Thursday, August 25, 2011

4 Layer Cookie Bars & Pecan Pie Muffins (Gooseberry Patch)



Today I am bringing y'all another tasty Early Bird Review from my friends over at Gooseberry Patch. The not yet released cookbook that I had the pleasure to review was Gooseberry Patch 101 Hearty Recipes. This beautiful cookbook will be released on September 1st, 2011. 101 which is not too far off. 101 Hearty Recipes is packed full of easy family meals, fresh-baked desserts and recipes for gift-giving.

This cookbook has it all! The best thing about this cookbook is that every single recipe has a mouthwatering photo to go along with it. Don't you just love that? Now you don't have to sit and image what each dish looks like.

Believe me when I tell you after seeing all the photos in this cookbook you will want to make each and every one of these recipes. This cookbook is spiral bound with a durable softcover and 112 yummy pages. This is my 4 th cookbook in the 101 cookbook series and I love each and every one of them.

As usual is was so hard to decide on what recipes to make. I got over that quickly when I came page 14 and saw the 4 Layer Cookie Bars. It was definitely an omygoodness moment for sure. My first thought was these look a bit similar to a Twix bar, but with peanut butter. The 4 Layer Cookie bars were the first recipe I tried and everyone loved them.

Just look at the photo above and you can see what each layer consists of. The hardest part of the whole recipe was waiting for the bars to set up in the fridge. But then patience has never been my thing. I did add some additional chocolate and peanut butter chips on top of the bars.

I thought the addition of the chips really took these bars over the top. Plus presentation is everything now isn't it? These cookie bars were so dangerously good that we could only eat a few. After that I sent the rest of the baking pan off to work with my husband.



4 Layer Cookie Bars

1 - sleeve rectangular buttery crackers (Ritz)
1/2 - cup margarine
2/3 - cup sugar
1/2 - cup packed brown sugar
1 - cup graham crumbs
1/4 - cup milk
2/3 - cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 - cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chips

Garnish:
1/2 cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Line the bottom of a buttered 13 x 9 in baking pan with a single layer of crackers; set aside. Melt margarine in a heavy saucepan; add sugars, graham crackers crumbs and milk. Heat over medium high heat until sugars dissolve, stirring often; spread over crackers in pan. 

Arrange another single layers of crackers on top; set aside. Combine remaining ingedients in a saucepan; heat over low heat until melted, stirring until smooth and creamy. Spread over crackers and sprinkle additional chocolate and peanut butter chips on top for garnish. Set aside until firm. (I placed the pan in the refrigerator) When firm cut into bars and serve. Makes 2 dozen bars.  

Next I moved onto these yummy little Pecan Pie Muffins from page 92. I found myself wanting a quick little sweet treat after dinner and these yummy little gems were perfect. My husband described these mini muffins as a "little piece of heaven". Have you ever had a pecan pie in a muffin? They are so addicting and so good.

Believe me when I tell you that you can't eat just one. My whole family cleaned the plate on these guys and left nothing behind. I have made pecan pie muffins in the past, but for some reason this one tasted just a bit better. These yummy little bite size muffins will defiantly be making a presence on my holiday baking list.

Pecan Pie Muffins

1 - cup light brown sugar
1/2 - cup all purpose flour 
2 - eggs, beaten
2/3 - cup melted butter
1 - cup chopped pecans
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
additional pecan halves, optional

In a bowl, stir together all ingredients except pecan halves. Line a mini muffin tin with liners and spray the liners with non baking spray. 

Fill each mini muffin tins 2/3 full with batter. Top each with a pecan half. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 15 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 2 1/2 dozen mini muffins.


I also made these wonderful Parmesan Roasted Potatoes from page 73. These potatoes are so easy to toss together and they pair nicely with just about any cut of meat. Just toss all the ingredients in a large Ziploc bag, shake and then add to your buttered baking pan. You can leave the skin on or off so it is really up to you. This dish definitely fits right in to the casual and comforting category.

Golden Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

1/4 - cup all purpose flour 
1/4 - cup grated parmesan cheese
3/4 - teaspoon salt
1/8 - teaspoon pepper
1/3 - cup butter, melted
6 - potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
Garnish - fresh parsley, optional

Place flour, cheese, salt and pepper in a large plastic ziploc bag.; Shake to mix well. Add potatoes and shake to coat all of the potatoes. 

