Do you like cookies?
The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011 brought over 400 food bloggers together, one dozen cookies at a time.
Figure 1. Sara @ My Less Serious Life's (my) Butter Pecan Turtle Cookies.
Not only did this cookie swap allow me to bake 3 dozen of my favorite cookies (Figure 1) and ship them across the country for others to try, but I received 3 boxes of generous creations from other fantastic bakers/bloggers.
Figure 2. Amanda @ Fashionably Plate's Mint Chocolate Chip Meringues.
I received my first box of cookies from Amanda @ Fashionably Plate. Inside were the lightest, brightest Mint Chocolate Chip Meringues (Figure 2). These babies melted in your mouth in a sea of sugary, chocolate-y, minty fabulous-ness. Thanks, Amanda.
Figure 3. Cait @ The Patriotic Baker's White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread.
My second box of cookies were delivered to my house while I was out of town. I called my boyfriend every afternoon to see if cookies had been delivered. And, one day, he excitedly reported receiving a box from Cait @ The Patriotic Baker. Inside was this beautifully festive and delicious White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread (Figure 3). Luckily, he left some for me to try when I returned home. Thank you, Cait.
Figure 4. Koko @ Koko Likes' Black and White Cookies.
Funny story. I waited and waited for my third box of cookies. I was so disappointed that I didn't receive them that I reported the missing box the the Cookie Swap organizers. I was even assigned a cookie angle to send me an extra box to replace the missing dozen (I was convinced they were stolen off my front porch). Then, just two days ago I was packing up my stack of Amazon Christmas boxes and noticed an extra package. I opened it, and inside were the missing cookies - Koko @ Koko Likes' Black and White Cookies, to be exact (Figure 4). This entire time I thought they were a gift for my nephew. In relief (and slight embarrassment) I dug right in and brought them along to my parents house where they are being enjoyed by my entire family. Thank you (and sorry), Koko!
And, if this little post has wet your appetite for more - these recipes along with ~400 others are available at the Cookie Swap Roundup Part 1 and Part 2.
After all, what is better than 3 dozen cookies?