Gooseberry Patch's 101 Cupcake, Cookies & Brownie Recipes & Another Giveaway!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Are you familiar with Gooseberry Patch's 101 series cookbooks? The titles in the series include 101 Christmas Recipes, 101 Autumn Recipes, 101 Easy Entertaining Recipes, 101 Homestyle Favorite Recipes, 101 Slow-Cooker Recipes and the newest in the series, 101 Cupcakes, Cookies & Brownie Recipes. These books differ a little from the comb-bound books we all love from Gooseberry Patch. These all have full-color photos of each recipe (isn't that a GORGEOUS photo of my Double-Maple Cupcake recipe).

This book came in right when I was trying to decided what was going to make the cut for my modified Christmas baking list. I wanted to try something from each of the three catagories (Cupcakes, Cookies & Brownies). The first recipe I tried was Cream Cheese Crescent Bars from Lisa Delisi from Bristol, WI. This recipe looked to be easy peasy and since we LOVE all-things cream cheese, I was sure this recipe would be a hit.

Cream Cheese Crescent Bars
GBP 101 Cupcake, Cookies & Brownie Recipes
Lisa Delisi, Bristol, WI
(Printable Version)
2 8-oz tubes refrigerated crescent rolls, seperated
2 8-oz pkgs, cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg seperated

Line the bottom of a greased 13"x9" baking pan with one package crescent rolls, pinching seams together; set aside. Blend together cream cheese, vanilla, sugar and egg yolk; spread evenly over crust. Gently place remaining crescent roll dough on top, pinching together seams. In a bowl, whisk egg white until frothy; brush over dough. Sprinkle with Cinnamon Topping; bake at 350 degrees until golden, about 25-30 minutes. Cool; slice into bars or triangles. Makes 2 dozen.

Cinnamon Topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 c chopped pecans
1 tsp cinnamon

Gently toss together all ingredients.

The recipe instructions were easy to understand and went together quickly. The baking time was accurate and MOST IMPORTANT..this is YUMM-O! I will be making this again and even thought of a variation to try. I originally thought I'd stick these in the freezer to take for a New Year's eve get together we're going to.....they will NOT be around that long.

The next recipe on my to-try list was Pistachio Thumbprints. I knew my daughter would probably really like these since she loves Pistachio Pudding (and is a HUGE fan of Watergate Salad). We also have a fondness for thumbprint style cookies.

Pistachio Thumbprints
GBP 101 Cupcake, Cookies & Brownie Recipes
Shawna Green, Dumas, TX
(Printable Version)
1 cup margarine, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 egg beaten
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3.4-oz pkg. instant pistaschio pudding mix
1 cup pecans finely chopped
1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp shortening

Blend margarine, powdered suagr, egg and extracts. Stir in flour and dry pudding mix. Form dough into 1-inch balls; roll in pecans. Placed on greased baking sheets; gently press a thumbprint into each. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes; let cool. Spoon vanilla filling into thumbprints. In a plastic zipping bag, microwave remaining ingredients until melted, one to 2 minutes, stirring every 15 seconds. Snip off tip of one corner; drizzle over cookies. Makes 3 dozen.

Vanilla Filling:
2 Tbsp margarine, softened
2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp milk

Combine all ingredients; mix well.

I have to admit to some modifications I made to this recipe. We gave up hydrogenated fats many years. I usually avoid all recipes calling for margarine and shortening but I figured that this one could easily be made with butter. I also skipped the greasing of the cookie sheet and used parchment paper instead. Modifications and cookies turned out WONDERFUL!

And recieved the Jadyn seal of approval! These are so festive looking and you could add a little red coloring to the icing to make them even more festive! I did find that I used a little more nuts than the recipe calls for BUT I do have a tendancy to be heavy-handed when it comes to nuts.

The last recipe I tried was Snickerdoodle Cupcakes.

Snickerdoodle Cupcakes
GBP 101 Cupcakes, Cookies & Brownie Recipes
Diana Bulls - Reedley CA
(Printable Version)
1/8-1/4 oz. pkg. white cake mix
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
3 eggs beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon

In a large bowl, combine dry cake mix and remaining ingredients. Beat with an eletric mixer on a low speed for 3 minutes. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool. Frost with Cinnamon Frosting. Makes one dozen.

