This year, I joined in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! I spotted it on a blog and figured what could be better than baking some goodies for some other food bloggers (I love giving presents)…but even better, getting three lots of surprises back! It’s also partly for charity – the cookie swap is mainly an American ‘thang’ and they support Cookies For Kid’s Cancer, a national non-profit organisation committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against paediatric cancer – food bloggers getting involved in the cookie swap donate to the charity before it starts.
I made some Low Fructose Christmas Flapjack (click the link for the recipe) which was really quite tasty, even if I do say so myself. I was a little worried that the bloggers getting my baked goods wouldn’t like flapjack, so I also made some ‘stained glass’ biscuits:
Stained Glass Biscuits
(these do contain more fructose, but I only ate one!)
sunflower oil, for greasing
175g plain flour, plus extra
2 tsp ground ginger
zest of 1 1/2 orange
100g butter, cold, cut into chunks
50g golden caster sugar
1 tbsp milk
12 fruit-flavoured boiled sweets
- Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Grease 2 large non-stick baking sheets with oil.
- Whizz the flour, ginger, zest and butter with 1⁄2 tsp salt to fine crumbs in a food processor. Pulse in the sugar and milk, then turn out and knead briefly on a floured surface until smooth. Wrap in cling film, then chill for about 30 mins.
- Flour the work surface again, then roll out the dough to the thickness of a £1 coin. Use 7cm cutters to cut out shapes, then use 4cm cutters to cut out the middles. Re-roll leftover pieces.
- Put the boiled sweets into the middles of the biscuits
- Bake for 15-20 mins or until the biscuits are golden brown and the middles have melted.
- Leave to harden, then transfer to a rack to cool.
The Food Blogger Cookie Swap goodies I received
My three lovely Food Blogger Cookie Swap givers supplied me with some amazing treats. I recieved some beautifully tasty fig rolls from The Little Loaf, some lovely coffee & chocolate biscuits from Bake n Shake and some deliciously sweet and spicy heart biscuits from Supergolden Bakes.
I honestly loved all of my ‘cookies’, I was lucky to get three specialist food bloggers baking for me, whereas my poor bloggers got goodies from a lifestyle blogger who just loves food and who’s baking only goes right 50% of the time. I think mine turned out well though, I hope they liked them. Looking forward to doing the 2014 Food Blogger Cookie Swap.