Monday, February 28, 2011

GBP Best-Ever Cookies Cookbook Review & Giveaway!


I was asked by Gooseberry Patch to do a review on a cookbook, and the title won me over right away! Best-Ever Cookies!! Who doesn't like cookies?!

The hard part, choosing which yummy recipes to make. I could make them all!

Since the weather was sunny and warm, more like spring than winter, I went with a more spring/summer recipe. 

Pineapple Cheesecake Bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cup sugar, divided
2-8oz. pkgs. cream cheese, softened
2 eggs, beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
20-oz. can crushed pineapple, drained

Combine flour, butter and one cup sugar; mix until just blended. Press dough into the bottom and sides of a greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 min. or until golden. While crust is baking, combine remaining sugar, cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla in a seperate bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and blended. Fold in pineapple and pour over baked crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes, or until a knife tip inserted into the center tests clean.  Cool; cut into bars. Makes 2 dozen.




The second recipe I chose was Peanut Butter-Oat Bars. This went together so fast, and they were gone within minutes!

Peanut Butter-Oat Bars

1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups multi-grain doughnut shaped oat cereal
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Combine corn syrup and sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Stir until mixture begins to bubble; do not boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter; mix well. Place cereal in large bowl; add syrup mixture and stir until blended. Press into a buttered 13x9 inch baking pan. Melt chocolate chips in a small saucepan over low heat. Spread chocolate evenly to coat cereal. Cool until firm; cut into bars. Makes about 1 dozen.




Enter to Win!!!!!
Now, for the giveaway! I have an extra copy of this book, and I want to give it to someone! Just like with the last giveaway, just leave a comment on this post! If you are on Facebook, let your friends know! We had almost 100 entered last time, and it was so much fun to have so many stop by for a visit! And if you have a blog, I'd love to visit yours! 

Giveaway starts right now, Monday February 28, and will end Friday evening, March 4, at 8:00 p.m. I'll draw a name around 9:00 p.m. Winner will be announced that evening, or the next morning, depending on how on the ball I am after working until 8:30! ;o) Just please make sure I have a way to contact you so I know where to send the cookbook! 

Good Luck!!!  :o)



103 comments:

tammy n said...

My Husband adores anything pineapple. That recipe sounds easy and yummy.

Please consider this my entry for the extra cookbook. Thanks!

Marie said...

Renae, I have loved looking over your blog in my down time. I always need good cookie recipes with this house full of boys. Please enter me in your give away.

grammy and papi said...

Well, Renae, do you suppose I could win another GBP Cookbook from you? That would be too funny, but great for me. I'm in the process of posting the previous giveaway picture on my blog.

Have a God Filled Day
Shirley

bethclm06 said...

Can't wait to try the pineapple cheesecake bars, they sound scrumptious! Love your blogg and absolutely love Gooseberry Patch! Please enter me into the draw for a chance to win this cookbook! Thankyou for the recipies
bethclm

luckypookers9213 said...

I love gooseberry patch. These recipes look so yummy. Please enter me in your drawing, I would so love to win this book.

Melinda said...

Oh - those peanut butter oat bars look yummy!

Cheryl Moore said...

Renae, I would love to win a copy of this Early Bird Review Cookbook! I love books and I like to cook. Please enter me in your Giveaway Contest. My blog is at www.databasedesigns4u.blogspot.com and I'll post your blog on my Facebook account name DatabaseDesigns4U, too. Thank you! :)

suburban prep said...

I am always looking for good recipes for cookies or bars that I can make so that my family will have goodies at gatherings. My husband also likes to bring treats to work. What he brings are always the best ones. These two recipes that you have shared sound good.
thank you
msgb245 at gmail dot com

Kerry said...

Yum-- those peanut butter oat bars look amazing! I have made something similar with m&m's but this looks even easier and would stick together better- the others always fell apart and we had to eat the crumbs- not that we minded what so ever.

I love to bake and I love Gooseberry Patch- I would love to win a new book.

Thanks!
Kerry
countrylivingonahill.blogspot.com

Cheryl Moore said...

Renae, I would love to win a copy of this cookbook! Please enter my name in your drawing. I posted your blog to my FB page, too.

Thanks!
Cheryl Moore
www.databasedesigns4u.blogspot.com

Gooseberry Patch said...

These both look delicious, Renae...thanks for sharing! :)

Kimberly R. said...