Pour butter into a 13 x 9 inch baking pan; tilting to coat the pan. Arrange potaotes in pan. Bake uncovered, at 375 degrees for one hour. Sprinkle with parsley. Serves 4-6



Here are a few of the recipes from each chapter. I have a few of the ones below on my own to try list.
  • Easy French Dip Sandwiches (cant wait to try)
  • Nacho Chicken Dip
  • Sandwich on a Stick
  • Sangria Punch
  • Roasted Chicken & Apples
  • Fancy Crescent Chicken
  • Open Faced Lone Star Burgers
  • Cajun Oven Fries
  • Meatloaf Mexican
  • Peachy Keen Sweet Potatoes (cant wait to try)
  • Cornbread Chicken Pot Pie (a must try)
  • Bread Bowl Beef Stew
  • Strawberry Bread
  • Frosted Cherry Drops (a must try)
  • Marble Cheesecake
  • Monster Bars
What I love most about this cookbook is all of the recipes are easy peasy to make. Plus most of the recipes require only 30 minutes or less to prepare. All of the recipes are hearty, simple and delicious. I couldn't help but to think back on my own childhood and remember all of those easy home cooked meals my mother used to make.

This cookbook is for perfect for everyone. Whether you are a pro at cooking or just starting out this is a must have cookbook. To be quite honest I think any and all of the Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks are a must have to your cookbook collection. I own several of these cookbooks and proudly display all of them in my own kitchen. If you have never gotten your hands on a Gooseberry Patch cook than you truly are missing out on something special.

Thank you Gooseberry Patch for sharing yet another awesome cookbook from the 101 cookbook series.

I enjoyed all the recipes that I reviewed so much that I wanted to share them with all of you. To get a printable copy of all three of the review recipes just click on the link below.

I wanted to let everyone know that Gooseberry Patch has been kind enough to send me an additional copy to share with one of my readers. Thank you Gooseberry Patch! If you can't wait to get your hands on a copy of 101 Hearty Recipes you don't have to. Right now Amazon Books has it for $10.91. (awesome price) While you're there purchase an extra copy because this will make a great gift for anyone who loves to cook.

Would you like to get your hands on a copy of the fabulous cookbook? Well you can just follow the rules below to find out how you can win a Free copy of 101 Hearty Recipes.


How To Enter The Giveaway:
Just leave a comment on this post answering this question. When you think of Hearty Meals what dish comes to mind? (mandatory entry) For me it's my Chicken Spaghetti recipe. It's hearty, delicious and a stick to your ribs kind of meal.

Additional Entries:
You can do any or all of the following for extra entries. Please leave a separate comment for each one.

1. Become a Fan of Gooseberry Patch on Face book. When you have done that, return to this post and leave a separate comment letting me know that you are a fan.
2. Join Gooseberry Patch "Circle of Friends" so you can stay Gooseberry Patch updated.
3. Become a New Fan of Mommy's Kitchen on Face book.
4. Mention this giveaway on your face book page. Come back and leave a comment telling me so.
5. Become a New Google Follower to Mommy Kitchen (left side of my blog page)
6. Tweet the following for another entry: Win a copy of @gooseberrypatch 101 Hearty Recipes @mommyskitchen http://tinyurl.com/3q6jdgg #giveaway

Last day to enter this giveaway will be at Midnight on September 3, 2011 (CST). I will pick a random winner using random.org and announce the winner on this blog, face book and twitter. Good Luck everyone. Contest open to U.S & Canadian Residents only due to shipping charges.



THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED 



Disclosure: Gooseberry Patch provided me with a copy of "101 Hearty Recipes" for the purpose of this review. They also provided me with an additional copy to use in a reader giveaway. With that being said the opinions & comments stated above are entirely my own. I would like to thank Gooseberry Patch for choosing Mommy's Kitchen as a "Early Bird Reviewer" and for sponsoring this giveaway.



483 comments:

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Maggie Peplinski said... #

A good hearty meal would be Ham and Scalloped Potatoes and Scalloped Corn - homemade rolls or cornbread wouldn't hurt, either!

