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Monday, December 12, 2011

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Crasin Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Crasin Cookies



for the 

Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011




It's time for the 1st Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Julie of The Little Kitchen and  Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil.


I am so excited to be a part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap this year! I love the food blogging community! 


So what is the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap?


Back in November Bloggers from all over the world signed up to be a part of the 1st Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap on Julie's site, The Little Kitchen and on Lindsay's site, Love and Olive Oil


Then Julie and Lindsay mixed up all of the names up and secretly gave each blogger the names and addresses for 3 other bloggers.


Once we received our names, we were to start baking our cookies!


Each blogger baked 3 dozen cookies and packaged up 1 dozen for each name they received and shipped them off.


So I baked 3 dozen White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Crasin Cookies (ok, really I baked like 9 dozen... I had to share with family and friends after they found out what kind I was making), I packed them up and shipped them out. :)






Then I got 3 dozen cookies from 3 other wonderful bloggers! 
(Ive got pictures of the cookies I got and links to their blogs at the end of this post)
THANK YOU!!!

So on December 12th, everyone participating in the 1st Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap will post the recipe for the cookies they baked on their own blogs.  Lindsay and Julie will be posting a full round-up of all the participating bloggers and their cookie recipes


I think there were about 625 Bloggers that are in this swap, so over the past few weeks... let's see... 625 bloggers... 3 dozen cookies each.... 22,500 cookies flying through the mail!!!

Lindsay and Julie will be posting a full round-up of all the participating bloggers and their cookie recipes shortly after the big reveal day!





White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Crasin Cookies
(Printable Recipe Here)

What you need:

2 sticks butter (room temperature)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups chopped macadamia nuts
2 cups crasins (dried cranberries)

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 350F.

With a mixer, cream the butter and sugars together.

Add the vanilla.

Add the eggs, one at a time.

Mix well.

Mix in the flour, baking soda and salt.

Mix in the white chips and nuts and crasins.

Drop tablespoons of dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes.

Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.



These were some of the best cookies that I think I've ever made for the holidays. My family loved them. Not to mention I had to keep fighting Big Bear Off of them while I was trying to bake them for the cookie swap. 


My cookies went to: Katie's Cucina, Rosy girl baked goods, and Carrie's Sweet Life






Ooo yes :) the cookie swap. As you read above, we each had to send out 3 dozen cookies :) Well of course that mean that I got 3 dozen cookies in the mail from other bloggers :)


I LOVED ALL THREE of the types of cookies that showed up at my door. And yes I did share them :)


My first package to arrive was from 


Courtney from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Courtney Made Black and White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.



They came in a cute little cookie tin with a sweet little card!




My second package to arrive was from:


Jill from Home Sweet Hopkins

Jill made Tuxedo Brownie Hug Cookies.



They came in a red sack with snowflakes on it and a cute tub and handmade card!



My Third package to arrive was from 


Tran from Think Tran

Tran Made made Rocky Road Cookies.




They came in a cute cookie tub with a sweet card, glittery ornament and homemade hot chocolate with peppermint marshmallows on a stick




Thank you everyone!!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!



I enjoyed this cookie swap so much! Can't wait to be a part of it next year!



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