Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Review

Its review time again….yep Gooseberry Patch cookbook review time.

Boy have I been having fun…a sweet sweet kinda fun! I’ve been baking from one of the newest Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks ~Best Ever Cookies!! Yum YumO!


Cookies…Cookies…Cookies…

Glancing and drooling through this book I wanted to bake something right away. A recipe that I would have the ingredients for without going to the store *mostly because I couldn’t wait!*   So first up on this baker’s list are Nut Gems. They are so simple, with ingredients that one would more than likely have hanging around in the pantry and what baker does not keep a supply of butter handy? * Paula would be so proud*
For this recipe you only need six simple items. I’ll share them with you here:
1 cup of butter, softened
¼ cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
2 teaspoons water
Garnish: powdered sugar
Blend together butter and sugar until smooth. Stir in flour until well combined. Stir in nuts and water. Form into one-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350* for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly and roll in powdered sugar while still warm. Makes 3 dozen.
Talk about melt in your mouth! So soft and buttery…the only thing that would make these cookies better is a tall glass of cold milk! Of course you could just drink it out of my tea cup if you want. These cookies are delectable enough for wedding and baby showers because of their charming bite size beauty and impeccable taste!
Double whammy!

Here’s a helpful hint from one of the many pages of this cookbook~
Have you ever baked a batch of cookies too long?  No… not me! Haha. Well here’s a simple solution opposed to breaking a tooth and throwing them out the back door: If they’re a little too hard, but not burnt, slip a slice of fresh bread into the cookie jar overnight. Cookies will soften like magic!  If they are burnt...throw them out the back door!  Thanks Gooseberry!
What makes an oatmeal raisin cookie even more special? When it is filled with chocolate covered raisins! Oh yeah!!  Who would have ever thought?  Well Katie Majeske from Denver, PA did and boy did she have a great idea!! YumO! Her recipe for Hannah’s Oatmeal Cookies is divine!  With a hint of cinnamon and almond too… Your taste buds will be happy dancing! They are definitely a cookie jar classic with a surprising twist!



You'll have to get the book for this recipe!!

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Next up are Amish Buttermilk Cookies. Most of you know that the Amish are also known as Plain People, noted for their plain dress and simple life style. Well these cookies are the same… A simple yet mildly sweet fluffy soft cookie, with a cake like texture.

Eat them plain or throw a couple of these in a bowl and top with sweetened strawberries and whipped topping and man-o-man. I gave mine a light dusting of powdered sugar as eye candy. My husband loves these…good thing too, as this recipe makes a LOT of cookies!!
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Now that I have got cookies galore, I’m gonna wrap some of these fine eatables up and ship them to New Orleans! My daughter and her husband will love them and I’ll be glad to share them *so me and hubby don’t eat them all*.



And now for the excitement….drum roll please…pay attention now…you get a chance to win this cookbook, right here, right now!! Yep...I'm giving away a brand new copy of Best Ever Cookies.

Boring but IMPORTANT DETAILS TO ENTER THE DRAWING ~ If you are an anonymous commenter or DO NOT have a blog of your own…please leave your name and e~mail address along with your comment and also tell me what your favorite homemade cookie is. Your e-mail address is for the sole purpose of getting in touch with you when you win!! Please note that this give-away is limited to US and Canadian addresses only, due to postage costs...so sorry :) That’s it...simple as can be! I will select one name as the lucky winner on Wednesday March 9, 2011.

If you are not the winner...don't fret!  You can pre-order your cookbook here before they hit the shelves.  Once you are on the Gooseberry Patch page, just click on the Amazon button for a savings discount!

SIDE NOTE:  To read my review of Gooseberry Patch's "Mom’s Very Best Recipes" cookbook …go here

i LOVE doing Cookieography!! 
i also love Gooseberry Patch graphics…so cute!!

105 comments:

Julie Harward said...

Ohhh...YUM! The cookies all look so good...I LOVE Gooseberry patch! ;D

the country cook said...

Excellent review! I post mine soon, but I'm excited to see that we chose different recipes. These look amazing! - www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

holly said...

OMG's! YAH! cant wait to get our little cookies in the mail!!! Thanks so much. you are the BEST! Loves you!

grammy and papi said...

What wonderful cookies. They all sound so delicious. My favorite cookie has to be chocolate chip or white chocolate macadamia nut. YUMMO!!

Have a God Filled Day
Shirley

Cindy said...

