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It’s definitely a challenge to stay upbeat around Christmas. Especially if you’re like me and always end up having to shop at the last minute. And trying to run around the stores/dealing with all the traffic while 32 weeks preggo is a new form of torture. But I can keep going fueled o the adrenaline that I’ve found something the gift-receiver will really like.

I think I came up with such a gift for one of my girlfriends (who won’t have read this post until after she gets her gift). This poor gal let it slip that she likes gingerbread. Now of course I can’t let that go. So when I found a cute little gingerbread cookie jar at the store, I couldn’t help but pick it up and figure out how to fill it.

Btw, if you are a fan of making cut-out sugar cookies, you’ll love making cut-outs with gingerbread. Super easy to do and I think they’re really cute decorated.

Chocolate-gingerbread Cookies
adapted from Food and Wine

Ingredients
10 Tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
3 cups flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
Pinch of ground cloves.

In a mixer, beat softened butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and beat until creamy. Add egg and molasses, mix until combined. Add in cooled chocolate.

In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients and spices. With mixer on low, add in dry ingredients 1/3 at a time. Once dough is combined, form into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least three hours.

When ready to bake, heat over to 350. Take dough, roll it out to 1/4 inch thick. Form cut-outs and place on cookies sheet with silpat. Bake for 7 minutes, rotating halfway through. Cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes.

Decorate as you wish (I always love the royal icing decorating).

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The chocolate is really nice and these are a great combination of crispy outside and chewy middle. Try them for Christmas!

Amazing how therapeutic some holiday baking is! I almost feel rested after all this baking!

Enjoy the Christmas festivities!!!
Beth

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