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Apr
06
2011

Gooseberry Patch Recipe Review 2: S’Mores Brownies

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WOW these were a hit!  Easy peasy!  Quickity quick and gone in a flash!  I even made a small pan of gluten free just for me!  This is one of those recipes that is so easy to convert to gluten free and I am always happy to find those.  One little thing I tweaked the recipe just a tad because I bought the brownie mix that was for an 8 x 8 pan instead of the 9 x 13 called for in the recipe.  It worked out great since I made two batches AND I used all the chocolate bar called for – more chocolate is never a bad thing right???

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S’Mores Brownies

  • 18 1/2 oz. pkg brownie mix
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 4 whole graham cracker, coarsely crushed (I had graham cracker crumbs on hand)
  • 2 chocolate candy bars, broken into small pieces

Prepare brownies as directed on package; bake in a greased 13 x 9 baking pan.  As soon as brownies are removed from the oven, sprinkle with marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs.  Set oven on broil.  Broil for 30-60 seconds, until marshmallows are golden.  Watch carefully, as marshmallows will brown quickly.  Sprinkle with candy bar pieces.  Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting into squares.  Serve warm.  Makes 2 dozen.

My notes: They are good cold too!  For the gluten free version use gluten free brownie mix and gluten free graham cracker crumbs.  Still oh so good!  Honestly Ben couldn’t tell the difference.  He’s my guinea pig taste tester when I convert recipes.

Enjoy!

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If you want to get your name in to win this great cookbook, just leave me a comment after each recipe and consider yourself entered.  Each recipe you comment on enters  your name again! Please share this giveaway with your friends if you facebook or have a blog.  Then on April 15th I will draw the winner.  I picked April 15th to give us something fun to do that day!  I hate tax day and I know many of you do too!  So we will soften the blow of mailing that check with a wonderful NEW GOOSEBERRY PATCH COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!!!

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
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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