Hello 2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! How fun these past few weeks have been. Since signing up to this 600+ participant swap I have been busy planning my pastry of choice, loved reading the blogs of my three matches (bloggers who would be receiving my brownies) and felt very inspired by the fact that just by participating in some cookie baking we all were helping raise funds for Kids with Cancer and their Be a Good Cookie Campaign.
Oh, lets not forget to mention how giggly with anticipation I was to open my mailbox every day as we were nearing the deadline of the cookie shipment date. Was there going to be a treat in there for me? Fun stuff I tell you. Who would have thunk that sending and receiving 3 boxes of treats would bring so much joy. This is the message us swappers received this morning via email from the Cookies with Cancer Team via the hostess of the Swap
“The Cookies for Kids’ Cancer team wants to extend a big thank you for participating in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. By simply swapping cookies, you helped raise funds for pediatric cancer research, bringing HOPE to children battling this ruthless disease. Being a Good Cookie does not have to end here. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a 365-day a year non-profit, with bake sales happening in all 50 states. Simply go to cookiesforkidscancer.org to learn more about the cause, to register to host an event or send cookies to your friends and family this holiday season. And thank you for being a Good Cookie!”
What I ended putting together was a Ferrero Rocher filled Double Fudge Brownie with Baileys. It is a quick and easy recipe, and so far everyone has loved it. Just start with a box of Duncan Haines Double Fudge Brownie mix, replace all of the water with Baileys and double the volume then stick 12 Ferrero Rochers in a 8×8 baking pan and you are done! Well, you have to actually bake the brownies too but after 38 minutes of baking you are all set.
One for you, one for me. Where is the mistletoe?
These are the treats so thoughtfully sent to me; Brown Butter Snickerdoodles from Bake or Break, Peppermint Fudge from Kara in the Kitchen and Vanilla Chai Crackle Cookies from Go Ahead and Snicker. All of them were really amazing and will be added to my recipe box for future baking.