College Finals (Favorite) Gingerbread Cookies

 Cookies for College Finals: our favorite gingerbread cookies + Notre Dame |

Jack has his first college finals this week...all while the campus is covered in a blanket of snow. I'm picturing the students bundled up in scarves and drinking hot cocoa while they study, happily gazing out the windows at the magic now and then. What do I know, though? I'm not the one taking chemistry and calculus 2. I'm at home making cookies. It's possible I may be romanticizing things. (Ya think?)

Cookies for College Finals: our favorite gingerbread cookies + Notre Dame |

I put together a little care package for Jack for finals week...a box of some of our favorite Trader Joe's cookies, a bag of Jack's beloved cheddar Goldfish, a "prayer bouquet" of specific prayers I'd offer for him on each test day, AND a bunch of Notre Dame gingerbread cookies.

This recipe comes from my book, Decorating Cookies. It's a winner and one of our favorite cookies of all time. The cookies are thick, soft, chewy, and spicy. They bend instead of crumble.

Cookies for College Finals: our favorite gingerbread cookies + Notre Dame |

I like them best sparsely decorated so all of the gingerbread flavor shines through.

Cookies for College Finals: our favorite gingerbread cookies + Notre Dame |

For the Notre Dame cookies, I used this cookie cutter. I like it because it has the imprint which makes decorating a breeze. (You can see it used on a traditional decorated cookie here.) It is a bit of a shallow cutter, so while I rolled the rest of the dough to 3/8" thick, the ND logo cookies were rolled to 1/4".

Cookies for College Finals: our favorite gingerbread cookies + Notre Dame |

For the decorating, I used my tried and true royal icing recipe tinted white. The white food coloring isn't totally essential, but it does ensure that the icing stays bright white.

Favorite Gingerbread Cookies
{from Decorating Cookies, makes 15-36 depending on the size of the cookies}

5 1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoons ground ginger (yes, tablespoons)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup salted butter, cold and cut into cubes
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup molasses
1 egg

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices together. Set aside.

In another large bowl, cream the butter with the sugars for several minutes until combined and fluffy. Beat in the molasses and the egg, Scrape down sides and bottom of the bowl and beat until combined.

In three additions, add the flour mixture on low speed. Mix until combined, stopping to scrape the bowl as needed.

Divide the dough into two discs. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment.

Roll on a floured surface using a floured rolling pin. I like to roll them to 1/4 or 3/8" inch. Dip cookie cutters in flour before cutting.

Place the shapes on the prepared sheets and freeze for 5-10 minutes before baking.

Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until cookies appear done. Let sit on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Decorate with royal icing.

Cookies for College Finals: our favorite gingerbread cookies + Notre Dame |

Make them! Make them! I think they'll be your favorite gingerbread cookies, too! 

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  1. Romantazing? You bet you are. The cookies look wonderful! I’ve been thinking about making your gingerbread cookie recipe. Every other recipe from your books are outstanding.

  2. Your son must be a genius to be taking all of those hard courses! Just getting into ND is unbelievable. You must be so proud.

  3. I love it when you talk about Jack - it makes me smile. I'm going to make the gingerbread cookies soon - eek - soon!!! Also your Perfect Every Time cut-out cookies. When it comes to last minute cookies, you're the one I turn to for deliciousness and reliability. Wishing you and your family the very best Christmas and good luck to Jack in those exams.

  4. You made me cry re the prayers.You are such a great mama Bridget.Jack is very fortunate to have such a sweet caring mom..who is so adorable too.
    Bravo! To you both..and I am sure mr.Bridget has something to do with it too;)

  5. I just showed engineer...huge smile.

  6. wow, it's unique, thank you for sharing the way.

  7. Not bad, that's what I was looking for!

  8. this looks great and thanks for such a nice presentation

  9. All these cookies are amazing! It is such a talent to cook them and you seem to have time for doing it. If I use I also have plenty of time. Otherwise, I have to spend a lot of time for writing.

  10. Gosh, even cookies remind me of finals. Come on, cookies should bring happiness, joy but these aren't about it. I'm pretty nervous these days because I can't get ready for exams. Moreover, I have to write an essay. I found out that PapersOwl can do my essay but I've never used such services before. Are they trustworthy?

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  14. I made your gingerbread cookies for Christmas and LOVED them.
    It is a great tasting recipe and was really easy for this novice to roll out and cut out.
    I'm going to make them this weekend as snowflakes and mittens just so I can have them again.

  15. Hello! I found this recipe because of Erika from Pancake Princess bake offs. Is it possible for you to provide grams instead of cups? I'd really love to try this.

    1. I’m so sorry...I don’t have the recipe in grams. I always measure it in cups.

  16. Can these be frozen as well as your regular cut-out cookies? I plan to make lots of them for charity. Thanks.


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