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Join me as I cook my way through Gooseberry Patch's Cookbook--Mom's Favorite Recipes a la the Julie/Julia project.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

GOODe Review & Giveaway: Gooseberry Patch 101 Cupcake, Cookie & Brownie Recipes


So, we all know how much I heart Gooseberry Patch, right?!

Well, imagine my uber-excited-ness when they sent me their 101 Cupcake, Cookie & Brownie Recipes Cookbook BEFORE you can even find/buy it in stores!


As I flipped through the pages, it reminded me a lot of the beautiful cupcake and cookie books that are so popular these days... ya know the ones that are nice enough to grace a coffee table if you were in to that sort of thing.


The book came at the perfect time... Miss Add and I had planned a baking extravaganza that night, so we just shifted gears and picked out a few new recipes to try.


The Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes easily made the cut. Chocolate, peanut butter and cake...you can't go wrong here.


These were super easy and fun to make and uber-yummy. 

These were Miss Add's favorite of the night's treats... shocker right--Miss Add prefers peanut butter?!? Nah, not my kid. ;)


Next, we chose to make The Best Blondies--my favorite of all the things we made.


I have always preferred Blondies over Brownies (although I am totally a brunette at heart ;) ). But, let's just say that forever-more I now have a new level of expectation out of pan of blondies. These were incredible. Best I have ever had.


Chewy, sweet and full of white chocolate, pecans and toffee... ooeey gooey white chocolate and toffee.


I used a brownie blondie pan so that everyone got the best part in every serving, the edge piece!


Last, but not least, was Puddie's favorite--the Tasty Cookie Pops


We made ours with peppermint sugars, sprinkles and cinnamon sugars.


Then I decided to take some of the extra toffee from the blondies and see how the cookie pops would do with toffee sprinkles...


Puddie approved! His all-time favorite from the night.

I loved the base sugar cookie dough in this recipe --again better than any I have made before-- and it is sturdy enough that I think Miss Add and I are going to make another batch before the season is over and roll them out and cut out fun shapes.

I will share these three recipes later this week... stay tuned!


Note: My family did not consume a pound of butter in one sitting ;)

Fear not waistline watchers...after some taste testing, we froze up the majority of these treats for future meetings and parties... 

I am really enjoying freezing up our sweet treats these days. It really helps with portion control and gives me the guilt-free freedom to bake away!

Speaking of which... I can't wait to try these other recipes from the book: 
  • Peanut Butter Brownies
  • Scrumptious Cranberry Blondies
  • Cream Cheese Crescent Bars
  • Tiny Turtle Cupcakes
  • Boston Cream Cupcakes
  • Taffy Apple Cupcakes
  • Oh So Fun Fortune Cookies
  • Simple Almond Biscotti
  • Mint Chocolate Sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich Dips
I could go on and on... I'm in love. 

Traditional recipes for nostalgia's sake - check

Fancy recipes for when I am feeling creative- check

Easy recipes for when I am feeling tired- check

Fun recipes with kid friendly decorating for Miss Add- check

So, you know those Gooseberry Patch folks are GOODe people, right? Not only did they send me a free copy of this gem of a cookbook, but they sent me one for you too!

Which means, you could have this lovely book before it hits store shelves!
If you'd like to win this lovely book, it is easy to enter. You can use as many or as little of the entry opportunities below as you would like--don't feel pressured to do them all. You DO need to leave a separate comment for each entry though.
Not interested in the giveaway? Visit their store to reserve your copy today.

Winner will be chosen at random after 9 pm EDT on Monday, December 20th.

GOODe Luck!

It goes without sayin', but I gots to say it. GP sent me the cookbooks (mine and yours) for free. No other compensation was received. And, as always, all these opinions are mine and mine alone... as if someone could make me say something I didn't believe/think myself...just sayin'


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83 GOODe Thoughts:

I'm a fan of Gooseberry Patch on facebook...Love them very much and have blogged about them on my blog :)

What a great giveaway!

I've loved Gooseberry Path cookbooks for years - love this give away!

Happy Baking :)

It's great to get a peek at this book so early! I have been anxiously waiting for a new one to come out. Thank you for a chance to win!

I am a fan of GOODEness Gracious on Facebook!

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!

I currently have ALL Gooseberry Patch cookbooks except for the Christmas 1-12's. So I would have to say I would love to have one of those next and of course the new ones that will be coming out in the following months!

Just shared about this giveaway on Facebook!

I've never had a Gooseberry cookbook, but the pictures look delicious and I'd like to give it a try!

Princess Cupcake at Cupcake hyphen Forum dotcom

Oh what a fun night of cooking! I too, love Gooseberry Patch. I have MANY of their cookbooks. They are great reads and also great to decorate with! Thanks for the giveaway!!

How exciting you got this book! I'm making pork chops for lunch with a recipe from Goosebery Patch.

I <3 reading your blog! I would love to win that cookbook =)

I love Gooseberry Patch. Thanks for the chance to win this cookbook!

ohh, ohhh, I would LOVE to be able to make (and then promptly give away) all of it!

What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you for this opportunity!
I am already a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook. :-)

I am also a friend of Goodeness Gracious on Facebook. :-)

I just love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, but only have a few - which I'm thankful for. :-)
If I had to choose just one from their store, I would say that I would like "What's for Dinner" OR any of the newer Christmas cookbooks.

Thanks again for this opportunity. I really enjoy reading your blog and all the hints ahd tips I have picked up in the short time I've been following.
I am not one who freezes when I bake. Is there anything special I need to know when taking the cookies, etc., out of the freezer? (Besides making sure they are thawed before biting into them so I don't break a tooth?)
Have a lovely day!

