Bridget's Gingerbread Cookies & BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Bridget's Gingerbread Cookies~ Blooming on Bainbridge I've decided there's just nothing better than a gingerbread cookie!
Seriously.
If you haven't popped a gingerbread cookie in your mouth lately you need to. Bridget's Gingerbread Cookies~ Blooming on Bainbridge I've also decided that not all gingerbread cookie recipes are created equal.
I've tried lots of gingerbread recipes and the cookies turn out dry, tasteless and crumbly.
Bridget's Gingerbread Cookies bake up moist and chewy and jammed packed with spicy, holiday flavor.
Surely you don't think I'd lead you to believe that Bridget's Gingerbread Cookie recipe is the best I've ever baked just because she's a best friend. You know me better than that!
I totally. For sure. For real. For positive. Would never do that! You know that. Right? ;)Decorating Cookies by Bridget Edwards Let's talk about Bridget's book.
Then we'll get to the recipe for the Gingerbread Cookies you'll find in Decorating Cookies. Decorating Cookies by Bridget Edwards There are many things I love about Bridget's book.
As soon as you open the book, it's like you've got a friend.
A COOKIE friend! Someone who's there for you. Someone who believes that YOU CAN DECORATE adorable COOKIES! Someone who shares not only her love for cookies but all that you need to know to fill your life with the MAGIC of sprinkles & royal icing & edible images & all the things you've ever dreamed of doing with COOKIES! Decorating Cookies by Bridget Edwards Bridget doesn't hem-haw around in this book!
She tells you exactly. And I mean exactly what you need from equipment & supplies, to extracts & food coloring, to sanding sugars, disco dust & sprinkles. Bridget tells you every little thing you need to decorate 60+ cookie designs. Decorating Cookies by Bridget Edwards I'm so in LOVE with these mushrooms!
I can't even bear how adorable they are! Photobucket What's so fabulous is YOU CAN MAKE THESE!
Honestly. Bridget makes it easy! Photobucket Sometimes I get up in the morning and browse through Decorating Cookies while sipping coffee. That's because it's a feel good sort of book.
Even if you never decorate a single cookie, it's still the kind of cookbook that fills your heart with that warm, cozy dose of cookbook LOVE!
Wanna know what I love most about Bridget's book? When you open it, and begin following a recipe, and powdered sugar is going everywhere, and splashes of royal icing drizzle on the pages, it's like Bridget is in the kitchen with you baking. You really have to experience it to believe it. I promise it's true! That's what I love most about Bridget's cookbook!
It brings Bridget's bright, happy SMILE right into your kitchen. Photobucket Here's what you need for Bridget's Gingerbread Cookies:
***Thanks to Bridget for sharing this recipe from Decorating Cookies***
5 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, cold and cut into chunks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup molasses
1 egg
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Photobucket Begin with the holiday spices. Photobucket Photobucket Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves. Photobucket In the large bowl of a stand up mixer cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Photobucket Beat in the molasses and egg. Mix until well combined. Photobucket Photobucket Add the flour mixture in three parts, mixing on low speed until combined. Photobucket Divide the dough in half. Photobucket Form dough into disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap or wax/parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. I kept the dough in the fridge for two days before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out one of the disk of dough.
Bridget explains exactly how to roll out dough in the book. Photobucket Cut shapes using cookie cutters. Photobucket Keep on cutting out shapes. I used a 2 inch round scalloped cutter. Photobucket Place cookies on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes. This sets the cookies so they will bake true to shape. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 9 to 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Whip up some royal icing.
Bridget takes you step-by-step through the process of making the perfect royal icing. Photobucket Ice the gingerbread cookies anyway you like with royal icing. Photobucket Add sprinkles too!
These are the perfect Gingerbread Cookie! Bridget's Gingerbread Cookies~ Blooming on Bainbridge Spend some time with Bridget in the kitchen! 
Enter to WIN a copy of Decorating Cookies! 
Leave a comment answering the following question: 
What's your favorite thing to bake for the holidays?
WINNER will be announced Monday, December 24th!
Happy Happy Happy Holiday Baking!
We LOVE you BRIDGET! 
Thanks for creating a dream-come-true DECORATING COOKIES book! 
xxoxoxo
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57 comments:

