Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies & Operation Baking GALS Round 11

August 8, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Posted in chocolate, Cookies, Dessert, Operation Baking Gals, peanut butter | 1 Comment

Last weekend I baked for round 11 of Operation Baking GALS.  My friend Kate was team leadering for her best friend’s hubby who is in GTMO so it was an easy choice as to what team I wanted to join this month.  I love baking each month for the troops…my problem is that once I read all of the fantastic stories, I want to bake for every single one of the soldiers and I can’t do that!!!  Not enough time and money for that but it’s tough to pick.  They are all amazing people. 

This round I baked chocolate chip cookie bars again as they seemed to ship well and stay moist.  I also decided to make these peanut butter chip chocolate cookies that I’ve been dying to make.   They were easy and boy they did NOT disappoint!  I hope that they ship well! 

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Remember, if you would like to join and bake for the troops during any one of the rounds, it’s easy.  Bake a box of goodies and ship it!  They really enjoy it.  Go to the Baking GALS site and sign up!

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Operation Baking GALS Roundup From Round 10!

July 30, 2009 at 12:52 am | Posted in Bars, bread, Brownies, Cakes, chocolate, Cinnamon, Cookies, Dessert, Fun, Operation Baking Gals | 3 Comments

I am finally getting around to doing a blog roundup from round 10 of Operation Baking GALS in which I was a team leader.  I ended up with I think 20 people who sent baked goods to my brother and his fellow troops!  I was beyond thankful and so excited to be a part of this group.  I plan on trying to do this every month now – maybe not team leader every month, but at least baking every month.

Round 11 is NOW open so if anyone would like to join a team and bake for our troops who are serving overseas, it’s very easy.  Bake a box of baked goods or any kind of goodies and ship it.  Viola!  You have put a smile on a soldier’s face for the day.  🙂  If you would like to join a team go here ——> Operation Baking GALS and sign up – what are you waiting for?! 

As I said, I had so many people join my team and it was awesome!  My brother was so excited to receive all of the baked goods.  He said that it was like Christmas which put a big smile on my face. 🙂 He said he took some boxes to their commons area and it was like “birds on a full feeder”.  HA  Knowing that I helped give them a little  piece of home makes me feel good.  They do so much for us so sending a box of cookies is the VERY least I can do every month.  Thank you to EVERYONE who joined my team!

As for the roundup, there are a lot of baked goods here so feel free to stop reading or continue reading if you want to see them all! 

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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…  😉

Magic in the Middle Cookies

July 9, 2009 at 1:04 am | Posted in chocolate, Cookies, Dessert, Operation Baking Gals, peanut butter | 5 Comments

I saved this recipe awhile ago from My Kitchen Cafe and I’ve been meaning to make it but didn’t really have a reason (as if you need a reason to make cookies??).  I decided to bake them for the Operation Baking GALS this month as one of the cookies to send to my brother.  Chocolate and peanut butter in the middle and rolled in sugar?  How could this one go wrong??

 

Chocolate Dough
1 1/2 cups (6 3/8 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar (plus extra for dredging)
1/2 cup (3 3/4 ) brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk

Peanut butter filling
3/4 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, your choice
3/4 cup (3 ounces) confectioners’ sugar

Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
2. To make the dough: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
3. In another medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the egg, beating to combine, then stir in the dry ingredients, blending well.
5. To make the filling: In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter and confectioners sugar until smooth.
6. With floured hands or a teaspoon scoop, roll the filling into 26 one-inch balls.
7. To shape the cookies: Scoop 1 tablespoon of the dough (a lump about the size of a walnut), make an indentation in the center with your finger and place one of the peanut butter balls into the indentation.
8. Bring the cookie dough up and over the filling, pressing the edges together cover the center; roll the cookie in the palms of your hand to smooth it out. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
10. Roll each rounded cookie in granulated sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.
11. Grease the bottom of a drinking glass, and use it to flatten each cookie to about 1/2-inch thick.
12. Bake the cookies for 7 to 9 minutes, or until they’re set and you can smell chocolate. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.

Mrs. Pig Rating:  OMG.  These cookies are HEAVEN if you like chocolate and peanut butter combination.  I had one when they were still warm and I could have eaten about 10 of them.  Good thing I was sending them to my brother and his fellow troops so they were not in the house!!!

A Big WOW and THANK YOU!!!

