Wednesday, May 18, 2011

quick and easy christmas: winner revealed!

Thanks so much to all of the comments and entries for Gooseberry Patch's new cookbook, Quick and Easy Christmas (winner of the cookbook announced below).  I get a kick out of reading all of them and only wish I had time to respond to them all.  I wish every post got as much comment love as these Gooseberry giveaway posts! :) 

As promised, I tallied up all of the results to determine which of my featured recipes got the most votes.  I think the men in your life are going to be happy... :-)

The winner...Man Bars!

These are a perfect treat to put in Christmas tins or to serve to your favorite man (or woman!) any time of year!  They are best when warm (we pop ours in the microwave for a few seconds before eating), and they taste great with coffee.  Someday, I'm going to go all out and cover them with chocolate frosting and roasted marshmallows!

The base of this recipe is graham cracker crumbs, not flour!  Now, that doesn't mean that it's gluten-free.  But, using graham cracker crumbs gives it a unique flavor that you won't find in other bar cookies.

Add chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, walnuts, and vanilla.  Mix it well and press it into a greased 8x8 pan.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Before serving, roll these beauties in powdered sugar!

Man Bars
from Gooseberry Patch's Quick and Easy Christmas
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1 t. vanilla
powdered sugar

Mix together all ingredients except powdered sugar.  Press into a well-greased 8"x8" baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.  Cut into small squares and roll in powdered sugar before serving.  Makes about 1 1/2 dozen.

And now...the winner of Quick and Easy Christmas...

ShellyRaeWood!  ShellyRae was picked using the random number generator at  She said, "Oh my family would go ga-ga for that Turkey and Cranberries.  Definitely gets my vote! :)  ShellyRae, I'm so excited that you get to try out the turkey recipe - it makes me go "ga-ga" too!

Everyone else, be sure to look for Quick and Easy Christmas at a local retailer soon or pre-order your copy from today!


  1. YUM! Those bars look amazing...thanks so much for sharing the recipe and for hosting this giveaway. Appreciate all you do!

  2. These are SO easy and they look SO good! So glad you shared these! Thanks!

  3. They look sooo good! And being rolled in powder sugar makes them even better!
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. This looks like a wonderful site.


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