Saturday, February 5, 2011

Gooseberry Patch Review & Giveaway: "Best-Ever Cookies"

To me there's nothing prettier
Than a well-filled cookie jar!
-Elsie Duncan Yale

I have several Gooseberry Patch cookie cookbooks. I must confess that my favorite is Old-Fashioned Country Cookies, copyright 1995. There is something about the complete disorganization of the recipes that I find totally charming: No categories - just cookies - drop, shaped, bar, all living together in complete harmony.

Gooseberry Patch's newest cookie book, Best-Ever Cookies, reminds me of that book. While the cookies are categorized, the topics are broad - Cookie Jar Classics, All-American, Old Fashioned, Best-Ever Brownies & Bars, and Fast & Fun - just to name a few. So, within each section, there is a large selection of cookie types.

But the common thread between these two books, the thing that pushed Best-Ever Cookies to the top of my favorites list is the baking tips included on every page. I've always been a fan of Gooseberry Patch tips scattered throughout their cookbooks, but in Best-Ever Cookies, the tips are concentrated on cookie baking and answer questions that you didn't even know you had. I strongly suggest that you read through all of the tips before attempting your next batch of cookies. You're bound to find a tip that will improve your baking.

Finally, the great thing about this cookbook is that whenever the Cookie Monster in you rises up and says, "Me want cookies!", you can look in your pantry, see what ingredients you have on hand, then flip through the cookbook until you find a recipe that fits. That's what I did and I found these winners:


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Gooseberry Patch provided me with a preview copy of this book. Views expressed here are my own. No additional compensation was received.



***Giveaway***

I am so fortunate to have been asked to review Gooseberry Patch's Best-Ever Cookies and I want to share my good fortune with you. Gooseberry Patch has sent me an extra copy to give away to my readers. If you would like to enter to win a free copy of the cookbook, you may enter by simply choosing to follow my blog through Google Friend Connect and by commenting on this post to let me know you're interested in the cookbook. If you are already a follower, just leave a comment here letting me know you're interested in the contest.

Entry deadline: February 26, 2011

Thanks and Good Luck!!!

Read more of my Early Bird Reviews for Gooseberry Patch:

Homestyle in a Hurry
Mom's Very Best Recipes



126 comments:

  1. I am very interested in entering your contest! I LOVE Gooseberry Patch! I love the recipes you've chosen too! Can't wait to try them!

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  2. Mmmmmm, I'm making cookies tomorrow and will have to try these when I have the ingredients on hand.

    Do count me in... YOUR BLOG ROCKS!!!

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  3. Mmmm...nothing like seeing those treats up close and personal to make us want to bake some of our own.

    Thanks so much for your review of our latest cookie book and for sharing your thoughts on that classic, Old-Fashioned Country Cookies, too. It's still one of our favorites so we're glad you enjoy it! :)

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  4. Have been a follower of your for quite some time now and LOVE Gooseberry Patch cookbooks!

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  5. Those pictures are torture!! If only my monitor was at least a "scratch and sniff!" :-) PLEASE enter me in the drawing!! :-)

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  6. I love to make cookies for my family, happy to see a book dedicated to cookies! What a great review and pics from the book to tease us! I definitely want to be entered! (I am a follower.)

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  7. Just became a follower, I love cookies!

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  8. I love looking at all these books online and try to decide which to order first. I have no stores in Alberta that carry this line so it is all online ordering for me :). It is a great series of cookbooks with lots of good recipes and ideas, keep up the good work. I would love to win some of them.

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  9. I am very interested in winning this cookbook. Your recipes look wonderful and I do alot of baking.

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  10. I am a follower on google friends and I would love a chance to win this yummy cookbook!! I absolutly love Gooseberry Patch and would love this book to add to my collection!! Thanks!!

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  11. This looks like a great cook book. I have the Betty Crocker Cookie Book that is out of print. My brother found it for me in a used book store several years ago. I was thrilled because I grew up using that cookbook as my mom owns it.
    We're big on cookies here and I'd love to check out the book and all it's tips.

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  12. Follower. Very interested in this giveaway. I love GBP and collect all them.

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  13. Michelle KerchevalFebruary 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Just became a follower. I am definitely interested in the contest! I always need more cookie recipies! And I love Gooseberry Patch!

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  14. Follower Love GBP !!! Great cookbooks and other products as well. Can't wait to try the Buttermilk Brownies.

