Showing posts with label Cookie swap. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cookie swap. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Mittens and Hats Sugar Cookies/ #FBCookieSwap

I love Christmas cookies, so when it comes time for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap every holiday season, I am definitely in! This year I sent my three secret bloggers my Mittens and Hats Sugar Cookies. This sugar cookie recipe is one of my favorites! It is not difficult to make, but the decorating does take some time. If you are looking for a special sugar cookie recipe, this is the one!

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is more than just a cookie swap. We raise money to donate to Cookies for Kids Cancer, and we work with some wonderful sponsors. This year our sponsors are Dixie Crystals, Land 'O Lakes, and OXO! Isn't that a great list?! Thank you to all of the wonderful sponsors!
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 Mittens and Hats Sugar Cookies

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Gingerbread Cookies with Eggnog Topping!

Today I am sharing my official cookie of this years Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This is my third year participating in this fun, tasty and rewarding holiday activity~I just love it. The cookie swap is a great time because I actually send 1 dozen real, not virtual, cookies to 3 different participants. It is oh, so tasty because I receive 3 dozen yummy cookies from my swap partners.The rewards I reap are because the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap participates in Cookies For Kids Cancer. This is a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease.This year we raised $13,778.40 for Cookies for Kids' Cancer! Great fun, great Christmas Cookies and a great cause! Win, Win, Win!!!

So, what did I make this year? One of my old favorites, but with a new twist! 
Gingerbread Cookies with an Eggnog Topping
3/4 cup Butter, softened
1 cup packed Brown Sugar
1 Egg
3/4 cup Molasses
4 cups Flour
2 teaspoons Ground Ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 
1 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
pinch of Salt
1/2 bag of Wilton Candy Melts~Eggnog flavor
Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
 Add egg and molasses.
Combine flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, 
cloves and salt.
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mix.
Divide your dough in half and refrigerate it for about 4 hours.
 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
Scoop the dough into balls and place on your baking sheet.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Cool completely.
Melt about 1/2 package of candy melts
according to package directions.
Spread the melted melts on top of each cookie.
Let the tops set up.

I packed up the cookies,
decorated the cookie tin, and sent them on their way!

But, I did keep a few for quality control!.
I hope you enjoy this recipe.
Visit the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap facebook page,
and find out how you can join us next Christmas!
Thank you 
Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil
Julie from The Little Kitchen
for all you hard work and dedication!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fudgy Chocolate Surprise Cookies and a Cookie Swap!

 There is just something about a cookie swap that I love!! This cookie swap was put on by Julie of White Lights on Wednesday, and it was so much fun! We were assigned someone to send a recipe to, and we received a recipe from someone else. Then we made the cookies from the recipe we received, and how lucky am I !!! The recipe I received is for cookies called Chocolate Surprise Cookies and it was sent to me by Pam Henderson of Pamela's Heavenly Treats. Stop by and checkout her yummy deserts! These Chocolate Surprise Cookies are incredible and are full of chocolatey goodness! Pam must know I have a slight chocolate addiction! You are going to love them!! They will make the perfect addition to your holiday baking list!!

Chocolate Surprise Cookies
2 1/2 sticks Butter, softened
2 cups Light Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
3/4 cup Cocoa
2 cups Wheat Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together your butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix together your cocoa, flour,
and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the wet
ingredients and mix well. Put your dough in wax
paper and roll it into a log. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Then cut
slices from the log, and roll the slices into balls.
Roll the balls of dough in sugar.
Bake for 10 minutes, then let cool.

Thanks for joining me today!!

Cookie Swap Candy Cane Puffs!