Anonymous said... #

Chicken wild rice cream soup is my idea of a hearty meal, my creation done in a slow cooker.

Anonymous said... #

Chicken wild rice cream soup is what i have in mind as a hearty meal, one of my own creations done in a slow cooker.

Anonymous said... #

a good hearty soup
patti

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SC said... #

Chicken pot pie comes to mind as a good hardy meal especially on a cold night.

Anonymous said... #

Meatloaf with mashed potatoes
smoothnita@aol.com

Anonymous said... #

A hearty meal to me is a slow cooker pot raost with lots of veggies and gravy followed by a fruit pie! Oh, no! I'm starved!!!!!!!
jeanesilvr@aol.com

Anonymous said... #

Shepherd's Pie.. is wonderful on a cold night!

Jeanine

Anonymous said... #

I have just posted a notice on FB about this Hearty Recipes giveaway!! jeanesilvr@aol.com

zonagal56 said... #

I think of beef stew and cornbread.
Donalee
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zonagal56 said... #

Became a new fan of Mommy's Kitchen on FB

Tracie said... #

When I think of hearty food I think of my favorite Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes.

Tracie said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberries Patch on facebook.
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Tracie said... #

I am a new fan of Mommy's Kitchen on facebook.
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Anonymous said... #

I'm one of the unfortunates who cannot post here - no matter what I try (with my AOL or google accounts). My email is carolinejosh@aol.com Not sure if this qualifies for an entry but I'm fairly adept with tech issues and am unable to solve this one.

Anonymous said... #

Oh - and I became a fan of your site on FB and posted the information from GP about the giveaway on my FB page, too. :)
Kathleen Uebele Baldwin on facebook
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andi said... #

i have found so many wonderful sites through gooseberry patch and yours blows my mind!! so excited to have found you and of course i "liked" your facebook page! gooseberry patch and all the wonderful sites they've lead me to are my main reasons for even getting on fb anymore!! my favorite heatry meal is my meatloaf with mashed potatoes and brown gravy, and my oh so gooey mac and cheese!!

Laurie Gibson said... #

I follow you on FB.

Laurie Gibson said... #

When I think of hearty meals, the first thing that comes to mind is Beef and Noodles (homemade ones, of course).

Anonymous said... #

I love hearty meal especially in the fall, stews, soups, breads, roasts...Yummy! Tired of the hear waiting to be able to really cook again in the fall and winter time!

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Marlene Frazier said... #

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings...comfort food at its best...hearty and rib sticking!

straykat said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook

straykat said... #

Hearty meals to me are roast 'n potatoes 'n veggies, or a nice thick beef stew...

straykat said... #

I am a member of GP 'Circle of Friends'

straykat said... #

I am now following through Google Connect

Unknown said... #

We make a wonderful Chili. :) Thanks gahome2mom/at/gmail/com

Unknown said... #

Tweeted @luvnheartdesign gahome2mom/gmail/com

Unknown said... #

Facebook Fan (June)gahome2mom/gmail/com

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New Google Friend too... gahome2mom/gmail/com

Unknown said... #

Gooseberry Fan (June) on Facebook gahome2mom/gmail/com

Amy said... #

Chili and cornbread or chicken pot pie with biscuits! Yum!

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Amy said... #

I'm a GP FB fan.

Amy said... #

I'm in the GP Circle of Friends.

Darlene Sawyer said... #

When I think about hearty meals I think about pot roast.....and also bean soup.

Anonymous said... #

I am now a fan of Gooseberry Patch on fb-Karen -onebarneyfife@comcast.net

Unknown said... #

I love a good steaming pot of beef stew with potatoes and carrots cooked along with the meat. oooo the gravy dipped up with bread...sooo good

Anonymous said... #

I have joined the Gooseberrry Patch circle of friends-Karen onebarneyfife@comcast.net

Anonymous said... #

a hearty meal to me is a slow cooked beef roast with potatoes, carrots, green beans, gravy and rolls along with a peach pie-Karen onebarneyfife@comcast.net

greta grits said... #

When I think of a hearty meal I think of beef stew!! Not the runny kind like nowadays (reminds me of soup!! ). The thick, stick to your ribs kind, old fashion!! Yummy!!!

