Have you heard about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap?!? I first discovered the cookie swap this time last year and was SO excited to participate this year with over 400 other incredible food bloggers!
Here’s how it works: First, you’re secretly matched up with three other food bloggers from somewhere in the United States. Next, you create a brand NEW cookie recipe and get baking! Then you send each of your matches a dozen delicious cookies all wrapped up in pretty boxes… and in return you receive a dozen from each of the bloggers matched with you! To make it even better (yes, it gets even better than 3 dozen cookies waiting at your doorstep), all of the participants and sponsors donate money to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as our little way of giving back during this holiday season. Such an incredible project to be a part of!
If you’re interested in hearing more about The Great Food Blogger Cookies Swap, or signing up for email updates, visit this link.
This year, I was matched up with Hetal from Pretty Polymath (she was actually a Season 6 Master Chef contestant– how cool?!), Devangi from Pistachio Doughnut, and Aileen from Morsels & Moonshine (who happens to be one of my blogger friends, so this was SO cool that I was randomly matched with her). I wanted to go completely out to the box for my holiday cookie, so I tried something I’ve never done before— why, putting a cookie inside another cookie, of course! I guess they’re technically cookie chunks, but it’s all the same to me 😉
This recipe definitely had some inspiration behind it. And that inspiration is called Trader Joes Candy Cane Joe Joes. Please tell me you’ve tried these magical cookies? I’m usually not one for store-bought cookies, but I impulse bought them one year over the holidays and I. WAS. HOOKED. It’s essentially a peppermint flavored oreo, so you basically can’t go wrong there. And I absolutely adore peppermint-flavored things over the holidays, so these were seriously love at first bite!
Anyways, back to these cookies…. I ultimately decided I wanted to “trash up” the stereotypical chocolate chunk cookie with bits of my favorite peppermint sandwich cookie, a little peppermint extract, and some holiday sprinkles (duhh). I mean, it’s Christmas, why not? It certainly took a few tries to get the right texture, peppermint flavor, and cookie chunk ratio, but finally, SUCCESS! A soft, indulgent cookie that screams Christmas in every way, shape, and form!
Want to know what I got in the mail from my matches?!? I couldn’t have been given a more different array of cookies from some super talented food bloggers. I first received a dozen of these melt-in-your-mouth Brown Butter Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies from Diana at The Dreamery Events blog. Ohhmyyygoodnesss were these amazing! I had to stop myself before I downed half the batch in one sitting!
Next, I came home to two boxes of cookies on the SAME day (win!): Tropical Cranberry Macaroons from Renee at Flaming Musings and Cherry Double Chocolate Cookies from Hannah at Fleur Delicious. The Tropical Cranberry Macaroons were light, fluffy, and had this beautiful zest of lime that was like no cookie I had ever eaten before. Genius! The Cherry Double Chocolate Cookies had that perfect balance of sweet and tart, full of rich chocolate chunks with pops of tangy dried cherries. Seriously delicious!
Thanks again ladies for all your decadent cookies! It was so wonderful connecting with each of you through this awesome blogger project!