This holiday season, I had the opportunity to participate in the “Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!”
To participate in the cookie swap, each blogger baked three dozen of their favorite baked good. We were each sent a list of 3 different bloggers to mail our cookies to. And then each of us received cookies from 3 other bloggers. So it was kind of a “Secret Santa” event.
We were told to ship out our cookies no later than Monday December 5th. So on three different days last week, I was the lucky recipient of some delicious cookies!
Cookie Delivery #1:
I was sent cookies from an actual pastry chef?? How lucky could a girl be??
These cookies were pistachio shortbread cookies with clementine marmalade. I’m not typically a big shortbread fan, but I was very impressed with these cookies. I loved the combination of flavors and textures. I was also impressed with how pretty they were! Thank you, Rachel, for your very creative cookies!
Cookie Delivery #2:
Kristina sent me some “old-fashioned sour cream cookies.”
I gotta be honest. Flavor-wise, these cookies were my personal favorite. They were soft and spongy and tasted a lot like a snickerdoodle, which I love. Thanks, Kristina, for your super tasty cookies!
Cookie Delivery #3:
Teri sent me her family’s favorite holiday cookies …
… Mint Chocolate Truffle Cookies!
Not only were the cookies unique and tasty, but I also loved the card Teri sent me. She wrote a very kind and personal message. Thank you so much, Teri!!
So by now, you’re probably wondering what cookies I sent for the swap!
I actually decided to be a rebel and sent brownies instead of cookies.
I figured the brownies would hold up well during shipping, and they would still taste fresh after a couple of days on a delivery truck.
Plus, these brownies contained two of my favorite ingredients ever.
Peanut butter and Nutella. Doesn’t get much better, folks.
The recipe is called “Peanut Butter-Hazelnut Brownies.”
I used this recipe from Food Network and I followed it to a “T.”
Note: If any of you can actually melt peanut butter and Nutella together and not lick the bowl clean … well, you are a better person than me.
One note about the baking time. I have made these several times in the past and I have noticed that if you use a glass baking dish, you’ll need to bake the brownies a little longer (30-35 minutes). But if you use a dark metal pan,you will probably need to bake the brownies for less time (closer to 25 minutes). Just keep that in mind, and be sure to use a toothpick to check their doneness.
As I mentioned, I have made these brownies a lot in the past. And they are always a huge crowd-pleaser.
They are incredibly rich, moist, and flavorful. They are also addicting … just a warning.
I bought these cute plastic containers at Walmart for a minimal cost. Then I cut out parchment paper and put it on the bottom of each container. I put six brownies in the bottom of the container, put more parchment on top of those brownies, and added six more brownies before putting on the lid.
I used plastic bags …
… and bubble wrap …
… to keep the container of brownies from moving around in the box. Then I just taped up the box and shipped it!
One of the bloggers who received my brownies said that they were perfect when she received them, which I was very relieved to hear! So I guess my first cookie swap was a success!!
Question for ya …
If you are a blogger, did you participate in the swap? What cookies did you make?
If you aren’t a blogger, have you ever participated in a normal cookie swap?
What is your favorite kind of Christmas cookie?
What did you do this weekend??