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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Cookie swap

We haven't had a party in a while (and I've been craving some adult interaction), so I've decided to host an old-fashioned Cookie Swap! Everyone will bring two dozen cookies, hang out and exchange them. Milk will be served. I'm really excited.

My current plan is to make these Peanut Butter Crispy Bars, which look insanely decadent and delicious, but I'm not sure. Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? xo

Update: Photos of the cookie swap.

122 comments:

Erika Lee Sears said...

I wish I was a baker but I love to eat cookies :) The one cookie recipe I can make is those no bake cookies with oatmeal and coco.. MMM

Cameron said...

Smitten Kitchen's peanut butter crispy things are divine! You'll be loved at the cookie exchange even though they aren't technically cookies.

Tracey said...

oh man they look awesome!

Melanie's Randomness said...

What an adorable idea!! I'm moving into my new place soon so I think this will be a perfect idea for the future!! =) Have fun!!

Torrie said...

love Emeril's snickerdoodle recipe.

perfect.

Hollie said...

my soon to be mother in law has these parties with her friends. It's so cute. Such a fun idea!

Kelly said...

From the Baked cookbook? If so, YES. They are to die for.

xo
Kelly

Ashley Lynn Fry said...

Yum! Sounds uber fun! And yes definitely make those Peanut Butter Crispy Bars... my great grandmother used to make them & they are DELISH!!

xoxo

Diana Mieczan said...

Such a great idea for a party...I've tried many Smitten Kitchen cookie recipes over the years and the one I always go back to is chocolate toffee cookies...Out firends love them and they taste great with milk:)

Kisses,Joanna

megan marie said...

Goodness do those look good (!) AND they're gluten-free... oh me, oh my.

Diana Mieczan said...

Ps: one time I made a few dozen of them and put them in old huge jars with fabric cover...

Julia said...

I have so many favorite cookie recipes! But here's a rather interesting kind that I just tried recently (and posted about) and that I would definitely recommend, if you can find mesquite flour:
http://foodandtheabstracttruth.wordpress.com/2010/08/01/chocolate-chip-mesquite-cookies/

Tiffany said...

Yum!

I like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

EMILY said...

Those sounds delish! My go to is homemade oreos. It sounds trickier than it actually is. The key is to find really yummy dutch coco powder. I found the recipe from a bakery in Brooklyn... name is escaping. They are a crowd pleaser! x Emily

Catherine said...

Snickerdoodles.

My mom's good old-fashioned recipe is perfect.

Find it here: http://mangoesandlemons.blogspot.com/2010/05/snickerdoodles.html

palefoot said...

those photos have me salivating!!

www.strumblings.com

rebecca said...

my post 2 days ago was about my fav cookies!!

http://beccabaust.blogspot.com/2010/08/inside-out-cookies.html

kaitlin said...

whoa. We do a cookie swap every Christmas with friends: The rule is, you bring as many as you want to take home. For some of us, that's more than for others.


My favourite? Chocolate chip cream cheese cookies: http://heartfulmouthful.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/cookies/

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

NO BAKE COOKIES :) Make sure to add peanut butter!

Linda Zimmerman said...

omg, is there a better combination than rice krispy treats with peanut butter AND chocolate???.....I think not. If it wasn't my husband's birthday and I didn't just make a pineapple upside down cake, I would so be making these! But then, there is dinner at the beach tomorrow night...hmmmmmmm

ag. said...

THOSE LOOK SO GOOD!!! Yummm...
My favourite are my mom's Oatmeal Scotchies...oatmeal cookies with butterscotch chips. So yummy!

Gabby / Gypsy*Diaries said...

What a great idea for a party! I have to try it out with my girlfriends sometime!!!
xxx

http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

Ashley said...

Not a specific favorite but when I need inspiration I read a Nigella Lawson book. How to be a Domestic Goddess has dozens of awesome recipes presented in a funny, awesomely nonchalant way.

7upkels said...

So cute and so wonderful. I love it so much I might just have to copy cat....
Enjoy your little get-together!

La Feem said...

These look amazing!!

