Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls

Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls
Makes:
30
cookies
Prep Time:
45
minutes
Total Time:
112
minutes
based on 117 reviews
11

Dietary Considerations:

Low SodiumVegetarian
A classic gets a chocolate twist in these chocolate gingerbread cookies. Fun to make and eat!

In this recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 container (16 ounces) prepared vanilla frosting, colored as desired, or colored icing in tubes

Directions:

MICROWAVE 1 1/2 cups morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Cool to room temperature.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in small mixer bowl until creamy; beat in molasses and melted chocolate. Gradually add flour mixture alternately with water, beating until smooth. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

ROLL half of dough to ¼-inch thickness on floured surface with floured rolling pin. Cut dough into gingerbread boy and girl shapes using cookie cutters or a stencil. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

BAKE for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still slightly soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PLACE remaining morsels in heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 30 to 45 seconds; knead. Microwave for 10 seconds; knead until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to pipe chocolate. Decorate cookies with piped chocolate and prepared frosting or icing.


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Chocolate gingerbread boys and girls

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Ellen Wong from Richmond, BC

Our family loves gingerbread at any time of the year. Giving it a chocolate twist is that much better!

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    Stiff Dough

    Ann-Marie Bergman from PEWAUKEE, WI

    like how this recipe smelled before we stuck it in the refrigerator. however, make sure you don't put the dough in there for more than an hour and then take it out to roll it. the dough was very hard to roll, definetly not a make ahead dough. eventually it warmed up enough I got a few cookies out of it and they tasted great.

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    Squeaking Good Gingerbread boys!

    Deloris Baggett from EDGEWOOD, MD

    These cookies rock. I looked up tons of gingerbread cookie recipes on the net. I was so concerned because my 6 yr old grandson wanted gingerbread boys. He has never tasted gingerbread so I thought ,"what a waste -bake all this up and I know he won't like the spicy taste!".Well this Chocolate version will be a hit with all the grandkids and grammy is Super Grammy thanks to you!

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    Great

    Lisa Wilson from

    These were greatr! It was fun to make them with children. Also taste great.

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    Horrible Mistake!

    Bethany Stefano from JACKSONVILLE, FL

    I started to make these for my three year old neice because she was moving into yet another new home. I didn't even get to baking them, the dough was awful due to allt the molasses! Do not make them ever!

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    Great for gifts

    Evonne Robertson from FRASER, MI

    We had fun making these at Christmas and giving them for gifts.

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    Easier than it looks!

    Briana Stroud from SEBASTOPOL, CA

    My cousin and I decided to make these on Christmas but instead of making cutout cookies, we used an antique cookie mould and made a gingerbread house. It stayed together so perfectly and was so much fun to decorate! We were surprised how quick and easy it was too.

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    Very Tasty

    Danielle Malsbary from SAN JOSE, CA

    This recipe was very easy to make, I have already made 3 batches this year to give to friends and family. The only thing that I changed about the recipe was that I doubled the amount of ginger that the recipe calls for the second time around since you can't taste it at all over the chocolate as it is written.

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    chocolate gingerbread cookies

    Lois Russell from Olean, NY

    This is a great treat that my grandchildren love to have me to make every year! I had lost my home in a house fire and my grandchildren were very dissappointed that I had lost all my recipes! So this is a family tradition recipe that my grandchildren love to have me make for them every year! I have a new grandchild that is only five months old and I cant wait to give him his very first gingerbread man cookie! This is a tradition that is going to be carried on for the next one hundred years! I know that my children and grandchildren will carry on from generation to every generation as long as there is life to be carried on!

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

    Chrisine Sterling from Sagamore Hills, Ohio

    Oh my goodness! Awesome! I will bake these every year! They have such a great flavor and texture! Thanks!!

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    CHOCOLATE GINGERBREAD BOYS AND GIRLS

    EMMIE HAYES from NORTH WILKESBORO, NC

    THESE WERE SOOOO GOOD. MY SONS CLASS LOVED THEM.

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Boys & Girls

    Linda Boggioni from Ostrander, OH

    Last week I made a Gengerbread House for a Children's Community House fundraiser. I used the Chocolate Gingerbread Boys & Girls to develop a scene around the Gingerbread House. The recipe was easy to follow.... went together nicely and gave some added fragrance and color to the standard scene. I also used the dough to make a cobblestone walkway..and exterior touches to the building. Oh, my grandchildren got to eat the "scraps"..and they loved it

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Boys & Girls

    Micki Farino from Freeville, NY

    I have often made the traditional gingerbread people, however, since chocolate is my absolute favorite, this recipe caught my eye immediately! Easy to make, delicious to eat, great recipe to follow.

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    EXCELLENT COOKIE

    kim toscano from Casa Grande, AZ

    Not only did this cookie taste good but my daughter had a blast decorating them!