Cinnamon Frosting:
1/2 c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp cinnamon
3-3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 to 4 Tbsp milk

Beat butter until fluffy. Mix in vanilla, cinnamon and powdered sugar. Stir in enough milk for desired consistancy.

These cupcakes had to really live up to their name with me...I LOVE snickerdoodles. No disappointments!! Very yummy and an easy recipe for doctoring up a cake mix. I did have a concern about this recipe though. The recipe reads to fill your muffin cups 2/3rds full and that the yield would be one dozen cupcakes. I filled 18 cups and really probably over-filled them (I was concerned I wasn't putting in enough batter because I was getting more than the dozen the recipe called for). I would say that filling the cups 2/3rds full (and this would be the proper amount of batter per cup) the yield would be 2 dozen, not the ONE stated in the recipe.

Thank you Lisa, Shawna, Diana and Gooseberry Patch for new family favorites! My overall opinion of this book is that it is one I feel a NEED to add to my collection....if you bake cupcakes, cookies and/or brownies, you might want to consider adding it to your collection too.

Posting to Betty's Cupcake Sunday!

NOW for the BEST part......YOU can win 101 Cupcake, Cookies & Brownie Recipes before you can buy it and I am throwing in a handmade Faithfulness Farm Cupcake Apron! Here is what you need to do to get THREE chances to win -

1) Leave a comment!
2) Follow Faithfulness Farm (tell me if you already do)!
3) Friend Faithfulness Farm on FACEBOOK (tell me if you already have)!

Post about this giveaway on your blog or Facebook for a BONUS entry!

I'll announce the winner on January 3rd.


  1. samisu57 said...:

    I love this. I like & follow!!

  1. Sheri said...:

    This looks like a great cookbook, of course any cookbook from Gooseberry Patch is good. I can't wait to try the Snickerdoodle Cupcakes. Yum!

  1. Sheri said...:

    I am a friend on Facebook.

  1. Sheri said...:

    I also follow Faithfulness Farm! Thanks for all the reviews, and the pictures with the recipes are fantastic.

  1. LDH said...:

    Oh, yum!!! Love to be entered!

  1. LDH said...:

    I am a follower too :)

  1. Debbie said...:

    Thanks for your review! I really like Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and would love to be entered in this giveaway! Please give me another entry because I am one of your Facebook friends.

  1. ginger said...:

    Looks like another great GBP cookbook!

  1. ginger said...:

    i follow u on facebook

  1. Lynnie said...:

    Gail, what a great post! I love the idea of the book with pics of each recipe! That is my kind of cook book! Count me in for THREE entries. I am commenting, I follow and I am Friending you on FB right now! Thanks for a great giveaway!
    And.. Merry Christmas!

  1. Gert said...:

    Looks wonderful..I will post on my blog and I am a follower and a FB fan!

    Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!

    xoxo Gert

  1. Sharon said...:

    I love the gooseberry books, they have a special place on my book case. All the goodies look good enough to eat.

  1. lyndaloo said...:

    Love that you're sharing all these goodies with us. They all sound & look yummy! Looking forward to more!

  1. DarcyLee said...:

    My sister-in-law made something similar to the Cream Cheese Crescent bars when we were visiting them in Tennessee last year. They were delicious! And Watergate Salad is a favorite of ours, too, so I'm sure we would also love the Pistachio Thumbprints.

  1. DarcyLee said...:

    Oh, and I've been a follower for a long time now!! Love your blog.

  1. bettyjo912 said...:

    I have tried repeatedly to leave a comment. :( I really don't like my computer anymore. Thanks for the recipes, especially the Snickerdoodle cupcakes.

  1. Sue said...:

    You are busy in the kitchen! Please enter me in this drawing too. Thank you!

  1. Sue said...:

    I am a follower.

  1. Sue said...:

    I am a facebook friend.

  1. Put me in for all three shots forsure! Thanks!

  1. Oh wow these recipes look so delicious! Thanks so much for sharing them :-)

  1. I've been following you on my sidebar, but now I really signed up to follow :-)


  1. Martha said...:

    Love your blog, it's one of my favorites and is marked a favorite. I've been following it for quite a while. Your recipes looks so yummy.

  1. Connie said...:

    I would love to win that book! I'm a follower and thanks for sharing the recipes! They sound really good.

  1. Patty Sumner said...:

    I am so excited and would love a chance to win this new recipe book. I already am a follower on both facebook and your blog. Love the recipes. Thanks for sharing! You're Great! Blessings!

