Orange Gingerbread and Chocolate Chunk Cookies

orange gingerbread and chocolate chunk cookies

There isn't a Holiday season that goes by when we don't have gingerbread in one form or another. The kids love gingerbread men, and I adore ginger snaps. But rolled gingerbread dough is not the easiest to work with and sometimes a softer cookie is just right. Infused with orange and filled with chocolate chunks, this drop version is not only easier, but softer -- and everything is better with chocolate.

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
Ready In: 20 minutes
Yield: 5 dozen cookies


    1 cup unsalted butter - softened
    1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
    1/2 cup dark molasses
    2 large eggs
    2 teaspoons orange zest
    3 teaspoons milk
    3 cups all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    2 teaspoons ground ginger
    2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat together butter, sugar and zest until fluffy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time until well combined.
  4. Stir in molasses and milk.
  5. Add flour, baking soda, salt and spices and stir well until a thick, smooth batter forms.
  6. Stir in chocolate chunks and drop dough by rounded teaspoonsful onto greased baking sheets, 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, or until bottoms are very lightly browned - do not overbake.
  8. Cool on racks.
See more recipes from Anne Coleman (aka Short Order Mom).

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