Anne Zimmerman said...

Oh man, those look good (tummy rumbles!)

Barb said...

those look SO yummy! i <3 peanut butter... but my fave cookies to bake are oatmeal craisin... just swap in the cranberry raisins instead of the regular ones :-)

Becca said...

I absolutely adore Smitten Kitchen's homemade oreo's - super simple and a nice throw back! I'd do the middle with peanut butter.

Becca

Renee said...

What a great idea! So stinking cute! My friends would love a cookie swap.

renee

Rachael said...

What a coincidence...my sister is hosting a cupcake swap this weekend! I'm making caramel apple cupcakes a la Cupcake Bakeshop: http://cupcakeblog.com/?p=60

Eme said...

Those look delicious!

marissa/the boot said...

I adore Madeleines, or should i say, j'adore them. They are light, cakey treats that will balance well with your other guests' maybe heavier cookies!

101 Cookbooks has a great recipe here:
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/madeleines-recipe.html

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I love these thumbprints for summer. They just seem somewhat "lighter" than the chocolate that I crave most of the year :)Here is the recipe...

http://www.elleinadspir.com/2010/04/raspberry-beret.html

myclevername said...

My go to cookie is actually another recipe from smittenkitchen. They are the best cookies in the world.

http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/05/crispy-salted-oatmeal-white-chocolate-cookies/

Sunshine Sarah said...

Mmmmm, yum yum yum! <3

Love,
Sarah.

Dorien said...

This is my favorite recipe. They seem classic, but they are just the best take on a classic.

http://debaucheryauxiliary.blogspot.com/2010/07/oatmeal-maple-pecan-cookies-with.html

The Gourmet Traveller said...

What an awesome idea! I love any kind of cookie, especially if there's chocolate that's still squidgy in the middle. Yum!

What About Lunch said...

How refreshing to host something like this in August, instead of before Christmas when there is soooo much to do.
Mmm, they look good.

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Word! No-bake cookies are definitely the best! Email me at deannanfox@gmail.com and I'll share two recipes with you for them.

jociegal said...

What a great idea!!! I think I need to try this soon.

Tia said...

How fun! I just saw an amazing recipe on Bakerella's blog that I am dying to make!

http://www.bakerella.com/cheesecake-bars/

Try them out for me! ;) they look YUMMY!!

kim said...

these are my latest favorite: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/peanut-butter-cookies-recipe.html i made them for a friend a few weeks ago and I may or may not have accidentally helped her eat them all.

R. said...

Joanna, I made these and they are absolutely THE BEST! Make them! You will not be disappointed! xo

Nikki said...

That sounds really fun!
My favorite cookies are "magic bars" which include chocolate, butterscotch, coconut and nuts. They are amazing.


xx
Nikki

Koru Kate said...

Those look delicious! My fav cookies are snickerdoodles, although mine are never as good as my Grandma's. I love the idea of a cookie swap; I need to have one!

Linz said...

you're killing me. that looks so good, and i'm on a diet!

my favorite cookie recipe is... oh, who am i kidding? i don't bake them. i eat them. ^_^

Ashley said...

yummy!! How fun a cookie swap!!

Kristen said...

Ummmm those look beyond delicious! Such fun parties to go to, and a great way to collect a wide range of cookie recipes to have on hand this coming Holiday season.

Patricia said...

yum! great idea!

I make the best oatmeal raisin cookies and they're my fiancees favourite cookie so it works out :p

http://www.pinkpeonieswithlove.blogspot.com

Hannah said...

My family has a cookie bake every Christmas. It's like a swap except we all get together and bake the cookies, too! It's super fun and we always have tons of Christmas movies!

Catie said...

These lavender and lemon tea cookies are to die for: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Lavender-Lemon-Tea-Cakes-105938

hana said...

jacques torres' chocolate chip cookies with sea salt sprinkled on top are my FAVORITE. make sure you make ahead & refrigerate though, makes all the difference.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/dining/091crex.html

Vfriedrich said...