  1. Hi Teresa!! Pop by today as I have posted about my very special box from Doogan and Isabelle!! LOVE this POST!!! What I wouldn't give for some of those fabulous cookies right this very minute!! At Christmas, I bake Spritz cookies! They are very special to me because my mom made them with her cookie press each and every year at Christmas. Since I lost my mom...I still keep making these each year. Nobody makes cookies look as good as you do...Bridget's are pretty close....I am swooning over those mushrooms!!! And the cocoa mugs!!! xo Jeanne

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    1. Jeanne!
      You would love Bridget's book!
      Delighted Doogan & Isabelle's Frosty Paw treats arrived to New York!
      Do you use your mom's cookie press? My grandmother who lived in New York used a cookie press for Christmas cookies too!
      Do you put SPRINKLES on the Spritz cookies?
      Happy Holidays Sweetie!
      xo

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  2. Hi Teresa, my favorite thing to make is caramel corn. love your blog!

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  3. Frosted sugar cookies for sure, but I didn'nt have time this year! Maybe next year...with the grandkids and Bridget's book?

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    1. Oh Bridget's book is so fabulous if you love frosted sugar cookies like I do! xo

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  4. My favorite is anything peppermint!

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  5. We love to bake cookies for the holidays. Sugar cookies and gingerbread are favorites, but we also have to make mincemeat ones. I love Haagen-dazs peppermint bark ice cream. It's a favorite during Christmas. And my favorite thing of all is having family here and just being together.

    Jan

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    1. I've never tried Mincemeat cookies but I know they would be perfect with a cup of coffee!
      I bet they have molasses too!
      xo

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  6. I like to make a cookie named "Dorothy's Cookies." They are a delicous pecan sugar cookie.

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    1. Sounds very SOUTHERN Marsha!
      Yummy!
      xo

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  7. I really love to make Mocha Crinkles for the holidays, my family goes crazy for them every year! : )

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    1. Mocha Crinkles!
      Sounds like something Santa would LOVE!
      And me too!
      YUM-O!
      xo

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  8. Its a tradition, every Christmas Morning we make Sausage balls! They are wonderful, salty, cheesy, goodness!
    Have a wonderful Christmas!
    Amy Jo

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    1. Be still my SAUSAGE BALL loving heart!
      xo

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  9. Good Morning! Love all the pictures of the fur babies! My favorite thing to bake for the holidays is Red Velvet Cake. I made 8 of them last night and have three more to bake by Friday! Thanks for the chance to win!
    lisamcgriff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Eight Red Velvet Cakes!
      There's nothing more holiday-ish than a Red Velvet Cake.
      My Aunt Jo always makes a Red Velvet Cake in the shape of a Christmas Tree!
      xo

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  10. Happy Holidays Teresa! Well this year our fav is sugar cookies. I am working during this holiday week helping a local bakery (trying to work on my baking skills) and we did decorated cookies yesterday! I am inspired to do more and this book would be a great resource! Thanks for sharing in your blog! We are awaiting your bag launch too!
    @Lisa_WH

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    1. You've just got to have Bridget's book if you are learning to decorate cookies!
      How much FUN working in a bakery!

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  11. I make a number of items that have eggnog in them like bread and eggnog cheesecake bars. Like both of them.

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    1. Oh I've never baked with eggnog!
      I know it must add such a rich flavor to bread and bars.
      So yum!
      ox

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  12. Really my friend..this is so exciting!!! What a treat! Please please enter my name...happy dance! You know how I love to bake...cookies!!!!!! Lets see I have so many many recipes...last night I made gingerbread sticks with big flakes of sugar sprinkled on top...so yummy to dip in tea. How about brown butter shortbread!!!! Oh I could go on and on. Happy day to you...it is a snowday up here..no school for me today! Joyx100

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  13. Koralee!
    I wanna live in your SWEET kitchen!
    xo

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  14. I love baking and making so many different treats for Christmas but one of my favorites is Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies but then there's skillet cookies and peanut Brittle and Caramel Corn and different barks and Toffee and and and :)))
    Would love to have this book to add decorated sugar cookies to my dessert table !