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  15. I'm a follower anf would love to to enter to win this cookbook.

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  16. I'm a new follower & would love to win this cookbook

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  17. I can never have enough Gooseberry Patch Books!!!!

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  18. I'm a follower and would love to have a copy of this Gooseberry Patch cookbook. :)

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  19. i love it >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>....

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  20. Love it, and love being a follower! Thanks!

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  21. my mother-in-law had a recipe from her husband's mother for a buttermilk chocolate cake that was wonderful. I can't wait to try the buttermilk brownies because they look amazing! As a new follower I am so excited by your blog. I think that the Best Ever Cookies Cookbook would get lots of use at our house. Thanks for the offer!

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  22. Kim...I am neither reviewing this title or published in this one.... I WANT to win it, lol!! I am a FAITHFUL follower.

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  23. Gail,
    I can't believe GP would publish a cookbook without you in it! ;) I've got you on the list. Good luck!

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  24. These recipes look awesome....I hope I win:)

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  25. Beautiful photos! I'm just getting started on my review, and I'm definitely enjoying the process...yum!

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  26. i really would like to win this book. the recipes look yummy.

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  27. I just became a follower and would love to win this cookbook.

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  28. I'm following you and would like to be in your contest. Gooseberry Patch cookbooks are fantastic! And who doesn't like cookies?!?

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  29. Love Gooseberry Patch books thank you for the reviews!!

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  30. Your photos made me drool. I would love to add this cookbook to my collection!

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  31. I'm interested in the contest and all those delicious cookie recipes!

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  32. do u have to enter the contest for the giveaway or ?

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  33. I am very interested in the contest. I have a few Gooseberry patch books now. And love each and everyone!!! Thanks for your hard work making such great books!!!

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  34. Mmmmm, all of your pictures make me want to go home and bake up a storm! I would love to have a copy of Best-Ever Cookies. Winning one would be a real treat :^)

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  35. i LOVE ALL THE COOKBOOKS THAT YOU PRODUCE. MOST OF ALL THE COOKIES ONES ARE THE BEST. CANT WAIT TO COOK MORE OF THEM .

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  36. What a wonderful giveaway and what an honor to host it. LOVE IT!

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  37. i AM INTERESTED in the contest.

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  38. I have to say that GooseBerry Cookbooks are about the best out there that you can come by. If you are a new bride or maybe just trying your hand at meals or baking, these are the easiest books to follow! I was in a thrift store 2 years ago and someone had given up a collection of about 15 of these tempting books, the thrift had them at 3 dollars a piece and my hubby and I bought all of them, I didnt hesitate. I love sitting and just looking through them, especially when its cold and snowy, it gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. Anyway, I hope whomever gets the cookbook will be happy at whats good to bake.
    Id Love To win another !!!

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  39. I am very interested in the cookbook giveaway. I have so many Gooseberry cookbooks and love them all! I can't wait till this one comes out.

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  40. I'm following your blog and I am very interested in this cookbook! :)

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  41. I am now following with google friend connect (does it work like google reader?? not sure!) and would love this cookbook! I've been using a Gooseberry Patch slow-cooker cookbook a lot this winter, and they are great recipes!!

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  42. Oh, yes, please enter me in your contest. I bake cookies every week and am always on the lookout for new recipes to try.

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  43. I am a follower, and love baking cookies! Great cookbook.

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  44. Already a follower-----love your cookbooks!

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  45. Good luck on you new endeaver of writing recipes!

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  46. I just love to collect the cookbooks, can't wait to add the new ones to my collections very soon! I think the giveaway is a great idea! I hope I have a chance to win! Thanks for the awesome opportunity!
    debbie.

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  47. I am a new follower and would love to win the cookbook!

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  48. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks. Can't wait to see the recipes.

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  49. Don't really understand blogs, i have been on your blog before but i love gooseberry patch and agree the 1955 cookie book is the best ever. But I would love to have the new one. Please enter me into your contest. I have been a fan since the beginning and have a lot of books

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  50. I am a follower and would love to win this cookbook!!!

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  51. I would love to be entered in the contest. Thanks!! How could anyone not want to eat cookies?! I will be a follower as soon as I can sign up--your blog looks like great.
    Jane
    guileys at bellsouth dot net

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  52. How delightful! What a great cookbook that is - sounds perfect! ;D Mm, and those treats look soo delicious! :D I would love to make those buttermilk brownies...Ooooh. :D

    Thank you for the entry!
    ~Miss Rachel~

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  53. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and appreciate the entry for a chance to win a cookbook.

