When I heard about the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap through a few OBA friends last winter, I was immediately in love. Usually it takes me forever to search for something and then days to decide to put my name on a list. Often the year or more will fly by without much effort on my part. However, with this project I was signed up within hours of learning about the exchange. There was NO WAY I was going to miss out in 2012!
The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is more than another excuse to pimp your site and trade food. Everyone who signed up was required to make a $4.00 donation. All money was donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer with OXO brand matching donations up to $100,000. OXO also sent all participants an orange “Good Cookie” spatula. It’s a great baking tool (personally I could never have enough measuring spoons, measuring cups, or spatulas) and with a cute “be a good cookie” printed under the silicone, it’s a treasure and a reminder. If you weren’t a part of the swap, but you’re in a charitable mood click the “Good Cookie” text above and you can buy your own spatula for $7.99 with 50% of the sale being donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
Now, as the season inched closer I awaited my application and when it arrived in my mailbox I was thrilled! Yes, there is an application and there are some criteria and to be honest I was afraid I wouldn’t make it because I’m not primarily a food blogger. I passed though and have the experience and cookies to prove it. Allow me to share the lovely recipe I surprised my recipients with this season.
Cherry Limeade Sugar Cookies
- 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest of 1-2 large limes, finely minced
- 3 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 cup sugar for rolling cookies
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3 tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp. cherry extract
- red food coloring
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a small bowl, stir flour, baking soda, and baking powder.
3. Using a mixer, beat together (in a separate bowl) the butter and sugar until smooth and fluffy.
4. Mix in the egg, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime zest.
5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
6. Create rounded teaspoonfuls of dough, roll in sugar and place on a lined cookie sheet or greased sheet or non-stick surface. (I used a Silpat silicone mat)
7. Bake 8 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven.
8. Allow cookies to cool before attempting to frost.
1. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, adding food coloring a few drops at a time until shade desired is achieved and blend until smooth
makes 3-4 dozen cookies
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The day after I made them I had a TON left over. I made sure I wouldn’t risk not having enough for my exchange! They were GONE in a heartbeat at work. Good thing I was snacking as I was baking. So far those who received my cookies have given me happy replies on Twitter or Instagram too!
I do want to take a moment and thank my exchange pals who sent me some treats.
Samantha of The Little Ferraro Kitchen sent festive lemon lavender bars. Sadly for me I reminded of an allergy I forgot (floral) so I didn’t attempt to eat any. My coworkers thought they smelled awesome though!
Erin of The Spiffy Cookie sent amazing molasses cookies. I wish I could express how excited I was to see these cookies. It has been an adventure in will power to ration them. There’s a strong possibility I’ll be making my own batch when I run out. They’re the perfect little snack.
Chris of Mele Cotte sent Holiday Butter Rings. Which sound amazing and I want to make them ASAP. Sadly my supply arrived with the lid on the other side of the box from the jar, which I don’t know HOW because the thing was packed tight. All my cookies were dust. There’s a small chance I almost cried. At least the jar didn’t break and it’s super beautiful!
Ladies, thank you all so much for being in the exchange. You all were very helpful and understanding of my many and often strange food issues and in return I was gifted with delicious cookies. Here’s hoping 2013 will be just as fabulous. Want to be on the list for next year? Click here.
Who else took part in the swap? What were you sent? What did you MAKE? Do you want to join in next year?