Cora oh my...I think I would have to mail those off also...I would eat them all!!lol

My favorite cookie is the Texas Ranger cookie...it has a little bit of all things yummy in it.
Great now I need to go bake some...thanks Cora...lol

Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Anonymous said...

Love the looks of the Amish Buttermilk Cookie!

Kelly
kmarolf@yahoo.com

Cinner said...

Cora, now I am hungry with no cookies in the house. I guess I have to bake now and hopefully don't have to throw them out the back door....that has been done here before. lol. great job to you on your review.

cottageprims said...

The Amish cookies look like a recipe I've been looking for.Chocolate chip is my favorite.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Sares said...

These all look delicious. I have butter softening on the counter as we speak to whip up a batch of white chocolate chip cookies! It's snowing outside and I thought a warm batch of cookies sounded yummy.

Great review and good luck to everyone that entered!

luckypookers9213 said...

they look soooooooo yummy. i hope you enter me in the drawing. i would love to win this book.

Tracy said...

Once again, your review rocks!! LOVE the photos!! You are so talented!! I'd have to say my favorite cookie is probably a sugar cookie with homemade frosting!! :-)

Karen said...

Love your cookbooks. My favorite cookie to make is Chocolate Oatmeal no bake Cookies. Waiting to hear I won this cookbook.

LyndaLoo said...

Oh Hannah’s Oatmeal Cookies sound delish!

My favorite all time cookie is Oatmeal Pecan Cranberry Nut cookie.

This would make a great addition to my ever expanding Gooseberry Collection. :)

LyndaLoo

jackie said...

i LOVE cookies...and all of these look divine. i baked cinnamon rolls for dinner, they were fab! but, i forgot to take a picture.

jackie said...

oops! i meant i baked them after dinner...we didn't have cinnamon rolls for dinner. although, i don't think anyone would object.

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Now I wanna bake some cookies too! Please enter me, can always use more good recipes!

Nancy Bowen said...

Please enter my name in the cookbook winning contest! Cookies are my favorite thing to bake! They generally don't take a lot of time, and you can whip up a last minute dessert in a hurry! AND, it is so easy to add your own touches. My favorites are oatmeal and sugar cookies (especially at Christmas!).

Nancy B. = nbowen@sals.edu

The Wotring's said...

My favorite is oatmeal chocolate chip. These recipes look great.

Nancy said...

What an informative and yummy post......The cookies look delicious and oh how I want one....or two or three....guess I'll have to bake some......

Please put me in for the giveaway cookie cookbook....I would love it......

BUNANNIE@Prodigy.net

Debra said...

I've made lots of those Nut Gems-they are sooooo good! I think they are called by many names-my Christmas cookbook calls them Russian Tea Cakes. But by any name-they still taste as sweet!
~Debra

Lillian Lane said...

These recipes sound great. I especially like the idea of using chocolate-covred raisins in the oatmeal cookies. Lillian Lane, jkklane@surewest.net

Anonymous said...

Chocolate covered oatmeal cookies sound delicious. Please put me in for the contest. Thank you

Sarah
seputt@yahoo.com

Joyce said...

This sounds like a real "must have" addition to my *huge* GP cookbook collection. Our favorite cookie? It's a tie - Blonde Brownies (recipe from my mother-in-law) and Oatmeal Raisin (or choc. chip) which is an old family recipe from my mother's side.
Joyce
jmeinhardt@kc.rr.com

Anita Kehn said...

Cookies are my absolutely favorite thing. They freeze so nicely and you can take out however many you need. My favorite is Peanut Blossoms.

Mitchell4 said...

Oh Joy!! You can never go wrong with a warm freshly baked choco chip cookie. Keepin my fingers crossed.

Mama Holli said...

YUMMY YUMMY cookie recipes! I want them all and now please!

Susan said...

Those oatmeal cookies look FANTASTIC! I would have never thought of doing that. And I love the first ones, which we have always called "wedding cookies". The look beautiful in that gorgeous cup and saucer. I might make some today.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, all the cookies look great! I have this cookbook and I did not see the Amish cookie recipe. It is one that I will try for sure. I think if I had to choose a favorite from "looking" and not tasting (yet), the round powdered sugar cookies in the tea cup look delicious!
Thanks for sharing and for a chance to win!
Janan - you know how to reach me!

MWJ said...

lOVE THE OATMEAL COOKIES WITH CHOCOLATE COVERED RAISINS! YUM!
LOVE ALL THE PICTURES ON THE BLOG

Carolyn T. said...

The cookies look so good!! My favorite is Oatmeal Raisin and I can't wait to make my next batch with the new twist of chocolate covered raisins!!! I always enjoy reading your blog!!

