Cookie For Kids – The Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap 2012

I am thrilled to be part of this years ‘Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap’ to help raise money for Cookie For Kids’ Cancer! The concept is pretty simple, you sign up pay a small fee which acts as a donation, you are then sent 3 cookie matches, you bake the cookies and send them off :)

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Thank you Julie (Gourmet Getaway) for inviting me ~ otherwise I wouldn’t have heard or known about this wonderful event! As soon as I heard about it, I immediately signed up :D

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I immediately got my Cookie books out and was looking for the ‘perfect’ cookie recipe ~ I had so many ideas, but then wanted to make something that would last and because it’s nearly Christmas, I wanted something Chrismassy too :)

All wrapped up :)

All wrapped up :)

Eventually, I settled on making Eat Little Bird’s Cranberry, White Chocolate and Oat biscuits ~ Anything with Cranberry reminds me of Christmas hehe! I doubled the recipe because I wasn’t sure if it’ll yield 3 dozens and I needed some for my colleagues, two bird one stone :P

Hope you liked it :)

Hope you liked it :)

My three three cookies matches were Amanda (Chew Town), Kate (Cook’s Companion) and Faaiza (Modest Munchies). I have been so lucky and have met Amanda from EDB and also on her recent trip to Melbourne, but I don’t know Kate or Faaiza :) So nice to have met you through this cookie swap and I hope you like the cookies!

Recipe – Cranberry, White Chocolate and Oat cookies from Eat Little Bird

Ingredients
200 grams butter, softened
100 grams icing sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
Zest of 1 lemon
200 grams plain flour
50 grams rolled oats (not instant)
50 grams, dried cranberries, roughly chopped
100 grams white chocolate chips
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Method
1) Line baking trays with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180°C

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2) Cream butter, icing sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zet until light and fluffy

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3) Mix in the flour and baking powder. Next add the rolled oats, cranberries and white chocolate chip to form a soft dough.

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4) Scoop a little dough into your palm and roll into small balls. Place on baking tray and flatten the cookies a little. Make sure you leave enough space between each cookie as they will spread.

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5) Bake for 8-10 minutes (mine took about 12 minutes) until lightly golden. Remove baking tray and leave cookies to cool for 4 to 5 minutes to harden up before placing them onto a wire rack to cool.

Cranberry, White Chocolate and Oat cookies ~

Cranberry, White Chocolate and Oat cookies ~

I am totally in LOVE with these cookies! They are soft and crumbly, I suspect because of the use of icing sugar ~ and according to Mr Bao not too sweet :P and he likes the slight lemony flavour from the zest. Next time he wants me to add macadamia nuts in LOL I wasn’t sure if my cookie swaps would have allergies so didn’t want to add them, but definitely a good addition to give it some crunchiness! Sorry I don’t have any good pictures of the finished product… Mr Bao ate them all before I could plate them nicely and take better photos of them!

Now my turn to receive cookies :) I was SUPER excited to find out that I know the two out of the three bloggers who were to send me cookies PERSONALLY. One was Julie from Gourmet Getaway (who invited me to join) and the other was Vien from We Dare Food! You don’t understand how thrilled and surprised I was! Thank you girls! Honored to receive your cookies! Unfortunately, I haven’t received the cookies from my 3rd secret cookie santa :( Hopefully it’ll arrive soon!

Christmas Cookies Julie sent me Cranberry, Pistachio and Cardamon shortbread cookies, very Christmassy indeed! The shortbread had such crumbly and melt in your mouth texture! Loved it :) I also liked the slight cardamon flavour that lingered in your mouth, but wasn’t too overpowering either NOMZ!

Cranberry, Pistachio and Cardamon Shortbread

Cranberry, Pistachio and Cardamon Shortbread

I also loved how Julie’s wrapped the cookies up in little bags, tied a ribbon and also gave with a little Christmas decoration. THANK YOU SO MUCH :)

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Vien chose to make Asian cookies, these were the traditional types we eat during Chinese New Year, with peanut, almond and cashews.

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It’s been such a long time since I’ve had these cookies, and made me a little nostalgic because I remember sneaking a few of these cookies in before dinner and then I would be too full to eat the proper meal :P These were so good! Thank you Mr Bao particularly liked them!

I had so much fun baking the cookies, sharing them with other bloggers while at the same time raising money for a very valuable charity :) Thanks again Julie for inviting me and I can’t wait to do this all over again next year! Hope other bloggers around the world will also join us!

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37 thoughts on “Cookie For Kids – The Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap 2012

  1. gourmetgetaways December 12, 2012 at 8:14 am Reply

    Oh Daisy! I am so pleased you like my cookies:) it looks like we had a similar idea as to what we both wanted to make for the swap, your cookies look amazing! Would you mind if I used your images of my cookies. I seem to have deleted mine :(

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 12, 2012 at 8:16 am Reply

      Morning Julie :) of course NOT! Please go ahead! But they’re not the best photos of your amazing cookies ~ they were super delicious and we sure had a similar idea hehe :)

      But I loved your addition of pistachios! Can’t wait to give it a try myself ~

      Thank you once again for inviting me to do the Great Cookie Swap can’t wait to do it again :D

  2. Choc Chip Uru December 12, 2012 at 8:50 am Reply

    What a fantastic cause to be part of, next year post HSC I am SO doing this! I should make a list of events to be part of!
    Your cookies look out of this world!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 12, 2012 at 11:45 am Reply

      Thank you Uru :) I’m glad that you like my cookies wished I could have shared with you too!