The cookie recipes look so yummy!!
I'd love to enter for the cookbook - Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Stacey Thomas said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I love GBP cookbooks, and this one would be wonderful!
Stacey Thomas

Rhonda Gibson said...

Oooooooooo....those Pineapple Cheesecake bars look DEELISH!!!

JC said...

Pick me! Pick me!


Have a good day~

Tee said...

Home-made cookies are the BEST :)

Anonymous said...

These recipes sound so yummy! My grandma got me hooked on gooseberry patch cookbooks yrs ago before she passed and i'm so greatful! i am a stay @ home mom and i love to bake for my family and friends! I would love to win this book1

Barb V. said...

Both of these recipes look great -- and easy to make. I can picture the Pineapple Cheesecake Bars as being the perfect addition to Easter dinner. The PB-Oat Bars are as quick to fix as the rice cereal treats, but the so much more appealing. Thanks for posting the recipes. This is one cookbook I need on my bookshelf.

Tiffany said...

I LOVE cookies and what fun would it be to win this book for my birthday that is on Monday?! I am also going to follow your blog now too. :) I can be reached at tiffygirl78@hotmail.com. Have a great week! :)

Erin C. said...

Made the Peanut Butter oat bars last night - they were fantastic!!

Sandy G said...

They sound yummy.

Rhonda said...

The pineapple cheesecake bars sound amazing!! Please enter me in this contest!!

The Wotring's said...

I love, love, love Gooseberry Patch. This cookbook sounds fabulous.

sue said...

Renae, I'd LOVE to win the extra copy of GBP's Best-Ever Cookies !! I've been baking the same bar cookie recipe for over a month now... not that I don't have other recipes I could use, we really like this one! I do enjoy making cookies and I cannot wait to make the pineapple cheesecake bars you posted !! PLEASE PICK ME !! sue peterson I don't have a blog, but you can email me at sue@quigby.com, or i am also on FB. I live in Rockford, Il.

Traci Winchell said...

I love to bake and cookies is the top of the list! The pineapple cheesecake bars sound and look wonderful, will try those this evening!!! I would love to earn the cookbook and glad to have found your blog!!

Traci Winchell
winchelt@ohio.edu

Anonymous said...

I am a HUGE fan of Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks and I would love to add this one to my collection! Thanks for the opportunity!
caseyandcrystal@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

I would love to win this! Have not found a Gooseberry Patch book yet that I didn't fall in love with after the first recipe ;)

jenny.brooks said...

Both of these recipes sounds great and I am going to try them! Goosecreek always has wonderful cookbooks! I hope I win!!

Jenny in Florida

jenny.brooks said...

And I really do know that the right name is Gooseberry...My son used to live in Goose Creek SC and I always get them mixed up!

Jenny in Florida

Kristine said...

Really want to enter this contest!!!
kristines30@hotmail.com
Thanks!

Contessa said...

I am hoping to win this book with the yummy looking recipes :)

Jaime said...

Those recipes look amazing and so simple! I will be sharing this with all my mommy friends on Facebook so they can see these 2 Yummy simple looking recipes!

RubyKat said...

First time here and what a nice website. Please enter me in the contest. Thank you.

Betty Marzo said...

Nothing sounds "home" like Gooseberry!!

bETTY mARZO said...

Nothing says "home" like Gooseberry!!!

Lisa said...

Can't wait to make these recipes. They sound fantastic

Anonymous said...

Wow looks like a great cookbook to try, Especially since I love gooseberry patch any way :) The pineapple cheesecake bars look delicious, thanks so much for sharing!! tskelly77@hotmail.com

Judy Langley said...

I would love to have this cookbook...yum.yum...always needing new things to take to church events...

thanks
JUDY

richard.langley@mchsi.com

th3dees@cox.net said...

I just started collecting cookie cookbooks and by the receipes in your post, this book would be the best one of all. Besides, its GOOSEBERRY PATCH!!! Yaaaay!! Patti at th3dees@cox.net

Wanda said...

love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks and new recipes! My Grandkids love my cookies... We would enjoy new cookie recipes!!

wandagalloway@gmail.com

NO REASON NEEDED said...

Seriously?!? I'm number one. Hope this play karma to a win. Love your blog and inviting you over to a chat at mine.

daldak01@yahoo.ca

julie Ackerman said...

These recipes seem great and I am looking forward to trying them. Thanks for sharing them

best wishes

Julie

Anonymous said...