Libby Leatherwood said...

I want some cookies in the mail, oh, but wait, maybe I just run over and get some milk and cookies and visit!! My favorite cookies, I have two, oatmeal and sugar cookies. Can't wait to try the oatmeal cookies above!!!

Mitchell4 said...

ohhhh This book looks dreamy. Thanks for the recipe. I can never turn down a good chocolate chip cookie. So good. Thanks!!

Mama Rodz said...

It is SO hard to pick a favorite cookie! It is a toss up between chocolate chip and oatmeal cranberry walnut.

~ Blaire

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

I just love everything "Gooseberry"...those nut ball cookies are my mom's favorites!

Char said...

the 1st cookie is one of my all time faves! yum.

great idea with the chocolate covered raisins

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Cora~I can honestly say...there's never been a cookie made that I've not enjoyed. They may be a confection small in size, but they're packed with a big "sweet surprise!"

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Karen said...

Cora... as usual.. love your post.. and wow what a tip about the bread and over baked cookies..that is awesome..
and now I want to defer from that great post for just a second,, (even though I want to be considered for the free book)
your photography. I love it,,as you know,, I have said it many of time..as a lover of picture taking myself,, but with no formal training and still not understanding the features of my camera.. can you please email me and let me know..... how do you get that soft , pastelly color to your photos..is it a camera setting or an editing features..
please let me know.. this question has been bugging me for months..
please email me at
momsnewbeginning@aol.com
thank you cora..have a blessed day..

Farm editor said...

I love mexican wedding cakes! The gems sound similar!

crystal shook said...

I love any cookie, but homemade Peanut Butter cookies are the best and they are so simple to make.
Hope you have a Blessed day :-)
Crystal
crystalshook@charter.net

debbie kittle said...

Can't wait to try the cookie cookbook!

Anonymous said...

I love Gooseberry Patch. My favorite cookie has to be the dirty snowballs. My name is Leah Dodson and I hope I win. My email address is magdalenasuzette@yahoo.com.

Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for your review of Gooseberry Patch's Best Ever Cookies cookbook...I really want to try the Nut Cookies...I have a similar recipe called "Russian Tea Cookies" that we always make at Christmas, so it'll be interesting to see how they compare. It would be so cool to win this cookbook too...I love Gooseberry Patch and have a bookshelf dedicated to my collection! My email address is:
bassoff@juno.com

Thanks so much...your blog is great! :)
Best regards,
Debbie Bassoff

Anonymous said...

sounds just so yummy- love your music- pam pamsfamily2006@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite home-made cookies are the no bakes my dad makes me (the only thing he cooks) or the pumpkin spice cookies, make from a box of cake mix and home canned pumpkin!!!

charitydahn@hotmail.com
Charity Deffenbaugh

Stacy said...

I would love the cookie recipes. Any cookie that's homemade is a favorite just because it's homemade!! :)

Anonymous said...

They all sound so yummy
shaw151940@yahoo.com

Cathy Huster said...

My Favorite and my husband's are oatmeal raisin cookies

ChristaLaree said...

Russian Tea Cakes are my most favorite homemade cookie. If I don't give them away, I will eat every single one.

Stacy said...

forgot my email last post walker.staycee@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love Oatmeal Raisin cookies the best. I can't wait to try them with the chocolate covered raisins! I'd never thought of that.

I also love Goose Patch Cookbooks!

Doris Raum dr69339@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Love this cookie blog! I'd never thought about chocolate covered raisins before in my Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, but will be trying them for sure. It's hard to choose one favorite cookie, because they've always been my favorite thing to bake, but I think I'd have to say an old fashioned Ginger Snap cookie is one of my all time favorites...first made them when I was ten years old!

Debbie
DebCham12@aol.com

Kristine said...

Can't beat any cookie that combines peanut butter and chocolate! This cookbook sounds awesome and I would LOVE to win one!

Kris
kristines30@hotmail.com

Adalyn said...

I love your blog, I just found it today, I am a Gooseberry Patch fan on facebook. My favorite cookie is going to be the chocolate covered raisin oatmeal cookies...what an excellent idea:) I would love to enter to win the cookbook, flossie88@msn.com and I am going to try to follow your blog, if I can figure it out. Thanks so much for sharing all of these recipes!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Great blog! My favorite to eat is Vanilla Wafers, but favorite to bake is Jelly Bean Cookies-they make my husband and kids so happy, lol.
Looking forward to the cookbook!
Courtney Barna to_court@yahoo.com

Muffins and Lace said...

