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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.

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.

Posted by on December 17, 2012.

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48 Responses

  1. I love molasses cookies!

    by kristin on Dec 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  2. My favorite cookie is a chewy ginger cookie.

    by MaryB on Dec 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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

    by Maureen on Dec 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

  4. 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!!

    by Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! on Dec 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  5. Chewy gingerbread men, for sure!

    by Kara D on Dec 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

  6. my favorite cookie is the cherry chocolate chips cookie!

    by Danielle T on Dec 17, 2012 at 2:06 pm

  7. I love chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

    by Sarah L on Dec 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

  8. 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. :)

    by Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) on Dec 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  9. I love peanut butter cookies!

    by Mel on Dec 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm

  10. I love ginger snaps and chocolate chip cookies!

    by Meghan A on Dec 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm

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

    by Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction on Dec 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm

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

    by Dad on Dec 17, 2012 at 6:52 pm

  13. Monster cookies are my favorite!

    by Kel on Dec 17, 2012 at 7:01 pm

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

    by Heather {Dietetic Sinners} on Dec 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm

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

    by Allison C on Dec 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

  16. 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 :)

    by Becca- Cookie Jar Treats on Dec 17, 2012 at 9:05 pm

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

    by Kathy S on Dec 18, 2012 at 12:58 am

  18. good ol fashioned chocolate chip :)

    by bianca @ sweet dreaming on Dec 18, 2012 at 3:02 am

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

    by Kathy Oconnell on Dec 18, 2012 at 7:30 am

  20. Snickerdoodles are my favorite!

    by Terri A. on Dec 18, 2012 at 10:31 am

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

    by Christina M on Dec 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

  22. 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.

    by Jaan L of Tx on Dec 18, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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

    by Cindy Brickley on Dec 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

  24. I love snickerdoodles!

    by Tara on Dec 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

  25. I love sugar cookies

    by Ilene on Dec 18, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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

    by Katie on Dec 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm

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

    by Shari on Dec 18, 2012 at 7:31 pm

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

    by Elisabeth on Dec 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm

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

    by jac on Dec 18, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  30. I love iced sugar cookies.

    by Susan H. on Dec 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm

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

    by Priscilla Thibault on Dec 19, 2012 at 1:45 am

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

    by Katie on Dec 19, 2012 at 7:16 am

  33. Old fashioned sugar cookies!!!!!!!!

    by Michael J. McCoy on Dec 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm

  34. My all time favorite Christmas cookie is a Chocolate Crinkle!

    by Sarah H.P. on Dec 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

  35. Snickerdoodles are my favorite cookie
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    by Carolsue on Dec 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm

  36. Gingerbread cookies are my favorite.

    by Marisa on Dec 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm

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

    by kate on Dec 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

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

    by AKM on Dec 20, 2012 at 1:27 pm

  39. 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.

    by Brenda T. on Dec 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm

  40. ginger snaps are my favorite!

    by Jennifer on Dec 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm

  41. My favorite is peanut butter cup cookies!

    by Terri on Dec 21, 2012 at 12:31 am

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

    by Anjana Siva on Dec 21, 2012 at 1:02 am

  43. I love thumbprints.

    by Jan R on Dec 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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

    by keshakeke on Dec 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm

  45. I love Snickerdoodles!

    by Amanda Thompson on Dec 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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

    by Marsha Lynne on Dec 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

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

    by Cacia on Dec 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

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

    by Denise O on Dec 22, 2012 at 2:45 am

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