Chocolate Orange Ginger Cookies for Cookie of the Month

Chocolate orange ginger cookies |
Happy New Year, dear friends! I haven’t blogged since mid-November. This has been the longest time that I’ve ignored this space and I feel terrible about it. I’ll spare you the excuses and justifications (it’s all work’s fault!!!!) and just say, I’ve missed you. Have you missed me? I hope so. If not, maybe just keep that to yourself πŸ˜‰

I can’t believe January is gone and we’re already into February. The Husband’s been trying to get me to think more positively because I’m such a Negative Nancy (I need only to point you to my last blog post to remind you of that fact). At the end of December, he challenged me to write down 10 things that I’m proud of accomplishing in 2014 and 10 things that I want to accomplish in 2015.
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10 things that I’m proud of accomplishing is a tough one, but here we go:

1) I actually started going to the gym! I was so sick and tired of feeling physically sick and tired that I bought a year membership at a community centre near my house. I was going fairly regularly in December up until Christmas when the holiday festivities started. Work was beyond crazy in the beginning half of January so I fell off the workout wagon for a few weeks. I’m happy to report that I’m back in the gym, although not as often as I’d like, but baby steps, right?

2) I raised over $2000 for the BC SPCA last year by baking cupcakes for National Cupcake Day and walking with Abby in the Paws for a Cause Walk.

3) I attended the Food & Wine Conference in Florida and got to meet all of my wonderful Sunday Supper friends in person for the first time.

4) I attended the Food Bloggers of Canada conference and connected with a lot of Canadian bloggers, many of whom live in Vancouver. We’re organizing regular local blogger meet-ups which I think is awesome because who wouldn’t want to spend time with people who are obsessed with food and therefore spend countless hours photographing and writing about it? No one, that’s who!

5) I pumped air into my tires for the first time after being a car-owner for 7 years. Sure, I was forced to after the air pressure light on my dashboard started blinking in a terrifying manner. I had to google “how to pump air into my tires” before driving to the gas station, where I had to borrow a tire gauge thingy from the clerk and it took me almost half a goddamn hour in the dark and the rain but the point is that I did it, like a fucking boss. I may or may not have fist pumped after the deed was done.

All right, so that’s five items. Did the Husband really say ten? I’m sure he meant five.

Ten things that I want to accomplish in 2015 is an easier list to compile:

1) I want to work out regularly and effectively. Doing a slow walk on the treadmill for ten minutes before I give up and drive home is NOT a real workout (so I’ve been told).

2) Eat healthier.

3) Blog at least once a week. Fergawdssake, that’s something I can handle, right?!

4) Go to Paris. I’ve never been to Europe and the fact that almost every single person I know goes there on an annual basis fills me with a jealousy that burns with the heat of a thousand suns. The Husband and I are planning a trip in September and I can’t freaking wait!

5) Take a pastry course.

6) Spend more time with friends and family.

7) Do more training with Abby. I’m planning on buying an agility course for her this summer and setting it up in our backyard. It’d be amazing if she could run up little ramps and through little hoops.

8) Read more.

9) Not complain as much. This will be a tough one for me because I complain about EVERYTHING.

10) Think positively. Meditate. Anything to change my negative mindset.

Check with me in a year and let’s see how many of these I’ve accomplished. In the meantime, I’m happy that this is my first post of 2015 because I’m joining some of my favourite bloggers for Cookie of the Month. It’s the brainchild of the fabulous Jen of Jen’s Favorite Cookies and this month’s theme is chocolate.
Chocolate orange ginger cookies |
I made chocolate orange ginger cookies. This is a flavour combination that I’ve been obsessing over and I’m happy to report it’s just as delicious in my mouth as it was in my head.

Chocolate Orange Ginger Cookies (adapted from The Meaning of Pie)

Makes 2 dozen large cookies

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground cloves
14 ounces dark chocolate, melted
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 stick unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
zest of 2 oranges
1 1/2 cup candied ginger, chopped
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
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In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or on the stove over a double boiler. If you use the microwave, heat it in thirty second increments until the chocolate has fully melted. Stir it every now and then. Be careful because chocolate can easily burn if you microwave it for too long.