My favorite cookie is white chocolate chip with dried cherries. Great giveaway. Love your blog too.

KN said...

I like all cookies -- but snickerdoodles are a favorite.

Kathi, kathleennoland@yahoo.com

dizzle said...

Hello there! I have so many favorite cookies, but my favorite to make at home and eat are Italian rainbow cookies aka 7-layer venetian cookies. I also love chocolate-hazelnut cookies!

Thanks for the book review-I love Gooesebery Patch cookbooks and my email is danielle.battaglia@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great Blog.. I am new to the site, but look forward to following you .. I would also like to enter to win your cookbook.. cwmartucci@yahoo.com and my favorite cookie is the flying pecan

Traci Seats said...

I love peanut butter cookies the best!

Anonymous said...

Love the Nut Gems! Would love this cookbook!

Valerie
Pennagal@aol.com

Anonymous said...

They all sound delish - yummy!


Amy
amyallen77@comcast.net

The Curly Red Head's Doing This said...

Love your cookbooks and love your blog!! My favorite cookies are snickerdoodles or the Nutgems you gave but we always called snowballs. Love those!!

Anonymous said...

I love no-bake cookies the best. They are super simple and so yummy!
Melissa Qualls mjqualls@sbcglobal.net

Niki said...

I love cookies and baking cookies so much that it's really hard to pick a favorite, but I think mine are my mom's Oatmeal Raisin. Soooo yummy! And I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. I haven't found one yet that I don't like!

SavannahsSmiles said...

I LOVE Gooseberry Cookbooks and would be thrilled to win!!
christinaburrell at hotmail dot com

betty marzo said...

Nothing says "h0me" like Gooseberry!! Thanks for the chance to win this cookbook. Take care!! Betty Marzo burgndeeve2005@aol.com

Linda Dubbelman said...

Those cookies look yummy!!!! :) My favorite homemade cookie is chocolate chip cookies. They never last more than a day or two around here and then I have to make them again. ;) Thanks for the chance to win the cookbook. Linda Dubbelman lcdubbelman@telus.net

Steve, ToVah, Avery, and Z said...

I abosolutely love anything with white chocolate mmmmmmm.

trumpet26@hotmail.com

Cedar Acre lady said...

What an adorable little blog you have. I will have to look around it more. I'd love to win the cookie book!

StillyBee said...

Waves howdy dooo to another Bama Beauty! Sending some Birmingham ((((((honey huggles)))))) Lovely blog & post ya got here 8) I love any ole kinda cookie as long as I got something to nibble on whilst I read homespuny blogger stuff! I'm glad I found yours...

angeldove7dt@gmail.com

Tina said...

My favorite homemade cookie is one that my grandma used to bake-a chocolate cookie with homemade white frosting--YUMM!!!

Gert said...

Please enter me into this drawing..all amazing cookies but my favorite of course have to be chocolate chip cookies..

Blessings...
xoxo Gert

Nicole said...

My favorite has been a chocolate cookie with oreo pieces in it - i swear, everytime i make it, it brings me back to the cafeteria in college (which for me is a VERY good thing!)

Maria said...

My very favorite cookie is a chewy chocolate chocolate chip cookie I've been making for years. Happens to be my daughter's favorite, too. :)

jengd said...

Oh you're FUNNY! Like there's only one fav?! There's the candied jalapeno cookies a friend made the other year (I haven't tried to make them yet), PB, chewy chocolate, snickerdoodles... and the list just goes on.

Anonymous said...

I love homemade cookies snickerdoddles are 1 of my favs

fa48d846-46ca-11e0-a392-000bcdcb2996 said...

My daughters and I have a cookie baking day every year in December, baking and making plates for friends and family gifts. Favorite homemade cookie is Raspberry Thumbprints.

Denise said...

My favorite cookie recipe is from my Grandma's old Kitchen Klatter cookbook. They're called "Dorothy's Christmas Cookies." We make them several times a year and frost them with a basic frosting. Delicious!

Anonymous said...

I just love to make cookies . . . any kind suits me just fine, but my kids request choco chip, sugar with sugar sprinkles or Monster cookies the most. Would love to have new recipes . . . .
Kyla
olsonkyla@rocketmail.com

Anonymous said...

Peanut Butter and snickerdoddles are my fav

Anonymous said...

Re doing peanut butter and snickerdoodles








kity47@hotmail.com Kathy Murray

Donna C said...

