The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

I am so excited to announce the 1st Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by myself and Julie of The Little Kitchen.

The premise is this: sign up. Receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. Send each of them one dozen delicious homemade cookies. Receive three different boxes of scrumptious cookies from other bloggers. Eat them all yourself (or, you know, share. If you want. No judgement either way.) Post your cookie recipe on your blog. See everyone else’s cookie recipes. Salivate. Get lots of great ideas for next years’ cookie swap. Rinse and repeat.

Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Want to join in the fun?

Sign ups are now CLOSED. If you missed out this year but are interested in participating in the future, please sign up here to receive notification when next year’s swap begins!

Sign ups are open through Tuesday, November 15th. Matches will be emailed to you on Monday the 21st, and we ask that you please get your cookies in the mail no later than December 5th. Blog posts with your cookie recipes should be written and ready for publication on December 12th. Julie and I will be posting a full round-up of all the participating bloggers and their cookie recipes shortly thereafter. Please note these deadlines and make sure you are able to meet them before signing up. We have no tolerance for flakes or no-shows in this swap.

Currently this swap is open to US and Canadian food bloggers, but we are willing to open it up to bloggers in other countries, as long as you can convince at least 4 bloggers from that country to sign up. Email us if you’d like to add yours. We will do our best to match folks with others in the same country to keep shipping costs reasonable.

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If you’re participating, spread the word! The more bloggers we have participating in this swap the more fun it’ll be. Please use the code below to add the official cookie swap banner to your blog:

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Tweeting? Instagraming? Use the hashtag #fbcookieswap.

Sign up! Spread the word! Start planning your cookies!

And just in case you were curious….

(This is how many bloggers have signed up so far! That’s a lotta cookies!! Seriously, what are you waiting for?)

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  1. I still think we could have gone the cheese dip route. ;)

    *this is so pimp!

  2. This seriously made my week and I just signed up! I agree with Bev, cheese dip and/or an ice cream swap would be great, too :)

  3. This is an awesome idea, I just cleared my calendar for October so I’m up for the swap!
    Thanks..

  4. I’d love to do this! Would you let me know if you get 3 other bloggers from Australia?

  5. This looks like fun. Delicious sugary fun. And p.s. I’m diggin your tough love about doing it right haha

  6. This looks so fun but I will be traveling for the month of Dec and won’t be around to accept mail/packages. Oh, wow…any other month of the year and I’d be SO IN! I hope everyone who decides to do it has a ball!

  7. Oh no! Hope bloggers from France like me can participate soon…Great idea by the way.

    • Yo – if you think you can get at least 4 other French bloggers to participate, we could open it up to you. We just have to be sure there are enough interested to be sure everyone can ship to 3 others in their own country.

  8. Too bad you have to be a) a blogger and b) living on your continent to be in it. Otherwise I’d participate! Great idea and I am looking forward to see the results on many many blogs!

  9. All I have to say is………SIGN ME UP!!!! Nothing better than getting a package of cookies in the mail. Nothing.

  10. Awesome idea, ladies. Thanks for organizing, you both are rock stars!

  11. Awesome! I’m so excited about this! We did a cookie swap at work a couple years ago and it wasn’t well organized. I love that this one is long distance!

  12. Awesome Idea! I’m In :)

  13. How fun! I am so excited to get some yummy cookies…and in turn send some out! Great idea ladies! Yall are awesome!

  14. this sound like it’d be so fun!!! I’m excited :) I’ll have to check my schedule to make sure I can make the deadlines but I’m pretty sure I can. Can’t wait :) thanks for putting this together!

  15. I love this idea! Big thanks to you two for coming up with it! Yay for cookies!

  16. Sara and I are so excited to participate! Thank you for making this happen! And more importantly, I can’t wait to eat some FAB cookies!

  17. tried to sign up – confused with Blog URL? Do I need my own blog site?

    • Unfortunately at this time we are limiting it to food bloggers only. The blog posts are how we’ll be sharing the recipes as well as holding people accountable. Incentive to start a food blog, perhaps? :)

  18. I am way excited about this! Woohoo!

  19. Love, love, love this idea. Can’t wait to see what creative cookies come my way!

  20. I’ve been reading your blog for the last three years (don’t worry, I’ve read every single post through the archives) and finally started my own five months ago.

