A trip to Apricot Lane Farms, Cookies, + A Giveaway

October 9, 2011

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A few weeks ago, I took the kids to visit my friend Molly on her new farm: Apricot Lane. She invited me and 100 or so of her friends and we all enjoyed the scenery, organic drinks and food, and great conversation.

Driving up the winding road, my kids jaws(actually all of our jaws) hit the floor.  It was spectacularly gorgeous and way better than I had envisioned it in my mind.  Acres and acres of vast space, animals living freely, green – lots and lots of green with beautiful landscape.

Molly and her husband John have lots of plans for the property and I know that everyone who shared in the days events agree that they are going to be super successful.  Molly sent out the invites and said she was going to take care of the “real food” and asked us to either bring a side or a dessert. I thought about doing both, but it being a Sunday and all, I only had the energy to do one.

A few months back I received a surprise in the mail; a copy of Gobba Gobba Hey by Steven Gdula.  I had been wanting to try a few of the recipes but never got to it.  This felt like the right time to test some of his recipes.  With it being the beginning of fall, I wanted to make something that resembled the harvest.  I settled upon the Carrot Cake Gobs with a Citrus Cream Cheese center.  After reading the recipe, the ingredients felt similar to a whoopie pie and after baking them I understood why.  These cookies are more of a cakey cookie and adding the cream cheese filling confirmed my initial instincts.

The food that day was truly amazing; Grass fed hamburgers, Molly’s raw honey lemonade, quinoa salad, lots of beans, grain salads, and an array of desserts. After lunch my kids grabbed my camera and roamed the property.  They found their way to the tennis courts and the farmers quarters and of course found the “vehicles” and the dogs.

Because we had such a great and memorable day and also because I received a lot of kudos for these cookies I want to offer a book to one lucky reader.  Not only do the recipes inspire me to want to create desserts with unique and interesting flavors but the graphics of this book makes me want to turn the pages with no intention of reading the recipe.  I merely like what each page looks like.  It feels more like a one of my required reading books from a recent graphics class.  Maybe the author was in that class with me and I didn’t even know him?  If you want to own this fun book and include it in your already bursting library of cookbooks, check out how to get your hands on it.

Thanks, Molly, for including us.  It was so great for my little family and I to get out of the “city” and breathe the open air.  I always told you – you are a visionary, and you are definelty living your dream!

How to Enter
You have until Monday, October 17th, 12 midnight PST to enter this giveaway. The Winner will be chosen via random.org and will have 2 days to respond or a new winner will be selected. U.S.A. residents only.

You can enter multiple times by leaving a separate comment for each of the following steps listed below:

tell me what you love about the Fall season.
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Carrot Cake Gobs w/Citrus Cream Cheese
yield: 34 cookies

for the cookies:
1/2 cup peeled, grated carrots
1 Tbsp. fresh, grated ginger
1 Tbsp. orange zest
4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
2 cups coconut sugar
4 oz.(8 Tbsp) unsalted, organic butter, room temperture
2 eggs, separated, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, room temperarture
2 Tbsp. sour cream

for the filling:
2 oz.(4 Tbsp) unsalted, organic butter, room temperature
16 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbsp. sour cream
1-2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
1-2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2-3 cups confectiners’ sugar, sifted

for the cookies:
• preheat oven to 350*. line your rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
• in the work bowl of a food processor, fitted with the metal blade, pulse the carrots, ginger, and orange zest. set aside.
• in a large bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. whisk and set aside.
• in the bowl of your standing mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar.  add the egg yolks adn mix on medium speed.
• add the egg whites and vanilla and mix to incorporate.
• add the dry ingredients then the buttermilk, alternating in three batches.  starting and ending with the dry ingredients.  add the sour cream and mix well.
• using a 1 tablespoon ice cream scooper, drop batter on to prepared parchment lined baking sheets.
• bake 4 minutes, rotate pans back to front and top to bottom and bake another 4 minutes.
• remove the gobs to wire racks and let cool completely.  they are easier to remove from the paper when cooled completely.
for the citrus cream:
• with the mixer on medium speed, cream the butter and the cream cheese.
• add the vanilla, sour cream, 1 tablespoon both lemon juice and orange juice and 2 cups of the confectioners’ sugar. beat on low speed just unitl combined.  once combined, turn the mixer up to medium and add a bit more sugar, a little at a time, must until you get the consistancy you desire. taste and if needed, add more citrus juice.
• using a small off set spatula, spread the cream cheese frosting on the flat side of a gob.  pair with another gob its size and sandwich together.
• place on a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the gobs.
• place in fridge to set.
• when ready to eat, remove from the fridge, eat, and enjoy.
p.s. don’t stack the gobs.  as they are more cake like – they will kind of stick together – and we all know we don’t want that!