My favorite homemade cookies are chocolate chip...yum.
fdcj82@yahoo.com

RubyKat said...

Would love to get this book!! I like the Nut Gems. My favorite cookies to make are White Chocolate Dipped Cherry Shortbread cookies and Chocolate Chunk Cherry cookies.
kmgervais@nycap.rr.com

Ann said...

I love anything cookie. I love Gooseberry patch. Simple ideas we grew up with.

Kim Dowd said...

Making cookies is probably the one of the best memories I have with my Mom. She always made sure cookie jar was never empty. I've kept that tradition. My kids didn't even know what store bought cookies were until started going over to friends houses.

Would love to add this book to my cookbook collection.

Favorite cookie:Peanut Butter made with chunky peanut butter.

imzadi_ok@yahoo.com

god is enough said...

Love cranberry white chocolate oatmeal, almost healthy enough to eat for breakfast!
hillsboropaines@gmail.com

Pam Traskos said...

Oatmeal chocolate chips are my fav...perfect with a cup of tea. Thanks for this chance, can never have too many cookbooks, love Gooseberry Patch!

BilliePam said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE just baked warm chocolate chip cookies!!! The best ever!!!

Kaylee & Lisa said...

I would love to win this cookbook!
My favorite cookie is a new one I have been making. It's S'Mores chocolate chip cookies. They are so yummy!

kohl1997@sbcglobal.net

di.spencer said...

I am new to Gooseberry and have none of their cookbooks. This one looks amazing and I would love it so I'd be able to bake some of these goodies up with my grandchildren! The nut gems sound & look fantastic. The g'kids & I will have a blast rolling these out :) Thank you for this opportunity to enter your contest.
Diane Spencer
Quesnel, British Columbia
di.spencer@shaw.ca

cookie Lytle said...

Oh my how I love each and every one of your cookbooks that I can get my hands on..Love gooseberry patch..your so talented and such yummy cookies..nut gems .can you say .mmmmmmmmmmmmmm....thank you for a wonderful opportunity to enter....and I absolutely LOVE your choice(s) of songs...xoxox

Cookie

Anonymous said...

Just found you by way of Gooseberry Patch on Facebook--love the picture of the tea cup with cookies!! Those would be the first we would bake.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter. I know I'll be back to your site to visit.
Jane
guileys@bellsouth.net

Courtney @ splashing grace said...

yum! love gooseberry patch, love cookies - sounds like a perfect match. (i don't think i have a favorite cookie, i love them all!)

Donnie said...

Hope this is my lucky day...I have several Gooseberry cookbook, just not this one. Hope I received an email telling me I won

Barb said...

My favorite would have to be chocolate chip cookies. Lots of good memories growing up with mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies...
Bandba@aol.com

Tina said...

You picked some great cookies to review! I can't wait to get started baking.
I have to say...your photography is excellent! You definitely captured the yumminess of the cookies!!

Anonymous said...

Great review! My favorite homemade cookies are Oatmeal Raisin...and the idea for using chocolate-covered raisins sounds excellent! Would love to win this book!
Wendy
wendy@technology-jobs.com

Tracy said...

I'm a big fan of snickerdoodles though the amish cookies you listed sound great as well!!

anaturalprocess "at" gmail "dot" com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this cookbook. My favorite cookies are gumdrop cookies. Donna

drburfield@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Love the review of Gooseberry Patch's new cookbook, thanks for sharing! My favorite cookie is White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. Thanks again for sharing!~Crystal Willich caseyandcrystal@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Love the review of Gooseberry Patch's new cookbook, thanks for sharing! My favorite cookie is White Chocolate Macadamia Nut. Thanks again for sharing!~Crystal Willich caseyandcrystal@yahoo.com

The Simple Girl said...

Oh dear, I hope I'm not too LATE!! By the way, I LOVE your blog! Cute graphics!

I actually blogged about my favorite cookie last week. It's the most famous Chocolate Chip Cookie! How could no one not LOVE them!!

Actually, here's the link to it:
http://thesimplegirlblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/simple-girls-favorite-cookie-recipe.html

Cora said...

Thanks to everyone that commented! Good luck to all of you! The comments are now closed for the drawing....please bear with me, we are having some really bad weather at the moment, I may have to take cover!! Thanks again for your interest and thanks to my new followers!
Blessings to all............

Anonymous said...

Chocolate Chip cookies are my favorite. I hope I am not too late to be entered.

johnsoditus@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

Chocolate Chip cookies are my favorite. I hope I am not too late to be entered.

johnsoditus@verizon.net