    I’m so excited to be joining this CookieSwap to meet more bloggers out there! And of course, to mow down delicious cookies.

  21. This sounds like so much fun! I’m super excited!! :)

  22. This is such a fun idea!!

  23. I just signed up and am super excited. I haven’t got the confirmation e-mail. How long does it take?

  24. This is such a wonderful idea, I just signed up!

  25. This is GREAT! I just signed up – can’t wait! :)

  26. What an awesome idea! I’m tempted, but I was wondering whether in your experience the cookies would arrive prior to December 15, since I’ll be leaving that weekend to spend the holidays home in Germany…

    • I’d think so! If everyone ships on time by the deadline, it gives the cookies a good 10 days. Unless they send it parcel post I would think it would get there with time to spare. But if you do decide to sign up put a note in the dietary restrictions box about this, that message will get passed on to your matches.

  27. Super excited!

  28. I have just signed up, I’m so so excited!! What a brilliant idea :) Already starting to think up some interesting flavours to include in my cookies!

  29. I just signed up! So excited to be a part of this!

  30. I accidentally mistyped my e-mail the first time, so sorry about my duplicate entry!

  31. This is going to be fun…I’m already wrapping my head around what I’m going to bake!

  32. Ouch! I am from Argentina! I want to participate! come on! is there any argentinian blogger? please please please!!!

  33. I am signed up and ready! Can I send cookies from a recipe that has already been posted or does it have to be recent?

    Nettie

  34. Count me in!!! Can’t wait to see what everyone’s baking…

  35. Oh, SO much fun! There can never be too many cookies around the holidays!!!

  36. Ohhhh, I can’t wait this sounds like fun!! I have to start prepping for what kind of cookies I’m going to make!

  37. Can’t wait! This is exciting!

  38. From England?
    I’m very happy to joining you!

  39. fantastic….great!!!!

  40. Great idea!!! I love trying others’ creations. Thanks for organizing. :)

  41. I’d love to sign up! Canadian, here.

  42. I don’t have a blog. Can I still sign up?

    • Hi Penni – Unfortunately we are limiting this swap to food bloggers only. The blog posts at the end will be how we share the recipes, as well as how we’ll hold people accountable. Incentive to start a food blog, perhaps? :)

  43. Ahh this sounds like so much fun! Can’t wait =)

  44. Ahhh!!! So excited to do this! I cant wait :)

  45. I will probably get hate mail for this question: how do we ship the cookies? I am seriously considering joining. Thanks!

    • Up to you, I’m planning on sending mine USPS Priority. We’re going to match folks within their own country so shipping costs stay reasonable. I am planning on a packing/shipping tips post coming up in the next week or so, that will help you if you’ve never shipped baked goods before. :)

  46. I am so excited! I can’t wait to be a part of this cookie event!

  47. This sounds like such a fabulous idea, I’m just sad I really don’t think I can participate (expecting a baby in December). Will there be a list of all the bloggers who DO participate so those of us who don’t can see all the recipes?

    • Hi Kali! Yes, we will be publishing a roundup of all the recipe posts from participating bloggers. :) It’ll be a massive post – watch for that around mid-December!

  48. I can’t wait! I love baking cookies!

  49. What a cool idea!!!! I am TOTALLY IN!

  50. What a great idea! I will have to pass this time around but still enjoy following your blog:)

  51. Question: Must these be orginal recipes or can they be sourced?

    • Up to you! We’d like to see a new recipe (vs one you’ve posted on your blog before), but whether it’s your own or someone else’s that doesn’t matter at all. :)

  52. I just heard about the cookie swap from my friend and I am so excited to participate (and to have found your blog)!! Thank you for providing the opportunity meet new people, giving me an excuse to bake (not like I need one) and helping me happily put on a few pounds over the holidays!

    I posted about this today on my blog! Cant wait! http://www.yellowwishbone.com/2011/11/food-blogger-cookie-exchange-fall-2011.html

  53. Can’t wait! Looking forward to it. What a great idea!

  54. what an AMAZING idea!! just registered and cannot wait to get going ;)

  55. Thanks so much lindsey for encouraging me to start my own blog….it means i can particpate in this great cookie exchange….i usually do one where i work, i provide lunch and then later we all exchange the great recipes and cookies! cannot wait!