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  54. I am a follower on google friends and I would absolutley love love love to win this book!! Thanks for the chance to win!! I love Gooseberry Patch!!

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  55. Oh my! These look wonderfully yummy! I love to bake and would love to win this to try them out!

    frogz60@hotmail.com

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  56. gfc follower giveawayinfo, would love to add this to my collection always looking for great cookbooks I can learn something from.

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  57. I love the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and would love to be entered in your giveaway. I am also a follower.

    ginablank53@hotmail.com

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  58. christine waterburyFebruary 15, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Love your blog and Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks! Please enter me in your contest.

    Cjwflowergal@yahoo.com

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  59. Please enter me in the contest.(gooseberry patch). I'm also a follower

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  60. I Love Gooseberry Books. We have quite a few and would love to add another. Please add me for a chance to win it!

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  61. I can't wait to try your buttermilk brownies, yum! Please enter me as well. Thanks!

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  62. I love Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks and am definitely interested in winning a new one !! Love your blog !

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  63. I follow you and would love a chance to win this book. You have such a beautifully put together blog. I enjoy reading your posts! Keep up the great work!

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  64. I am a new follower and would love a chance to win Gooseberry Patch's Best-Ever Cookies! Thanks, and I look forward to more fun blog posts!

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  65. i love gooseberry patch! i live in delaware,ohio where the company is located. lots of my friends work there.happy to have been introduced to your blog!

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  66. The recipes and previews just get better and better. Love the blog.

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  67. Love your posted recipes and would LOVE to win the Cookbook! Thanks! Judie (I'm on Facebook)

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  68. I LOVE Gooseberry Patch. I would really enjoy having this book in my collection.

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  69. So happy to see so many new followers! Thank you for all of your kind words about my blog! Hope you'll stop by and visit again soon!

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  70. These cookbooks are great. They dont take an arm and leg to make. They are downhome easy recipes. Please enter me.

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  71. Love your recipes!!! I am a new follower of Gooseberry Patch. The Buttermilk Brownies look delish! Please enter me in your contest would love to have a chance to win the cookbook.

    seputt@yahoo.com

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  72. I am a new follower also, but absolutely love Gooseberry Patch! Please enter me in your contest, I would be thrilled to win this cookbook!

    bethclm@hotmail.com

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  73. The recipes look great. I would love to win this book!
    brlee58@yahoo.com

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  74. Now following. And TOTALLY interested in the contest. TY for a chance to win!!!

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  75. I have several Goose Berry Patch books.... I would love to have this one.... please enter me...

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  76. I am addicted to Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, plese enter me in your awesome giveaway!!!

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  77. I have most of Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and even was selected to have one of my recipes in the Quick Easy cookbook. Love to read and try the recipes! Pick me! Pick me! :O)

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  78. I am TOTALLY interested in the contest. Hope I WIN!!!!!!!!!! I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks!!!!!!!!!!! ENTER ME IMMEDIATELY! : )

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  79. I love baking, sharing and eating cookies!!! Even purchased a very large cookie jar so that I would have an excuse to make more cookies to fill it!!! I'm excited about entering this contest, I'd love to have one of your wonderful cookbooks.

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  80. Hi. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks, love to bake cookies and look forward to seeing if I win this cookbook! Thanks!

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  81. I'm a follower and I love baking cookies. Would love to have some new recipes.

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  82. Interested in winning of course, good luck to us all! <3

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  83. I love Gooseberry cookbooks. Please enter me in the contest!

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  84. I make cookies all the time for home and church events...Would love to have one of these cookbooks..

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  85. I'm going to try the Buttermilk Brownies today, they look so delicious. I have many other Gooseberry Patch cookbooks but would love this one.

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  86. My daughter-in-law, Ashley raves about your recipes and is always using your recipes. I would love the chance to be entered in your ccokbook giveaway so that I too can start using your great recipes. please enter me for a chance to win.

    Angie

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  87. LOVE LOVE LOVE Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! Can't wait to add to my collection! Please include me in the contest!

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  88. Love baking cookies with my daughter and granddaughter. Always looking for new recipes. Hope I win!!!

