Lemon Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Clearly, it’s becoming evident that I adore ginger. After watching a short film called Lemonade about making the most out of life, even when things seem sucky, I decided to combine lemon and ginger into a cookie. At first thought, it seemed that a delicate, crispy sugar cookie would be the best match for lemon and ginger. But, I heart chocolate-covered ginger and chocolate-covered lemon peel and soft-chewy chocolate chip cookies. So I went this route instead. YUM! If I knew then what I know now, I would have a) doubled the amount of ginger in the recipe and b) cut the ginger into bigger pieces. But, as a first shot, I’m pretty happy with the flavor and texture!

Lemon Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup earth balance ‘butter’
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs or equivalent egg replacer
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
zest of one lemon
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup crystallized ginger–chopped
1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
*Cream butter and sugars with electric mixer. Add eggs/egg replacer and beat with electric mixer. Stir in extracts.


*Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to cookie mixture, stir.
*Add flour, salt, lemon zest, ginger, and chocolate chips.

*Drop onto cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.


-For half of the cookies, I melted chocolate chips, dipped half of the cookie into the melted chocolate, and sprinkled with lemon zest. They were pretty. If I go the dipped chocolate route again though, I think I’ll leave the chocolate chips out of the cookie batter and increase the lemon extract to 2 teaspoons (so that the chocolate does not overwhelm the ginger/lemon combo).
–Cookies can be made vegan by using egg replacer and carob.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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  1. the perfect treat why enjoying my morning coffee.

  2. These sound so good! Fantastic combination!

  3. @ gringari … I just gave some to my secretary to have with her coffee!!! She was amazed that they're still warm!

    @Dimah… let me know if you try them and if you double the amount of ginger, I'm curious!!!

  4. A really interesting combination of flavours, and I bet they really work. I love it!

  5. I wouldn't have thought to put these flavors together, but it sounds very interesting. Beautiful little cookies! Love that they're half-dipped.

  6. Yeah, the lemon and ginger add a kind of fresh-crispness. Perfect for the fall!

  7. The dipped cookie is just beautiful!

  8. Thanks!!!! You can't go wrong with just about anything dipped in chocolate :)