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Brigade News / Site Maintenance - Server Upgrade
« on: July 06, 2016, 10:47:02 AM »
The host has let me know that we're schedule for a OS upgrade today. It should have little to no impact on the site but there will likely be a window of 15-60 minutes of downtime while they do the actual upgrade.

Brigade News / Site Maintenance - Friday 1 April
« on: April 01, 2016, 12:58:52 PM »
I will be performing site maintenance this evening for some necessary updates to the platform, not expecting any extended downtime.[/size]Maintenance will be from 2000-0000 Eastern Time.

Brigade News / Site Maintenance - Wednesday 3 Feb
« on: February 01, 2016, 02:49:25 PM »
Site will be down for a bit in the evening for some necessary updates to the platform, not expecting any extended downtime.

Maintenance will be from 2300-0000 Eastern Time.

Brigade News / Hosting Issue
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:37:40 PM »
Long story short, our host was experiencing serious storage issues, my server corrupted at some point and the only restore point they had was from a month and a half ago.

The site has been moved to a new host with redundant backup. Once I have some time, and finish moving my other websites, I will post more information here.

Recipe Talk / Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip
« on: March 05, 2014, 02:48:09 PM »
I just realized this recipe wasn't on the site anywhere, so I'm going to include it so I have a link for the cards.

Credit for this goes to Punzie and LexiconGrrl.

Adapating from lexi's bacon wrapped stuffed oreos and a few other variations. Punzie if this needs corrections let me know!

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

8 oz unsalted butter (room temp)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
10-12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 pkg Double Stuf Oreo Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Add butter and sugars to the bowl, beat until fluffy then add the eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda with a wire whisk. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mix until combined then add the chocolate chips.
Use an ice cream scoop to place a scoop of cookie dough on top of an Oreo. Place another scoop on the bottom of the Oreo. Seal the edges by pressing and cupping the dough in hand until the Oreo is completely enclosed. Shape into a thick patty. Repeat with remaining cookies and dough.
Place the stuffed cookies on the prepared baking sheet a couple of inches apart and bake for 11-15 minutes, until the cookies are cooked through.
Let cool for 5 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack

Brigade News / PAX East 2014 Passes - Wed Oct 22 @ Noon EST
« on: October 22, 2013, 02:55:38 PM »
Passes will go up tomorrow at noon!

Brigade News / Website Maintenance - Oct 5th 3AM EST to 3 PM EST
« on: October 03, 2013, 02:33:47 PM »
Our host has notified me that they will have an extended maintenance window coming up Saturday. They are moving several servers to a new data center so during the time above there may be periods where the website will be unavailable.

Downtime should not extend for the entire period.

Recipe Talk / Calling all Bakers: Recipes & Photos Wanted!
« on: September 04, 2013, 02:38:53 PM »
Hey everyone, so the brigade now has its very own blog:


*insert Oooos and Aaaahhs* So shiny...

I'm looking for your recipes and pictures to feature on the blog. We already get a good amount of site traffic to this section of the forums but I'd love to feature some of these amazing recipes in a more prominent manner.

What I need:
  • Recipe - Include full instructions step by step and ingredients
  • Photos - You don't need photos for each step but a couple nice shots of the final product would be marvelous. The pictures need to be clear, well lit and not blurry.
The more you can give me the better. People asking for cookie brigade recipes is pretty common and this way we can create a nice repository for future bakers to use.

Brigade News / Receiving Brigade Emails
« on: September 04, 2013, 02:27:27 PM »
I know some people had had some issues receiving Brigade emails, so I just want to clarify a few things.

You should ensure that your email is whitelisting any emails coming from @cookiebrigade.org, including [email protected] and [email protected].

Doing so will ensure you'll receive the emails and they won't go into your junk mail. If you continue to have issues please let me know.

Newsletters & Event Mailings

For all newsletters and event mailings we use MailChimp. This allows us to easily comply with the CAN-SPAM act and allows you to opt out. These emails are critical for event planning/organizing, we will keep the number of emails to a minimum and promise to never share your address.

These lists are populated through the member list here on the site. If you opt out of these emails you will NOT receive organizing information in email from us, one opt out will remove you from all future mailings using mail chimp!

Forum Updates & Notices

These are automated emails generated by our forum software. The forum will send emails when you receive new PMs, receive an achievement or a topic notifications. It's also used to activate your account.

To opt out of these emails or to turn off notifications or to turn them on visit your notification settings page.

Brigade News / Site Maintenance - Tuesday Aug 20th
« on: August 20, 2013, 05:23:34 PM »
I'll be performing some maintenance on the website tonight. This should not impact the site but there will be a period of time where the site may be locked to updates and posts while I perform an upgrade to the database server.

Brigade News / Brigade Achievements
« on: August 16, 2013, 05:31:50 PM »
Achievements are currently being rolled out, you may see a number of private messages indicating you've been awarded an achievement. I'm in the process now of working through the back log including the backlog from our tracking database.

Recipe Talk / Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
« on: August 14, 2013, 11:41:47 AM »
This is an old fashion recipe for rolled sugar cookies. The cookies come out soft but sturdy and are great for decorating. This recipe does call for lard, you can source that at most grocery stores, just look for pasturized lard (not shortening!).

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup lard
1/4 cup butter
2 eggs, slightly beaten, just break the yokes
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Making the Dough
  • Cream your butter, lard and sugar together in a mixer.
  • Once the butter, lard and sugar are fully combined add in your eggs and vanilla.
  • Once the egg have been incorporated begin adding the flour in 1/2 cup increments.
  • Add in the salt and baking powder.
  • Transfer the dough to plastic wrap and cover/wrap entirely and chill for a minimum of 6-8 hours, preferably overnight.
The Cookies
  • Preheat the oven for 375 degrees.
  • Once your dough is completely chilled, its going to be fairly stiff, roll it out on a floured surface to about 1/4 to 1/6". For rolling its helpful to put some flour on top of the dough as well and on your rolling pin.
  • Cut cookies into desired shapes and place them on an ungreased pan. I recommend using parchment paper or a silpat if you have it. You can repeat this process until all dough is gone, recombining the bits left over to re-roll the dough.
  • Bake at 375 for 5-7 minutes, the time will depend on your oven, I recommend monitoring the first batch.

Website Feedback & Bug Reporting / Spammers
« on: June 03, 2013, 04:46:51 PM »
Hey guys, just a heads up, I'm aware we have some spammers managing to get through on the site. I am going to review the security for the site during the week to see if there is anything else I can do to stop them. Please feel free to report any suspicious posts so they can be removed.


Brigade Events / PAX Prime - Seattle, WA
« on: May 03, 2013, 12:16:52 PM »
PAX Prime is coming!

Brigadiers can join the organizing group here.

Event: PAX Prime
Date: Aug 30 - Sept 2
Location: Seattle, WA
Event URL: http://prime.paxsite.com/

The Cookie Brigade has been attending PAX Prime since 2008 and since that year has raised over $45,000 at PAX Prime alone.

Use this thread to publicly discuss the event, please do not post any organizing information here.

Brigade Events / PAX Australia - Melbourne, VIC Australia
« on: May 03, 2013, 12:10:47 PM »
The cookie brigade will be attending PAX Australia in July.

Brigadiers are welcome to join the organizing group for the event.

Event: PAX Aus
Date: July 19-20th
Location: Melbourne, VIC Australia
Event URL: http://aus.paxsite.com/

This will be the Cookie Brigade's first event out of the United States so we need your help raising money to send our two organizers to Australia to get the Brigade started.

Feel free to use this thread to discuss the event, however please do not post any organizing information here, this is a public thread.

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