Anonymous said... #

I think of beef stew and biscuits when I think of hearty meals
barb babergbower@gmail.com

greta grits said... #

I did my manditory entry and joined "Gooseberry Patch" on face book!!

greta grits said... #

I joined "Gooseberry Patch" circle of friends!!!! Love their books!!!
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:) :) :)

shana said... #

Hearty means chicken fried steak, smashed potatoes & gravy & green beans.
you can't go wrong with starch!!!

nineteen19 at blackfoot dot net

shana said... #

like you on face book under shana cummings williams

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Rhondi said... #

Hearty meal for me is fried chicken, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, corn on the cob, and apple pie for dessert.

shana said... #

networked blogs follower

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Anonymous said... #

a hearty meal to me is chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes, rolls, salad and coconut cream pie for dessert-Karen onebarneyfife@comcast.net

tsmith said... #

Hearty for me would be defined as some kind of meat, baked potato and a vegetable. Of course, all of that would be followed by a yummy dessert!

Rhondi said... #

Tina, I shared your giveaway on my Facebook page:
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Anonymous said... #

Hearty to me is Hopple Popple. My mom made this for us.

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Anonymous said... #

When I think of Hearty Meals, I think of Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy, mashed taters and Ho bread!! YUMMMM Lisa--lmnega@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said... #

I also like in Facebook!
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Anonymous said... #

I am a fan of GB patch on FB
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Anonymous said... #

Mentioned your site and posted link to your giveaway on my FB page!
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Lisa R said... #

I am a fan on facebook.

Anonymous said... #

became a fan on FB!

Anonymous said... #

Google Follower

Bethany said... #

I am a new fan to Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook =)

Bethany said... #

I'm a new follower to Mommy's Kitchen on GFC =)

Bethany said... #

I recommended this blog to my friends. This book looks amazing!! Those pecan pie muffins sound just decadent!! =)

Bethany said... #

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook.

Bethany said... #

I am also a Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends member. =) I just LOVE their giveaways!! This looks like one of the best ones yet!! =) Thanks for this terrific opportunity!

Anonymous said... #

Hearty meal

Irish stew...

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Anonymous said... #

Liked Gooseberry Patch on FB

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Anonymous said... #

Joined Circle of Friends

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Anonymous said... #

joined Mommy's Kitchen on FB

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Anonymous said... #

Shared giveaway on my status on FB

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Anonymous said... #

Tweeted:

Win a copy of @gooseberrypatch 101 Hearty Recipes @mommyskitchen http://tinyurl.com/3q6jdgg #giveaway

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Anonymous said... #

The meal that comes to mind is a beef stew cooking in my cast iron dutch oven served with homemade corn bread. Mmmm!

Marnie @ clarkdsr@aol.com

Tina - Off The Wall Expressions said... #

When I think hearty I think Cheddar Chowder Soup!

Tina
offthewallexp@gmail.com

Tina - Off The Wall Expressions said... #

New Fan of Mommy's Kitchen on FB!

Tina

Tina - Off The Wall Expressions said... #

New Follower of Mommy's Kitchen!

Thanks!
Tina

Anonymous said... #

I Tweeted about your giveaway

Anonymous said... #

I think of beef n' noodles over mashed potatoes
Patricia Mann

pamann1969@yahoo.com

Angie said... #

When I think of a hearty meal, I think of salisbury steak and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy, a veggie and bread and butter or biscuits. Very filling!

Angie Quinn said... #

When I think of a hearty meal, I think of salisbury steak and mashed potatoes smothered with gravy, a veggie and bread and butter or biscuits. Very filling!

Patti Keil said... #

"Hearty Meals" makes me think of Tater Tot Casserole, Beef Stew, Chili or Meatloaf.

Pattikaye5258@yahoo.com

Patti Keil said... #

Already "Like" Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!

Pattikaye5258@yahoo.com

Patti Keil said... #

Already belong to" Circle of Friends".

Pattikaye5258@yahoo.com

Patti Keil said... #

Already. "Like" Mommy's Kitchen on Facebook.

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Anonymous said... #

My favorite hearty meal is Beef Stew and Yeast rolls.

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Anonymous said... #

hearty would be Texas barbecue!

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