Monday, December 13, 2010

Tastes Like Christmas *contest closed*

This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Pop-Tarts®.
I don't cook.  My husband does all of that in our household.  I hate it, and am forever grateful to have found a man who loves it (and me!).

However, I do bake.  Not very well, mind you.  But I love to make pie and cake and cookies.  Especially around Christmas time.  It makes me very happy.

So when Pop-Tarts sent some of their new Gingerbread Pop-Tarts for the kids and me to bake with, we jumped at the chance to try out a new recipe.  Naturally, we chose something ginger-bready...

Gingerbread Sheet Cake

1/2 C Butter
1/3 C Sugar
1 C Molasses
3/4 C Water
1 Egg
2 1/3 C Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Ground Ginger
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add the molasses, water and egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and salt; add to creamed mixture and beat until combined. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. 

We then drizzled icing over the top in fun shapes and crumbled up a couple of the gingerbread Pop-Tarts on top. Yummy!

 Although, I must say, I was a little sad that I couldn't think of anything that would highlight how cute these particular Pop-Tarts are:
And it's no surprise that the kids loved the cake.  They each had about three slices before I made them stop! And the Pop-Tarts.  They taste like Christmas, and who doesn't love that?
 (Bria loved it too, but was feeling a little self-conscious about eating cake for the internet today.)

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100 comments:

Aimee "Roo" said...

Sugar cookies always make me feel like Christmas. :)

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Utah Mommy said...

Anything with chocolate and mint. I have a recipe for Chocolate Mint Snappers that usually does the trick! :)

Timestep said...

My dad's bagels. My dad made the flatest, funniest, yummiest bagels every christmas morning. One year, he decided to try a new recipe. They looked just like bagels in the store, but didn't taste right. After that, he went back to the traditional recipe.

I've not had them in years, but they remind me of Christmas at home.

Timestep said...

http://twitter.com/timestep05

I tweeted it too!

The Atomic Mom said...

Leg-o-lamb....hmmm Christmas dinner!

The Atomic Mom said...

Also tweeted.

Mandy said...

Christmas dinner changes, but hot chocolate always tastes like Christmas to me :)

salkeith said...

Growing up in Mexico, it has to be Pozole - a chicken/pork and hominy stew. My mom made it for a bunch of Fins one year and almost no one could eat it because it was so spicy. Now I make it and it is just right

Anna said...

I don't know about which taste- but the smell of cinnamon always makes me feel like Christmas. Cinnamon rolls, peppermint, and gingerbread are probably my most Christmasy flavors.

Hilary said...

AWh, I love the little pictures on them!

MusicalMom said...

Fudge. The only time I eat it is Christmas time. :) And I love chocolate.

Audrey said...

Old fashioned fudge made from cocoa powder, sugar, milk, butter...Really don't like the stuff made with marshmallows and/or chocolate chips at all, but the old fashioned stuff is fabulous and I make a batch every year :)

Callie said...

pepperming hot cocoa!

suburban prep said...

Eggnog anything. I love eggnog and so does my husband. We make eggnog bread and waffles.

msgb245 at gmail dot com

Erin said...

Egg nog always tastes like Christmas!

eringirl13 @ gmail dot com

Audrey {Crisp} said...

hot mint chocolate tastes like Christmas to me!

Audrey {Crisp} said...

I read the official rules for the contest!

Carrie said...

It's all about the egg nog baby!

prestonandcarrie(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kerry said...

Anything with peppermint tastes like Christmas:)
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Kerry said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/14510638315339776
nuthouse(at)centurytel(dot)net

Sharon said...

peppermint brownies and gingerbread (not necessarily together!)

Mami2jcn said...

Gingerbread cookies definitely taste like Christmas.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

tweeted:

http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/14674687858581504

Lacy said...

My Mom's gingerbread men with white icing and redhots for the buttons... the BEST!

stormvikki said...

Fudge makes me feel like Christmas stormvikki at aol dot com

Kate said...

There are three things that I can't imagine Christmas without. The first would be homemade fudge. For years growing up we would make fudge and beat it on the cooled marble. The other thing would be red velvet cake, another tradition from my childhood always indulged in on Christmas night when we celebrate Christ's birth. The other would be eggnog and sprite. I promise if you haven't tried it you should. It is a favorite. Yummy.

Annette Lyon said...

Biggest taste would be Finnish pulla. We made it every year when I was young for Christmas, and I make it every year for my kids.

annette@lyfe.com

Annette Lyon said...

Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/lyonstale/status/14889782475751424

annette@lyfe.com

midRae said...

Candy Cookies have become a new family favorite. And I love to bake them. I may try you cake, it sounds so yummy!! :)

munkfam@infowest.com

Tamara said...

Eggnog because I can only buy it this time of year. Also gingerbread cookies remind me of Christmas.

hrhpomegranate said...

hot chocolate, warm blanket and watching holiday movies.

MCantu1019 said...

What tastes like Christmas to me is gingerbread men and hot chocolate with marshmallows.

MCantu1019 at aol dot com

Pixel Berry Pie Designs said...

Eggnog! That is definitely a Christmas treat.

Margie said...

We have a scrumptious family recipe for pecan pie... I make it every year. I also bake an extra pie to send home with my son when he visits for the holidays.

lisastassforth said...

cookies...hands down

lisastassforth at sbcglobal dot net

Tabathia said...

Let's see german chocolate cake taste like Christmas
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

Tabathia said...

tweet
http://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/15385716561285120
tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

susan1215 said...

Egg nogg and sugar cookies

s2s2 at comcast dot net

susan1215 said...

http://twitter.com/susan1215/status/15432998044311552

s2s2 at comcast dot net

LAMusing said...

