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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is exactly what it sounds like: Food bloggers from all over the US (and even some in other parts of the world) bake up delicious cookies and swap them with one another. Not only is it something fun to do, but the cookie swap also supports Cookies For Kids Cancer, a non-profit that raises funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer.
When a food blogger signs up for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap he/she must pay $4.00 to register. That $4.00 goes directly to Cookies For Kids Cancer. This year there were 575 participants from 8 countries.
Not only did the food bloggers donate $2300, but OXO matched the food bloggers donations with an additional $2300. Raising $4600 with one simple cookie swap isn’t too shabby.
This was the first time that I had participated in the swap. I wasn’t sure what to expect but the lovely ladies from The Little Kitchen and Love & Olive Oil did a fantastic job of organizing the exchange. They made it very easy for a newbie like me to take part.
I was provided with the names and addresses of 3 other participating bloggers. These were the 3 people that I was to send my cookies to. I could make any kind of cookie I wanted, as long as I had not blogged about it before. Then I was to send each of the 3 people one dozen of my cookies. This way each blogger would receive 3 dozen cookies.
The cookie recipe that I chose to make is called Hazelnut Dusties. It is a variation of Mexican Wedding Cookies or Russian Tea Cakes. As the name suggests, these cookies are made with hazelnuts.
The recipe that I used comes from chef Michael Recchiuti. I came across the recipe about a year ago while searching for Christmas cookie recipes on the internet. I printed the recipe out and tucked it away, but had yet to actually make it. While looking through recipes, trying to decide what I would make for the GFB cookie swap, the Hazelnut Dusties recipe surfaced and I knew it was the one to make.
- 1.5 cups Butter, Unsalted (Room Temp.)
- 2/3 cups Sugar
- 2 large Egg Yolks (Room Temp.)
- pinch Table Salt
- 1 1/3 cup Hazelnuts, toasted and finely chopped
- 3.5 cups All Purpose Flour
- Powdered Sugar
- Dark Chocolate
- White Chocolate
This recipe yields 4.5 to 5 dozen cookies.
The original recipe called for dusting all of the cookies with powdered sugar. I wanted to do something a little different so I dusted some of the cookies with powdered sugar, I dipped some of them in white chocolate, and I drizzled some of them with dark chocolate. I think this makes the cookies a little more special.
Once my cookies were prepared it was time to package them up in little treat boxes.
I wrapped each box with plastic wrap to make it as air tight as possible. I didn’t want the cookies to get stale during their travels. Next I tied some raffia around each box and attached a little tag. Then it was time to pack them up and ship them off.
Not only did I send out 3 dozen cookies, but I also received 3 dozen cookies. I received one dozen Strawberry Cheesecake Sandwich Cookies from Amanda at CulinaryQuirks.com, one dozen Italian Lemon Cookies from Tina at The Daily Bite, and one dozen Molasses Cookies from Adrianne at Bake Not Burn. All of the cookies I received were delicious!
In addition to receiving 3 dozen cookies, I also got a sweet new spatula out of the deal. The good folks at OXO sent each of us cookie swapping food bloggers one of their “Be A Good Cookie” spatulas. Not only is it super cute, but it’s also the perfect size for transporting a cookie (or two) from pan to cooling rack.
These spatulas are available for purchase from OXO. If you buy one not only are you getting a fabulous little spatula, but you are also helping out Cookies For Kids Cancer because for each one sold, OXO will donate 50% of the proceeds to pediatric cancer research. Want to order one? Click Here.
I really enjoyed participating in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. It was a great way to “meet” other food bloggers and raise money for a good cause at the same time. I’m already looking forward to joining in the fun again next year.
If you want to join in the cookie swapping fun next year, you can sign up to receive email updates by visiting this link.