I love all your cookbooks because they are always full proof and delicous .I have never been diappointed nor has my family in your recipes i have made for them.

Anonymous said...

I love ALL Gooseberry cookbooks. I have never purchased a bad one. I am definitely going to try the pineapple cheesecake bars!! Keep up the good work.

D. NeSmith said...

I love all my Gooseberry books!! I can't wait to try the pineapple cheesecake bars.

karen said...

The recipes you shared sound delicious! Thank you!

Pat said...

I'd love to win this book! I just happened across your blog...looks like some fun reading!
pmuldrow at gmail dot com

Theresa said...

This sounds like another good one

Anonymous said...

Love the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! Glad to find your blog! I hope I win!!!!

vlgos@yahoo.com

Susan said...

Would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

Brenda said...

Thes recipes sound delicious. Only discovered GBP books when on holiday last summer. Now have 3 of them and absolutely LOVE them! Would love a chance to have another. bren at net62 dot fsnet dot co dot uk

JoAnna said...

The photos look so yummy...always room on my shelf for another Gooseberry Patch Cookbook!!!

Catherine said...

Me me me! (jumping up and down, waving my arms!)

RachelV said...

Love GBP books! Who doesn't?!
So many great recipes from so many different people.

marnie said...

They both sound good but the peanut oat bars are calling to me. :)

Thanks for sharing!
Marion

Juudy said...

Thanks for these recipes ... my hubby will love them !!!! God bless you for doing this contest.

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

How wonderful!! I would LOVE the chance to win! Thanks, so much!

Warmly,
Katy :)

thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

Chris said...

Yum!!!

snausages22@yahoo.ca said...

Would love to win your cookbook!!!!

vicki sampson said...

I love to try new recipes, especially things my grandkids can make with me. These recipes look delicious.

Dragonlady said...

Love anything pineapple, can't wait to try it...thanks for both recipes...
Brenda

bvdragonlady1@aol.com

Anonymous said...

AAWWW!! I would love to have this cookbook...Always looking for new things to fix for church potlucks...I can't imagine the yummy taste of pineapple and cream cheese so will have to try that one, PLUS the grandkids will love the oat bars w. chocolate...
Thanks for thinking of me..
JUDY
richard.langley@mchsi.com

Angela said...

Love my GBP cookbooks and would love this one!

play said...

Well, since I adore cheesecake and love pineapple, I am going to have to make these soon. I would love to have this cookbook!

LaddyBuggs said...

Love your blog! Awesome!

Michele P said...

Hi! Please consider me for your cookbook! My daughter and I love baking cookies together, which I treasure the precious bonding time with her. She's 3 yrs old and making cookies is one of her favorite things to do! The other is reading. :-) Thank you!

Please visit my Facebook fan page!
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Power-Shots-Photography/108533855846073

paulastewart55 said...

I would love to have a new cookbook, just for cookies. i have "16' grandchildren from "23" dow to "17" months. I'm sure we could use some new recipes new to make together. Thank you so much for this chance to win a great new cookbook.. Paula

~Heidi said...

What a nice thing for you to do. Thank you! I adore anything cookie! winterblue73@gmail.com

Michelle said...

Love your cookbooks!! Only have a couple & I think this one would be a great addition to my small collection :)

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing, I love baking new/different treats. Sounds like this is a good book I would love a copy, and free is always better :)

Pattie said...

I would love to have a chance to win this--I love the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. Thanks!

evelyn hall said...

http://www.facebook.com/dragonladyevelyn

is my link to my facebook I will definitely post this to my fb page!! I would looooove to have this! it would be fun to try these out..especially giving me something to do while recuperating from my hospital stay! these I could surprise my family with something new..they never have anything new and this would be gr8! perfect recipes for my g'daughters birthday party which will be coming up soon!! the pineapple bars reeealyy sound good! she loves pineapple well heck so do I..lol..thanks...I do collect recipes..JUST PERFECT TO ADD to my regular recipe's..something NEW FOR ONCE!! WOOHOO...I LOVE THESE RECIPE'S..VERY TALENTED!

evelyn hall said...

OOPS SORRY I DIDN'T MENTION THIS BEFORE..MY BAD...CONGRATS on your being published in the Gooseberry Patch recipe book!! WOOOOOHOOOO!!!! y-- y--

Cassandra said...

Those cookies look amazing. Would love to win that book.

Joanie said...

LOVE your cookbooks! I love any peanut butter/chocolate combo!!

