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Ooo these look so good!! I love ginger and chocolate together.

    • #
      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Carrie! :)

  9. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — December 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

    How have I never added chocolate chips to gingerbread?! Love this idea!

    • #
      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      It’s necessary. You’ll never think of gingerbread without chocolate again ;)

  10. #
    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl — December 9, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I’ve been loving ginger too and these cookies look ridiculous…. in a very good way!!

    • #
      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks so much Kim!

  11. #
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — December 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Mmmmm, these look scrumptious. Pinning! I hope your eye is ok.

    • #
      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Norma!

  12. #
    toodie — December 9, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    OMG! Heaven is what these are!

    • #
      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      So sweet. Thanks :)

  13. #
    Rachel @ Bakerita — December 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    These cookies look BOMB. I’m so all about gingerbread everything right now, and I love how soft and delicious these look. Pinned!

  14. #
    Lori — December 9, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    These cookies look amazing, but after mixing them up, the mixture was dry and crumbly. Was there a mistake in the recipe–should it have included an egg? I doubled the recipe and added two eggs. They were perfect!

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      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 8:51 pm

      This is an eggless cookie recipe. My dough was not dry at all. Occasionally with recipes calling for molasses, the dough may appear to be crumbly (smaller balls of dough) when mixed at lower speeds. Increasing the speed while mixing will pull the dough together.

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    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — December 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I’m with you that frying is horrible sometimes. I usually make a scene, jumping back etc. Then the hubby takes over :) Ha! These cookies look amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Thanks Laura! And I’ll have to remember that in the future. Maybe the Mr will take over for me next time I’m frying something that splatters like that. :)

  16. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — December 9, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I’ve been dying for a good gingerbread cookie that’s super pillowy and soft and I think you’ve come up with the recipe! If I have time tomorrow, I may or may not be making these ;)

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      Rachel — December 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      So soft and yummmm :) Now I feel like I need to make another batch lol Let me know if you try them!

  17. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 9, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I can’t do frying either. It’s scary and for whatever reason, I have always been wearing a nice shirt while doing it and then get oil splatters all over me.

    Baking is much safer and often more delicious! Love these!

    • #
      Rachel — December 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Ugh that’s happened to me way too many times to count. I somehow never remember that I should wear an apron while frying.

  18. #
    Audra | The Baker Chick — December 9, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    These sound just perfect Rachel! I’m sure they’d become my new favorite too!

    • #
      Rachel — December 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Audra! :)

  19. #
    Joanne — December 10, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Frying definitely scares me!! Deep frying is just not my thing…and if I had to do it, it would likely require Xanax.

    Yay for gingerbread in CCCs! It totally feels so holiday-esque.

    • #
      Rachel — December 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks so much Joanne! :)

  20. #
    natalie@thesweetslife — December 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    baking with my sisters in law this weekend and thinking these belong on the list…and a double batch because YUM!

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      Rachel — December 12, 2013 at 7:25 am

      Enjoy!! :)

  21. #
    Carla — December 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Oh I hear you on frying things. Scares me every time, especially using a wok when hot oil is involved. These cookies sound like the perfect Christmas cookie because I love chocolate chip cookies and there is gingerbread involved.

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      Rachel — December 16, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Thanks so much Carla!

  22. #
    Dina — December 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    they look yummy!

  23. #
    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner — December 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I just stumbled onto my love for gingerbread and chocolate combined into one goodie so these cookies are totally calling out to me! Gorgeous. :)

  24. #
    Nutmeg Nanny — December 20, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Oh I love these cookies :) they look perfect!

  25. #
    Sarah — December 24, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I just made these last night and OMG they are delish! I even added walnuts :)
    They were all perfectly shaped: tall and round. I have been trying to achieve this shape in my regular chocolate chip cookies but it’s difficult in the humid Florida weather- at least that’s what I’m guessing the problem is.
    I might add more ginger and cinnamon next time because the molasses was very strong.

    Thanks for the recipe!!

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      Rachel — December 26, 2013 at 9:24 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed them! :) Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful holiday season.

  26. #
    Susan Schultz — February 25, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    I just made your recipe and these cookies are amazing! I am curious though why your photo looks like a normal Chocolate chip cookie as mine are so much darker?

