I need an excuse to bake. If I don’t have a specific reason to get out the mixer, I won’t. As much as I love being in the kitchen, my threshold for baking is on the low end. I’ll get the urge about every 2 months or so to try and create something new and delicious and slightly healthier than the normal version. My bf is always asking, “is this for me to eat or are you sending it away somewhere?” Most of the time it gets sent away. Sorry Will.
The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is an excellent excuse to bake. Basically, it’s a Secret Santa for food bloggers. You bake a dozen cookies and send them to 3 bloggers around the country and you get 3 dozen cookies back. You only have to make one kind of cookie, but you end up with 3 different kinds. Score. And of course they’re all awesome because these are food bloggers we’re talking about. Plus, not only are you meeting bloggers from all over and sharing recipes, all the proceeds go to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, an organization that helps raise funds for treating pediatric cancer. Double Score.
This is my 2nd year doing the swap. Last year I made these Maple Gingerbread Cookies with real maple syrup from trees that my dad tapped on the farm.
This year I sent my new creation, Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies, to Krystal at Home Made Austin, Meriem at Culinary Couture, and Lauren at Hall Nesting. I wanted to put the taste of peppermint hot chocolate into cookie form, complete with marshmallows. I’ll admit they aren’t the prettiest cookie I’ve ever seen and I didn’t take the best pictures, but I was in a hurry to eat them, ok?
In return, I got to try Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies from Hye Thyme Cafe (she made her own marshmallows, what?!), Peppermint Chocolate Cookies from Pickles Travel Blog and Almond Joy Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies from Debbi Does Dinner Healthy & Low Calorie. Somehow they all got the memo that I love chocolate, especially mixed with peppermint at this time of year.
And no, this recipe is in no way “healthified.” I expect the bloggers I send cookies to are somewhat alarmed when they see their baked treats are from “Nutrition Awareness.”
Sometimes it feels good to go all out.