  1. Patty Sumner said...:

    I am excited and please include me in the drawing. I already am a follower on both facebook and your blog. I always enjoy your recipes. Thanks for sharing! Blessings!

  1. Everything looks great Gail! Lovin' the pretty thumbprints! Hope you had a beautiful Christmas-enjoy:@)

  1. cottageprims said...:

    I've been looking for the cream cheese cresent recipe for awhile now,I remembered making it a few years ago,but lost the recipe.Thanks for sharing it.Count me in on the wonderful giveaway.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  1. Denise said...:

    Just what I need another cookbook LOL. Well sign me up and I follow you as well!

  1. cottageprims said...:

    Of course I'm a follower.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  1. Julie said...:

    These look delicious! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  1. Oh I just LOVE anything from Gooseberry Patch! How cool that you have recipes in them!

    I follow your sweet blog and am a friend on Facebook. :)

    Christmas Blessings from Jessica

  1. Thank you for sharing the great recipes. I am a follower!

  1. suburban prep said...:

    Such yumminess.
    What a wonderful book it looks like.

  1. Jenny said...:

    I found you recently and have enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to trying the Pistachio Thumbprints. My 7 year old loves the Watergate salad too.

  1. Jenny said...:

    I am a Facebook follower. Found you just recently. Thanks for the recipes.

  1. Deb said...:

    I'm a follower!

  1. lacey said...:

    The Snicker Doodle Cupcakes look so yummy! I am a follower and your friend on facebook. I hope I win- the cookbook looks great!!!

  1. bj said...:

    Yum..YUM!!! These all sound good but that first one, I MUST give a try. Sounds delicious.:)
    hugs, bj

  1. Tina G said...:

    Oh my goodness! And here I thought my "goodie" baking time was over with! I can not wait to try these recipes..Which one do I make first? I think the Cream Cheese Crescent Bars and your Double Maple Cupcakes! I guess I can hit the gym a little harder next week! :-)

    I am already a (happy) follower of yours and also a friend on facebook!

    Thank you for sharing such yummy recipes!

  1. Carra said...:

    I just sent a friend requ. on FB

  1. Carra said...:

    They look so yummy!

  1. Carra said...:

    Shared about your giveaway on FB!!

  1. Blanje Bleu said...:

    How I would love to win!!!!

  1. Blanje Bleu said...:

    I'm already a follower!

  1. Lynn said...:

    The Snickerdoodle cupcakes look soooo good! I can't wait to try them out! Thank you for the recipe!

  1. Lynn said...:

    I am a follower too!

    Thank you so much for the chance of winning in your giveaway~


  1. EBower said...:

    I love the Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks. I have the Favorites of Fall and I just love it. My husband is a big pistachio fan and I look forward to trying the recipe. God Bless!

  1. EBower said...:

    I just started following your blog.

  1. EBower said...:

    I am following you on facebook too!

  1. EBower said...:

    I just posted this free giveaway to Facebook for a bonus entry :)

  1. Thanks again for another great review, Gail! :)

  1. Erin said...:

    I would love to win this.

  1. Erin said...:

    I am a follower.

  1. kelly said...:

    hi! Just discovered your blog and I'm already in love! I just friended you on facebook and am now following you here as well. :)

  1. Janelle said...:

    Those all look wonderful!! I think the one I most want to try is the Snickerdoodle cupcakes - I love that cookie, too!!

  1. Janelle said...:

    Just found your blog via Gooseberry Patch and am now following.

  1. Janelle said...:

    I also just requested your "friendship" on Facebook! :-)

  1. Juanita said...:

    I follow you here and friended you on facebook...

  1. Juanita said...:

    Shared on facebook

  1. Cheryl said...:

    looks like an awsome cookbook, I have made snickerdoodle cookies but have never heard of the snickerdoodle cupcakes. I bet they are to die for.

  1. gramtam said...:

    I would love to have this cookbook. Have sent a Facebook friend request and I follow your blog and enjoy it tremendously!

  1. Teish said...:

    That really does look like a fantastic cookbook! The Maple cupcakes sound WONDERFUL! :-)

  1. Wow, those recipes sound yummy!!!! I follow Faithfulness Farm already and have friended you on facebook. :) I will post about this giveaway on facebook as well.

  1. Marcia said...:

    Wonderful recipes and a great review ... thanks for sharing!