JenS said...

I think I will have to try the Pineapple Cream Cheese bars! Yum!

Linda Dubbelman said...

Thanks for sharing those recipes!!! I'd love to win the cookbook. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Renae! I can't wait to try out the pineapple cheesecake bars and the peanut butter-oat bars! Thank you for sharing the recipes. I'd love to win a copy of GBP Best-Ever Cookies! I also "liked" your Facebook page! :)
tews (at) satx (dot) rr (dot) com

LaurieAnn said...

Please enter me into your contest. I would just love to win the cookbook ! Thanks for the great recipes. I can't wait to try them !

Kadie said...

okay.....the pineapple bars look scrumptious! What a great small dessert with coffee for church meetings or get togethers! Thanks for sharing.....I'll be making these SOOOOOONNNNN!
Love your page!
Karen in TX

francene said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmmm COOKIES ! how to decide which one to make first ! please enter me in the giveaway !

rideyourownride at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Renae! I can't wait to try out the pineapple cheesecake bars and the peanut butter-oat bars! Thank you for sharing the recipes. I'd love to win a copy of GBP Best-Ever Cookies! I also "liked" your Facebook page! :)
tews (at) satx (dot) rr (dot) com

Kadie said...

Want to try the pineapple bars TONIGHT! Want to eat them all TONIGHT! hehe. Love your webpage! Please enter me in your drawing. I have never seen the Gooseberry patch cookbooks in real life. If this is just one entry, the rest ought to be mind-boggling!!!
Kadie in Texas

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to try both recipes. They both look delicious. Thank you for sharing. Melissa

Ben said...

Can't wait to get my hands on this book and get in the kitchen! Maybe even a bake sale for the Church!

Anonymous said...

Hi
I'd love to win this cookbook. Ilove to make new kinds of cookies. thanks for the chance to win this.
Sue G.

Real Life Reslers said...

Anything with peanut butter in it is A OK with me! Hehehe! My email is reallifereslers at gmail dot com!

HomeTown said...

They both sound delish, hope I win!

Jessica said...

The cookies sound delicious! I'd love a copy of that cookbook...my kids love to make cookies with me!

Kristen said...

Woo Hoo! What a great sounding cookbook. Both of those recipes look delicious.

Denise said...

cheese cake bars r in the oven now!!

suebee said...

I love Gooseberry Patch and have purchased your cookbooks in the past. Please enter me in your drawing, I would so love to win this book and start baking up some treats to share!! Sue

Kaylee & Lisa said...

I just bought a ton of Cheerios. I can't wait to make that recipe!
I would love to win the cookbook to see what other recipes are in there.
This is a blog my daughter and I just started.
http://sugarbutterbaking.blogspot.com/


My email (just in case I win!) is kohl1997@sbcglobal.net

Holly said...

I would love to win the cookbook! I am going to try the Pineapple Bars. They sound yummy and easy!

Patricia P. said...

Both recipes look good. Especially the pineapple cream cheese bars. Love cream cheese.

Cookiebaker said...

I love GBP cookbooks and would like to be entered in the drawing. Thanks

cookiebakr@yahoo.com

Susan said...

Cookie Monsters everywhere....This will be an amzing book to add to your collection! Good luck to all!!

sshilo4@aol.com

Cookiebaker said...

I love GBP cookbooks and would love to win this one.

cookiebakr@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Always fun to try and win a Gooseberry Patch Cookbook!! Thanks
Jane
guileys at bellsouth dot net

mary martin said...

Would love to have a chance at winning the GBP cookbook. They always have such good recipes. The pineapple cheesecake bars sound delicious. This would be a great cookbook to have so I could use it for my 8 grandchildren to make special treats for them. Email-terryandmarym@hotmail.com. Thanks!

Debbie D. said...

I'm thinking chocolate cheerios in the second recipe! Thanks for sharing the recipes. Please enter me in the drawing.

debbiedeatherage@rocketmail.com

Jenny said...

Hi Renae. Love that picture with Emily in it. She is getting so big and beautiful. It's nice seeing what you're up to. This recipe sounds delicious.

Anonymous said...

Susan munger

i love gooseberry patch!! It reminds me of growing up on my guardians farm and all the fresh really good stick to your ribs food. I hope i win. Thank you for putting together such a great cookbooks together. They bring back soo many fond memories of life and food on the farm.

smunger186@gmail.com is my email address

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