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Jan
10
2011

Tomorrow ’s the big day! 4th & Final Gooseberry Patch Early Bird Review of 101 Cupcake, Cookie & Brownie Recipes!

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At noon CST tomorrow I will pick the winner of Gooseberry Patch’s New Cookbook!

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I will make the announcement sometime tomorrow afternoon.   I normally put all the names in a big old mason jar but time hasn’t been on my side and I am going to use random.org.  So you get a fourth recipe this evening AND you have until noon tomorrow to get your name in one last time.  Thanks for participating.  And stay tuned, I will be reviewing another wonderful NEW Gooseberry Patch cookbook starting on January 15th.  All the details then!   If you are unclear on any of the details of this giveaway check the previous posts.  Thanks!  And here is your recipe for

Double Chocolate Cookies

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Garnish: additional sugar

In a large bowl, mix sugar, brown sugar, butter and eggs.  In another bowl, whisk remaining ingredients except chocolate chips and garnish.  Add flour mixture to sugar mixture and combine until well blended.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Form dough into one-inch balls; roll in additional sugar.  Place on ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Makes 3 dozen.

My notes: I used mixed sized semi and bittersweet chocolate chips.  I baked a pan for 9 minutes and next batch at 8.  Personally the 8 minutes was much better. 

DELISH!  SUPER EASY!  What more could you want??? Enjoy!

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Happy Baking Peeps! And best of luck – I wish you could all win!  However since that’s not possible, as soon as we all congratulate the winner on tomorrow, and if you are not that lucky duck, zip over to Gooseberry Patch and get yourself a copy of 101 Cookie, Cupcake & Brownie Recipes.  Oh heck ~ go ahead and order several – they make great gifts for all your foodie friends!  Now leave me a comment and get your name in!

More great places to find Gooseberry Patch:

Blog:  www.gooseberrypatch.typepad.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/gooseberrypatch
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/gooseberrypatch
Video Channel:  www.youtube.com/user/gooseberrypatchcom

Jan
08
2011

Saturday Baking with Sam & Gooseberry Patch!

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The Best Blondies from Gooseberry Patch’s 101 Cupcake, Cookie & Brownie Recipes were a hit today.  They are a do-over as in I am sure we will do them over and over again.  Easy and fast and DELICIOUS!  My little grandson Sam is with us this weekend and he was a big helper.  I hope you will give them a try!

  • 1 cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup toffee or caramel baking bits

Line the bottom of a 12 x 9 baking pan with parchment paper.  Spray sides of pan with non-stick vegetable spray and set aside.  In a large bowl mix together butter and brown sugar.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth.  Stir in flour, baking powder and salt; mix in remaining ingredients.  Pour into prepared pan and spread evenly.  Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes .  Allow to cool in pan before cutting into bars.  Makes 1 dozen.

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In case you haven’t entered to win a copy of this lovely cookbook here’s how from an earlier post:

Entering to win is super simple.  After every recipe review you can leave a comment so there will be three chances for you to get your name in.  Sound good so far?  Yeah, I thought so :) I love this little gem! When I signed on as an Early Bird Reviewer I agreed to test 2-3 recipes from each book.  Well that proved harder than I thought!  How was I going to pick JUST 2-3??? But I managed and you will love them.  They passed my recipe trial with flying colors AND the taste test of my panel of experts! Then on January 11, 2011 I will pick a winner!  YAY!

Happy Baking Peeps! And best of luck – I wish you could all win!  However since that’s not possible, as soon as we all congratulate the winner on January 11, and if you are not that lucky duck, zip over to Gooseberry Patch and get yourself a copy of 101 Cookie, Cupcake & Brownie Recipes.  Oh heck ~ go ahead and order several – they make great gifts for all your foodie friends!  Now leave me a comment and get your name in!

More great places to find Gooseberry Patch:

Blog:  www.gooseberrypatch.typepad.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/gooseberrypatch

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/gooseberrypatch

Video Channel:  www.youtube.com/user/gooseberrypatchcom


Jan
03
2011

Gooseberry Patch Early Bird Review Number 2

foryourpostsfrom Gooseberry Patch’s Cupcake, Cookie & Brownie Recipes.  I really intended to wait a few days between reviews but these cupcakes were so wonderful I just couldn’t wait!! They are easy, delicious and just adorable!

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Don’t you agree? Just beautiful!  And they were a hit. The kids LOVED them.  And yes, I made a gluten free version just for me.  You will find info on that at the end of this post.  Before I get to the recipe, I just want to say I LOVE this cookbook.  I am not kidding when I tell you I have trouble deciding which recipe to review because they are all so appealing.  And on top of the great recipes, I really appreciate the baking tips as well as the helpful equivalency charts in the back.  And I love the double spiral bound style ~ very sturdy! Thanks to Vickie and Jo Ann for another great book and thanks to all those who contributed :)

Pineapple Upside-Down Cupcakes

  • 20 ounce can pineapple chunk, drained and 1/2 cup juice reserved
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Garnish: maraschino cherries

Pat pineapple dry with paper towels.  In a bowl, combine brown sugar and melted butter, divide evenly into 12 greased muffin cups.  Arrange pineapple chunks over brown sugar mixture.  In a bowl, combine flour, sugar and baking powder.  Mix in softened butter and reserved pineapple juice; beat for 2 minutes.  Beat in egg.  Spoon batter over pineapple, filling each cup 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until toothpick tests clean.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes.  Place a wire rack on top of muffin tin and invert cupcakes onto rack so pineapple is on top.  Cool completely and top with a cherry.  Makes one dozen.

ENJOY!!!

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Now as promised…

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Can’t wait to share the next one…it’s lovely!  In case you haven’t entered to win a copy of this lovely cookbook here’s how from an earlier post:

Entering to win is super simple.  After every recipe review you can leave a comment so there will be three chances for you to get your name in.  Sound good so far?  Yeah, I thought so :) I love this little gem! When I signed on as an Early Bird Reviewer I agreed to test 2-3 recipes from each book.  Well that proved harder than I thought!  How was I going to pick JUST 2-3??? But I managed and you will love them.  They passed my recipe trial with flying colors AND the taste test of my panel of experts! Then on January 11, 2011 I will pick a winner!  YAY!

Happy Baking Peeps! And best of luck – I wish you could all win!  However since that’s not possible, as soon as we all congratulate the winner on January 11, and if you are not that lucky duck, zip over to Gooseberry Patch and get yourself a copy of 101 Cookie, Cupcake & Brownie Recipes.  Oh heck ~ go ahead and order several – they make great gifts for all your foodie friends!  Now leave me a comment and get your name in!

More great places to find Gooseberry Patch:

Blog:  www.gooseberrypatch.typepad.com
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/gooseberrypatch

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/gooseberrypatch

Video Channel:  www.youtube.com/user/gooseberrypatchcom


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