I may not celebrate Christmas religiously, but I certainly do in the spirit of food. I love making holiday cookies every year for fun co-worker gifts, to a way to show my roommates a little cheer…and maybe even just to eat a few myself. Even better? Cookies for a cause.
I participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap last year with great success. The way it works is every participant donates $4, and then a few different charitable brands (OXO, Gold Medal Flours & Dixie Crystals) match the blogger donations. Each blogger gets matched with 3 other bloggers and has to send them a dozen cookies each. Each participant then receives three dozen cookies total.
Aside from the potentially expensive shipping costs, the experience is great. You get to try out a new cookie recipe, along with three others, and even make connections with some pretty cool bloggers. I received fig and cranberry oatmeal cookies, caramel shortbread and chocolate sables. All were so delicious and beautifully wrapped.
I made puppy chow cookies – yep, you read that right! They’re peanut butter cookies, dipped in chocolate and tossed in powdered sugar. They were a bit more involved than your average holiday cookie recipe, but totally worth it. The coating evokes that puppy chow flavor, and that peanut butter chocolate combination is just perfect.