Chocolate Gingerbread Boys and Girls

Level: Intermediate
Prep Time: 45 min
Cook Time: 7 min
Cooling Time: 1 hrs
Yields: 30 cookies


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


  • 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


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.

Stiff Dough

by A. Ann-Marie , PEWAUKEE, WI on Dec. 2007

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.

Squeaking Good Gingerbread boys!

by D. Deloris , EDGEWOOD, MD on Dec. 2007

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!


by L. Lisa , on Dec. 2007

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

Horrible Mistake!

by B. Bethany , JACKSONVILLE, FL on Nov. 2007

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!

Great for gifts

by E. Evonne , FRASER, MI on Mar. 2007

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

Easier than it looks!

by B. Briana , SEBASTOPOL, CA on Dec. 2006

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.

Very Tasty

by D. Danielle , SAN JOSE, CA on Dec. 2006

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.

chocolate gingerbread cookies

by L. Lois , Olean, NY on Nov. 2006

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!

Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies

by C. Chrisine , Sagamore Hills, Ohio on Nov. 2006

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