A few days ago, our friends at Theo Chocolate, here in Seattle, posted that they were selling Gingerbread Cookies packed with chunks of their Gingerbread Spice Milk Chocolate bars in them. In my opinion, Theo doesn't make very many mistakes but seriously? Who puts milk chocolate, gingerbread spiced, chocolate pieces in molasses cookies? GENIUSES that's who! I present for your Holiday enjoyment my interpretation of a new classic.
First, let me talk about Theo's Gingerbread Spice bars. They have been making them starting in September every year for the last few. It is part of their Holiday Bar series. I love Theo's milk chocolate because it is super creamy and luscious but is still 45% cacao. It leaves this wonderful dusty cocoa finish in your mouth that lingers chocolate long after your last nibble. The Gingerbread Spice added to the milk chocolate brings out the earthiness of the chocolate but adds a sweetness from the cinnamon that makes me think of Christmas morning. I like it.
Let's chat about molasses ginger cookies. I love molasses. I am one of those people who can eat it off a spoon so the idea of milk chocolate coupled with molasses, kind of set my happy dance in motion. These particular cookies have ginger, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, and a dash of black pepper in them so they are spicy but not very sweet. The addition of the chocolate is brilliant and creates a decadent and gooey texture.
These are really straight forward cookies but the addition of the chocolate really elevates them into something special. I have no doubt these will become a Holiday tradition at my house!
I used Joy the Baker's Ginger Molasses Cookie Recipe as the base
I made mine smaller cookies since it is Holiday time and I eat ALOT of cookies so if they are a little smaller I feel a little less guilty. :)