November 28, 2007

Unleashing the Awesome Power of Apples


Peabody of none other than Culinary Concoctions by Peabody has recently moved and is hosting a virtual housewarming party now that she’s settled into her new digs. At first I wasn’t sure what to bring, but I’ve been baking lots lately so I knew I’d find something. Last night alone I made six pies. Just call me the pie maker, I make pies. There is no pie in this post though, only bars and cookies. I made the cookies last weekend for the American Thanksgiving when my brother and his family came up to visit.

While they were here I asked the Baby Genius what kind of cookies he would like Auntie Brilynn to make for him and he replied that he only liked Chocolate Chippy cookies. According to my sister-in-law, both my brother and the Baby Genius insist on having chocolate chips in EVERYTHING. Having recently seen Peabody’s Twirly Cookies, (also known as Chocolate Marble Chunk Cookies) I decided to make those as they fit the chocolate chippy criteria. There was nothing but positive feedback from the cookies and I think it was as a result of those that I made some headway in the game of “What do you like more?” When asked what do you like more, ice cream or Auntie Brilynn? Baby Genius responded Auntie Brilynn! That is a huge accomplishment for me. Who would have ever thought I could beat out ice cream in a competition? However I didn’t fare so well in the next round when he was asked what do you like more, squirrels or Auntie Brilynn? Squirrels won.


But back to the housewarming party, I can’t very well bring Peabody her own cookies, so I decided to bring her some of Dorie’s Applesauce Spice Bars. Peabody is convinced I have a Dorie Greenspan shrine in my basement so it seemed only fitting that I perpetuate this belief by bringing a Dorie recipe to the party. These bars aren’t flashy by any means, but they have a very homey and comforting feel to them, perfect for a housewarming party. Enjoy Peabody!



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13 comments:

Gretchen Noelle said...

Well, it is good to know where you rank in things...better than ice cream but not as good as squirrels! I really like the look of those marbled cookies. Yum!

Cynthia said...

Your are one cool aunt.

Ivonne said...

I know you must have a DG shrine somewhere in your house! You have her hidden somewhere in there too, don't you???!

Love the cookies and the bars and Baby Genius really does sound like a genius!

Lydia said...

Anyone who can beat out ice cream should be very proud! Love the look of those marbled cookies.

Peabody said...

See Ivonne agrees with me...a Dorir shrine...perhaps constructed of butter and sugar! :)
Oh these apple bars look good and I have been wanting to try them so thanks for bringing them!

Patricia Scarpin said...

These are delicious, Bri!
What a great idea for the party - and if it's Dorie's, it's a winner.

Maria said...

The apple bars and cookies look great! Don't you love being an auntie? It is the greatest job:)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Congrats on beating out the ice cream. You'll need lots more chocolate chips to beat out squirrels, though. Can I come visit your Dorie shrine?

Lyra said...

But think about it Brilynn, Baby Genius is actually claiming that squirrels are BETTER than Ice Cream! I just can't support that one I'm afraid....Ill take ice cream over a squirrel any day:)

Susan said...

Oh, those applesauce bars are heavenly, Brilynn.

aria said...

oh brilynn, i whole heartedly agree. apples make the best treats! yours look divine!

Deborah said...

For some reason, I didn't remember seeing these bars, but I just happened to have my cookbook right next to me, so I've opened it up and marked the page!!

Cheryl said...

Beautiful apple bars. I love how good the slice looks.