June 30, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Posted in Cookies, Operation Baking Gals, Randomness | 2 Comments

If you’ve read my previous post, then you know that I have joined a wonderful group called Operation Baking GALS. I just heard about this group recently, decided to get more info, and then decided, “Hey, I’ll just dive into this head first and be a team leader this month!” I was a little nervous about taking on the role of team leader my very first time even doing anything with the program. After all, do I really know that many people who would be willing to bake a box of goodies and ship them to my chosen soldier (obviously Luke!) and his fellow soldiers?? But I decided to go for it.

The response for this – was AMAZING!!!! I posted it on both of my blogs, my Twitter, and my Facebook and I have had an overwhelming response. Normally they like to cap the groups off at 20 so of course my goal was 20. 🙂 I thought it might be farfetched but you know what? I am up to EIGHTEEN signed up so far!! WOW WOW WOW! So I just wanted to post a giant THANK YOU to everyone who has agreed to help me on my first whirl as team leader for the GALS. It means so much to me because I’ve become really excited about this project and my brother has already told his fellow soldiers that they would be getting a big load of goodies soon so they are awaiting the arrival of all the yummy goodness!

I am excited because tomorrow officially begins the shipping dates for the baked goods. The shipping dates are July 1 – July 11 for this round. I plan on baking this weekend and shipping on July 6 (which is also my two year wedding anniversary I might add!). I really really want to send my famous sugar cookies (er, Erin’s famous sugar cookies…) because my brother loves them and requested them but I’m way too scared of the icing melting I think.  I may try a few and have him let me know how it goes.  Other than that I’m making apple spice cookie bars, snickerdoodles, magic in the middle cookies, and chocolate chip cookies. 

If you are on my team and you have any questions, please let me know and I will be more than happy to help. If you were unable to help with my team this round, don’t worry. I have a feeling this won’t be my last run as I’ve had so much fun with this project 🙂

THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN EVERYONE WHO IS HELPING

Baking for the Troops: Operation Baking Gals

June 24, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Posted in Operation Baking Gals, Randomness | 2 Comments

Recently my fabulous friend Clara at iheartcuppycakes told me about a blogging group called Operation Baking Gals and she thought I might be interested in it.  So I looked it up and yes!!  Sounds like something I would LOVE to do!  As most of you know, my little brother…er, I should say YOUNGER (19) not little, is serving in Iraq with the Indiana National Guard.  He has been there since February and we are keeping fingers crossed the  he gets to come home in either December or January.  My other blog has more information on him —->  http://militarysister.wordpress.com/

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(My brother is third from the left…this is his “ride” – a Blackhawk!)

My family and I love sending care packages to him.  They LOVE receiving things from home.  When I saw this wonderful baking group, I knew it was perfect for me!  I get to bake AND do something good at the same time?  Sign me up! 

I have now signed up to be a team leader for Operation Baking Gals for the July shipment.  Now all I need is a team of bakers!  I have a few people who have already committed but I definitely need more – I need to get about 20 people if at all possible.  It’s very easy-all you have to do is make some baked goods that can be shipped overseas (basically just nothing that will melt), and ship them out between July 1st and July 11th.  The baked goods will all go to my chosen soldier – my brother – and he will then disperse them throughout his group.  How awesome is that??  I’m beyond excited to be a part of this group and I hope I can continue to be a part of it. 

An excerpt from Operation Baking Gals site:

Baking GALS (GALS stands for Give A Little Support) is a group of volunteer bakers who bake and ship homemade goodies to our heroic troops that are currently deployed.  Each soldier is “Hosted” by a blogger, and potential bakers are “recruited” from the bloggers own site as well as the GALS site.  Each Host recruits between 20-25 bakers, meaning LOTS of goodies get delivered to our soldier…so many, in fact that he or she has plenty to share with their fellow troops!

Why do we do it this way?  Why not just ship to “Any Soldier”?  Well, we don’t know “any soldier” – and “any soldier” doesn’t know us. And recieving baked goods from a stranger, while probably safe, is frowned upon and in many cases, those Any Soldier gifts could be thrown out.  Baking GALS will introduce you to a soldier.  You will know his name, a little bit about him, maybe even his favorite cookie…and he will know in advance that he will be on the recieiving end of a cookie bombardment – so everyone is prepared.  It is a safer way to treat our troops, and it helps them to know when to expect a barage of goodies.

So who wants to help out with my team???  I realize it’s kind of short notice but you have almost two weeks to get it done.  Support your troops and get to do something you like to do at the same time! 

If you are interested in being on my team, please email me at mrsabybaby@gmail.com and I will send out all of the necessary information once the team is all together. 

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