Thursday, June 9, 2011

Review and Giveaway: WannaHavaCookie Whoopie Pies and Bar Cookies

Over the past few months, I think we've firmly established that I have not only A sweet tooth, but an entire mouth fool of multiple sweet TEETH! However, I have an extra-special place in my heart for cookies of all types. Imagine how excited I was when I recently had the opportunity to sample some whoopie pies and bar cookies from New York City-based WannaHavaCookie bakery. Marisa Angebranndt, the owner and head baker of the company, graciously offered to send me a sampling of some of her baked goods. 

The box arrived a few days later, and I was literally like a little kid on Christmas morning! The box was quite large, and I loved the orange ribbon and her logo. When I opened the box, I saw festive orange tissue paper and discovered a note from Marisa. That was a nice, personal touch that I really appreciated. Then I opened the tissue and swooned: nestled inside were more than 2 DOZEN different whoopie pies and bar cookies...i.e., The Mother Lode!!

My sampler box included several flavors of individually wrapped whoopie pies, linzer bars, toffee bars, chocolate chip blondies, and brownies with white chocolate chips. I may have squealed with delight, then I decided to try a red velvet whoopie pie first. It was so yummy: moist cake-like cookies filled with a delicious homemade buttercream!

We had company visiting Casa Garcia that weekend, so I shared my goodies with everyone to get their feedback. Everyone sampled a whoopie pie (...or two) and declared all of the flavors delish, but the seasonal lemon-ginger was declared the overall favorite. Another very popular bar was the yummy linzer torte -- raspberry preserves on top of a buttery walnut-flavored base. My other favorite in the collection was the ToffeeMills bar...flavored with Skor toffee chips and a shot of Irish whiskey in the batter!

So, do I have your mouth watering yet? Good...because now it's YOUR chance to try some of these yummy treats for yourself! Marisa has generously offered to send one of my readers a variety box of 24 assorted whoopie pies and bars!! To enter, all you have to do is go visit the WannaHavaCookie website. While you're there, click on the Our Treats tab and take a look at all the flavor combinations she offers. Then, come back here and leave me a comment telling me which item you're most excited about trying.

For a second entry, you can Like WannaHavaCookie on Facebook. For a third entry, follow WannaHavaCookie on Twitter. For a fourth entry, you can follow my blog...or let me know you're already a follower of The Weekend Gourmet. Make sure to include your e-mail address on one of your comments so I know how to find you if you're the winner. This giveaway is open until 11:59 on Sunday, June 12th...and the winner will be announced next Monday. Good luck...these whoopies and bars are AMAZING!!

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