chocolate dipped snickerdoodles

soooooo……

right after i talk about how i’m too lazy to get into the christmas spirit, i’m here with some chocolate dipped snickerdoodles for a cookie exchange!!

yes my friends… it’s that time of year again!!

the great food blogger cookie swap!!

if you didn’t catch the low down last year, i’ll give you the short story.

lindsey and julie organize a cookie swap among bloggers… you sign up and they match you receive the address of three food bloggers and three food bloggers receive your address. everyone sends everyone some delicious homemade goodness.

in addition to the fun-ness of the homemade goodness, we also partner with cookies for kids’ cancer. so you not only get the homemade goodness but everyone raises money for a good cause.

did i mention the homemade goodness??

right…. on to that!

see last year’s cookie swap inspired me to host my own with my friends and for this year’s food blogger cookie swap, i sent some of my friend rachel’s chocolate dipped snickerdoodles. last year when she brought them over, i was a little suspicious. see, i love some snickerdoodles but dipping them in chocolate. i hate to admit, i was skeptical. i mean, i like snickerdoodles and i like chocolate but it kinda weirded me out to combine the 2.

but was i wrong!

these ended up being the cookies that i would eat one, then another, then 5 more. after that, i knew immediately, that these would be this year’s food blogger cookie swap cookie.

and because i can’t help but tinker, i tinkered. i swapped out half of the shortening for butter because i feel that butter brings some flavor to the party. and i added some vanilla because vanilla makes everything better. but really… other than those changes, rachel’s recipe was pretty on point. i really hope that valerie, deanna and caitlin enjoyed these as much as i did!!

chocolate dipped snickerdoodles

oh and check this out…. here’s the recipe!

rachels chocolate dipped snickerdoodles

so what did some amazing bloggers send me you ask?

well…..

the first package i received were some gorgeous swirled sugar cookies from alicia over at balancing motherhood. {and funny side note, alicia is based in north carolina and i got her package when i came home from north carolina! happy coincidence!}

rlk and l. smith from first time foods sent some wee little pecan tassies. they were like mini pecan pies!

and finally i received what i thought was the most festive of my packages from sara over at the pajama chef. there is something about the cranberry pistachio citrus cookies that makes me feel like the deliciousness is perfect for the holidays!

i hope that these cookies, and all the other ones from the other participating blogs, inspire you to bake some up and have some friends and family over for the holidays!

kisses.

hot cocoa thumbprints

i don’t even have words.

let me start with this…

i had initially written the body of this post friday night while, like many others, i was glued to my tv trying to take in the day’s events. normally, i’m a complete smartass and sarcastic and any other word you can think of similar. that is my honest personality. but with these events, i feel that i can take a moment from that. i can be serious and honest. especially since it feels like anything i have to say is irrelevant. my heart is absolutely broken for the people in the community of newtown, ct. it weeps the deepest tears.

like i said, i was going to be smartassy about my cookie exchange that was inspired by the food blogger cookie swap. but that smartassiness can be put aside for one post. i am not a serious person by nature but in light of what happened, i’m going on the serious side of the cookie exchange.

i am so thoroughly excited that i participated in the food blogger cookie swap and was inspired to host one with my friends. while not everyone that i would have liked to have been there could attend, the friends that were involved hold an absolutely unbelievable place in my heart and i could not have been happier than to have them all together. at this time of year, especially with what has transpired recently, i feel like it is a time to hold your family close to you, even if its family who do not have the same blood running through their veins. my friends are some of my most cherished “things”.

i take this serious note because there are two things that help me… cooking and writing. i know there is very little i can personally for the community of newton other than send my deepest, heartfelt prayers that they find peace but if i could, i would send every single person that lives in that community these cookies.

