Gingerbread Cookies and Decorating Cookies Giveaway

Welcome to Cookie Week! First, I just wanted to thank those of you who left feedback on my last post. I’m excited to talk cookies every day this week…and, to kick things off, today I’m giving away a copy of Decorating Cookies by Bridget of Bake at 350! Bridget’s blog was one of the very first food blogs I ever read, and she’s just as sweet and lovely as she is talented. In fact, she graciously helped me through my very first batch of decorated cookies a couple years ago for the Daring Baker challenge when I was convinced I’d never be able to pull them off. Since then, I’ve done decorated pumpkin cookies and even wedding cookies using her foolproof cookie and royal icing recipes. So, since I’ve already done a few tutorials on those, I decided to feature another recipe from Bridget’s blog that is perfect for the holidays: gingerbread cookies! I decided to dip mine in chocolate and add a few sprinkles, but be sure to check out Bridget’s post for some tips on decorating them with royal icing. Enjoy the cookies, and don’t forget to scroll down for your chance to win a copy of Bridget’s lovely book!

Recipe adapted from here.

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Melted chocolate, for dipping
  • Sprinkles

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the water and baking soda until dissolved. Stir in the molasses.

In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and spices.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, alternating with the molasses mixture.

Form the dough into a bowl. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill one hour to firm up.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and roll the dough out on to a lightly floured surface to 1/4″ thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place the cookies on the baking sheets.

Freeze 5 minutes before baking, then bake 10-12 minutes. Let cool 1 minute on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle with holiday sprinkles.

To win a copy of Decorating Cookies, leave a comment telling me your all-time favorite cookie. Giveaway ends Friday, December 21st at midnight. One winner will be randomly selected using Random.org and announced Saturday, December 22nd. Good luck!

Full Disclosure: I received a copy of Decorating Cookies from Bridget’s publisher at no cost. The giveaway is provided by me and is open to US residents only. I was not compensated with additional products, gifts, gift cards, or money, and the opinions expressed here are all my own.

48 Responses to “Gingerbread Cookies and Decorating Cookies Giveaway”

  1. 1 kristin Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I love molasses cookies!

  2. 2 MaryB Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    My favorite cookie is a chewy ginger cookie.

  3. 3 Maureen Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Right now my favorite cookie is a white chocolate chip cherry cookie.

  4. 4 Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    My all-time favorite cookies have to be my mom’s sugar cookies!!
    And btw, who doesn’t love gingerbread cookies? These are so pretty and festive!!

  5. 5 Kara D Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Chewy gingerbread men, for sure!

  6. 6 Danielle T Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    my favorite cookie is the cherry chocolate chips cookie!

  7. 7 Sarah L Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I love chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

  8. 8 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Mmm, these look delicious! I actually just made gingerbread cookies last night. The aromas are unbeatable!

    All-time favorite cookie… hmm, coming from a cookie fanatic, this is way too tough. I’m taking the easy way out and saying I love all cookies. :)

  9. 9 Mel Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I love peanut butter cookies!

  10. 10 Meghan A Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I love ginger snaps and chocolate chip cookies!

  11. 11 Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I love Pizzelles. I really have many favorites though. Your gingerbread looks delicious. Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. 12 Dad Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    I can’t wait for the holidays for sugar cookies !

  13. 13 Kel Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Monster cookies are my favorite!

  14. 14 Heather {Dietetic Sinners} Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I love fresh baked chocolate chip cookies {still warm!}

  15. 15 Allison C Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I love my grandmother’s cutout sugar cookie with extra sprinkles.

  16. 16 Becca- Cookie Jar Treats Says:
    December 17th, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I haven’t read Bridget’s blog, but I’ve seen her work and my god her cookies are beautiful! It’s people like her that make me want to decorate things all nice and pretty like.

    I honestly don’t know what my favorite cookie is. I just made these molasses sandwich cookies yesterday that are pretty spectacular, but I also like these m&m cookies I made in November. I just like eating cookies :)

  17. 17 Kathy S Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 12:58 am

    My all time favorite cookie is my Christmas sugar roll outs. Yum!

  18. 18 bianca @ sweet dreaming Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 3:02 am

    good ol fashioned chocolate chip :)

  19. 19 Kathy Oconnell Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 7:30 am

    My favorite of all time is chocolate chip, I adore chocolate. So I can,t resist .

  20. 20 Terri A. Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 10:31 am

    Snickerdoodles are my favorite!

  21. 21 Christina M Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 11:37 am

    My all time favorite cookie is a Shortbread Chocolate Chip cookie – it’s divine! Otherwise I don’t really discriminate against any cookie :)

  22. 22 Jaan L of Tx Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Oooo, my favorite cookie, love a lot of them, but I guess Gooey Cookie bar, my mother would always make….I think I will make some now. Great giveaway, thanks.

  23. 23 Cindy Brickley Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Snickerdoodles, so many different flavors you can make with a snickerdoodle!

  24. 24 Tara Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I love snickerdoodles!

  25. 25 Ilene Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    I love sugar cookies

  26. 26 Katie Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    I love sugar cookies, especially around the holiday’s.

  27. 27 Shari Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Not a great cookie for decorating, but my absolute favorite is chocolate chip.

  28. 28 Elisabeth Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I really love gingerbread cookies even though I only eat them around the holidays! ;)

  29. 29 jac Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    my favorite is tahini chocolae chip! it’s similar to a peanut butter chocolate chip cookie, but a little more grown-up.

  30. 30 Susan H. Says:
    December 18th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    I love iced sugar cookies.

  31. 31 Priscilla Thibault Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 1:45 am

    Gingerbread cookies are my favorite and I have a gingerbread-themed kitchen!

  32. 32 Katie Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 7:16 am

    How can I pick??? I love so many, but good old chocolate chip will always have a top place in my heart.

  33. 33 Michael J. McCoy Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Old fashioned sugar cookies!!!!!!!!

  34. 34 Sarah H.P. Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    My all time favorite Christmas cookie is a Chocolate Crinkle!

  35. 35 Carolsue Says:
    December 19th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie
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  36. 36 Marisa Says:
    December 20th, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Gingerbread cookies are my favorite.

  37. 37 kate Says:
    December 20th, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    So many favorites this time of year, but I love a good cut out cookie!

  38. 38 AKM Says:
    December 20th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    My all time favorite cookie? So hard to choose–but I’m going to go with triple chocolate. Super Yummy!

  39. 39 Brenda T. Says:
    December 20th, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I am a big fan of Bridget’s blog too and am so excited about her new book. I’d have to say my all-time favorite cookie is a good soft & chewy chocolate chip.

  40. 40 Jennifer Says:
    December 20th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    ginger snaps are my favorite!

  41. 41 Terri Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:31 am

    My favorite is peanut butter cup cookies!

  42. 42 Anjana Siva Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite cookie is shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate.

  43. 43 Jan R Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I love thumbprints.

  44. 44 keshakeke Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    My most loved cookie is a warm from the oven chocolate chip cookie

  45. 45 Amanda Thompson Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    I love Snickerdoodles!

  46. 46 Marsha Lynne Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    all time favorite..new peanut butter chocolate chip….awesome!!!

  47. 47 Cacia Says:
    December 21st, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    my favorite cookies are chocolate chip! when they are nice and warm and gooey delicious!!

  48. 48 Denise O Says:
    December 22nd, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Shortbread is my favorite cookie – Outstanding plain, but you can dress it up as much as a child can imagine!

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