Incredible idea. I do have a great cookie recipe I found in the OC Register of all places years ago. It's for Granola Chocolate Chunkers and made with yellow cake mix. Go to http://archive.seacoastonline.com/news/05172006/it/103226.htm

Check out my posting on Kristen Farrell (Bethenny Frankel's favorite jewelry designer) today. XOXO Valerie

http://imstarvin.blogspot.com/2010/08/worshipping-kristen-farrell.html

TERI REES WANG said...

Aah, I miss my old fashion cookie swaps. We used to encourage creative packaging, presentation and taste.
..all ala Martha Stewart.

We would sit around pow-pow style, and have one batch per each guest baker/maker, and we would all go home having learned some new recipe, a new aesthetic, and a new contact, and a big basket full of some major home made goodness.

Cheers!

JennyCash said...

my fave "cookie" is blackberry shortbread bars. they are so low maintanence and completely delicious. they keep really well and the little bit of almond extract in the dough......damn, gotta go make some!

Liz said...

You should absolutely, 100% make Smores Bars. They're so easy, and always a hit. If you do make them, up the marshmallows to at least 20 and make sure you use a salted peanut. Enjoy!

http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2010/07/smore_bars.html

Dee said...

You cannot go wrong with a recipe from Smitten Kitchen! I made the chocolate cake she recently featured - delicious

nadia said...

i have made these from smitten and we love them they are easy and delicious and rich! we just made some cranberry, white chocolate oatmeal cookies the house smell yummy!

Lindsay Ann said...

I absolutely LOVE pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

Obviously they are best in the fall but I think they are always delicious!

L

Jess said...

Make RED VELVET CAKE BALLS. They are so incredible and such a crowd pleaser. I've never gotten so many compliments on a dessert.


http://www.bakerella.com/red-velvet-cake-balls/

Daniela Grigoletto said...

They look delicious!
I'm from BRAZIL and it's such a pleasure to read your blog every single day.
Congrats for your beautiful baby!

www.danielagrigoletto.blogspot.com

Jan @ Family Bites said...

I love that you're hosting a cookie exchange in the summer and not just at Christmas, like most people do. Sounds like a fun idea and the milk is brilliant.

Kristen said...

You have to try Bakerella's Congo bars!! They are basically a cookie and a brownie combined!! AMAZING

http://www.bakerella.com/i-hope-you-have-chocolate-chips-handy/

{Amanda} said...

Heavens to Betsy, those look divine! I make Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, but I've never added the krispies!

You can check out my all time favorite no-fail Chocolate Chip Cookies right here ♥ http://donandamanda.blogspot.com/2009/03/best-chocolate-chip-cookies.html Mmm!

BusyB said...

anything with penut butter and chocolate is good : ) lol!

Have FUn sounds LIke you WILL!!!! CHEERS!

PoetessWug said...

Yes, I have "MY" oatmeal, peanut butter chips, and toasted almonds cookie recipe! I've been making them for years!!...Hmmm...may be time to make them again, now that you mention it!! LOL

Emily said...

PB crispy bars are incredible, almost as incredible as chocolate creme de menth bars are!

Great choice.

Gabriela said...

That sounds so much fun! My favorite cookies are the ones that my Austrian Grandma bakes every Christmas (and which I have learned to bake, though I would never beat hers). But I do have a recipe that is an all time favorite among my friends and family, and sooooo easy and quick to make. They are cookie bars made with graham crackers,butter, chocolate chips, walnuts and condensed milk, they are YUMMY.

nadia said...

Great idea!

And those look incredibly yummy!

xo

Anna Brambilla personal shopper, stylist said...

Amazing idea! The cookies on the photo look delicious!!!

On the Glam said...

Kinda cookies... Cheesecake Brownies with Glazed Berries. To. Die. For.

Here's the recipe: http://feastonthecheap.net/2010/08/05/cheesecake-brownies-with-glazed-mixed-berries/

The Mel B said...

These look amazing and I want to come to your cookie party!

Lil and Matt said...

Can I come? I am so jealous I might have to copy and have a cookie party myself, although I have to admit I prefer a pot of tea to a glass of milk!

eleanor said...

