A Cookie Bonanza with Butter Celebrates! (plus a giveaway)

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As you may well remember this time last year I was wrapping up my 52 Cookies-A New Cookie a Week for a Year feature and you may also remember how I felt about doing such a laborious task. Yet the one thing that stood out the most after this endeavour? I sure know how to throw down batch of cookies when I need to! (I also seem to need to make many dozens of multiple kinds in one afternoon. Cookie me crazy.)

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This is why when I was asked to be apart of a blogger review of the new Butter Celebrates! by Rosie Daykin (Random House) and time became of the essence I knew where my success would lie. Plus my co workers, who reaped the benefits from last year, have been hinting lately they missed my treats.

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You might remember a group review we also this time last year for Rosie’s first fabulous book Butter Baked.  This time around Butter Celebrates! is pages and pages of beautiful classically design sweet treats perfect for every occasions.

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Whether you want ideas for Mother’s Day, baby showers or holiday celebrations Butter has you covered. Cakes, pies, sweet treats and of course cookies burst off the pages making your mouth water. And the furry friends are included too with a whole chapter about Zelda, the Daykin family rescue dog and treats perfect for their sensitive little fur-tummies. Butter Celebrates! is table top worthy with stunning photography however you won’t resist dusting it in flour as you bake up many of these wonderful treats.

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In classic blogger tradition we have banded together again and want to bring you the most amazing of prizes. Enter the contest below and you may be the lucky winner of a Butter Celebrates! cookbook signed by Rosie so you can try these recipes at home. She will also send you a box of goodies from the Butter store in Vancouver B.C. Perfect in time for the holidays.

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Visit each participating blog and check out their review of Butter Celebrates! and get more chances to win. And if you haven’t visited my friends before you really need to check out their blogs. Such a super talented group of ladies.

The Brunette Baker baked a gorgeous Guiness Cake with Pretzels.

Strawberries for Supper made “Hostess” Cupcakes.

Planet Byn tried out the Orange Gingerbread Cake.

Devour & Conquer gets ready for the holiday season with the Christmas Panettone.

Sweet Twist of Blogging gets citrusy with the Lemon Loaf.

Libby Roach gets cute with Gingerbread Guys.

Family Bites follows the cute with Animal Cookies.

Sweet Style CA tried a decadent Chocolate Gingerbread Genoise.

eat.live.travel.write celebrate with Champagne Cupcakes.

Kelly Neil goes classic with Peppermint Nanaimo Bars.

I Sugar Coat It baked the Eggnog-less Bars.

Once Upon a Recipe dazzles with a Banana Pecan Caramel Cake.

Make sure you visit all and enter below for your chance at this amazing prize.

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This giveaway is open to all legal residents of Canada who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province or territory in which they reside. Void in Quebec. 


Winner must answer a skill-testing question. 


No purchase necessary to enter. 


Giveaway will run from Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 12:01am to Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 11:59pm. Winner will be contacted via email and name will be displayed on Rafflecopter widget. Email address will never be given out to any third party or anyone for that matter. 


Prize value is approximately $125. 


* I have generously received a copy of this book free of charge from the publisher Random House. As always, all opinions are one hundered percent my own.

Butter Baked Goods Cookbook + A Giveaway

Butter Baked (4 of 9) Have you ever met somebody that you knew instantly they were doing exactly what they were meant to be doing with their life? That’s Rosie, the owner of one of Vancouver’s most popular bake shop and author of Butter Baked Goods Cookbook.  The minute you meet her you know that baking and creating treats for everyone’s enjoyment is exactly what she should be doing.

Despite her start in interior design, Rosie grew up knowing in her heart of hearts she was going to open this bake shop and the minute you step through the doors you know that was the perfect plan for her.  Warm and inviting with an intoxicating smell of sugar and butter and sweet goodness.  As beautiful as her shop her cookbook is equally as lovely. And once again an amazing group of food bloggers got together to taste and cook their way through these fabulous pages.

My first intention was to bake and write about the her Lemon Meringue Tart.  Silky lemon curd, sticky meringue and a buttery crust to die for. Butter Baked Goods cookbook And I planned on making these spiced Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Blondies that I knew my co workers were going to go nuts over. FotorCreated3 However it was DH’s choice of the Raspberry Custard Tart that really stole the show. Easy to prepare and oh so flavourful.  This will get made time and time again in our house.  Maybe I’ll use blueberries next time! Yum! FotorCreated1 I still have many more pages bookmarked to try but to help you decide that this is definitely a cookbook that needs to be on your table check out my fellow bloggers participating in this wonderful review and see the amazing things they tried from Butter Baked Goods.