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      Rachel — February 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      So glad you enjoyed them! I’m not sure how dark yours were but mine were indeed rather dark compared to traditional cookies. If you compare these photos to other cookie recipes I have you’ll notice the difference.

  27. #
    Kristen — August 1, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I made these cookies earlier and let me tell you what…. the WHOLE house smelled like christmas. It was like the gingerbread man came in and farted. Me and my family loved them and i devoured 5 of these bad boys. Your recipes give me so much inspiration to try new things! Thanks for sharing all your yummy recipes :)

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      Rachel — August 1, 2014 at 7:45 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing :)

  28. #
    Jen — August 14, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Hi thanks for the recipe, do you know if it would work with spelt flour?

    • #
      Rachel — August 14, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      I haven’t tried with any other flours but keep me posted if it turns out for you.

  29. #
    chichi — November 6, 2014 at 8:47 am

    OMG, this cookie looks so so delicious. Pinned

    • #
      Rachel — November 6, 2014 at 2:54 pm

      Thanks so much :)

  30. #
    Mary Jo Chadwick — November 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    These sound delicious. I would like to make them ahead of time for a cookie swap fund raiser that I host. With that in mind I was wondering if they freeze well?

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      Rachel — November 9, 2014 at 4:23 pm

      I haven’t personally frozen them but I imagine they’d be fine.

  31. #
    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — December 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

    These cookies are fabulous!!! I’ve never seen a gingerbread chocolate chip cookie!!! brilliant!

    • #
      Rachel — December 14, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Alice!

  32. #
    Carla — December 16, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I made these over the weekend as I had a big craving for gingerbread chocolate chip cookies. Craving satisfied :)

    • #
      Rachel — December 16, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Yay!! So glad you enjoyed them and that they helped with your craving :)

  33. #
    Samantha — November 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Making these cookies right. I had to add 2 eggs just to get the dough to combine. First batch is the oven, but my cookie dough is not flattening at all.

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      Rachel — November 30, 2015 at 7:38 am

      The dough definitely does not require eggs, but others have included them as well, per personal preference. This is a stiffer dough which may require more mixing by hand or increased speed, as mentioned in the notes section of the recipe.

  34. #
    Sally — December 18, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    I may make these tomorrow as it is exactly what my 6 year old requested for our building’s holiday party. But can we use cookie cutters to make star-shapes, etc as my 4 year old is fixated on doing? Or is the dough not the right consistency?

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      Rachel — December 19, 2015 at 6:55 am

      This particular recipe likely wouldn’t work well with shapes. You would have much better luck using my traditional gingerbread cookie recipe if you’re looking for both the gingerbread flavor and shapes. Good luck and have a wonderful party!

  35. #
    Mia — September 13, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    OMG! I just made these last week…they are absolutely the BEST cookies I’ve ever had! They are delicious…turned out perfectly, and do stay soft! If anyone reads this review…forget any other recipe! I’ve ditched the family recipes for chocolate chip cookies for these! Thanks so much!!! Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!

    • #
      Rachel — September 14, 2016 at 7:30 am

      So glad to hear you enjoyed them so much, Mia! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  36. #
    Amanda weeklund — November 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I just made these and they are chilling. My dough is more like a damp sand texture. Are there no eggs in the recipe?

    • #
      Rachel — November 29, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Correct, there are no eggs in this recipe. It sounds as though you did not mix the dough enough. It should come together easily with the speed on your mixer increased. If mixing by hand, it will take more effort.

  37. #
    Charlene — December 18, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Just had to leave a comment, just made these and let me tell you , yummy!!!!! My 9 yr old son had been asking me to make gingerbread chocolate chip cookies after a classmate brought them in to share with his class, I had never heard of them so I turned to Pinterest and stumbled upon this recipe., so glad i did . These are my new favourite cookie, thanks for sharing!

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      Rachel — December 18, 2016 at 11:42 am

      So glad to hear this, Charlene! Thanks for sharing! :)

  38. #
    Paula Pickwick — December 5, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    You forgot to add 2 eggs to your gingerbread chocolate chip cookie. I did everything you had printed and it was like sand, nothing to bind it together I added 2 eggs and it was perfect. Getting ready to bake now.

    • #
      Rachel — December 6, 2019 at 5:36 am

      The eggs are not missing from the ingredients or directions, as this is an egg-free recipe. Increasing the mixer speed will bring the dough together nicely.

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