This sounds like so much fun :)

If you don't make those totally amazing looking crispy bars, make these! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZn6WBWU_zI
Seriously, they are incredible.

X

Collins said...

oh, i think you should be sure. those look delicious!

sunshine by sara said...

This is my all time favorite chocolate chip recipe:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Best-Big-Fat-Chewy-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie/Detail.aspx

I love the idea of a cookie swap! Unfortunately I'm pretty sure all my friends will bring store bought, which is no fun!

Amanda Blair said...

Can I please be invited to your cookie party?! You guys always throw the coolest parties!

Taylor Sterling said...

I love these! So yummy!! I want to try them soon!!

Melissa said...

Three words: chai spice snickerdoodles. Instead of just rolling them in cinnamon-sugar, I add in cardamom, allspice, cinnamon and the tiniest bit of black pepper. When my man and I first started dating, I brought over a dozen for him to share with his then-roommate. They were gone in two hours. ^ ^

<3

ABBY said...

Cookies and adult interaction. Brilliant. Two things I can't get enough of these days.

Junebug said...

Hi Joanna, Check out this blog "Ming Makes Cupcakes"... and cookies. Her pictures are fantastic and the recipes are even better. I've used the recipes at many a party and they are always a hit. Enjoy!

Melissa said...

What a fun idea! My go-to is this white chocolate chip oatmeal cookie that my boyfriend and I came up with. Adding in dried blueberries is fun for the summer, too.

Emily said...

I love the look of those bars! Please let us know how they come out! I also love that you are doing this in the middle of summer - far, far from the holidays when everyone else does it... and nobody needs it!! ;)

Lucy said...

Alfajores! So simply sweet and always a crowd pleaser.

mon ami said...

Oh my those bars look amazing! My favourite cookies are: orangette's chocolate Ginger cookies, Martha Stewart's Rosemary walnut shortbread and 101 cookbook's healthy cookies. Yummers!

Ellie Jacobson said...

OMG..I wish I lived closer! :-)

I've done a cookie swap, so much fun!

Saphron said...

Gooey butter cookies. Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

These look amazing!!!!! I love cookie swaps.

bubbs said...

What about white chocolate chip, pecan, cocoa cookies! or classic...I LOVE peanut butter with whole peanuts in it!

Bubbs
www.paris-on-my-mind.blogspot.com

Cléa said...

I just made these, they're Martha's favourite and the NY Times said they were the best in their big cookie investigation.
http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/jacques-torress-secret-chocolate-chip-cookies?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/chocolate-chip-cookie-recipes#slide_4

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/09/dining/091crex.html?_r=1&ref=dining

and these are my staples:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Mrs-Siggs-Snickerdoodles/Detail.aspx

and S'MORES:
1/2 cup of butter
1/3 cup of brown sugar
28 graham crackers and
14 marshmallows (only put marshmallows/chocolate on half the graham crackers so you can put the rest of the graham crackers on top of the marshmallows)

Preheat oven to 400 F. Arrange graham crackers tightly in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet, right to edges.

Melt butter and brown sugar in a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and pour evenly over crackers. Sprinkle with salt.

Bake for 8 minutes or until bubbly. Sprinkle with chocolate. Return to oven and bake for 2 minutes or until chocolate melts.

Top with marshmallows, spacing them about ½ inch apart. Broil for about 1 minute or until marshmallows are soft and golden. Gently press down marshmallows with the other graham crackers.

yuummmm

Katrina said...

My sister's husband's family used to do this every Christmas but they aren't having a cookie party next year. :( I never even thought of doing one outside of the holiday season!

fussykitchen said...
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fussykitchen said...

I've made these a couple of times and they are delicious! They're super rich, so I always take them to work and share. I've given the recipe away at least twice each time!

Meg said...

those look awesome! you should definitely make those.

