Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Secret Valentine is……Adriana at Greatfood360〫

An absolutely luscious cookie….Panetella de Guayaba…Thank you Andriana!
Being retired is a wonderful thing! Your time is your own. Sleep late, well maybe!  Visit your grandkids, sounds great!  Spur of the moment, so what!  There are no schedules to keep!
When I decided to participate with the Secret Valentine Cookie Exchange, organized by Alice @ A Mama, Baby and Shar-Pei in the Kitchen, I had no plans. I thought I would be home. However,  as it got colder and colder in NJ we thought, why not go south? Our older son and his family, live in Atlanta. We could visit them, then head to Florida. So, in the span of ten minutes we changed our schedule! Oh, but what about my cookies?  I realized I would be leaving on the 6th of February, and the cookies would start arriving that week.  After contemplating what I could do, I e-mailed Alice!! Could she possibly get in touch with my secret valentine, and have her mail my cookies to Atlanta? She said she would try.

We arrived at my son's house on the 7th, around 3 pm. Shortly afterwards, the mail lady came to the door, and asked me to sign for a package.  I thought it was for my son so, I put it on his desk.  When he came home, he told me the package was for me.  I knew right away, it had to be from my Secret Valentine!  I was so excited by the arrival of the cookies!  Up until that point, I wasn't sure if Alice was able to get in touch with my Secret Valentine.  This was such a lovely surprise, and the surprise didn’t end there!  My Secret Valentine was Adriana@ Greatfood360〫.  She not only made the most luscious cookie guava bars, "Panetela de Guayaba", but was gracious enough to send me a container of guava paste so I could make them myself.  Something I am looking forward to doing!! The consensus was, absolutely delicious!  

Thank you Alice, Adriana, and all the participants of the cookie exchange, for making this Valentine’s Day a little more special!  Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

They were such a hit with everyone in my family

Guava paste…I see these cookies in my future
Just plain wonderful!
I wish I could describe the wonderful texture of these cookies
No one could leave them alone….so yummy!
 They arrived on Thursday and three days later this was all that was left!  And my husband ate it!!

Panetela de Guayaba 
yield = 1 8x8 pan 
1 stick of butter (1/4 pound) melted
2 eggs
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of self rising flour 
guava paste strips- 1/8 to 1/4 thick inch slices
1.  Preheat oven 350º F.  Grease a glass 8x8 inch baking dish with butter
2.  Combine all the wet ingredients. Incorporate the flour slowly, mixing by hand with a wooden spoon.
3.  Pour half of the batter into the pan.  Layer the guava paste strips on top, and add the remaining batter to sandwich it in.
4.  Bake for 30 minutes. It will be done when knife or toothpick comes out clean.
To serve cut into squares and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Enjoy!


  1. They look wonderful Kathy, like jam between fluffly shortbread! We actually have guayaba paste here, but the most common one is quince. Either one would be great in this recipe. Have a great day!

  2. Oh, they look wonderful. What a treat!
    I love guava paste - I could eat it by the spoonful... Not that I have ever done such a thing. No, not me.
    Enjoy the warm in the South!

  3. Your cookies look so good! Wish I had one to enjoy with my morning coffee (that is the perfect breakfast to me ... cookies and coffee) Happy Valentine's Day!

  4. glad to see they were enjoyed by all! :) how nice to get the guava paste in addition! That's perfect! I bet your mind is spinning with all the things you can do with it!

  5. I also had to ask Alice to change my address when I made this quick trip to Colorado to organize my move. Bravo to Alice for accomodating we "Jet Setters", right, Kathy? Your cookies look exotic and delicious. Enjoy your family and stay warm.

  6. The empty container is really all you have to show about these to let us know how good they were! I'm really intrigued by these interesting treats! Happy V-day!

  7. There's no bigger satisfaction than an empty container and a picky eater's approval. Let me give you some interesting tidbits about this recipe:

    - My Mama has been making them for years, to much acclaim from family and friends.

    - On my school's fund raising cookbook back in the early 90s, there were four versions of this recipe. The only variations were the addition of vanilla, or changes in baking temperatures and time (longer at 325° vs shorter time at 350°).

    - All the recipes call for the self-rising flour. I use Presto brand. I am not a fan of self-rising flour for other recipes, but don't question it for this one.

    - This company, Carla's Sweets, started out making the panetela on a commercial scale and they've made quite a profit. They sell the guava squares, brownies, and other treats at the local warehouse clubs, carts at shopping centers, and other retail places. And online too! (their chocolate dipped meringues are to die for).

    - This is super easy to double too, which I did here. I baked it for about forty minutes on 350°, after checking it fore doneness at the 35 minute mark.

  8. Lucky, indeed! I love Guava! My great-grandmother had a guava tree in her backyard in San Diego and she used to make Guava Jelly. It's still a favorite of mine.

    Happy Valentine's Day! xoxo

  9. Thank you so much for the Broken Heart Chocolate Cookies & adorable towels, Kathy! I can't wait to make another batch! :) Happy Valentine's Day!

  10. Delicious cookies:) How thoughtful to send some Guava Paste so you can make your own. Happy Valentine's Day Kathy!

  11. They look delicious! I've never used guava paste. Time to try it!

  12. Interesting - I've never seen guava paste before! Something to look for next time I'm at World Market!

  13. What a sweet surprise! I've used guava paste for appetizers, but now I want these cookies!!! I just love our FFwD group!!! xo

  14. I hope you are enjoying your stay in Atlanta, Kathy! My friend's husband is from Puerto Rico and she made me a batch of her mother in laws guava bars when I lent her my Le Creuset pot. I'd never had them before. They are so good! Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

  15. Hi Kathy, so nice to be back and visiting you and all my other blogger friends. I've missed you a lot, and I appreciate and thank you so much for your kind and caring words of condolence, and missing me as well.

    Such a sweet idea for the cookies exchange for Valentine. I love guava filled pastries and cookies. We have an abundance of guava treats here, in Palm Beach County, since we have a huge Cuban population. We are so fortunate to have an amazing Cuban bakery that makes the most amazing sweets, and breads, as well...but nothing compares to homemade goodies, and the guava pastries look amazing! So moist, and absolutely delicious. Love the recipe, and thank you, and Adriana for sharing it. I will certainly try it out very soon! xo
    Happy Valentine's Day (oh,'s over now; just the thought)

  16. What lovely cookies - and how thoughtful for Adriana to send you the key ingredient to make your own.

  17. They look delicious Kathy and what a beautiful surprise!

  18. What a fantastic Valentine's surprise! Yum!

  19. Oh how much fun is that! Special delivery even!

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