the last one
This is a real good cookie.
I always think of spices in my baking at this time of year, so going through my untried cookie recipes, this one caught my eye - Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies; it's from Martha Stewart Living.
I didn't follow it exactly. I was hurriedly trying to use up butter before the storm came and wiped out our electricity (which didn't happen), so I just put in what I had. Regular cocoa, not Dutch process. Just hot water, not boiling, for Pete's sake (boil one and a half teaspoons of water?). And I used plain old Baker's semi-sweet baking chocolate. That was interesting.
I will usually put in chocolate morsels rather than cut up chunks of chocolate - laziness, I guess. But I didn't have any. It was a pain to cut it into quarter-inch pieces; in fact they didn't always cut the way I wanted them to, so some of the pieces were more like a half-inch. That was the interesting part.
The bigger chunks made it a little trickier to roll them into balls, but oh - how nice it was to bite into those soft chocolate bits! So, if you're thinking of making these, I wouldn't be too particular in my chopping.
You may notice that this one has sugar on it - I forgot to roll most of them in the sugar, until the last small batch. And I must have made them smaller, because I got over two and a half dozen. And they don't call for eggs, for some reason. But none of this matters.
They're Good. Here's the recipe. Enjoy!