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

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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• become Molly’s friend on her Organic Spark Facebook page.
• tweet about this giveaway. make up one of your own or tweet this sample message: pls RT @theurbanbaker has a copy of @Gobba Gobba Hey #giveaway. Gobs of cookies http://is.gd/A89gy5
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Carrot Cake Gobs w/Citrus Cream Cheese


Ingredients

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

Instructions

• preheat oven to 400*. line a baking sheet with heavy duty foil and place a piece of parchment on top. set aside.
• using your food processor, fitted with the metal blade, pulse the flour, salt, baking powder. add the cubed butter and cream cheese and pulse until the mixture resembles course sand. while the machine is on, slowly add the ice cold water and vodka and pulse until the dough starts to form into a ball. don’t over mix.
• place another piece of parchment on your work surface and dust with flour. dump the dough and form into a disc. cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. if making a double or triple batch, divide dough evenly (I use a kitchen scale) and wrap additional dough tightly and then place in a plastic freezer bag. dough can be frozen for up to two months.
• while the dough is chillin’, make your filling. place all ingredients in a large, glass bowl and toss.
• using the same piece of parchment that you used to form your disc, dust again with flour. roll dough into a 12″ x 15″ rectangle, about 3/8″ thickness ( you don’t want it too thin that you can’t flip it over the top of the berries).
• place berries on one side of the dough, leaving a generous 1/2″ border of dough around the edges. brush the edges with a little bit of water. flip the clean side of dough over the top of the berries. press edges with a fork, making sure there are no gaps between the top and bottom layer of dough. using a paring knife, score the top with 4 – 5 slits (this allows steam to escape while baking).
• beat egg with a tablespoon of water. brush the top with the egg wash and sprinkle the pie with sanding sugar.
• bake 35 – 45 minutes or until golden brown and you can see the blueberries slightly bubbling.
• allow pie to cool before cutting and eating.
• top it off with some vanilla bean ice cream….

The Urban Baker / SusanSalzman.com

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

Showing 62 comments
  • Kim
    Reply

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

  • Molly Chester
    Reply

    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

    • Susan
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      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!

  • Rachel
    Reply

    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.

  • Rachel
    Reply

    I “like” the Urban Baker on facebook.

  • Rachel
    Reply

    I subscribe to the Urban Baker’s RSS feed.

    • Susan
      Reply

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

  • Rachel
    Reply

    I follow @theurbanbaker on twitter.

  • Lucy Lean
    Reply

    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.

  • Susan Young
    Reply

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

  • Monica
    Reply

    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!

  • Nancy
    Reply

    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!

  • aida mollenkamp
    Reply

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

  • Brooke @ Food Woolf
    Reply

    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!

  • Linda
    Reply

    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!

  • Jennie
    Reply

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

    • Susan
      Reply

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

  • Nancy@acommunaltable
    Reply

    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???
    FYI..
    I follow you on Twitter
    I am a fan of both The Urban Baker and Of Organic Spark!

    • Susan
      Reply

      I follow you everywhere, too, Nancy! 🙂

  • heather b
    Reply

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

  • Pat R
    Reply

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

  • Pat R
    Reply

    I “like” Gobba Gobba on FB

  • Pat R
    Reply

    I “like”mThe urban Baker on FB

  • Pat R
    Reply

    I “like” Organic Spark on FB

  • Georgia Pellegrini
    Reply

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

  • Mb
    Reply

    i love changing leaf colors!

  • Esi
    Reply

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

  • Bebe
    Reply

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

  • Reply

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

  • Amanda
    Reply

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

  • Katie
    Reply

    My fav thing about fall is pumpkin!!

  • Katie
    Reply

    I “like” Urban Baker on FB

  • Katie
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    I follow Urban Baker on RSS (google reader)

  • Alyse
    Reply

    I love the change of the smell of the air.

  • Stefani
    Reply

    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!

  • Stefani
    Reply

    I like Gobba Gobba on facebook

  • Stefani
    Reply

    I like the Urban Baker’s facebook page!

  • Stefani
    Reply

    I like the Organic Spark on facebook

  • Stefani
    Reply

    I tweeted about the giveaway

  • Stefani
    Reply

    I’m following you on twitter!

  • Stefani
    Reply

    I follow Gobba Gobba Hey on twitter

  • Stefani
    Reply

    I’m an RSS subscriber..

  • Stefani
    Reply

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

  • Maria
    Reply

    I can’t wait to try these cookies!

  • Joyce Raymond
    Reply

    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!

  • Joyce Raymond
    Reply

    I am liking and friending all!

  • Reply

    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.

  • Reply

    Already follow you on Twitter.

  • Reply

    And Facebook. 🙂

  • Marla
    Reply

    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 🙂

  • Marla
    Reply

    I like them on FB 🙂

  • Marla
    Reply

    I follow you on FB 🙂

  • Marla
    Reply

    I follow Molly on FB too

  • karen day
    Reply

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

  • karen day
    Reply

    I friended Gobba Gobba Hey Gob.

  • karen day
    Reply

    I follow you on FB.

  • karen day
    Reply

    I follow The Organic Spark on FB.

  • Tray Stricklin
    Reply

    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……………….

  • Mynda
    Reply

    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!

  • Mynda
    Reply

    I also follow you on Twitter! 😎

  • Mynda
    Reply

    And Like you and Gobba on FB! 😎

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