Gooseberry Patch The Christmas Table Review and Giveaway

 I am so excited to be once again working with Gooseberry Patch to review The Christmas Table. I could not wait to get this in the mail and dive in. Picking out just a couple to try for this review was really hard. I wanted to make each one of them. Not only do I enjoy all the great recipes but all the great little tidbits sprinkled through out the pages with tips and decorating ideas.  I like that this is a cookbook compiled of all home cooks with tried and true recipes from cooks just like me.

The first recipe that jumped out at me was the Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies. Growing up our neighbor made the best sugar cookies on the planet. She would bring us over a plate of these cookies every year. I always looked forward to them. They were simple but they were the best I have ever had, even to this day. She has been gone for many years now and I still think about her cookies and long for that little bite of heaven. I would love to get my hands on her recipe, although I am not sure if they would be as good as hers.   When I saw these I hoped so much that these would be just like hers. These were very similar, I think they were just missing that little extra love that she put in them. Until I find that recipe, these will be my go to recipe. A must try this holiday season!

I knew when I saw this one that it would be a hit with my family. I mean come on, Cinnamon Roll Cake, who doesn't love a good cinnamon roll?  This was super simple to put together and the flavor was spot on. I have made cinnamon rolls before and I can say they are a lot of work. Quick and easy, which is what we all need during the holidays.  So if you are looking for a simple, yet tempting dessert this holiday season, give this one a try. You will not be disappointed! 

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies
1/3 Cup butter, softened
1/3 Cup shortening
1 Cup all-purpose flour
3/4 Cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Cover and chill dough for 3 hours. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/8 inch thickness; cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Arrange on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes, or until golden. Makes 2 dozen. 

Cinnamon Roll Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
1 Cup brown sugar, packed
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
2 Cups powdered sugar
1/4 Cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prepare cake mix according to package directions, spread half the batter in a greased 13 x 9 baking pan. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over batter. Top with remaining batter. Run a knife through the layers to create swirls. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. In a bowl, combine powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla, adding more milk if needed to reach desired consistency. Spread over warm cake. Cut into squares to serve. Serves 10

Thank you Gooseberry Patch for the wonderful opportunity to work with you again on The Christmas Table. What a pleasure it is to work with you!  Please do stop by Gooseberry Patch and tell them I sent you! Want a copy of The Christmas Table, check out the online store for all the cookbooks available and you may find one you have been looking for. 

Now on to the good stuff....Gooseberry Patch sent me an extra copy just for one of you! That's can win a copy of The Christmas Table! 

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