      Definitely participate next year and we might be each others secret santas! xox

  3. The Life of Clare December 12, 2012 at 9:15 am Reply

    What a fantastic swap and for such a great cause! Those cookies all look delicious!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 12, 2012 at 11:46 am Reply

      Thank you :) It was a great event hope you make the cookies soon!

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook December 12, 2012 at 11:27 am Reply

    It’s silly but I wish I can join without me baking cookies! I feel bad for those who get my cookies…so… :) Your Cranberry, Pistachio and Cardamon Shortbread looks the best! I love shortbread and you just put all my favorite nuts and berries. ;) I also want to say… I love your pink KA (I think I mentioned before…but still I love yours!)!!!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 12, 2012 at 11:48 am Reply

      Oh don’t be silly Nami :) I am sure your cookies are fantastic and very delicious too!

      I actually didn’t make the Cranberry, Pistachio and Cardamon Shortbread ~ Julie from Gourmet Getaway made them hehe

      But i did make white chocolate, cranberry and oat ones! Really hope you participate next year!

      Thank you :) I love my pink KA too! It’s my baby hahaha

  5. Tina @ bitemeshowme December 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm Reply

    I think I may just have to try this cookie recipe. Love the sound of it. Amd I never realised using icing sugar instead of castor sugar would make it so light?!

  6. Julie December 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm Reply

    AHH bless such a great cause and lovely gesture :)!

  7. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) December 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm Reply

    Oh No!!! I am your third cookie Santa and they were mailed out to you on the 4th :( I do hope they arrive, please tweet me and let me know if they do turn up or not, bummer :(

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm Reply

      OMG you were :) YAY! Don’t worry I’m sure they will arrive SOON! don’t stress :) Thank you so much anyway!!!

  8. Michelle aka The Bakeanista December 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Pink Kitchenaid!!! And yummy looking cookies. I want everything I see on this post!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 13, 2012 at 8:42 am Reply

      Hehe I couldn’t get another colour for my Kitchen Aid :) Best purchase of the year! hope you try making these cookies soon they are addicitve if I may say so myself :P xx

  9. Christine (@cookingcrusade) December 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm Reply

    I love this idea! Your cookies look super yummy Daisy and now I totally feel like baking hehehe. And how fun receiving cookies in the post :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 13, 2012 at 8:47 am Reply

      Thank you Christine :) you should totally participate next year it was so much fun to bake and send and also receive so many different types of cookies hehe

  10. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm Reply

    How cute! And you know that you have to have a range of cookies for Christmas according to Austrian tradition! :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 13, 2012 at 8:49 am Reply

      Hahaha I didn’t know that it was an Austrian tradition but I’m definitely going to make it mine now ~

  11. Faaiza.O December 12, 2012 at 11:30 pm Reply

    These were so yummy! Thank you Daisy!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 13, 2012 at 8:50 am Reply

      You are MOST welcome Faaiza :) very happy to be your secret SANTA!

  12. Thanh @ eat, little bird December 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm Reply

    I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the Cranberry, White Chocolate & Oat Cookies! I also love the touch of lemon zest in these cookies. And Mr Bao could be on to something – I think macadamia nuts would be perfect in these cookies!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 13, 2012 at 8:51 am Reply

      Hello Thanh :) thank you so much for allowing me to share your AMAZING recipe! It has sure been a winner and I have been asked to remake them again and again! Guess will have to do some more baking soon hehe :D maybe I will put SOME macadamia nuts but I don’t like to make the man too happy HAHAHA he’ll ask for more THINGS LOL

  13. muppy December 13, 2012 at 7:50 am Reply

    i love the little bumpy looking surface of your cookies, they sound divine :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 13, 2012 at 9:22 am Reply

      Thanks :) you really should try making these cookies :) they’re definitely gonna be a huge HIT!

  14. Amanda@ChewTown December 13, 2012 at 11:00 am Reply

    I was so delighted to receive these wonderful beauties from you, and super-happy that you were my cookie swap buddy! To think we were dining together in Melbourne a few days eaerlier and you kept it a complete secret!! I wholeheartedly endose these fabulously tasty cookies. I will definitely be using this recipe to replicate them again soon. xxx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 15, 2012 at 9:33 pm Reply

      I was THRILLED to be your cookie swap too! I had to play it super cool because I didn’t want to ruin it for you :) so glad you liked the cookies! I was so worried!!! :D Hope to see you soon xox

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  16. melissaloh80 December 13, 2012 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Darn! I wish I learnt of this swap earlier. It looks like so much fun! Let’s hope they do this again next year? In the meantime, I think I might pick up some cranberries to try your cookie recipe.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm Reply

      Doesn’t matter :) you can always join next year and we might be swappers hehe ~ YAY!

  17. Ames December 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm Reply

    So cool! I’m so joining next year :D Lovely cookies and for such a good cause too :) Remind me in 2013 hehe

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 15, 2012 at 9:37 pm Reply

      You definitely need to join next year :) And i’ll remind you for sure hehe don’t you worry about that!

  18. Linda | theurbanmrs December 14, 2012 at 6:48 am Reply

    Awww so glad to have you joined! Love your baking recipe coz it’s cranberry season! Yum!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet December 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm Reply

      Ohhh did you do it too? :) So much fun! Too bad you’re not in Australia otherwise we might be able to swap with each other hehe ~

  19. Adrian Briones (@food_rehab) December 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm Reply

    YUM. Love craisins…so much better than raisins! And in a cookie…BONUS!!

    This post is hella festive indeed. BTW – diggin the snow fall effect on the blog. Makes me wanna put on “I’m….dreamin…of a white…. Christmas” – take it away tummy twin

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