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    Fun Fun

    Regina Haney from Roseburg, OR

    My 3 year old niece and I made these for Christmas. She loved to ice them and eat them. They taste great.

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    Nothing could be Better or Easier

    Sheila Whithorn-Farrell from San Jose , CA

    I used this recipe for my son's class and my extended daycare program. I chose it because there was no egg required. It was such a big hit they wanted thirds. Super easy to make and took me less time than stated because I used small cutters, perfect for little and big guys!

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Cuties

    Emily Erickson from COLSTRIP, MT

    I just love making these cookies. They are so fun to decorate and wonderful to eat. My oldest is just big enough to help with cookies this year and he loved these.

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    Gingerbread cookies

    glenda hoffman from Cary, NC

    They are such fun to make with little ones and oh so good! With that touch of chocolate, that's what makes them so special.

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    Cookie review

    Loraine Bergold from Rising Sun, MD

    These are delicious, I made them today and froze them for Christmas. The batter was so good, my husband licked the spatulas!

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    chocolate!!

    gini franco from INGLEWOOD, CA

    I had the best time making them and they came out soo sooo good!!!! Melted in your mouth!!

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    very tasty

    CHRYSTAL DICKSOC from FORT WORTH, TX

    These was some of the best cookies I have ever tasted!

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    Very Good Cookies

    Jennifer from Portland, OR

    These cookies are delicious. They satisfy my craving for gingerbread, yet have a definite chocolate taste. They aren't too sweet, instead they have kind of a tangy flavor. They are very easy to make. One trick I use is that after I refrigerate the dough, I microwave it for 15 sec. and it makes it so easy to roll out.

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    Again, something to get the whole

    joel tedder from FORT DODGE, IA

    family involved in. I love getting the kids involve in making, baking, decorating and eating these great cookies.

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    Chocolate gingerbread boys and girls

    LaJuana Lewis from CHICAGO, IL

    very moist and chewy.

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls

    Barbara (Basi Klimek from Webster, NY

    I made these cookies for Christmas. My girls, who are very picky when it comes to baked goods, kept asking for more. I will make these again next year for my Christmas cookie platter.

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    Excellent!

    Donna Plante from NEW HYDE PARK, NY

    I love gingerbread cookies and these definitely hit the spot! Microwaving the chocolate chips made the recipe much easier for me than melting the chocolate on the stove. They will go in my repeat recipe list for sure.

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    A MAn After My Own Heart

    PAT BRUCATO from BELLMORE, NY

    I don't just bake these for my nieces and nephews...all my girlfriends get a their very own gingerbread man, guaranteed to make their life sweet!

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    Yummy!

    Kimberly Wallace from Draper, UT

    I came to very best baking, to find a good gingerbread cookie recipe, and this is it! We made them this afternoon, and they were yummy!

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    Awesome Chocolate Gingerbread!

    Gina Venti-OLeary from METHUEN, MA

    This recipe has become a family favorite as I make them every year at Chrsitmas time. They are a staple for my office cookie swap, too. If you prefer a crunchier cookie, leave them in the oven for a few extra minutes and they are chocolate Gingersnaps! Also, if decorating is too time consuming, just drizzle them with melted chocolate which looks very elegant.

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    Gingerbread Boy & Girls Cookies

    CAROL FISCHER from BALTIMORE, MD

    They sound very easy to do and I think the grandchildren and I will do them this weekend. They love to help baking cookies, so this will be a task for them to help with.

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    RARE TREAT

    Diane Nye from THOMASVILLE, NC

    I found the chocolate added a rare touch of class to a very classic Christmas Treat at my home. The Gingerbread turned out just perfect and i really did enjoy the chocolate twist - of course, the orginal gingerbread was wonderful also

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    EXCELLENT GINGERBREAD COOKIES

    Cynthia Trosclair from Kenner, LA

    Gingerbread men are a perennial family favorite at my house. And we just LOVE this recipe for its chocolate twist! These are so good, relatives ask for them for every Holiday gathering. The kids REALLY love 'em!

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    Good cookie...but you have to work fast

    CB from

    The dough was a little tough to manipulate and I couldn't get all the flour to mix in. And don't scrimp on the quality of the chocolate you use...if you opt for no-name brand chips they don't melt as well and harden faster, making it VERY hard to blend with the other ingredients.

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls

    DIANNA SANDIN from SHELTON, CT

    I love to make cookies with my grandaughter and cut out ones are the best and these are very good tasting and a lot of fun

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    CHOCOLATE GINGERBREAD BOYS AND GIRLS

    Olga Lopez from ARLINGTON, VA

    HOW DELICIOUS THIS BREAD FOR THIS SPECIAL OCASSION OF THE YEAR. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS RECIPES AND MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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    You can't eat just one!

