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Because of the holidays, I took a break from blogging so this thank you is long overdue.  Before traveling to visit family I received some amazing cookies from Claire at Thought provoked creation as part of the cookie exchange.  They were chocolatey and came in this cute frosty tin!  Claire – thank you so much for sending your cookies across the country to me!  They were really good!  (Sorry I didn’t get a better picture before I ate them all.)

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Cookie exchange recipes

Over 600 bloggers participated in this cookie exchange this year – which means over 22, 000 cookies were sent around the world — how amazing is that?   Even more amazing – all the cookie recipes have been shared online!  There are more cookies here than I could cook in two years!  So, are you looking for last-minute ideas for your cookie tray this holiday?  I am certain you can find some ideas here:

Cookie recipes Part 1

Cookie recipes Part 2

As for me, I plan to take a break from eating cookies — I feel I am made of cookie dough.

 

 

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I have been baking up a storm for the holidays:  these cookies for the exchange, trial cookies that didn’t work out so well, 7 dozen cookies from a class at Urban Element, fruitcakes and I’ll be baking more soon (recipes to follow) for another cookie exchange!  To top all of that off – I’ve been eating tonnes of great baked goods!  I received cookies from Eri @ It all tastes Greek to me and Heather @ New House, New Home, New Life (my 3rd set of cookies arrived today).  There is a new bakery open in my nieghbourhood with amazing gingerbread cookies and so many of my friends and family have given me baked goods.  I feel super lucky.

To begin my recipe you need to set the mood with the right holiday music:

Phil Spector Christmas

After you have the right music, holiday baking is a snap!

Oatmeal-Chocolate-Currant Cookies

(Adapted from a Moosewood cookie recipe)

  • 1 c unbleached all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 c sugar
  • ½ c butter
  • 3 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 tbs walnut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ c rolled oats
  • ½ of this type of chocolate bar (but I have made these cookies with a number of different types of bars; this one wasn’t my favourite)
  • ½ c chopped walnuts
  • ½ c currants

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl sift together the dry ingredients:  flour, salt, and baking soda.  In another large bowl, beat together sugar, butter and oils until light and creamy.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.  Sift in the dry ingredients and mix until smooth.  Stir in the oats, chocolate, walnuts and currants.  Your batter will be really thick at this point.

Drop batter onto baking sheet.  Leave about 2 inches in-between.  Bake for 10-12 minutes (check at the 8 minute mark).  You want your cookies to crisp and golden on the edges.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

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Work has been super stressful lately, but luckily for me I keep getting amazing packages of cookies in the mail from some wonderful bloggers!  Yesterday, after a long day of testing software I walked down to the post office with Mike and was handed a package from Heather @ New House, New Home, New Life!  She sent me delicious cinnamon cookies in the most beautiful package.  They even came with a lovely homemade card!  Again, I can’t tell you too much about the cookies because all the Cookie Exchangers will be blogging their recipes on December 12 but if you check back then I’ll link to Heather’s recipe.

Beautiful star shaped cinnamon cookies!

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Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2011

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011

So I just signed up for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2011.  I’m excited because now I have an excuse to bake a bunch of cookies before the holidays to “try out my recipes.”  I have one go-to recipe that I think will hold up in the mail and I will be brainstorming over the next couple of weeks for other recipes.  Plus, I will need to go shopping for pretty packing materials to send off my cookies – how exciting is that?!?

Do you have a cookie recipe that you want to share?  Want to join me in cookie swap?  Find more information about it here:  Love and Olive Oil Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap of 2011.

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