Dark Chocolate Dipped Cookies with Crystallized Ginger

Are you ready for something so easy it’s practically cheating? Ok, here we go. What if I told you that you could spruce up store-bought cookies easily and no one would even notice they weren’t completely homemade? Well you can. Sure, we all love beautiful hand-crafted from scratch cookies, but we don’t always have time for that now do we? This is a perfectly tasty way to cheat but still fulfill your inner domestic goddess.
I was in the cookie aisle the other day and noticed the top shelf was lined with all kinds of wonderfully foreign cookies. It popped into my mind that I could spruce them up and call them my own with little to no effort. I grabbed a few boxes of cookies that seemed the most plain and ready to be played with and was on my merry way. I’ll be sharing a second recipe using a store-bought cookie tomorrow too.
My first experiment was with Anna’s Almond Thins that hail from Sweden. They were a sweet cookie with a distinct cinnamon flavor. Never heard of Anna’s? Me either until that wonderful day in the cookie aisle. I have no idea how common they are, but I say take a chance and look for them. Ikea’s ginger thin or any other ginger snap would be a great candidate for this recipe too. I loved pairing the cookie with a semi-sweet chocolate because that is what I almost always prefer. Feel free to use semi, milk, or white chocolate. It would be fun to have a variety of all three types on a plate to try too.
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These were on sale for $1.99. It had at least 2 dozen cookies in the package and they tasted great. I would have spent that much or more on butter alone for a cookie recipe…

Dark Chocolate Dipped Cookies with Crystallized Ginger
1 package store-bought almond or ginger thins
Chocolate chips
Crystallized ginger, finely chopped
In a 2-cup glass measuring cup melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips in the microwave until smooth, stopping and stirring often. Dip half the cookie in the melted chocolate. Lay the cookie on waxed paper and then sprinkle with a few pieces of chopped crystallized ginger. Let the chocolate set completely before enjoying.
Look for crystallized ginger in the bulk bin of a health food store. You can buy it in a bottle in the spice section but it is super expensive like that.
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So, what do you think? Yea or nay to cheating a little?

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Mmmmm….I love ginger cookies! And dipping them in chocolate with a sprinkle of crystallized ginger certainly takes them from ordinary to extraordinary!!!

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.