    John Costa from PLYMOUTH, MA

    Thes cookies are very, very good. I haven't had them in years. The last time I ate one, I remember that I couldn't stop eating them. So now My wife has the recipe. Thanks, to the baker who put this recipe on your site.

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls

    Jane Evenson from MAPLE FALLS, WA

    The children love to decorate these and give them away and I love to bake them. It's a win, win situation.

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    Great cookies

    KATIE THOMAS from LUBBOCK, TX

    I made these yesterday and they were great, smelled and tasted so good.

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    Gingerbread = Christmas

    Darlene King from Kannapolis, NC

    I have always enjoyed decorating with 'gingerbread' at Christmas. However, perhaps creating is a better word. Gingerbread ANYTHING is intended to be 1)Created 2)Decorated 3)Enjoyed, morsel by morsel. The Chocolate was okay, but I think that I am more a traditional gingerbread type creator. This was a fun recipe tho' and certainly deserves a chance by all !

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls

    LISA KILINSKI from SAN JOSE, CA

    This is an excellent twist to the old gingerbread recipe. I love the idea of chocolate. I think the brown color looks nice too.

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    Super Chocolate Gingerbread

    LEROY SHELTON from CHICAGO, IL

    This recipe was a super success for me! The chocolate flavor adds that special something to them. Super great recipe - the chocolate does it!!!!!!!! OH MY GOD!! What a wonderful treat!!!

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls

    Judith Sage from LEBANON, NH

    I made this as regular cut-out cookies.......too early for Christmas yet!!! What a nice combination of flavors!!!!!!!!

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Hanukkah Cookires

    lynda devor from kerhonkson, NY

    I used this recipe to make Jewish Stars and draydels cookies. I made my own cookie patterns with cardboard. They came out great looking and tasted yummy!!! I froze them. I plan on having the children decorate them with icing as a party project.

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    chocolate gingerbread boy and girls

    lorraine walters from OMAHA, NE

    These were the easiest and the tastiest gingerbread cookies I have ever made. They looked so cute on the tray and everyone liked them. They were more so popular than the usual gingerbread boys I make.

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    Wonderful twist on the old

    Billie Pincheon from Springfield, MO

    This is a big switch around on the old ginger bread. For anyone who loves chocolate, you need to try this one!

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    Gingerbread Family

    EILEEN DUNNE from EDISON, NJ

    Ever since I was a little girl and my parents took me to The Gingerbread Castle in Hamburg, NJ, I have been fascinated with Gingerbread. Not only do I collect articles that look like the boys and girls--I also collect recipes. This one has just the right chocolate, ginger, and other spices to produce the taste I remember from so long ago. Thank you.

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    Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls

    Kim DeMeritt from NEWPORT, VT

    Have always had problems with gingerbread boys and girls but this recipe was a success for me! Kids love them and the chocolate flavor adds that something special to them. Great recipe to make with the kids as well.

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    These are wonderful and easy

    diane eastwood from

    I am getting ready to make these cookies again. They are easy to make, roll out great, and have a wonderful spicy taste. My kids love them! We will cut them into hearts for Valentine's day!

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    Chocolate gingerbread boys and girls

    Ellen Wong from Richmond, BC

    Our family loves gingerbread at any time of the year. Giving it a chocolate twist is that much better!

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    Chocolate gingerbread boys and girls

    Carole Finney from Harrisville, OH

    Most of my grandchildren like these cookies, but we do have some that are funny about what they eat. I think they are good.

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    Gingerbread Boys and Girls

    sally rose from Britton, MI

    These were the best Gingerbread cookies I've had.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/30 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 30 

  • Calories: 190
  • Calories from Fat: 63
  • Total Fat: 7g (11% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 3g (15% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 3mg (1% of DV)
  • Sodium: 108mg (4% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 31.4g (10% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: .4g (2% of DV)
  • Sugars: 16.4g
  • Protein: 1.2g
  • Vitamin A: 3% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 2% of DV
  • Iron: 8% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels, divided
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 container (16 ounces) prepared vanilla frosting, colored as desired, or colored icing in tubes

 

Directions

MICROWAVE 1 1/2 cups morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Cool to room temperature.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in small mixer bowl until creamy; beat in molasses and melted chocolate. Gradually add flour mixture alternately with water, beating until smooth. Cover; refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

ROLL half of dough to ¼-inch thickness on floured surface with floured rolling pin. Cut dough into gingerbread boy and girl shapes using cookie cutters or a stencil. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.

BAKE for 5 to 6 minutes or until edges are set but centers are still slightly soft. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

PLACE remaining morsels in heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 30 to 45 seconds; knead. Microwave for 10 seconds; knead until smooth. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to pipe chocolate. Decorate cookies with piped chocolate and prepared frosting or icing.

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