In the bowl of your stand mixer or a large bowl with a hand held mixer, cream the butter. Add the sugars and mix until just combined. Add the vanilla and zest and mix. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Add the melted chocolate and mix together. Add the dry ingredients slowly, mixing until just combined. Add the candied ginger and chocolate chips. The batter at this point will be very soft. Put it in the fridge for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Scoop the dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silpat. I used an ice cream scoop which yields pretty big cookies. Bake for 12 minutes (if you want your cookies crunchier, bake for 14 minutes). Do not over bake if you want soft and fudgy cookies. Let the cookies rest on the baking sheet for ten minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
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One confession – these cookies are a bit sweet. I reduced the sugar from the original recipe but because of all the add-ins (the candied ginger and the chocolate chips) the cookies turned out a bit sweeter than I would have liked. The next time I make these, I’m going to reduce the sugar more. Flavour-wise, these are fantastic. Even the Husband likes them and he’s not a fan of chocolate at all.
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Make sure you check out these other delicious Cookie of the Month offerings:

Chocolate Lava Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars from Crumb: A Food Blog
Flourless Dark Chocolate Cookies from The Cooking Actress
Caramel Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Cookies from Magnolia Days
Chocolate Orange Ginger Cookies from Gotta Get Baked
Chocolate Chip Compost Cookies (gluten-free) from Heartbeet Kitchen
Fudgy Kahlua Brownie Cookies from Bake or Break

47 thoughts on “Chocolate Orange Ginger Cookies for Cookie of the Month

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  4. Nancy, ok, how awesome is Tony? He is freaking awesome and such a sweet husband!!! I love that he had you do that. . so so great. . and ok you raised over $2000 for the BC SPCA?!!! WHAT?!!!! oh my gawd, that is fabulous!!! Congrats, Nancy! that is so awesome!!! I love everything you want to accomplish for this year and know that you can do it, yo. and hello, love these cookies. . you got me with orange ginger .. LOVE!!

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  6. OMG! I am married to you! How did I not see this? πŸ™‚ Negative Nick would NEVER write down things like your husband asked you to do – your husband is lucky. Also, you know me and I’ve never been to Europe although my former in-laws went every single summer for over 30 years……….I’ve always been married to men who were afraid to fly! I will be satisfied eating these wonderful chocolate orange ginger cookies! I will be joining this group in our cookie venture next month!

  7. I’m a negative Nancy too. I love this idea, writing down accomplishments, I need to do it too! And these cookies?? Yowza. They look completely drool-worthy.

  8. Nancy! So glad to have you back. I might have a drink after this to celebrate it (ok, that’s probably my excuse). But I’m so happy to see your chocolate orange ginger cookies. I’m all about chocolate and you have all my favorites in one. And Tony is so sweet, definitely a keeper πŸ™‚ And oh, if I may add one more item to your 2015 list…we’re due for another meet up.

  9. I missed you, Nancy! Good for you for getting into more regular workouts. I’m trying to do the same thing, and it’s hard. Also, I have never pumped air into my car tires, and would have no clue where to start, so I would also be Googling it. High five, friend!

    These cookies look fantastic, and I’m not even normally a big fan of chocolate + citrus. But I think somehow, the candied ginger in these bring together the worlds of chocolate and citrus for me. Or something πŸ˜‰

  10. Aaah, I’ve missed you!! I’ve also fallen off the face of the planet when it comes to blogging. I know it’s easy to get down on yourself sometimes, but you’ve accomplished quite a bit on this past year and you are going to continue to kick butt! These cookies sounds amazing and oh my God…they looks so fudgy..yummm.

  11. Hey Nance!!!!! Great to see you here! Your Tony is one heck of a guy! I hope you printed out your lists and made it poster-size and stuck it to your wall! I’ve been meaning to do something like that and just have it in my face everyday so I keep my eye on the prize!

    I wish we could meet over cawfee (or wine) and compare notes. I’ve been hella busy since mid-December and posted for the first time yesterday! Holidays were not busy, but the hubs and I were going through “a thing” to the point where we had to see someone. I have a similar issue with the whole positivity thing. And on top of that, being so self-critical (self-aware?) that it was blocking me from really growing/moving on. The problem is not gone, but baby steps to getting to a really good place (again). Thank goodness for a husband who won’t give up.