Every Little Counts said...

these look INSANE. make them and tell us how they are!

lauren said...

jo - i have made these smitten kitchen famous morsels of heaven and i assure you they will not disappoint. you will win the cookie swap...even though it's not a competition..you will still win

caroline duke said...

joanna,

i LOVE anything peanut butter and chocolate... lucky guests!

i was planning a cookie decorating party (with a 'welcome, fall' theme) for next month a la kate at for me, for you.

i'll have to incorporate this idea into it, as well!

best wishes to you, the hubby and the babe. ;)

Dining and Decor said...

The cookies look fabulous. Have a blast at your party...what fun!

Allison B. said...

Gooey Butter Cookies: yellow cake mix, egg, cream cheese, and butter. SO good. With a glass of deliciously fattening whole milk too.

kim said...

These look wonderful!

Not your goddess said...

Peanut Butter Cookies from bakeorbreak!

http://www.bakeorbreak.com/2009/04/peanut-butter-cookies/

or just about anything from this site!

Anonymous said...

You must make these amazing oat and rasin cookies from Rchel Allen (she is fron Ireland although I write from Scotland!)
http://whatrachelatetoday.blogspot.com/2009/03/oat-and-raisin-cookies.html

really chewy and lovely with milk.
very sweet idea btw.

Phoebe and Cara, the Quarter-Life Cooks said...

I'm obsessed with Big Girls, Small Kitchen's Coffee-Chocolate Sandwich Cookies--you actually put coffee grounds in the dough.

Poet Whale Studio said...

Roscoe Village, Coshocton, Ohio use to have members bake ginger cookies for their December 1st Candle Lighting Ceremony. They might have a copy of the vintage recipe. I lost mine years ago. I suggest using a veggie lard substitute for the bacon grease. A vintage recipe adds to the cookie's spirit flavor.

Samantha said...

you'd die for these pecan drops...have them on my blog but i got them from the wednesday chef...who got them from some place called Harris Ranch. they taste like the good, crunchy topping of pecan pies! and SO sinfully easy. mmmm just thinking of them makes me happy....

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these amazing ideas!!!!!!!

very married said...

such a great idea!

maybe i'll do something like that!

Samantha said...

Those look sooooo good! Great idea for a get together. I'm going to keep it in mind for the fall. Don't think I'm ready to bake yet.

christine louise said...

Your cookie swap sounds like a lot of fun!! I just love to bake, and your party is a great idea. My favorite go-to, I'm-in-a-pinch "cookies" are magic seven layer bars! They are soo yummy and super easy!

Rachel said...

Yum yum! I love the idea of a cookie swap party: definitely sounds like a fun thing for autumn!

www.thebeautyhall.blogspot.com

la terreur said...

i've been making chocolate chip cookies for 15 years (i'm 26!) and i consistently used the same recipe, from my dad's old cookbook. everyone loved them!

but then, i tried <a href="http://www.omnomicon.com/chocolate-chip-cookies>this</a> new recipe, and it was a revelation. my coworkers and the cook at the deli still talk about them (months later).

lana bear said...

I have made this bars!!! (from the baked book) and they are TREMENDOUSLY good. They take some patience to make, and are better after spending a night in the fridge. GO FOR IT!

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Tanya (a Taste of T) said...

Ah! What a great idea.

Damaris said...

My husband started making this triple chocolate cookie that tastes just like a brazilian brigadeiro. It's awesome.

I like to make pumpkin snickerdoodles.

You can find both recipes on my food blog.

have a fun party

Bessie said...

A few of my girlfriends and I did this for Christmas this year and I made these delicious Snickerdoodles I remember my grandma making when I was little. A cookie swap in August though? I LOVE it! I'll have to do this, too! Have fun :-)

StyleFrost said...

I love this idea, I think I'll have one too! Cookie galore! x

nyc lu said...

omg i just started salivating at the thought!! what a great idea. and ridiculously dangerous.


CLOTHESURE

sarah said...

i may just have to whip some of those up tonight!!! i posted on my favs a little while ago. double chocolate coconut cookies! www.littlecitizensoftheworld.blogspot.com

reading through some of the comments makes me really want to see a post with links to all these great recipes. would you be willing to post this? or let me know and i would be willing to help out on this.

Anonymous said...

Here's another take on cookie swaps:

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2034674,00.html

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