  1. The Wotring's said...:

    These recipes look fabulous!I can't wait to try them. I just sent a friend request on Facebook.Gooseberry Patch has my favorite cookbooks.

  1. HoneyCandi said...:

    I follow and I am a friend on Facebook!! Ijust love to cook and I go to school for Culinary Arts Management!! I would love to win!!!!

  1. Amanda in RI said...:

    This looks fantastic! Love GP cookbooks!

  1. Yummy, thank you for the chance to win! I am going to try your modifications to the recipes. Both of my daughters love cookbooks with photos! I am now a follower and added you on Facebook, very nice to meet you!

  1. Rachel said...:

    Oh, how delightful! The recipes look and sound amazing! :D I found your post/blog through the GBP FB page. ;) Can't wait to try some of them. :)

    Thank you for the chance to win the new cookbook soon-to-be-released! :D
    ~Miss Rachel~

  1. Tammy said...:

    These all look yummy! I would love the cookbook!

  1. Maryg said...:

    Excited to go through the book and try everything

  1. JLKing said...:

    Oh those Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies sound so heavenly good can't wait to try them.

  1. I've got to try the Pistachio Thumbprints! I didn't know you had a FB, I am now a follower of that, this wonderful blog, and I've grabbed your button.
    Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway.
    Have a blessed evening.

  1. Heidi said...:

    Thank you for sharing the yummy treats. I love holiday baking!

  1. Mrs. Morrison said...:

    nicely laid out. it took me a while to find the ways of entry.

  1. Mimi said...:

    Oh how fun to have found you here! I am a spirit filled farm gal at heart..I know I will enjoy reading and sharing the blogs and recipes.. I am going to go find you on Facebook right now, friend you and tell my sister and my lovely dotta's all about you. Thanks!!

  1. Laurie said...:

    I love all Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! Their cookbooks first peaked my interest in cooking and entertaining!

  1. Laurie said...:

    I am a fan on facebook.

  1. Wanda said...:

    I love anything Gooseberry Patch! First visit to your blog, looks wonderful and I look forward to becoming better acquainted! Thanks for the chance to win!

  1. mkonk said...:

    I have made the cream cheese crescent bars numerous times. Always a hit! For a little variation, stir in about 3 tablespoons of your favorite flavor of jam into the cream cheese mixture.

  1. aspensmom79 said...:

    Looks like a great cookbook and I am going to start following now.

  1. Barbie said...:

    I am a FB friend and a new follower to your blog. Printed off the Cream Cheese Crescent Bars. I know we will love those! I really like the music on your blog. I leave it on even when I'm away from the computer so I can listen throughout the house. Thank you!

  1. Betty said...:

    #1 Thank you so much for your cupcake post on my Cupcake Sunday party. #2 I am a follower #3 I love being a follower on my facebook page.
    Thanks again for visiting My Cozy Corner. And, I would love to win your goodies.

  1. Jennifer said...:

    Love Gooseberry Patch! Just found you and will begin following! Thanks for sharing and please enter me in your drawing!!

  1. Bren said...:

    I can't wait to try all 3 of these recipes! I am now following your website blog and also Facebook. So glad I found this!

  1. Brenda said...:

    I follow you on Facebook. I love your cookbooks!

  1. Brenda said...:

    I follow you on Facebook. I love your cookbooks!

  1. Bethtour said...:

    I will follow you on facebook

  1. Bethtour said...:

    I will follow you on facebook

  1. Vintage Girl said...:

    Another wonderful review....more recipes to try! Cupcakes and brownies are two of my favourites!! Thanks again for a fun opportunity to win. Blessings, Heather

  1. Cathy said...:

    My husband gave me 3 new Gooseberry Patch cookbooks for Christmas (so excited!) so I can't wait to add this one to my collection!! Thank you for posting these recipes..they ALL look delicious and looking forward to making and eating each one. Please accept my friend request on FB. :)

  1. Sue D said...:

    Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies so I would love to try this recipe.

  1. Sue D said...:

    I am a follower.

  1. Now that would be so fun to win this cookbook. Thank you Gail for this opportunity! I am already a follower.

  1. I've been lurking your blog for a while. Love it and read everyday. I love Gooseberry Patch recipes. Can't wait to try the snickerdoodle cupcakes and cream cheese crescents. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  1. Rose D. said...:

    Another great looking GB cookbook...thank you for sharing your trials with us. I follow your blog and am a follower (requested) on FB.

