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!
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!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
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.
Bake at 375 degrees for 6-10 minutes. Mine only took 7 min! So keep an eye on them.
Let cookies cool before decorating.
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.
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.
Steak Fries with Truffle Aioli topped with parmesan and rosemary… I die.