Ok, you got my attention....I really want to try that miniature reese cup recipe AND the cookie pops. What a great treat for the kids at school.
Thanks for the review! Yahoo!
Tess

Yum! Everything looks delish~

I am already a follower of GOODEness Gracious

I love Gooseberry Patch! I just have one of their cookbooks right now. Don't you think I need two? I sure do! :) I will share this on my blog later. I am a follower of your blog, Gooseberry Patch blog, and I just heart them both!

~ Blaire

I am a Fan of Gooseberry Patch on FB

"From Grandma's Kitchen" was the cookbook that caught my eye on the Gooseberry Patch website. :)

I follow Gooseberry patch on FB!

I love, Love, LOVE Gooseberry Patch! I have the 101 Homestyle Favorites and use it ALL the time! I'd love to have all the cookbooks, but if I had to pick just 1 that I don't have - I'd pick the slow cooker favorites. I'm a fan of cooking with my slow cooker and am always looking for new recipes for it!

Looks like a fun cookbook! I follow you through GFC.

I follow Gooseberry patch on Facebook.

I follow @gooseberry patch on Twitter.

Yum, looks like a great cookbook!

I follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter!

I love Gooseberry Patch and follow them on Facebook.....I would love to have this cookbook it would make an awesome gift for ME !! hehe
Thanks for having this contest it awesome of you all..

Ph what a tease with all those photos of scrumptious looking goodies. I follow you through email. I search the internet for the perfect cookie or other sweet treat and it seems they are all here in this one book.

OK, Let's see. I think I have one and three covered. Will take care of two. Just did 4, 5, and 7. Gotta go shop bu twill try to get back and cover the rest later!

I follow this blog and I would LOVE to get my hands on this cookbook:-)
boydbear25@yahoo.com

I am a fan of GBP on Facebook.

I am a follower of yours on Google.

Gooseberry Patch fan for many years...glad i found this website too!

So glad I found your blog! I am loving the Gooseberry patch stuff and can't wait to get one of their books for Christmas...maybe even win one!!!!

All of the recipes look yummy! Thank you for the opportunity to win Goodeness Gracious and Gooseberry!

I have so many GBP books sitting in my Amazon cart. I just can't pick one that is must have. Maybe I can win this one!

I follow GOODEness Gracious through google connect!

I subscribe through feed!

I am a fan of yours on facebook!

I like gooseberry patch on facebook!

I follow Gooseberry patch on twitter!

I would love any of their cookbooks. I have enjoyed your recipes you have cooked from their cookbooks!

I am a follower of your blog!

Check mine out if you haven't already! I love visitors! And GOOSEBERRY PATCH!!!

I am already a fan of yours on facebook!

I'm already a BIG fan of Gooseberry Patch on facebook!

Besides for the 101 Cupcake, Cookie & Brownie Recipes Cookbook, I would LOVE to have and need to buy Christmas book 12, Holiday Family Favorites and Classic Christmas cookbook. (I'm sorry, I couldn't just stop at one book!)

I have also blogged about you contest and you can check it out here!
http://akagramma.blogspot.com/2010/12/gooseberry-patch-book-giveaway.html

Thank you very much for another chance to enter your contest!...actually..this is fun!!!

I have also shared your review and contest on facebook!

And here is my comment...I can not wait to see the recipe for the Blondies! I've made them before, but never with toffee in them! My hubby's going to love them!!!

Have a good night...and God Bless!

Love this post, and I can't wait to try the recipes!! They look amazing!

I am following using Google friend connect.

I am also subscribing to the feed through email. I really don't want to miss any of the recipes!!

As I flip through the pages of Gooseberry patch Christmas 2010, I imaging making some of these things with my lovely 8 yr old granddaughter. I would love to gift her with this new cookbook, to start her own cookbook collection. I know we all have one. :) and we love Gooseberry!

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook...

I follow you privately, through friend connect.

I follow you privately, through friend connect.

Love this post, and I can't wait to try the recipes!! They look amazing!

Gooseberry Patch fan for many years...glad i found this website too!

I have also blogged about you contest and you can check it out here!
http://akagramma.blogspot.com/2010/12/gooseberry-patch-book-giveaway.html

Thank you very much for another chance to enter your contest!...actually..this is fun!!!

I follow this blog and I would LOVE to get my hands on this cookbook:-)
boydbear25@yahoo.com

OK, Let's see. I think I have one and three covered. Will take care of two. Just did 4, 5, and 7. Gotta go shop bu twill try to get back and cover the rest later!

I follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter!

I follow @gooseberry patch on Twitter.

Looks like a fun cookbook! I follow you through GFC.

I follow Gooseberry patch on FB!

I love Gooseberry Patch! I just have one of their cookbooks right now. Don't you think I need two? I sure do! :) I will share this on my blog later. I am a follower of your blog, Gooseberry Patch blog, and I just heart them both!

~ Blaire

Ok, you got my attention....I really want to try that miniature reese cup recipe AND the cookie pops. What a great treat for the kids at school.
Thanks for the review! Yahoo!
Tess

I am also a friend of Goodeness Gracious on Facebook. :-)

ohh, ohhh, I would LOVE to be able to make (and then promptly give away) all of it!

How exciting you got this book! I'm making pork chops for lunch with a recipe from Goosebery Patch.

I've never had a Gooseberry cookbook, but the pictures look delicious and I'd like to give it a try!

Princess Cupcake at Cupcake hyphen Forum dotcom

It's great to get a peek at this book so early! I have been anxiously waiting for a new one to come out. Thank you for a chance to win!

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