Baking for a Barbecue

I have been baking up a storm this week. Once again I am providing desserts for the Midtown Alley BBQ. I baked the desserts last year and couldn’t pass up the chance to do it again this year.

I decided to make the same desserts I made last year:

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Gooey Butter Tarts

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Chocolate Gooey Butter Tarts

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Gingersnaps

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was going to make a new gooey butter tart flavor, lemon blueberry, in honor of summer. The first experiments weren’t quite there yet, but stay tuned for the perfected recipe soon.

Feel free to stop by Atomicdust in Midtown St. Louis if you are in town and looking for something to do tonight. For now, I’m headed back to the kitchen to finish baking.

I am a Dessert Sponsor for the Midtown Alley BBQ!

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I took a leap a few weeks ago and volunteered to sponsor the desserts at the second annual Midtown Alley BBQ. Rich’s company, Atomicdust, hosts the event, which is a barbecue competition among ad agencies in the area. In honor of Hunger Action Month, the event will benefit Food Outreach St. Louis, a local charity that provides healthful food for people living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. All proceeds and suitable food leftovers will go to Food Outreach.

Not that I ever really need a reason to bake, but it is fun to bake for an event. And one that has my name, well, the blog’s name, on publications. And it’s icing on the cake that Rich’s co-workers are such enthusiastic supporters of the blog and my baked goods.

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I have been taunting providing updates via Twitter and email to the peeps at Atomicdust as I bake my way through the days leading up the barbecue on Thursday. So far I have made gooey butter tarts, chocolate gooey butter tarts and gingersnaps. I’ll make chocolate chip cookies later this week.

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Everything is very small, so they will be bite-sized. I made the tarts in mini muffin pans and the gingersnaps with my smallest cookie scoop as a portion guide. I want people to be able to pop their sweet treats in their mouths – no plates or utensils required.

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The freezer has been my friend, as I get ready for the barbecue. Tomorrow I will bake the last tarts and stash them in the freezer until Thursday.  I will bake the chocolate chip cookies on the day of the barbecue. I find the chocolate chips sometimes lose their gooeyness when I freeze them, so I’m not going there with them.

If you are in town, feel free to stop by on Thursday evening. Eat a little barbecue, support a worthy charity and sample a sweet treat made by yours truly.