When I found out about the Cookie Swap I was so excited. To me it sounded like such a fun way to discover other bloggers and a great way to kick off some holiday baking. The big question of course was what am I going to make? I mean, these cookies are going to other bloggers who I don’t know so they better be good. I scoured the web looking for the perfect recipe and decided that since I’ve never made a Peanut Butter cookie and I love Chocolate I’ll combine the two and call it a day.
Saying there are a lot of recipes for this cookie on the web is an understatement. I must have printed off a good dozen before I finally decided on this one I found on Food.com. The ingredient that caught my eye was oatmeal. You can’t really tell it’s in there but it just does something for the cookie.
These cookies were sent to:
April at Sutch a Delight
Rachel at Teacher by Day-Chef at Night
Makes 2 dozen
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old-fashioned oatmeal, whirled in a food processor
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups Ghirardelli 60% cacao chips
- ½ cup sugar, additional
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Line cookie sheets with Parchment paper or use a Silpat.
- In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugars.
- Add peanut butter, eggs and vanilla.
- In another bowl add the oats, flour, baking soda, and salt then combine with a whisk.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet, stirring until combined.
- Add chocolate chips to the mix.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheets.
- Place extra ½ cup sugar into a shallow bowl and using the bottom of a glass, dip it in the sugar then slightly flatten the dough balls.
- Bake for approx. 11-14 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool before transferring to rack to cool completely.
To make your cookies picture perfect, leave a few chips out of the mix and place on top of your scooped dough balls before baking.
The sugar and smooshing are optional. I think the cookies cooked better when they were flattened and I like how they sparkle from the sugar after they are baked.
When I received my first box of cookies it was soo exciting. It’s always fun to get mail when it’s not a bill and getting cookies is even better. Just like Christmas I tore that box open and couldn’t wait to see who my blogger match was and what they sent. I received my favorite…chocolate chip cookies but with a twist. They have this really good glaze on top with bits of crushed up candy cane. YUM! Thank you Lauren over at Foodie in Flight for this holiday treat!
My second package came from LeAndra over at Love & Flour. Seriously, how cute is her blog name? She sent the most addicting cookies, Salted Vanilla Chip Oatmeal. I think it’s the salty sweet combo that makes it so you can not stop at just one. They were really good!
My third and final package came from Flavia at Flavia’s Flavors. She lives stateside now but comes from Italy and sent the most delicious and perfectly shaped Cranberry Almond Biscotti. They had this beautiful white chocolate drizzle on top, I swear they were just perfect. I can’t wait until she posts her recipe so I can try to make them and hope they look somewhat like hers did. Did I mention they went extremely well with my morning coffee?
All in all I had a great experience with the Cookie Swap and already look forward to next years. It’s so fun to find these other ladies and I look forward to trying some of their recipes which you will at some point see here.