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Oatmeal Carmelita Bars

If you know me, you know I have a mahooooosive sweet tooth. When I was asked to review the new cookbook, “Sugar, Sugar: Every Recipe Has a Story” by Kimberly “Momma” Reiner and Jenna Sanz-Agero, how could I possibly say no with a title like that?

I really enjoy Kimberly and Jenna’s approach to desserts we all remember from pot lucks, fundraisers and bake sales of our childhood. Each recipe is presented with a family story behind the recipe. As someone who started blogging as a way to catalogue those family stories, this book: it speaks to me.

Most of the time when I make something for Bluebonnets & Brownies, I do the choosing. Cooking is an escape, an art, for me. I used to paint – but now food is my medium of choice.

When we received the Sugar, Sugar cookbook, I flipped through it, post-it note marking the recipes that caught my fancy. But then The Brit caught site of this beautiful book with it’s gorgeous cookie-filled cover and grabbed it from me. The look on his face as he turned the pages reading each recipe’s description made me realize that this time, I should let him do the choosing.

James did me proud, y’all. He chose Oatmeal Carmelitas from the “Cool Bars and Summer Stars” section. I don’t think I’ve ever made a bar cookie that was quite so tasty. Filled to the brim with oatmeal, chocolate and ooey-gooey caramel, what is not to love?

Kimberly and Jenna recommend these bars for summer barbecues and potlucks, but I think they would be the talk of any holiday cookie swap you choose to attend. James took the majority of this recipe’s yield to work, as he usually does. Even the one overly health-conscious-never-indulges co-worker could not control herself.

James had to laugh when he caught her scoping out the leftovers at the end of the day, planning to sneak them home instead of leaving them for everyone to share the next day. They’re just that good. Oatmeal Carmelita bars will drive good women to do rather naughty things, which I think was Kimberly and Jenna’s intention all along in writing Sugar, Sugar!

Need more Sugar, Sugar in your holiday baking repertoire? (Who doesn’t?)

Enter to win one copy of “Sugar, Sugar: Every Recipe Has a Story” by Kimberly “Momma” Reiner and Jenna Sanz-Agero!

How you win:

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Leave a comment below. Tell me your favorite family cooking story. It doesn’t have to be about cookies or holiday baking, but those sure are fun.

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For each item below that you do, you will get one extra chance to win. If you already do any of these items, they DO count. You MUST leave a separate comment for each item. If you leave one cumulative comment, it will only count as one extra entry.

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Important Details:

-This giveaway is open to USA and Canadian residents only and will run until Wednesday, December 7th at 11:59 pm EST.
-Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator software program. Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
-Winner(s) will have until 12/9/11 to claim their cookbook or we will choose another winner.
-Winner will receive one copy of Sugar, Sugar: Every Recipe Has a Story (Hardcopy){$29.99 MSRP}. Product will be shipped by publisher.


This giveaway is provided to you by Bluebonnets & Brownies. The views and opinions expressed by Amber Bracegirdle on Bluebonnets & Brownies are my own, and based upon my cooking experiences with Sugar, Sugar: Every Recipe Has a Story. I was given the product free of charge to test and review it; however, I was not monetarily compensated for the review or giveaway.

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Tuesday 6th of December 2011

When I was little my dad and I would bake those Chinese almond cookies from scratch. Those were the times my dad and I really bonded

erin johnson

Tuesday 6th of December 2011

My favorite cooking story is when I was teaching my daughter to cook... One day I set her up on the counter, (she was about 4) and she exclaimed, "first ub'all!!!" I hadnt realized that everytime I set up to bake something with her, I said, "First of all..." ;)

erin johnson

Tuesday 6th of December 2011

I Like Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook.

erin johnson

Tuesday 6th of December 2011

I Like The Sugar Mommas on Facebook.

Joyce Mosby

Tuesday 6th of December 2011

I liked Sugar Momma's on FB.