    Oh, and awesome chocolatey cookies! πŸ˜‰

  12. First off, i love chocolate and orange together. Second, congratulations on completing those five things you wanted to get done! Raising all that money is wonderful. And I would have loved to have gone to the Food & Wine Conference. Maybe next year!

  13. Nancy, these look positively amazing. I’m such a sucker for orange and chocolate together, and in cookie form to boot? I’m pretty sure that combo requires a strongly worded warning label.
    PS: I am pre-emptively jealous of your Paris trip. I’ve come close to going a few times, but somehow it just never worked out, but I keep promising myself that I will actually get there someday. In the meantime, I shall settle for waiting for September, when I can live vicariously through your many photos of delicious Parisian baked goods. πŸ™‚
    PPS: So glad to see you back in this space. Can’t wait to see more posts from you… I’ve missed them!

  14. First of all, I missed you!! (Can I scream that louder?) SO glad you are here with a new post. Secondly your husband is amazing!! What a great task to reflect on the past year and make some new goals. I just love how doable they are too. I should probably say now that I am going to be majorly jealous of your trip in September. I am one of those who realllllly want to go to Paris. But I will settle for living through you πŸ™‚

  15. Welcome back, my friend! You were definitely missed, it’s so great to hear from you again. It sounds like your year is off to a really great start! You are totally my hero with the air in the tires thing. Just the thought of that kinda scares the bejesus outta me, lol! The cookies look fantastic and the flavors sound bangin’. Beautiful photos! xoxo

  16. Ahhhhh Nancy I’ve been wondering what’s missing from the blogosphere lately–and it’s you!! SO glad to have you back! And to hear about all the awesome things you’ve done! Seriously, $2000 from cupcakes is freaking AMAZING!! And hauling ass to the gym, just as amazing. Loved hearing all your new goals too–being positive is a great one (I complain about so many things too!) but let me just say that one arena where you’re positive patty? THE BLOGOSPHERE. You leave the BEST comments, so feel proud of that, lovely lady! These cookies look amaaaazing. Such a stunning foray back into blogging, bravo!! Hope work is starting to calm down for ya! <33

  17. I’m so glad to see your post and your cookies! Good luck on your goals for this year. And I’d love to go to Paris too…

  18. Oh, Nancy, you must have had your ears burning or something! I KID YOU NOT, Sunday evening I was just thinking about you thinking how I missed your posts and was thinking I needed to email you just to say hi, but I thought I might bother you, so I didn’t. Well, next time I WILL bother you, haha! I truly have missed you and your posts. Hate to admit this, but some blogs I read, I kind of skim through them, because my attention isn’t totally grabbed, but I really read every word of yours. I love what you write….even if it’s negative, it’s honest. I love what your husband did..that was so sweet and shows how much he loves you!
    #4 and #5 on your goals you accomplished in 2014 cracked me up….lmao!!
    I LOVE your 10 things for 2015…super exciting! I hope you have a blast in Paris. Glad you are back…I see your posts all the time no Twitter and I think about you…so know that we DO miss you! xx

  19. Your tantalizing chocolate orange ginger cookies look and sound beyond delicious, Nancy. Even more enjoyable…and delicious was to see you acknowledge a few of the items that illuminate that golden heart of yours….So glad too that you’ve got a wonderful hubby reminding you of the true rock star Nancy who we all love ❀

  20. Those cookies look stupendous, I want one badly!! I love your list for 2015. We are heading to Europe next month. Big trip planned for hub’s 50th birthday. Can’t wait. You will love Europe, it is so different in everyway but that is a good thing too!

  21. So glad to have you back here. I also must concur that Tony has a great idea in putting your goals down on paper. It will hold you accountable to them. I wish you luck in completing them and I’ll be there to support you.

    By the way, your cookies look decadent!

  22. These cookies look amazing, will definitely be trying that recipe! So exciting about your upcoming trip to Paris! My husband and I lived there for a little while (don’t hate me!) and I loved every single minute of it. If you need any tips, let me know :D.