    May you be blessed in the new year!

  1. Deb said...:

    When I came to your blog the other day, it was my first visit...found out about you from Prairie Flower Farm. I'd love to win the cookbook and look forward to visiting your blog again.

  1. betty said...:

    I just found you:) by Gooseberry patch, please enter me in cookbook contest. I would love to win. Now I have to add you on facebook and send to my friends there chance to win and see your blog

  1. I LOVE this cookbook and I'm going to try all the recipes you posted here. YUMMMMMY! Love those pistachio thumbprints. PLEASE enter me "3 times"... I am a FOLLOWER, I friended you on facebook AND I posted your giveaway on my sidebar... LOVE IT, and thank you for this generous offer!
    Happy Holiday Week,
    Hugs to you,

  1. *Suzy* said...:

    I'm a follower & I'm going to post this on my blog this morning

    I'd love to try the snickerdoodle cupcakes!

  1. kgarcia1222 said...:

    I can't wait to try the snikerdoodle cupcakes!! I am a follower!! Thanks for the review, I love Gooseberry Patch ;-)

  1. Oooo those all look divine!! I'm on my way to Facebook your site now! My blog has one as well. Please stop by if you wish, I'd love another way to keep in touch with a fellow blogger! :) All the best, ~Megan

  1. JoAnna said...:

    I love the cream cheese crescent easy to make but yet so yummy...the recipe is always requested!!!!

  1. Great blog. Great recipes. Great music. I am following you, I am Facebooking you, I am blogging you on my site because my daughter in law is agreat cook and would love this book !

  1. OH Gail, what fun, I am a follower and a facebook friend. I would love this book! thanks for the chance to win it!

  1. sayer13 said...:

    If there's a pastry around, I'm there - Yummers! Love your blog site.
    Marsha -

  1. sayer13 said...:

    Yessiree, I absolutely follow Faithful Farm on Google Reader.
    Marsha -

  1. Cathy said...:

    What a great giveaway! I'm a follower.

  1. Lori said...:

    Looks like you solved my baking decisions for today. Thanks! These recipes all look delicious. Please enter me in the draw.

  1. Lori said...:

    I'm a follower and look forward to your posts. These recipes look delicious.

  1. Cindy said...:

    Hi the recipes.Now I have a question..the maker of the plate the with the gingham border on it..I think I am in love!!

    I am a follower..for awhile now!

    Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  1. JeeperWeepers said...:

    Please enter me! :) I am a follower here and a friend on FB. I will also share about the giveaway on FB. Those snickerdoodle cupcakes sound awesome!

  1. tanya904 said...:

    I love the gooseberry patch recipes Thanks for the chance to win
    tanyainjville at yahoo dot com

  1. threelilcs said...:

    Happy New Year!! Please sign me up to win the cookbook. You've wet my appetite for sweets!!
    I'm a follower of your blog
    I just send you a friend's request on FB
    I just post a referral to your blog as my FB status

    God bless you and your family throughout 2011!

    Penny Holland

  1. I've love to win this. Thank you for the great giveaway.


  1. Now following you. :)


  1. Friended you on Facebook - Sherry Lochner

  1. these recipes look heavenly!!!
    i follow your blog!

  1. i follow faithfulness farm!

  1. Renee Shmuel said...:

    Loving these recipes and the blog, I have not seen this blog before now onto look you up on Facebook . I live in israel so I am always looking for good easy recipes. I love the one with the cream cheese crescent bars.

  1. Renee Shmuel said...:

    Just friended you on Face book and now I am going through the blog. I did not know about you before this But the recipes look great. Many Blessings From ISRAEL Happy New year

  1. Jenny said...:

    I think I missed the giveaway, but thanks for the heads up on what looks to be a scrumptious cookbook!

  1. Heather said...:

    The cream cheese crescent bars look and sound yummy! I love the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! Now a follower. Thanks
    Heather Stotter

  1. Renee Shmuel said...:

    Now I am a follower, wow this blog stuff is so new to me YIKES.Loving looking at the older blogs

  1. Jane said...:

    The book looks great! Your blog looks interesting too.

  1. KellyJean said...:

    Hope I'm not too late! Thx for the chance to win and thx for the bonus apron! Love your blog.

  1. Anna said...:

    I hope I'm not too late to get a chance to win this awesome book. Thanks for the chance.
    annadowdy at gmail dot com

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