More Sandwich Type Cookies:
Soft Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies – A Cozy Kitchen
Not your Typical Bakery Style Cookie – The Urban Baker
Nutella Sandwich Cookies – A Beautiful Mess
Mango Dulce de Leche Macaroons – Day Dreamer Desserts
Homemade Oreos – Bake at 350
Toasted Walnut Linzer Cookies w/Jam Filling – Passionate about Baking


{ 61 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim October 10, 2011 at 5:09 am

I really like these cookies, and I will try these… To bad I’m not a resident of the USA!


2 Molly Chester October 10, 2011 at 7:59 am

Susan – You brought a tear to my eye! Thank you so much for the kind words. It was a real treat to have your family up here for the day. Looking forward to having you back! And for the record, the Carrot Cake Gobs were the very FIRST things to disappear from the dessert table. xo


3 Susan October 10, 2011 at 8:03 am

Molly – truly – it was a great afternoon. My only regret is not getting a photo of you and John. I cannot wait to come back and really soak in all of it’s richness and be able to spend some one on one with you!


4 Rachel October 10, 2011 at 8:09 am

Citrus cream cheese! Swoon! I love fall for its soups–and for how easy they are to make with whatever happens to be in the fridge.


5 Rachel October 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

I “like” the Urban Baker on facebook.


6 Rachel October 10, 2011 at 8:10 am

I subscribe to the Urban Baker’s RSS feed.


7 Susan October 10, 2011 at 8:12 am

Hey, Rachel – welcome aboard. And thanks for being a part of this very fun and festive community!


8 Rachel October 10, 2011 at 8:11 am

I follow @theurbanbaker on twitter.


9 Lucy Lean October 10, 2011 at 9:05 am

I love fall for the coziness of the evenings when we can light a fire and gather around. I also am intrigued by the name Gobs – need to know more! Thanks for sharing Molly’s wonderful farm – beautiful.


10 Susan Young October 10, 2011 at 9:21 am

I also like the Urban Baker on facebook! I look forward to reading more of your site.


11 Monica October 10, 2011 at 9:24 am

Going to the farm to pick pumpkins or if I am lucky and the pumpkins that I plant in the spring turn into true beauties in the fall but that didn’t happen this year. Also, it is cool enough to start making casseroles with the bounty from the summer. Nothing like a roasted tomato soup with freshly baked bread and then fresh green chili with the fresh peppers from the garden because they are finally ready!


12 Nancy October 10, 2011 at 10:54 am

What I love about the fall; there are so many things but the weather has got to be at the top of the list. It’s still warm but the humidity is gone and the air is so clear! Not to mention the fall colors, feeling like cooking inside again, Halloween….the list goes on and on!


13 aida mollenkamp October 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

I adore the Gobba Gobba Hey folks and your rendition of their cookies look delicious!


14 Brooke @ Food Woolf October 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

What does a person have to do to have a place like Apricot Farm? Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the photos, story, and the great recipe!


15 Linda October 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I already like you:)…I also think i am really going to like these cookies. They look smashing….
I love the changing of the leaves this time of year….here in New Jersey they are really spectacular!
The apples, the cider, the chilly nights and warm days….not too bad either!


16 Jennie October 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I hate the coming cold months, but pumpkin bread makes up for that!


17 Susan October 10, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Hi Jennie – pumpkin bread does make everything all better. You are so right!


18 Nancy@acommunaltable October 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Hi Susan,

That sounds like it was a truly delightful day!! Those cookies/whoopie pies look like they were a perfect ending to the meal too!! BTW, did I tell you your photo looks like it belongs in the cookbook???
I follow you on Twitter
I am a fan of both The Urban Baker and Of Organic Spark!