hot cocoa thumbprints

hot cocoa thumbprints

  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1/4 c cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp salt
    1/4 c semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c butter, softened
  • 1/4 c sugar + more for rolling
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg yolk, room temp
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  1. sift together flour, cocoa and cinnamon; set aside. melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler until smooth; set aside to cool slightly.
  2. beat together butter, sugar & salt until pale and fluffy. mix in yolk, vanilla, and melted chocolate chips. on low speed, mix in the flour/cocoa mixture and mix until just combined. refrigerate 1 hour, covered.
  3. preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment/silpat.
  4. put 6 tbs of sugar into a bowl for rolling. using a cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough into 3/4 in balls; roll in the sugar to coat. place balls 1 in apart on the cookie sheet; press center down slightly with your thumb. bake 10 min. press centers again with the end of a wooden spoon making 3/4 in indentations. bake until slightly cracked and set, about 5 min. cool completely before filling with marshmallow buttercream.

marshmallow buttercream

  • 1 tbs vanilla
  • 1 7 oz jar marshmallow creme
  • 3 c powdered sugar
  • 1 c (2 sticks) butter, softened
  1. beat butter until creamy. add in marshmallow creme, beat 2-3 min before adding the  vanilla. on low, beat in 1 c of powdered sugar at a time; beat 2-3 min more.

these cookies were absolutely fantastic. and that buttercream… well i’m kinda obsessed. as in this is my new favorite buttercream and it will be making an appearance again. you can bet on that.

oh and you might notice mine aren’t rolled in sugar… because i totally forgot so just pretend like its there k?

hold on a little tighter to those that are dear to you tonight.

kisses.

cookie recipe adapted from: martha stewart’s cookie cookbook, buttercream recipe from: how sweet eats

cowgirl cookies

y’all.

i know.

i’m a day late than what i’ve been posting.

and i was on a good roll….

BUT it’s totally for a good reason.

see i participated in the great food blogger cookie swap this year. and today’s the day to share the recipes with everyone!

i’m totally jazzed that i participated in the cookie swap this year. aside from being a really fun idea, this year all the bloggers paired up with cookies for kids’ cancer which raises money to fund finding new ways to treat pediatric cancer. how awesome is that?

so what exactly is the great food blogger cookie swap you ask?

well it’s really simple…. you sign up to participate and then lindsey and julie match you with a total of six food bloggers, three for you to send a dozen cookies to and three that send you a dozen cookies. so doubly awesome!!

i was paired with maggie over at mag-pie’s and more, jad over at new south food company and deanna over at a teaspoon of spice. they were the (hopefully) happy recipents of some cowgirl cookies. when i decided that i was going to participate i knew whatever i made had to come with an extra bonus. and i’m totally obsessed with the idea of giving mixes in a jar so these were a natural to make. i mean how much fun is it to not only receive the cookies but to get a jar so you can make some cookies later?! awe.some.

cowgirl cookies

cowgirl cookies

  • 1 c flour
  • 1/3 c whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 c cooking oats
  • 3/4 c m&m’s
  • 3/4 c peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 c light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 c (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. preheat oven to 350F. line a baking sheet with parchment paper / silpat.
  2. mix all the dry ingredients into a bowl. in a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients. add the wet ingredients to the dry, stirring until just incorporated.
  3. roll the dough into 1 1/2 in balls and place 2 in apart on the prepared cookie sheet. bake 10 min; remove from oven and let cool slightly before removing to a cooling rack.

and if you want to gift the jar of mix to someone, it’s so simple. just add the following layers into a 1 qt mason jar being sure to really pack everything down and pass along the directions along with the wet ingredient list:

  1. flours, baking powder, baking soda and salt – mixed together
  2. oats
  3. m&m’s
  4. peanut butter chips
  5. brown sugar
  6. white sugar

so that’s what i made… what did i receive you ask?

well….

julie over at pb fingers sent me my first package which had her grandmother’s(!) sugar cookie recipe. i totally think she did her grandmother proud!!

next up was maivy over at maivy’s musings sent me what she called “i want to marry you” cookies. they were chock full of oats and all kinds of chocolately toffeey (totally a word!) goodness.

and finally jess over at little house big heart sent soft and chewy gingersnaps. i’m convinced that she just KNEW how much i love gingersnaps. i mean for real.

and at least to me, the very best part of this was it totally inspired me to do a cookie exchange with my girlfriends. i absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of getting us together and eating cookies and gossiping. it was an absolute great time and i’m really really really loooking forward to creating an annual tradition with all of us…

kisses.

recipe adapted from: bakerella