  23. An absolutely delicious bake Nancy. They look especially delicious in both my head/mind too πŸ™‚ I’m so excited for you & hubby, a trip to Paris sounds like the exact remedy for day to day blues and I’m sure it’ll be the trip of a lifetime. Congrats on your accomplishments, especially your goal to blog once a week.

    You can do it!!!

  24. Yayy, girl–look at all the love you’re getting! Clearly, you’re doing some awesome things even if you don’t always think so, and you were sorely missed as well. I think all of those goals sound fairly achievable! (I made the mistake of saying something like I AM GONNA CONQUER EVERYTHINGZ for my resolution, sooo–I may need to revise.) Also, that $2000 fundraising is AWESOME! You really are a boss. And don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t post exactly once a week or something–goodness knows I just light up anytime, every time you post. xoxo cheers to this new year, girl!

  25. i missed you! never leave us for that long ever again!

    WOW, that is an amazing list of accomplishments. especially the gym one cuz uhhh i haven’t exercised in like a year.

    if you ever go to paris/europe I will live through you vicarously. all of my friends are well travelled have been there too, needless to say im jellin’

  26. Oh my GOSH these cookies look SO. LUSCIOUS. That last shot of it with its dark moist innards — be still my heart. So glad to see you back, Nancy!!!! And love your husband’s challenge — he is such a gem. (I totally sympathize with you, because I am aaaalways trying and, it seems, failing, to think more positively!) I love these lists so much, you are a rockstar and um.. pretty sure going to the gym should count as five items as one!

  27. Amazing list, and I hope it made you feel better! I feel you on the meditation part – I need to learn how to do that. I’m actually considering trying meditation to be able to stay calm.

  28. Welcome back my friend!You accomplished a lot last year especially raising $2000 for BC SPCA!!Good luck with the list for this year and I’m sure you’ll achieve those too!!!
    Gorgeous gorgeous pics of these cookies and I’m drooling just looking at them!!Love the Chocolate Orange combo and cannot wait to make this for my kids!!

  29. Welcome back!! Most of the time, I hope/assume that when people disappear from their blogs, it’s because they are busy living life outside of the kitchen. It sounds like you’ve been doing just that! Congrats on your amazing fundraising efforts πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to follow along as you complete your goals for the year. Especially Paris!!!

  30. I’ve missed you Nancy!!! Glad to hear from you πŸ™‚ I’m loving your list from 2014, maybe I’ll have to do the same thing, and make a list for 2015 too! So what that it’s already February. I am super impressed that you put air in your tires and raised 2grand. that’s pretty freaking awesome. PLUS orange ginger cookies. You’re rocking at life my friend πŸ™‚

  31. How did I miss this post since they come DI-RECT-LY to my inbox? All I can say is that The Mothers were visiting from 22 January through 5 February – that’s like a MONTH, right? – and there were days that I barely kept my head above the proverbial water and didn’t drown, so much fun were we having. You rocked 2014, Nancy! Never mind finding 10 things. Let’s just count your five twice since they are awesome. Also, those cookies? Completely chewy and more-ish!

  32. You have so much to be proud of, and I’m so glad your hubby made you recognize that. He’s a good one! I am so excited for you to visit Europe! I’ve always wanted to do a backpack across Europe, so mind if I live vicariously through you while I’m at home with a tiny baby? Thanks. These cookies look so crazy good. I made a chocolate orange cake awhile ago and loved the flavor together, but Cookies > Cake.

  33. Yay, I love these cookies! And, yay, I love that blogging once a week is on your list, because I love ya, and I love your recipes. I, too, want to run away to Paris and live in a house made of wine and cheese. I also want to take a pastry course. Why in the world must you live all the way up there and me all the way down here? Why! I want to be real life friends who wallow over crappy life things over wine and exercise together (because that’s the only way I’m gonna exercise).

  34. Your hubs is the best (how cool I got to meet you both this past summer!!). Ok, let’s start with the cookies…wow…wow…WOW! Chocolate and orange but also some ginger? Just love these cookies. I can’t say no to chocolate cookies. Yours are perfection, my dear. And for the lists: great job and all you did do this year! Tony is right to write them down so you can remember. I joined a gym, too! I also aspire to blog once a week (sometimes I do 1 x month!!). It seems so easy, in theory! You’re inspiring me with your goals. Send you love xx

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