A little while ago, my friend Diane from Muppys asked me if I wanted to take part to this year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I checked it out and immediately said yes. The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap brings together food bloggers from around the world in a big cookie swap: you sign up, receive the addresses of three other food bloggers and send each of them one dozen home-made cookies. Then, (today) you post your cookie recipe on your blog. In exchange, you too receive three boxes of home-made cookies from other bloggers. Besides that, this year, the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is partnering with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer (a US non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against paediatric cancer) and by participating in this cookie swap we are also supporting a great cause.
I was assigned 3 ladies with beautiful blogs: Catie from Sweetly Baked, Traci from Cookie Queen Kitsch’n (who is a professional cookie maker!) and Julie from Gourmet Getaways. This was the first time I participated in a cookie swap ever, so I was a bit worried about the shipping aspect of it. Luckily, we were all matched by country, so I only had to ship within Australia, which made it easier (and faster)! I decided to make some decorated Chocolate Cookies. The original recipe was for Chocolate and Orange cookies only (the round ones), but being Christmas, I thought of jazzing up half of the batch. So, I made half a dozen Chocolate and Orange Cookies and half a dozen Chocolate and Mint Cookies. This is not a “traditional” Italian recipe, but they are the kind of cookies I grew up eating: crunchy and not chewy (that’s the way we eat cookies in Italy).
In return I got 2 dozen amazing cookies from:
Erin from Cut the Cookie who sent me some tasty Christmas Biscotti!
My friend Diane from Muppys who sent me some delicious Strawberry and Rhubarb Spiral Shortbread (and a little present for my girls – Thanks Diane!).
Faaiza from Modest Munchies who sent me some yummy Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cookies!
Don’t they all look amazing?? I know… I am a lucky girl!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH LADIES!
Here goes my recipe!
- 175 g icing sugar
- 3 or 4 tbsp orange juice
- Food colouring and orange essence (optional)
- White chocolate, melted
- Sift the flour and cocoa powder together and keep aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment on low to medium speed. Mix until well incorporated.
- Add the egg and milk and mix well. Add the sifted flour and cocoa powder to the bowl and mix well. The dough will be ready when it clumps around the paddle attachment.
- Roll it into a 6 mm thick sheet and cut out your cookies.
- Put them on a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C for 10 to 12 minutes.
- When ready, let them cool down on the baking tray for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool down completely.
- In the meantime, prepare your 2 types of glaze (do this one flavour at a time, so the glaze does not harden while you work). Mix the ingredients together and keep aside.
- When the cookies have cooled down completely, decorate them with the glaze and a drizzle of melted white chocolate. Let them set completely before serving them.