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  15. I bake up a storm this time of year. Gingerbread cookies have to be hands down my favorite thing to bake for Christmas. So warm and spicy. This book would make a great addition to my kitchen. I love being inspired by new and fun decorating ideas!

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  16. Thank you SO much for sharing Bridgets gingerbread cookies recipe. I was just going to sit down today and try to find a good recipe as my daughter wants to make gingerbread people. Thanks again! I love to bake Spritz cookies during the holiday.

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  17. Thanks for sharing and offering this book. Looks like so much fun. My favorite cookie to bake is shortbread with tiny bits of candied ginger. It is top of the list every year. Happy Holidays to all!

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  18. Viennese Shortbread and sugar cutouts! Every year I tell myself that I'll branch out and try something new, but I end up with the same list year after year. :)

    Thanks for sharing Bridget's recipe - I've been on the hunt for the perfect gingerbread recipe, so I'll have to give it a try this year!!

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  19. I make Cream Cheese bread for breakfast. My kids (adult kids) LOVE it and it doesn't last long!!
    Merry Christmas!
    Beverly Richey

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  20. Teresa: I love this post! My daughter-in-laws and I get together to make Christmas cookies. It would be nice to have a new cookbook to share. My favorite are chocolate ginger cookies.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours from Eastern Washington!

    Sue

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  21. My favorite thing to bake is a cookie recipe from my grandmother - molasses crinkles. She used the bottom of an old juice class to leave a diamond imprint on them and I still have the glass that she used when she was alive.

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  22. I love to bake cut out sugar cookies....the whole family decorates them together
    bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  23. My favorite thing to bake during this time is anything with cinnamon. Cakes, pies, breads, and cookies. yummmmy :)

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  24. my favorite thing to bake is cut-out christmas cookies.

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  25. My daughters (and son) love to bake all year round, but certainly at Christmas. Cookies, cookies and more cookies! We try a new one each year.

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  26. My favorites (as of last Christmas) are coconut macaroons. :-)

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  27. ahhhhhh such a hard one Teresa... depends the mood.. Russian tea cakes aka mexican wedding cakes aka snowballs.. lol :)


    ERIKA

    Ocean_Azur {aT}aol[dot]com

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  28. Shortbread cookies that melt in your mouth...yum! Merry Christmas!

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  29. I love to make sugar cookies. I have never been able to decorate as nicely at Bridget but she makes me feel like maybe I can. Love her blog!

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  30. cookies of course- sugar cookies.

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  31. I love to bake Snickerdoodles for my husband!

    adb6{at}humboldt{dot}}edu

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  32. Gingerbread or Russian tea cakes.

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  33. My favorite holiday treat to bake are rainbow cookies

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  34. Oh sooo many things, but I think snowball cookies are my current favorite!

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  35. #1 would be my great-grandma crackle-top ginger (molasses) cookies, but I had a ball making caramels with friends this year with the favorite being red hot cinnamon caramels!

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  36. Cookie cutter sugar cookies with lots of frosting, sprinkles and sparkley sugar. I have never made the cookies with the "flood icing" but I so want to give them a try..... I would love love love to win the cookie book!

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  37. I love making chocolate crinkle cookies

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  38. My favorite things to bake during the holidays are pecan pies and buttermilk pies. I would love to bake cookies more and learn to decorate them. Thanks for chance to win.

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  39. It's not really "baking" but i love to make no bake oatmeal cookies

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  40. I LOVE to bake gingerbread and sugar cut out cookies with my grandson. I will be trying out the receipe you posted above. Love your blog. Thanks for sharing. Dee

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  41. Does french toast count. I love french toast around the holiday, but I also like baking cookies.

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  42. sugar cut out cookies are my favs to bake, decorate AND eat!!! but i am also a fan of kifli nut horns and kolachki filled with apricot, cream cheese and nuts! thanks for hosting this awesome give away! i hope your and your hubby and those sweet fur nuggets have a blessed holiday season! sweet wishes, xoxo

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  43. I LOVE that cutting board!! Has it been in your family?? Beautful cookies!-ann

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