This year I learned about and decided to participate in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. And while this blog is primarily about running and healthy living, food makes up a good portion, sweets and treats included. I mean, it’s all about balance, right?
The Food Blogger Cookie Swap is pretty simple. You sign up, donate $4 to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, get matched with 3 food bloggers, bake, ship out your cookies, receive cookies from 3 different food bloggers and post your recipe!
And today is the day that all the participating food bloggers post their cookie recipes.
For the swap, I made some truly holiday-spirited cookies. This is a go-to recipe I’ve been making for the past 2 years during Christmas time –Eggnog Snickerdoodles. These cookies combine the soft and fluffy goodness of a Snickerdoodle with the subtle holiday hint of eggnog and its spices.
I decided to package my cookies in ½ gallon mason jars, which fit 1 dozen cookies perfectly stacked. I also opted for flat-rate boxes so that the weight of the package wouldn’t matter.
I sent 1 dozen each to 3 different food bloggers (A Kitchen Addiction, Miss In The Kitchen, and Stay And Have A Cookie) and received cookies from Where Has All The Flour Gone, Nicki’s Random Musings and Tales From The Crumb Tray. I had so much fun making, packaging, and sending out my cookies and it was really exciting to unexpectedly receive a box of mysterious cookies…three times! I also haven’t baked in a really long time, so it was great to engage in a swap.
Below is my recipe for Eggnog Snickerdoodles if you want to try them for yourself. You won’t be disappointed!
adapted from The Cooking Photographer
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar + 3 Tbsp. for rolling
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup full fat eggnog
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Beat the butter, sugar, salt, nutmeg and vanilla extract together until fluffy.
- Mix in the egg and eggnog.
- Mix in baking soda, and then beat in flour until just combined.
- Using a tablespoon, scoop the batter and roll into balls.
- Roll balls into a mixture of sugar and cinnamon
- Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden around the edges. Let rest for 2 minutes on sheets then move to cooling rack.
December – Thing One: Bake holiday cookies
See: Three Things – December