Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: Gingerbread Trees + Doughmakers Cookie Sheet Giveaway

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Gingerbread Trees + Doughmakers Cookie Sheet Giveaway

Today I am kicking off my 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways series!
Be sure to follow me December 1-12 for new recipes and your chance to win some fabulous prizes.

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Woo-hoo!  My 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways is finally here!  Months of prep work with some of my favorite companies is finally coming to fruition and I'm elated you are here. Join the fun and stick with me for the next 12 days for your chance to win some great prizes.

And new recipes!  Don't forget those.  I've been baking and cooking behind the scenes {my family thinks I'm crazy} but it will all be worth it.

Today we have these super cool and fun Gingerbread Trees.  They are easy, much easier in my opinion than making a traditional gingerbread man or woman.  The icing is simple, yet elegant and not to mention they look pretty!

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I baked these Gingerbread Trees on my favorite, seriously all-time favorite, bake ware. Many, many moons ago I received a set of Doughmakers baking sheets and dishes from my mother-in-law.  I have no idea where she heard of them {she isn't a baker}, but after the first time I used them I didn't care as I loved them!

Each piece of Doughmakers bake ware has a unique textured surface {it looks a bit crackled}.  This surface isn't a coating, it is embossed right in it, therefore allowing air flow under baked goods for more even browning.  It helps give the pan non-stick characteristics without the problem coating.

Their Grand Cookie Sheet is the one I always reach for when I bake.  Always.  Heck, I use it so much that when I ask my 5 year old daughter to grab a pan and help me out, she grabs it too.

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So, let's chat about holiday baking.  Do you love it?  Do it because you have to?  I'm a fan {shocker, I know}.  This Saturday kicks off the season for me as my high school girlfriends and I are getting together for our annual baking day.

It often involves a LOT of laughter, swearing, drinking and eating.  Hey, that kitchen gets crowded! But we have fun and continue to plan it each year.

I distinctly remember one of my friends, she'll remain nameless, making Gingerbread Cookies one year and it was pretty much a disaster.  Not the baking them so much, but the decorating.  It takes a lot of time to frost on the pants, the shirts, the eyes....the everything. Frankly, I don't have time for that, so when I saw Gina over at Skinnytaste's version, I adapted it for my kitchen and that is how these Gingerbread Trees came to life.

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I'm sending most of these off to a charity event tomorrow, but I will be saving one each for the kid's when they get out of school today.  Think they'll be excited?

I had one two year old helper with these...she kept eating the raw dough scraps.  Who knew she liked Gingerbread?  I can't get the girl to eat many things, but cookies, well, that's a given.

She's a girl after my own heart.

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Gingerbread Trees

3 T. softened butter
3/4 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. canola oil
1 egg
1/3 c. dark molasses
3 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. allspice

For the icing:
1 egg white
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
6-8 drops green food coloring

1.  In a stand mixer combine the butter, brown sugar and oil.
2.  Add in the egg and molasses.
3.  Sift together the flour and spices and add to the creamed mixtures.  It will form a soft dough.
4.  Remove the dough from the mixer and press into two flat balls, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
5.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
6.  Remove the dough from the plastic wrap and on a floured surface roll into 3/4 of an inch thickness.  With a sharp knife cut around the edges making a square and cut dough into triangles. Place on the baking sheet.  Bake for 11 minutes.
7.  In another bowl mix together the egg white, lemon juice and vanilla.  Add in the powdered sugar and food coloring.  Pour the icing into a small Ziploc bag, pressing out the excess air.  Cut a very small corner of the bag.
8.  Drizzle the icing as slanted lines over the cookies and top with sprinkles.
9.  Keep in an airtight container or freezer for up to one month.

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Now it's time for the fun stuff!

Doughmakers has agreed to give TWO of my lovely readers a set of baking sheets.  Their Grand Cookie Sheet and their Great Grand Cookie Sheet.  Just in time for your holiday baking and then to enjoy the rest of the year.

I know whomever wins these sets will love them.  I've been using mine for years and they are still in great shape and you know I bake a lot!

You have many ways to enter, just follow the directions below.  Enter from today until December 4th. Two random winners will be announced shortly after that.  Good luck!

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