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Butter’s Classic White Cake and Coffee Buttercream Frosting from The Brunette Baker

Butterscotch Walnut Bars from The Sweet Twist of Blogging

Vunderbars from Libby Roach

The Dream Slice from Planet Byn

Homemade Marshmallows and S’mores from My Daily Randomness

The Dunbar from Hidden Ponies

Chocolate Expresso Pound Cake from My Cookbook Addiction

Chocolate Honeycomb Brittle from Devour & Conquer

Morning Glory Muffins from Olive & Ruby

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies from eat.live.travel.write

Apple Bacon Cheddar Scones from She Eats

Jackson Pollock Popcorn from (Cooking For) Kiwi and Bean

Chocolate Pistachio Pound Cake from Crumb: A Food Blog

Kitchen Sink Bark from A Pretty Life

Orange Pecan Biscotti from Family Bites

And don’t forget to enter the contest below.  Rosie as per her incredibly generous nature is offering up  a signed copy of Butter Baked Goods AND a box of Butter Baked Goods! Perfect just before Christmas.

To enter just leave a comment below telling me what you favorite baked treat is and for multiple entries be sure to follow and click on any of the eligible links.

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Blogiversary Guest Post: Take 5 Bars by Planet Byn

I have strategically placed Robyn from Planet Byn here on Wednesday for 2 reasons. The first being it’s hump day and I knew without a doubt she would make something sweet and fabulous to get us through the rest of the week.  And can I just say Take 5 bars!!!! My completely all time favorite chocolate bar.

The second reason is that Tuesday night this wonderful group and I got together for our pretty regular dinner date and she may have brought some.  And I may have to kidnap her and make her bake me these every day!

It was Robyn who mentioned wanting to guest blog for my milestone day and thanks to her the idea took off and so many great people came together to make it such a touching week.  As Robyn mentions below we didn’t get a chance to meet at the FBC conference and I think about that all the time.  About what an amazing time we would have had.  But no worries there.  Our next one is happening this fall during my girl here’s birthday so I think we will make up those missed memories.

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Happy Blog-iversary Tasty G! I’m so excited to be guest blogging here today, and to join in the celebrations! 

In case you haven’t had the pleasure of meeting The Tasty Gardener, I wanted to tell you a quick story that will let you know exactly what type of person she is. I officially met Heather last Spring, when we were both attending the Taste of Burlington launch. We had actually both attended the first Food Bloggers of Canada conference, but didn’t cross paths there. Anyway, I was super excited because it was my first time covering an event for my blog. So excited in fact, that I forgot the memory card in my camera! When I told Heather and the rest of the ladies we were there with (hi Jenny! hi Rhonda!), she quickly told me not to worry, and that I could use her photos from the night.  I remember actually being shocked that she would share her pictures with me – someone she just met – and I was blown away by her kindness and generosity.

While we were leaving, I said to the group that we should meet up again and go to one of the restaurants that was featured at the event. Heather took that and ran with it, organizing a dinner at Celli’s, and the rest is history. See, not only is this the 5th anniversary of The Tasty Gardener’s blog, it’s also almost the 1st anniversary of that dinner, which kicked off an amazing year of friendship and fun. 

And so, that brings us to these Take 5 Bars. I overheard Heather and Jenny talking about these one day, and apparently Tasty G has a little obsession with these chocolate bars that you can only find in the US. I thought it would be perfect to make this homemade version for Heather to celebrate 5 amazing years of blogging. Here’s to many more!

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  • Pretzel Layer
  • 2 cups crushed pretzels
  • 3/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Peanut Butter Layer
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups icing sugar
  • Caramel Layer
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp corn syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Chocolate Layer
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp whipping cream


  1. Line a 9x13 pan with foil and spray with non-stick spray. Preheat the oven to 350. In a medium bowl, mix together the pretzels, butter and brown sugar, and press into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. For peanut butter layer, mix together butter, peanut butter and icing sugar until smooth. Spread overtop cooled pretzel crust. Chill in the fridge while you make the caramel.
  3. For caramel layer, add the sugar, water, corn syrup and salt to a medium saucepan. Add a candy thermometer and heat to 340 degrees. Remove from heat immediately and stir in whipping cream, butter and sour cream. Let cool for about half an hour, then stir in the peanuts. Spread over the peanut butter layer (the caramel will be thick and gooey, but try the best you can for an even layer).
  4. Melt the chocolate chips and cream in the microwave or over a double boiler, then spread overtop the caramel. Chill for about 20 minutes, then cut into squares.