When I first heard of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, I got a rush of excitement! I immediately signed up for the newsletter so I would receive an email for when the cookie swap would start. As time approached I checked my email a few times a day to get the details on this project. I participate in the “Foodie Box Swap” as well. Its very simple. Your matched with someone from another state and you send them food from your local area. Food that speaks about your location. Quite simple right…well, I had no idea how involved this 3rd annual cookie swap had become.
As it turns out The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap brings together food bloggers from around the world as well as partnering with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization that funds new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease. I felt proud to participate and donate money to this cause…cookies too.
When I received my email saying I was qualified to participate in the cookie swap, I started checking out previous years’ recipients, hoping the recipes I chose weren’t on the list. I wanted a fresh idea. I sat in front of the computer through out my daughters entire nap time, just getting lost in other blogs. Some spunky, traditional, modern, then I realized, that’s what is in the ingredients of all these cookies, pieces of other bloggers.
I bet everyone that entered the cookie swap thought and pondered which cookie to make. Which one is original, which one is going to impress the readers, which one was fun? Maybe it was just me jumping off my chair to grab a pen and paper and calling my husband while he was at work to run ideas by him. I can’t tell you how excited I was to be involved in this cookie swap.
I choose to make a special cookie for the swap. It is called “Chocolate Chip Birthday Cake Cookie”
I originally wanted to make Chocolate Chip Birthday Cake Brookies! It’s the newest craze. Let me tell you. I made an awesome brownie mix. I made a fantastic cookie mix. And when I put them together to make my brookie, it smelled so good. And tasted so good. But this is how they looked!
Not very appealing! Tasty though. Every crumb got eaten. I was so disappointed.
I had made three different batches of the “Birthday Cake Cookies”
Yes, I made THREE! The first batch, though tasty, was hard. Some were soft, some were dark, some were light.
I wanted the perfect cookie. I wasn’t getting it. I couldn’t send out dark, hard cookies or crumbled brookies!
So I made another batch adding an extra egg yolk, (to help keep them soft) and shortened the baking time by 2 minutes. They came out almost perfect.
By the time I had finally finished the final product and was almost satisfied, I realized I had eaten so many of these cookies that I couldn’t take another bite. Next week I will be baking everyday for Christmas. So I best get my cookie appetite back quickly! I hope you make these for your Christmas cookies. They are fantastic!
I have also received from Ashley over yonder at www.chroniclesofafoodie.com . She made delish “Peanut Butter Nutrlla Criss Cross Cookies”. Mindy from www.homebakedhappiness.com sent me “Egg Nog Pecan Cookies” FANTASTIC! Carrie over www.thirtyfiveninetyfive.blogspot.com baked these amazing cookies called “Nutmeg Sour Cream Drop Cookies with Brown Butter Frosting”. They are fabulous!
If your interested in participating next year get details here. http://www.fbcookieswap.com/
One thing I want to add before you jump to the recipe, when I was checking out last years blogs that participated I came across one that really stood out. Photography and paragraphing was awesome! Check it out! http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2011/12/peanut-butter-creamwiches/
Birthday Cake Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 Cup Unsalted Butter Room Temperature
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Yellow Cake Mix
1 Cup of Flour Half Cup Sprinkles (any color)
2 Cups Chocolate Chips
2 Cups Coarsely Chopped Birthday Cake Oreo Cookies
In a large bowl, combine 2 sticks unsalted butter, 1 cup brown sugar, blend till smooth.
Add 2 eggs, 1 yolk. Mix well
Add 2 tablespoons vanilla. Remember to oops it. Pudgies’ term for add a little extra. Mix well.
In a medium bowl, mix 2 cups yellow cake mix and one cup all-purpose flour. Mix well.
Add 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon salt. Mix well.
Then add the flour mixture to the wet mixture. mix well.
Add a half cup sprinkles, 2 cups chocolate chips, 2 cups chopped birthday cake Oreo cookies.
When everything is mixed into a yummy cookie dough, cover the bowl put it in the fridge for several hours to chill, overnight is perfect
When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line your cookie trays with parchment paper.
Using the cookies scooper, place cookie dough on a cookie tray.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.