Gingerbread Cake with Candied Cranberries and Cream Cheese Frosting

Soft Gingerbread Cake by Natalie Paramore 5

The holidays always have a way of getting me back in the kitchen. Something about this time of year has me wanting to bake up a storm and break out the fancy dishes. Ok maybe not the fancy dishes part but I’ve definitely been logging a few more hours in the kitchen lately. I’ve always loved gingerbread so I decided that this year it was about time to go all out and make a cake!

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Gingerbread Cookies

I have gotten some requests for my awesome gingerbread cookie recipe… and here is my secret: Krusteaz’s. I know it’s a box mix but it’s super easy and they turn out great everytime! I have tried other box mix gingerbread cookies and this one is by far the best. So, if you’re looking to bring something to a holiday gathering last minute, these are super easy and always a delight!

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You’ll need:
 A box of Krusteaz’s Gingerbread mix
2 tablespoons of flour, plus more to coat your surface
2 tablespoons of butter
Icing to decorate if you want
Cookie cutters

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

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In a mixing bowl, combine gingerbread mix, 2 tablespoons flour, 2 tablespoons melted butter and 1/4 cup of very hot water.

If your mix is dry, add water one tablespoon at a time until fully mixed. This dough is a little dry in general so don’t fret.

Cover dough and let chill in the fridge for 30min.

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 Roll the dough out a handful at a time onto a floured surface. Use your cookie cutters!

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 Place the cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or spray the pan with non-stick spray.

Bake at 375 degrees for 6-10 minutes. Mine only took 7 min! So keep an eye on them.

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Get your decorating supplies ready!

Let cookies cool before decorating.

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Have fun decorating! Merry Christmas!

Gingerbread Village at the Four Seasons

So, it’s officially my favorite time of year! Christmas!! Earlier this week Lara Burns, Caroline Lomax, Sara Hull and I went to the Four Seasons for the annual Gingerbread Village unveiling. It’s a great way to kick off the season, these ornately decorated gingerbread houses and creations will be on display in the Four Seasons’ lobby until New Year’s so stop by and take a look.

The Gingerbread Village is dedicated to Texas history this year.

The Frost Tower

It’s all edible, incredible!

Hook ’em Horns!

During the unveiling, there are drinks and cookies, a singer who walks around serenading everyone to Christmas tunes and its all finished with a countdown to the Christmas tree lighting. Of course there is a Santa you can take pictures with but we left that for the kiddos.

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Lara, Sara, Me, Caroline

Christmas is here!

Afterwards we headed downstairs to TRIO, to take advantage of their awesome happy hour. Which after sampling all they had to offer, I wouldn’t be surprised to find myself there much more often.

Can’t beat half price glasses of wine and champagne.

Delicious Cheese Plate

Steak Fries with Truffle Aioli topped with parmesan and rosemary… I die.

Pork Sliders= Divine.
Truffle Mac ‘n Cheese… we’ll take 2!!
 If you ever need a partner to hit up the Four Seasons with… I’m your girl!