Giveaway: Sugar, Sugar Cookbook

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by Amber on November 30, 2011

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:

{Required Entry}
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.

Who wants bonus entries?!

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.

1. Like The Sugar Mommas on Facebook.
2. Like Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook.
3. Follow @SugarMommas and @BluebonnetBaker on Twitter and tweet the following. Then come back and leave a comment that you did so.

I want to win the Sugar, Sugar Cookbook for my holiday baking from @SugarMommas and @BluebonnetBaker! http://su.pr/1EPKSL #giveaway

4. Subscribe to Bluebonnets & Brownies email updates. When you click the link, you will see “Get Bluebonnets & Brownies Delivered By Email.” Once you subscribe to the email updates, you will get an emailing confirming your subscription. Leave a comment after you’ve confirmed your subscription.

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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Amber, RD December 3, 2011 at 11:05 AM

My favorite cooking memory is baking cookies for holidays. Every holiday! We would break down each task so that one of us would mix dry ingredients, one wet ingredients, one would combine them. It all seemed so complicated as a kid, but now I do it all the time. I still love it!

Amber, RD December 3, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I like The Sugar Mommas on Facebook

Amber, RD December 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM

And I like Bluebonnets and Brownies on Facebook

Christy December 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

My favorite memory is of my whole family sitting together eating dinner and talking about their day. So mundane, but so vital to familes!

Erika December 3, 2011 at 2:16 PM

One of my favorite cooking memories is making peanut butter and chocolate candy with my grandmother every Christmas. We lived 13 hours away from her and only got to see her two or three times a year. For that candy, everybody knew that it was a recipe that just the two of us made together in her kitchen, the night before Christmas. Lovely memories!

Christy December 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM

I subscribe to emails

Erika December 3, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I like The Sugar Mommas on Facebook

Erika December 3, 2011 at 2:19 PM

I like Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook!

Mitzi December 3, 2011 at 11:11 PM

Hmm, the hurly-burly of all the women in the family (4 women) working together in the kitchen to create entirely too much food for the number of people eating at the house (11 people). Or the Christmas breakfast tradition which doesn’t include cooking at all: plain cake donuts with blue cheese.

sunny December 4, 2011 at 8:12 AM

oo fun recipe and fun contest! my (least?) favorite cooking story is the time i accidentally forgot to add flour to a cake i was baking :(

Erin December 4, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Growing up, my mom would bake cookies all day one day the week before Christmas. When I was on Christmas break from school, I would help her and we had so much fun baking cookies while listening to Christmas music all day! I kept the tradition alive and take a day off work the week before Christmas so I can get my holiday bake on! :)

Adriane C December 4, 2011 at 9:33 PM

My sister and I would bake Christmas cookies together every year and we would spent hours if not days baking. One year we were all done and my sister was at her car about to put a large container of cookies in her trunk and my cat who was an indoor cat got out. So she dropped the container and helped me catch the cat. After the cat was safely inside I said good-bye and she had forgotten in all the excitement to put the cookie container in her trunk and proceeded to run over the container. We laughed and laughed. She died six years ago from cancer but every Christmas when I bake I think of her driving over the container and I have a good laugh.

Holly December 5, 2011 at 3:14 PM

My favorite times cooking together as a family were when my son was a cub scout and we would cook fancy meals on a tiny portable butane stove while everyone else had deluxe camp stoves. Everyone always raved about the aromas and great food we made.

Holly December 5, 2011 at 3:14 PM

I subscribe to B & B via email updates.

Liane R December 5, 2011 at 4:55 PM

We have a cranberry salad recipe that we refuse to share outside of the family. We have a family joke about it because some ex-husbands have actually come back and tried to get the recipe. My daughter wanted to make it for her dad’s thanksgiving and I told her I’d have to make it ahead and send it with her rather than giving her the recipe :)

Liane R December 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM

I Like Sugar Mommas on FB (and I’d love to win the book)

Liane R December 5, 2011 at 4:56 PM

I like B&B on FB!

stephanie December 6, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Every year my mom would make tons of Zongzi, a traditional Chinese dish made during the Dragon Boat Festival. It’s basically a mound of sticky rice, with some savoury fillings (ie. cured meats, mushrooms, etc) and then wrapped into a crazy many sided triangle shape that takes a lot of practice. I loved the smell of the steaming ingredients and trying to learn how to do the complicated wrapping. Two years ago, she taught my husband (who’s not Chinese) and we spent hours in the kitchen together, wrapping zongzi. It’s a tradition I hope we continue every year!

stephanie December 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM

I follow both @SugarMommas and @BluebonnetBaker on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway (as @kitchenfrolic)

stephanie December 6, 2011 at 1:16 PM

I just subscribed to Bluebonnets & Brownies email updates! :)

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Claire December 6, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Every Thanksgiving/Christmas we drink sparkling juice out of wine glasses. IDK why! But it’s become tradition!

Joyce Mosby December 6, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Years ago when I was a young teacher in Canada salt came in boxes or bags and I had put some in a canister ( plainly labeled-I thought). One of my students put a cup of what he thought was sugar in his recipe. Imagine his surprise when he tasted his salty cookies!

Joyce Mosby December 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I follow you on FB

Joyce Mosby December 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

I liked Sugar Momma’s on FB.

erin johnson December 6, 2011 at 3:53 PM

I Like The Sugar Mommas on Facebook.

erin johnson December 6, 2011 at 3:54 PM

I Like Bluebonnets & Brownies on Facebook.

erin johnson December 6, 2011 at 3:56 PM

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…” ;)

Virginia December 6, 2011 at 7:34 PM

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

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