Chocolate Walnut Fudge and egg nog!
adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

LAMusing said...

tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/15645723987021824
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JC said...

Gingerbread cookie taste like Christmas to me
tcarolinep at gmail dot com

JC said...

http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/15670092851322880

Tracey said...

The Heavenly Hash that my MIL makes every Christmas reminds me of Christmas.
traymona[at]aol.com

Bonnie said...

your question make me think of my mother in law She always made a Danish recipe called Abel Skeebers; a fried pancake batter ball. My husband's cousin always makes them for his Christmas morning
bepoia(at)hotmail(dot)com

angie lilly said...

I love iced sugar cookie cut outs most of all this time of year!!!
Angie
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angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/#!/FotoMacro/status/15856613499871232
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

Scott said...

warm snicker-doodles right from the oven
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

Scott said...

my tweet
http://twitter.com/#!/RePurrPussed/status/15859428775432192
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

Kelly Massman said...

Our tradition is to eat Sheperd's Pie at Christmas-time to keep it simple and more to the meaning of real Christmas!
thanks!
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Georgia said...

Pumkin Pie! That is christmas!

gmissycat at yahoo dot com

Georgia said...

Tweeted here too

http://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/16097234852515840

gmissycat at yahoo dot com

jeanette_huston@yahoo.com said...

I like cherry cheese cake. That tastes like Christmas. Because I only get to east it on special occasions;-)

Jeanette Huston
jeanette_huston@yahoo.com

jeanette_huston@yahoo.com said...

Tweeted

http://twitter.com/josephvh1982/status/16230380910678016

Jeanette Huston
jeanette_huston@yahoo.com

marcia goss said...

Pecan Pie!
marcia.goss@gmail.com

marcia goss said...

Tweet.
http://twitter.com/#!/mgoss123/status/16277177481826304
marcia.goss@gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

sugar cookies!

gina.m.maddox AT gmail.com

the Crave to Save said...

http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/16324700640645120

tweet!

jakiesmom said...

sugar cookies, hot cider, and ham...wierd huh?
nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

Danielle said...

My mother in law along with her sister and father make these delicious cookies called sand tarts every year at Christmas time.. That's what always lets me know Christmas is right around the corner.
dgoodridge84@yahoo.com

Danielle said...

I did the alternate entry on the official rules page.
dgoodridge84@yahoo.com

Sabra said...

toffee and fudge.

ms-texas said...

i guess pumpkin pie because i ususally only have it at Christmas

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ms-texas said...

i tweeted here:

http://twitter.com/#!/bellows22/status/16730586966134784

debbiebellows[at]gmail[dot]com

Paige said...

I love anything with peppermint at this time of year. Throw in spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and I'm instantly in the holiday spirit!
paigewiley16 AT gmail DOT com

Susan E. said...

Fudge and divinity. My grandmother always made those at Christmas.

dogsrock at insightbb dot com

Benny Williams said...

I think ginger and cinnamon taste most like christmas to me!

Benny Williams said...

I tweeted:

http://twitter.com/#!/benny8484/status/17078825603047426

Bhav said...

Apple pie tastes like Christmas!

bvbabybv at gmail dot com

Bhav said...

tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/bvbabybv/status/17081460355768320

tamiv said...

I know it's X-Mas time when I can smell my Smoker that I'm smoking my Turkey in!

tamiv said...

I read the Official Rules!Thanks.

Anne said...

To me Christmas tastes like chocolate.
ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Anne said...

I blogged
http://lunaj14568.blogspot.com/2010/12/poptarts.html

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Vera said...

Egg nog!

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Nancy said...

Every year around the holiday I wait for the eggnog to appear....then the holidays begin.

Nancy said...

My tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/18053018389848064

Deb said...

Hot cocoa with some peppermint schnapps tastes like Christmas to me!

Cathy W said...

Divinity candy tastes like Christmas to me!
cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

Cathy W said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/cjwallace43/status/18109479841169409
cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

Angel Jacklyn said...

A NICE PIECE OF WARM PUMPKIN PIE & SOME WHIPPED CREAM kytah00@yahoo.com

Angel Jacklyn said...

TWITTERED ALSO twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/18159638226669568 kytah00@yahoo.com

sodahoney said...

Holiday season is Pumpkin Pie

sodahoney said...

blogged http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2010/12/get-pop-tarts-recipes-and-watch-fun.html

tattgiff said...

peppermint bark and pumpkin pie!
tattgiff at centurytel dot net

tattgiff said...

read the rules
tattgiff at centurytel dot net

Giant Sis said...

Fudge with nuts for me! Probably because my grandma always makes it!
wilburnnewsome atyahoodotcom

KaHolly said...

Peppermint candy canes. Eggnog, too!

VickieB said...

The flavors that make me think of Christmas are Eggnog and anything gingerbread.

VickieB said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/vlbsweeps/status/18391036590039041

nightowl said...

Peanut Butter Fudge tastes like Christmas to me.

winit6 at hotmail dot com

~dab said...

Hot chocolate with a touch of rum :)

~dab said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/simplydab/status/18400001952587776

marybug2 said...

Pecan pie and fruit cake seem to be the deserts that I think of at Christmas, but can't waite to try the gingerbread pot tarts.
marybug2@yahoo.com

marybug2 said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/#!/marybug2/status/18663674923196416
msrybug2 at yahoo.com

jillyrh said...

Pecan Pie!

PauleyD said...

Fruitcake reminds me of Christmas.

pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

PauleyD said...

http://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/18761469348810752

pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Betty C said...

Chocolate covered cherries are a Christmas tradition.

Betty C said...

Tweet - http://twitter.com/willitara/status/18830686156754944