Operation Baking GALS: My Goodies

July 10, 2009 at 1:00 am | Posted in Apple, Bars, chocolate, Cinnamon, Cookies, Dessert, Fun, Operation Baking Gals, peanut butter | 5 Comments

This past weekend I spent Saturday and Sunday baking for my Operation Baking GALS group.  Did I mention that I ended up with over TWENTY people in my group??  I was ecstatic!  I could not have asked for a better response to my incessant begging asking people politely to join my group!  I am already looking forward to doing it again sometime soon.

I debated back and forth on what all to bake and well, I couldn’t make a decision so I ended up sending two boxes.  I made 4 different things.  Actually 5…but not sure one of them will make it.  I ended up making snickerdoodles, chocolate chip cookie bars, apple spice cookie bars, and magic in the middle cookies.  In addition to that, I made half a batch of sugar cookies because my brother requested those…not sure they will make it there due to the icing but if not, well, he can toss them.  🙂

Baked goods for Luke

Like I said, I ended up with way too much for one box so I ended up sending two.  But hey, he’s my brother, I can spoil him a bit right??

I ended up using 4 of the large Ziplock containers and 4 small Gladware containers.  I was able to stack 2 Ziplocks on top of one another and 2 Gladwares on top of one another in each box with room to spare to add in some other small goodies.  I used the method of putting apple peels between the paper towel layers between each row of cookies.  We shall see if it works!

All packed up and ready to go!  Isn’t the Baking GALS logo cute on the box?!

I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated (and is still participating….still 2 days until the shipping deadline!) in my group this month.  It meant the world to me and I can’t wait for Luke and his fellow troops to receive all of the goodies!

Once everyone has shipped, I will do a roundup on here telling what everyone sent and hopefully showing some pictures of some of the things that were sent (hint hint to those who baked for me…  😉

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Apple Spice Cookie Bars

September 29, 2008 at 12:52 am | Posted in Apple, Cakes, Cookies, kids | 5 Comments

As you can tell, I go through spurts with cooking and baking.  I am on a spurt right now where I have so many different recipes printed out in my binder, I have no idea when I will find time to make them all.  I think fall puts me in the mood to bake more than any other season.  The smells of cinnamon and apples and pumpkin in the oven…Mmmm…nothing like it!  We are finally starting to get some fall weather so today I pulled out one of the recipes that I have been dying to make.  This one is from Katie at Good Things Catered.  Yes, another Katie recipe.  I worship her blog.  In fact, I think when I grow up, I want to BE Katie.  Katie – seriously.  What is your secret to being so fab?!? 

Sheridan and I made these today.  She was in heaven licking the beaters on this recipe and I snuck some licks out of the bowl as well.  DELISH!  My entire house smelled SO good while these were baking.  Exactly what I was going for!  These came out so moist and so full of flavor.  A little more cakey than I expected, but still a really great fall recipe.  I have a feeling I will be making these again and again!

(A little better picture than normal!  Baking during the day helps – holding a plate of food up by my one window in my kitchen…well, my family obviously already knows I’m insane!  : )

Recipe from Katie at Good Things Catered; Picture from my kitchen

Ingredients:
2 c. plus 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
small pinch ground cloves
1/2 c. butter, melted
1 c. packed brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 apples, cored and diced (a little less than 2 c.)
cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 9×13 pan with foil and baking spray.
-In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.
-Whisk to combine well and set aside.
-In bowl of stand mixer, combine sugars and butter and beat on medium high until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
-Add eggs, one at a time, beating well to combine.
-Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.
-Turn mixer on slow and fold in flour mixture a little at a time until just combined.
-Fold in apples.
-Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan and sprinkle top generously with cinnamon sugar.
-Place in oven and bake until cooked through, when top slightly bounces back to the touch, about 30 minutes.
-Remove from oven and let cool completely before removing from pan, cutting and serving. (bars will be very soft)

Pig Rating:  The Pig isn’t a huge sweets fan but he said these were pretty good.  He is trying to be on a diet right now though so he didn’t even eat a whole one (::sticks tongue out at the Pig::)

Mrs. Pig Rating:  I adored these!  So moist.  These would be fantastic with a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.  SO GOOD.  I am taking these to work tomorrow for my co-workers.  I have a feeling they will love them!

Little Miss PIggy Rating:  Little Miss PIggy had a really great time making these with me and licking the bowl.  I am teaching her this year how to read the ingredients and figure out measurements and whatnot so we are having a good time  : )  She liked these, but didn’t love the apple chunks in them.  I think she would have preferred them with no apples. 

Little Mr. Piggy:  Doesn’t know what he is missing.  Opted for a 100 Calorie Pack of Chips Ahoy instead.  Has a lot to learn.  LOL

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