It's time for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap reveal!
This is the 2nd year for the cookie swap, and it has just been so much fun. 
Thank you to Julie from The Little Kitchen and Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil
for putting it all together. I so appreciate it!
The best thing about this years cookie swap is that it was also
a benefit for Cookies For Kids' Cancer, and  OXO matched every donation
by participants of the swap!! How cool is that! 
Great cookies and a great cause!
So here is what I sent!
Candy Cane Puffs
(adapted from Pillsbury)

1/2 cup Butter, softened
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
2 1/2 cups Flour
pinch Salt
2 cups Almond Bark
10 Candy Canes, crushed 

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 
Prepare your baking sheets by spraying them with
cooking spray, or use parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Scrape bowl down.
Beat in your egg, vanilla, and peppermint.
Beat in your flour and salt.
Wrap your dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
After the hour, shape the dough into 1" balls
 and bake for 10-12 minutes. 
Let cool on cooling rack for 30 minutes
Melt the white almond bark, and dip the top of each cookie
into the melted bark.
Place crushed candy cane on the top of each cookie.

A huge thank you to all the people I received cookies from:
Beth from Jersey Bites, who sent me some incredible, full of flavor,
Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies,
and Betsy from @BetsyLife, who sent me delicious, sunshiney
Lemon Sandwich Cookies!
Yummy, Yum Yum to both of you!!
 (I know I am missing one, but I know it will be here shortly!!)

Thanks again to everyone who had a hand in making this Cookie Swap happen!
I can't wait until next year!!

Here where we are partying!!!:
Wicked Good Wednesdays
Tasty Thursday 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookies

There are so many fun activities during the holidays, but one of the ones I enjoy the most is a Christmas Cookie Swap! I took part in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011 put on by Julie from the little kitchen and Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil.  I sent out 1 dozen cookies each to three different bloggers, and each of them sent me 1 dozen cookies each. Oh, how much fun! I received 3 different and delicious varieties of cookies that were all so good! Thank you Missy  and Kristina! Here is a short story about the recipe I made. Once upon a time, I was the chef for a gourmet restaurant up in the mountains, in a small town that is a college town with a football team. The restaurant was part of a hotel that would house the visiting team when there was a home game. During those weekends, the restaurant would provide all the meals for the team. Well, planning meals for a bunch of football players is not the easiest job. The menu isn't difficult, it's the portions. All of the players eat A LOT!! So planning was challenging. On one particular weekend, we served them these cookies. I don't think I have ever gotten the kind of response from anyone eating my food, that I got that day! They loved them. They insisted that I come to the banquet room to meet them, so they could thank me. They even made me promise that I would make the cookies again the next night ( and extras), and that when they came back to play again, that I would make these for them! So, I consider these cookies a winner, and that is why I sent these cookies as my cookie swap cookies. By the way, this recipe is not an old family favorite. It is from Kraft foods. I guess they do know what they are doing!! :)
Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookies
6 ounces Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate or Chips
3/4 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 3/4 cups Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/3 cup chopped Candy Canes
I would tell you to preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
But, once the mix is mixed, it needs to sit in the fridge
for at least 2 hours, or even overnight. So, don't turn
the oven on yet!
 Over medium low heat, melt the chocolate and the
butter in a pan on the stove.
Stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
Take off the heat. Stir in the sugar.
Pour the mix into a bowl for easier mixing.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing thoroughly
after each one.
Add the flour and baking powder. Mix well. 
Your dough will be very soft.
Cover the dough with plastic and refrigerate for at least
2 hours, and overnight if you like.
 While your dough is in the fridge, crush the candy canes.
Crack about 10 candy canes into smaller pieces,
then place the pieces in a plastic zip lock bag.
Take a hammer and start hitting the candy canes to 
crack them. You may want to do this outside. I placed
mine on a cutting board, and hit it gently.
Now, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Scoop the dough
with a small 1" scoop or use teaspoons.
Roll the dough into 1" balls and place on your baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes. These cookies don't always look done
when they are done. But 10 minutes is good. Any longer,
and they get too hard.
Remove the cookies from the oven.
Sprinkle the chopped candy canes onto the cookies.
You can press a little bit when you put them on.
These cookies can be made ahead of time, and
frozen for 1 month. Isn't that great?!

Interested in joining the
Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 
next year?
 Click for further info.
Thanks for joining me!