19 Susan October 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I follow you everywhere, too, Nancy! :)


20 heather b October 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I love the fall smells!! Pumpkin, cinnamon and spices!! Not to mention the leaves turning colors!!


21 Pat R October 10, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I love the brilliant fall tree colors…..glorious!


22 Pat R October 10, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I “like” Gobba Gobba on FB


23 Pat R October 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I “like”mThe urban Baker on FB


24 Pat R October 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I “like” Organic Spark on FB


25 Georgia Pellegrini October 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

What fun! I love farm trips… they always give me perspective on the important things in life :)


26 Mb October 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm

i love changing leaf colors!


27 Esi October 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

A farm trip sounds so fun. May have to work one in to my schedule this fall.


28 Bebe October 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I love crisp, cool days…beautiful fall foliage…and college football!


29 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] October 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm

What an amazing day. I can only imagine what it’s like to be on the farm in real life. Wow!


30 Amanda October 10, 2011 at 7:51 pm

What DONT I love about fall? Its just magical. Everything is right… the temps, the smells, the colors, the feeling. :)


31 Katie October 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm

My fav thing about fall is pumpkin!!


32 Katie October 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I “like” Urban Baker on FB


33 Katie October 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

I follow Urban Baker on RSS (google reader)


34 Alyse October 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm

I love the change of the smell of the air.


35 Stefani October 11, 2011 at 12:57 am

I hated cold weather growing up, but now that I’ve moved away from my hometown, I find myself missing the cool, crisp days of the fall season–especially the pretty fall foliage!


36 Stefani October 11, 2011 at 1:06 am

I like Gobba Gobba on facebook


37 Stefani October 11, 2011 at 1:06 am

I like the Urban Baker’s facebook page!


38 Stefani October 11, 2011 at 1:06 am

I like the Organic Spark on facebook


39 Stefani October 11, 2011 at 1:06 am

I tweeted about the giveaway


40 Stefani October 11, 2011 at 1:07 am

I’m following you on twitter!


41 Stefani October 11, 2011 at 1:07 am

I follow Gobba Gobba Hey on twitter


42 Stefani October 11, 2011 at 1:07 am

I’m an RSS subscriber..


43 Stefani October 11, 2011 at 1:08 am

&& I stumbled the post/am following you! Thanks for the giveaway!


44 Maria October 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

I can’t wait to try these cookies!


45 Joyce Raymond October 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Your trip reminded me of visiting my Aunt Irene’s farm in Dartmouth, Ma. when I was a child, (that WAS a long time ago). What I like most about Fall is knowing that the snow is coming!


46 Joyce Raymond October 11, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I am liking and friending all!


47 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 11, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Oh my goodness, my husband would love these cookies so much. He’s such a carrot cake lover! What I love about fall are all the beautiful jewel tones, if only we had more of an official “fall” season here in LA! I’m hoping that at least the weather starts to feel more seasonal soon.


48 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 11, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Already follow you on Twitter.


49 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

And Facebook. :-)


50 Marla October 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I had talked that book up a while back when I first saw it online. The graphics look amazing! Bet the recipes are great. Count me in on the fun giveaway. Looks like you all had a blast at apricot farms :)


51 Marla October 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I like them on FB :)


52 Marla October 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I follow you on FB :)


53 Marla October 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm

I follow Molly on FB too


54 karen day October 13, 2011 at 3:58 am

I love everything about fall…the leaves, the cooler weather, sweaters, pumpkins (I just can’t get enough pumpkin recipes).


55 karen day October 13, 2011 at 4:01 am

I friended Gobba Gobba Hey Gob.


56 karen day October 13, 2011 at 4:02 am

I follow you on FB.


57 karen day October 13, 2011 at 4:04 am

I follow The Organic Spark on FB.


58 Tray Stricklin October 13, 2011 at 3:22 pm

What I love about the Fall is the relief that comes from Louisiana heat and humidity along with the pretty colors of the leaves changing with the season……………….


59 Mynda October 16, 2011 at 9:08 am

Aloha Susan … Love your blog and always look forward to your recipe posts! I subscribe via Email. Pls enter me in your Gobba Gooba Hey giveaway. Mahalo — enjoy your Sunday!


60 Mynda October 16, 2011 at 9:09 am

I also follow you on Twitter! 😎


61 Mynda October 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

And Like you and Gobba on FB! 😎


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