Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Have you ever heard of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap? Go HERE and read all about it, you might want to join up next year! Mark your calendars!!
Just a tad of info:

The GREAT FOOD BLOGGER COOKIE SWAP brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of all things scrumptious. The premise is this: sign up. Receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. Send each of them one dozen delicious homemade cookies. Receive three different boxes of scrumptious cookies from other bloggers. Eat them all yourself (or, you know, share. If you want. No judgement either way.) Post your cookie recipe on your blog. See everyone else’s cookie recipes. Salivate. Get lots of great ideas for next year's cookie swap. Rinse and repeat.
This year we are even more excited to be partnering with COOKIES FOR KIDS' CANCER, 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. By participating in this cookie swap you are not only contributing to the food blogger community, but also supporting a great cause.
individually wrapped for better shipping

into a decorative box before packing

I made Double Vanilla Cookies and sent them to: Naomi over at Bakers Royale , Melissa over at Cupcake Friday Project and to Stephanie at My Year of Food.

Here they are:
Double Vanilla Sugar Cookies
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup vanilla sugar, for finishing **or sprinkles**
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract until well combined.
With the mixer on low speed, gradually incorporate the flour mixture until the dough comes together and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.
Pour vanilla sugar (or sprinkles if you don't have this) into a shallow bowl or small dish. Shape dough into 1-inch balls (dough will be a bit sticky) and roll in vanilla sugar. Place sugar-coated dough onto prepared baking sheet.
Bake for 11-13 minutes, until cookies are set and very light golden around the edges.
Allow to cool for 3-4 minutes on baking sheets, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen.

We'd also like to pass on a special message from the Cookies for Kids' Cancer team:
"The Cookies for Kids' Cancer team wants to extend a big thank you for participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. By simply swapping cookies, you helped raise funds for pediatric cancer research, bringing HOPE to children battling this ruthless disease. Being a Good Cookie does not have to end here. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a 365-day a year non-profit, with bake sales happening in all 50 states. Simply go to to learn more about the cause, to register to host an event or  send cookies to your friends and family this holiday season. And thank you for being a Good Cookie!"
 Late last night the FEDEX man delivered some of my cookies. So far I have received cookies from Naomi and Melissa. Take a peek:

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