I don’t know how many years I have been making this recipe for Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies now, but I first found the recipe in an issue of Martha Stewart Magazine, and began sharing them with others for Christmas. I never expected to make them a tradition, but they were such a big hit, that a tradition was born. Since then I have only missed making them one Christmas, and at that point I had an eight-month-old breastfeeding baby, so I feel I can be excused. That year a few people commented that they missed the cookies, so this year I decided not only to make them again, but to make lots and lots of them and to gift them along with the recipe.
I bought some ball jars at a local farmer’s union, wrote some recipes out by hand (and almost ended up with a claw for a hand after all that writing), punched some holes in the recipe cards and some tags, and tied it all up with wrapping twine.