I did something really fun this month, I participated in the 5th Annual Food Blogger Cookie Swap. It's a yearly event, put on by Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen. Each year they get hundreds of food bloggers to participate, and they do it all for charity. Specifically, Cookies for Kids Cancer. It was a really awesome thing to join in on, and it feels awesome knowing that there's a whole community of food bloggers I'm now part of. Our community raised over $7,000!
So these cookies. Let's talk about them. I didn't want to make something too plain, because I wanted to impress the people I was sending my cookies to. I tried a few different recipes. But this is the one I settled on. A fudgy, rich chocolate cookie, with a whole lot of heat.
Yeah, you heard me.
There's chili powder and cayenne pepper in these babies. Sounds scary I know, but just wait til you make these. First you taste the sweet dark chocolate, and then you feel the slow burn of the spices. It's nothing crazy, but just enough to warm you up. Perfect if you're too cheap to turn on your heater. Luckily the dark chocolate comes right back at the end and rescues you.
I also covered them with a dark chocolate cinnamon ganache, mostly because I wanted some texture for the photos. But also because I really wanted to throw chocolate all over my kitchen table "for the blog".
It was almost heartbreaking putting these little guys into boxes to mail to my new food blogger friends. But then I got a box full of cookies from someone and everything was right again.
But I've got to admit, I was a little dissapointed when none of the three food bloggers I sent cookies to even acknowledged they received them. At one point I even checked all the tracking numbers to make sure that the cookies went to the right address. It's frustrating that I spent all that time baking and packaging up the cookies to not even receive a little thank you or a social media tag on Instagram. I'm worried that maybe the cookies were broken, but it would have been nice to at least find that out. Crossing my fingers that next year will yield better results in that category.
However, I did receive 3 beautiful packages full of cookies from food bloggers. I loved having all those treats around this month, though they didn't last very long!
I really enjoyed taking part in the the cookie swap this year, it feels like a modern take on something kind of old fashioned. I can't wait for next year to do it all over again! I'm pretty new at this whole food blogging thing, and it's nice to see that there's such a thriving community.
If you're interested in participating in the Cookie Swap next year, or you want to learn more about it, you can find information below:
Do you love making cookies this time of year? Check out my other recipes!