Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cranberry Raisinets and A Shabby Apple Giveaway (CLOSED)

December has flown by and Christmas is quickly sneaking up on me. Stop the time- I'm not ready! I need another 4 weeks to get ready, decorate the house, wraps gifts, send out cards and do my holiday baking. Surprisingly (or not) I haven't made a single cookie this month. Heck, my Christmas tree just got decorated yesterday! True story. Usually by this time of year, I have a stash of baked goods already in the freezer ready to be placed into cookie boxes. This year my freezer holds nothing but cartons of half eaten ice cream, frozen meals and a backstock of breastmilk. haha!

I did, however, make these cookie bars last week to take to my in-laws house for dinner. I discovered that Raisinets now makes a cranberry version and I couldn't wait to bake them into something. Instead of raisins covered in milk chocolate, they're dried cranberries in milk chocolate and they were really good. Very similar to the original, but a little more tart.

I bought a couple bags (found in the candy aisle) and incorporated them into some chewy buttery oatmeal bars. I added a handful of vibrant dried cranberries to the batter for color and added flavor. To say I liked them was an understatement. This entire pan was gone in 2 days. Just looking at the pictures makes me want to make them again. I bet they'd be good warmed slightly with a scoop of vanilla on top too. Good thing, I have some in the freezer. I'll just have to make another batch of these bars!

And the winner of Sugar, Sugar: Every Recipe Has A Story is #45 Jeanette of The Whimsical Cupcake. Congratulations Jeanette! I enjoyed your story about your meatball mishap and hope you enjoy this book. Please email me with your address and this book will be shipped out to you. For another giveaway, head down below.

Chocolate Cranberry Oat Bars adapted from Quaker and Monica h

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  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups Quaker Oats (old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1 cup Cranberry Raisinets
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries

Heat oven to 350°F.

In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.

Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats, Cranberry Raisinets and dried cranberries; mix well.

Press dough onto bottom of an ungreased 9x13-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Cut into bars. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

The generous folks at Shabby Apple would like to offer one of the readers here at Lick The Bowl Good one of their beautiful aprons! How cool is that?! Shabby Apple is an online boutique of women's dresses, aprons and accessories. They have such beautiful things and I could truly spend all day adding things to my cart on their site. But today we're talking aprons so let's get on with the giveaway. Their vintage-inspired cheery aprons are a part of the Boysenberry Pie Collection and each apron comes complete with a recipe for its namesake dessert. Click HERE to see their beautiful aprons. I am partial to the Wildberry Pie apron- so pretty!

In order to enter this giveaway, there are a few things you must do.

  1. You must "Like" Shabby Apple on Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shabby-Apple/56291792791
  2. Go to ShabbyApple.com and pick your favorite apron, then come back here and leave me a comment on this post telling me you "liked" them on Facebook and which apron you would like to have.

Winner must have a USA shipping address to be eligible for entry. Winner will be chosen in a few days. Best of luck!

43 comments:

Coleen said...

I like the Blackberry Pie apron (I like half aprons). I've been baking with dried cranberries (craisins) this Christmas too, but I've yet to see the raisinettes...I definitely will try them. Any Hayden presents under your tree yet? (joke)

Meghan @ Domestic Sugar said...

Like the pictures above, I like the wildberry Pie apron best :)

Carey's Farmhouse Kitchen said...

I already like Shabby Apple :) I would love to win the key lime pie apron. I love that they now make cranberry raisinettes. Always a fan of theirs!

Carey

Jessica C. said...

I like Shabby Apple on Facebook and I like the Strawberry Shortcake apron! Thanks! jessrowell@hotmail.com

Katie said...

Mmmm cookie oaty fruty bars - yum! I love the sound of the choc covered cranberries, yet more things we can't get in the uk :(

I can't ebelieve how soon Christmas is either - i'm so behind! Have a wonderful holiday!

Karen said...

What a great idea with the craisinets! Love the aprons - so cute! I think the strawberry shortcake is my fave :)

christy said...

i like shabby apple on fb and my favorite apron is Caramel Apple Pie
yanuzo at hotmail dot com

Alexandra Johann said...

I liked them. And I love the wildberry pie apron!
johannaw@vcu.edu

Crystal said...

"Liked" them. And I think my favorite is the Caramel Apple Pie.

Rachael Stensrud said...

I liked Shabby Apple on Facebook. I love the Key Lime Pie apron

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

First I am in love with this recipe! I LOVE cranberries...and hello, dip them bad boys in chocolate and It is screaming my name! :)

http://www.larkscountryheart.com/

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

Oh this giveaway is AWESOME!! I love Shabby Apple and I am Queen of Aprons!