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  89. I am REALLY interested! I love making cookies and with 4 boys and 1 husband that love eating them, I have many request! lol

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  90. I am addicted to these cookbooks:) I sit down with one and read it like a novel....I don't just browse it, I devour it, and savor every tip and personal addition...Please enter me.

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  91. I call my husband "the Cookie Monster"...so I'd really enjoy having this Gooseberry Cookbook in my collection!

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  92. I can't remember if I already commented on this one or not, so I'll just be safe and do it again. sarah.glines@gmail.com

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  93. I love Gooseberry Patch & making Cookies for my gang.

    It would be an honor to win this Cookbook

    Thanks
    Patti from Michigan

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  94. I love cooooookiesssss so definitely count me in the draw! =)

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  95. I would love to win a Gooseberry Cookbook! With 3 sons and a hubby who all love cookies, I know I'd use this one often!

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  96. I have loved helping my mom cook with the Gooseberry Cookbooks. Now that I am out on my own I am interested in the cookbooks for myself. Love them

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  97. Gooseberry patch & cookies, yum! Please enter me in the drawing. :)

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  98. Gooseberry is a tradition in our home -I use them as gifts as well.

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  99. Yum! I would love this cookbook, please enter me in the drawing.

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  100. I am a new follower and would love to be entered in this drawing.

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  101. I'd love a chance to enter and I am a new follower :)
    Thanks!
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

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  102. I love Gooseberry Patch, I received my first one many years ago from a dear friend. My mom gave me one she had last year and now I have ordered 5 more. This is the only cookbook that I can say I love. I would love to win this cookbook to add to the ones I already have.

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  103. Yum! Love cookies to make and eat and love Gooseberry Patch! I signed up via GFC. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

    lampuntomyfeetemail(at)gmail(dot)com

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  104. I LOVE GP! I am even published in a few of the cookbooks. I would love to win this giveaway. Thanks!

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  105. I'm a new follower who would love to be added to your giveaway. These cookie photos have made me reconsider what I want for lunch!

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  106. I decided to follow your blog on GFF before I read about the cookbook giveaway...I LOVE Gooseberry Patch...and the cookies lood delish!!

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  107. My nephew, who will be 4 in a couple of weeks, loves to help me make cookies. Those White Chocolate Toffee Bites look great, and they will be fun for us to make together. I am going to the store today to get the few ingreadients that I don't have on hand so that we can make them for our Sunday Dinner tomorrow. :D

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  108. I love Gooseberry Patch! I often wish for a family to bake cookies for but since I don't I like to make some for my sister!

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  109. I've been a Gooseberry Patch fan for 10+ years, since I had my first baby. Now my second one became a fan, she flips GP cook books and bake something for family and friends. She wants to be a pastry chef in the future. I know she would love this book, too!

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  110. Love Gooseberry Patch and always looking for new recipes to try!

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  111. These cookies sound really tasty...sure would love the cookbook!!

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  112. I loved your cookbooks and ideas before there was a blog to follow, before there was a Facebook. I've used your recipes and ideas as gifts and money-makers. I LOVE Gooseberry Patch and would love to have your new cookie book. Thanks for your ideas.

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  113. Oh wow brownies my dear hubby loves them. I subscribe

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  114. Cookies are so fun to bake, eat and give as host and hostess gifts--yummy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Susan

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  115. Mmmmm Buttermilk Brownies! Never thought about using buttermilk! Can't wait to try!

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  116. Love new cookie recipes!

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  117. I can't wait to try the brownie recipes. I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and I would love to have this one.
    maskedraiderfan@yahoo.com

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  118. Gotta love a cookbook with just cookie recipes. Love Gooseberry too!

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  119. Oh my god, i need the recipe to those buttermilk brownies, oh and all the rest, i would love to win!!
    djtsktsk@hotmail.com

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  120. I am definitely interested in the cookbook!
    tammordino@netzero.net

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  121. I am a GFC follower !

    OMG , I so did this book I love to cook and
    bake.

    Kapumaka

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  122. MMMMMMM! Nothing better than making homemade cookies! I have many fond memories with my mom and siblings making cookies! Those brownies up above look delicious!! Thank you very much for sharing! God Bless!

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  123. Would love to have this book in my collection!
    Cookies are my favorite
    Bandba@aol.com

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  124. Following your blog... and following that plate of brownies!
    Would love to add this cookbook to my collection.
    Thanks.

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