I "Like" Shabby Apple on Face Book!
http://www.larkscountryheart.com/

Lark (SparkyLarky)@ Lark's Country Heart said...

I am torn between (2) aprons I am drooling over....lol

However I think I could Rock the Kitchen in the Wild Berry Pie Apron.
:)

http://www.larkscountryheart.com/

Lillian Child said...

Key Lime Pie - SO cute and my favorite! What a delightful company! I have "liked" Shabby Apple on FB!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Alex said...

I liked them on facebook and the wildberry pie apron is my favorite :) I love shabby apple!

TIffany said...

I "liked" them, and best like the wildberry pie!! ~T~

MaryC said...

I liked Shabby Apple! My fav was Key Lime Pie!

Julie said...

The bars look wonderful! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas weekend :)

Ronee :) said...

I "liked" Shabby Apple... And my favorite aprons are 1. Wildberry Pie, 2. Blueberry Pie. They are all so pretty. <3

SnoWhite said...

I really like these bars! We make our own chocolate covered cranberries... and I can imagine how good these are :) YUM.

I hope to see you next week as we count down to 2012 by sharing the best recipes of 2011 - there is a new linky every day beginning Dec. 26th!

Have a blessed & Merry Christmas!

Heather of Kitchen Concoctions said...

OMG you totally made my day with the breaking news of the new cranberry rasinets!

For the giveaway, I like shabby apple on facebook and my favorite apron is the wildberry pie one too!

Sharona said...

i liked shabby apple on facebook and would like the caramel apple apron

Sarah said...
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Tracy Barton-Niles said...

Wildberry Pie! what a neat apron! has Flair! just like ME

Susan said...

I like the Strawberry Shortcake apron and like Shabby Apple on FB. And the chocolate craisins are yummy.

Renee said...

These bars look so good.
I liked Shabby Apple on FB.
My favorite apron is carrot cake.

AnnaC said...

Wildberry Pie is my favorite! I've never seen the cranberry Raisinets, my kids will love them!!! Happy baking and Merry Christmas!! :)

TK said...

Liked on FB and my favorite apron is the Key Lime Pie. It's also my favorite flavor of pie!

Maranda said...

These bars look delicious!!!

I "like" Shabby Apple on FB.

Maranda said...

Oh sorry. I'm leaving 2 comments. But I really like the Blackberry Pie apron. :-)

Leah said...

What a fun giveaway! I "liked" Shabby Apple on Facebook and just LOVE the wildberry pie (which just happens to be my very fave kind of pie) apron! Thanks :)

COMILLERS said...

I liked shabby Apple. My favorite apron is the Carrot cake one. SOOOO cute!!!. I gonna have to try out the Chocolate Cranberry oat bars. They look soooo yummmy =)

Marilee said...

I love the wild berry pie apron, too. Thanks for telling us about this new cranberry product.

Maria_NJ said...

Merry Christmas Monica and thank you for this wonderful giveaway...
I'm with you, I like the wild berry apron too!! I can't wait to try those cranberry choc, thingys...

KMerritt76 said...

I liked Shabby Apple on FB. I have to agree that "Wild Berry Pie" is my favorite apron they offer. Thanks!

Heidi said...

Mmm… Chocolate Cranberry Oat Bars…
I LOVE Shabby Apple! The Blueberry Pie apron is my most favorite. I bet those Oat Bars would taste amazing if made while wearing an amazing apron!

All Things Yummy said...

I liked the on Facebook. Great Giveaway!

All Things Yummy said...

The Wildberry Pie apron is too cute.

Sari said...

I liked Shabby Apple and totally agree with you on the Wildberry apron. I really enjoy both your blogs and love seeing updates of little Hayden. Thanks for the baking inspiration.

Angela Smith said...

Just discovered your YUMMY blog and I am becoming a big fan! Now I have a list of goodies to make, including this one. I already "like" Shabby Apple (they are amazing). I'd LOVE the Carrot Cake apron, it's so chic!

jeannette said...

i LOVE shabby apple and like them on facebook :)

i think the key lime pie apron is DARLING. but the blueberry pie is more my speed. i'm boring ;)

jpinnick86 at gmail dot com

Jennifer H. said...

I 'Liked' them on Facebook & I too love the Wildberry Pie Apron! What a fun & spunky apron to wear in the kitchen! Thanks for all your yummy recipes, stories & giveaways!

Micah and Katie said...

I made these today and they are very yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

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