  56. The Two College Foodies are super excited to be joining the cookie swap!! Can’t wait to send and receive some delicious cookies :)

  57. I don’t have a blog, can I still participate? (I may have signed up with my twitter handle)

  58. I am so excited to participate in this cookie swap! It is going to be a blast and a great way to get some holiday cheer!

  59. I love this! I so love holiday cookies and love sharing them even more. What a cool way to connect with other bloggers virtually and in real life! Kudos, ladies. I’m all signed up.

  60. Super excited about enjoying a cookie swap with great food bloggers, it was a great idea! I signed up and posted about it too! Happy Holidays!

  61. What a fabulous idea is this!!!! I’m so excited, I’m waiting for the email to confirm my participation. Congratulations, we’re going to have a blast!!!

  62. Just signed up. Looks like a lot of fun. Can’t wait :)

  63. What a GREAT idea! I am super looking forward to this :D Thanks for organizing!!

  64. I signed up! I hope a LiveJournal blog (about food) counts, or else I’ll have to migrate my stuff elsewhere… :-/

  65. This should be fun, delicious and a great way to connect to other cookie lovers.

  66. I’m signing up! This is such an awesome idea (:

  67. Can you please remove me for the swap..I cant afford it this year Im sorry :=/

  68. Love this idea! I’m having my first annual cookie swap this year, as well. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with….. and who doesn’t love getting a ‘care package’ in the mail?!
    Happy Baking Everyone!!

  69. SO excited! I just signed up. Love, love, love it.

  70. I am so excited! what an awesome idea, I can wait to see what everyone comes up with!

  71. I signed up a week or two ago, but I accidentally deleted the email stating which bloggers I have…oops! I can’t find it in my archives. Can you resend the info? Or should I sign up again? So sorry for the inconvenience! Thanks. :)

  72. I signed up a couple of days ago but am worried I did it wrong. how to I check that I signed up I don’t want to miss out because I filled in the form wrong.

    I am at university in Edinburgh and I bribe my self to work by allowing myself to bake when I have finished. I am currently fantasising about peanut butter blondies while writing an essay on pre the 1640 spread of newsprint. I wonder if anyone could recommend me a basic chocolate cookie recipe mine always go flat rather than staying thick and chewy. We have been discussing it and my friends and I have decided that cookies must have some american secret in them because we don’t know anyone apart from americans who can make good cookies.

  73. I am taking part in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap… trying out a few recipes at the moment.
    Do we have to wait until the swap has taken place to blog our recipes…?
    Ali xx

    • Hi Alison – We’re asking everyone to post their recipes on the same day, December 12th. We’ll then have you submit your post link to us and we’ll be doing a full round up of all the recipes!

  74. my food blog is VERY new…as in, the website design isn’t fabulous, and i haven’t actually posted any entries yet. but this will give me incentive to get it going. can i sign up? i’d love to participate!

    • Yes, definitely! This swap is a great incentive to get started. :) As long as you have a blog and a place to post your cookie recipe, you are welcome to participate. :)

  75. I found this just in time! So excited, what a great idea….I think this just made my week!

  76. Oh no!!! I missed the deadline :(. I guess I’m too late?

  77. So sorry I missed the deadline – sounds like a fun idea! I hope you do more of these :)

  78. Arrgh! I missed the deadline by 6 days.

    Honestly, I need to explore online more often… so, um, if anyone drops out, I volunteer to sub in! COOKIES!

  79. My cookies are packed and ready to mail in the morning!! Someone’s in for a Black Friday surprise!

  80. Question- do we send an email thank you when our cookies arrive? My first batch came in the mail today and I would like to let the sender know how great they are, but don’t want to jump the gun. What are the rules regarding contacting cookie senders?

    • Yes, once they’ve arrived we figure the secret’s out, and you’re free to tweet, blog, publicly thank, etc. etc. to your heart’s content. :) Sorry if this wasn’t clear!

  81. I was wondering the same, if we can tell them they arrived or if we can blog a picture of them.

    • Yes, once they’ve arrived the secret’s out, and you’re free to tweet, blog, publicly thank, etc. etc. to your heart’s content. :) Sorry if this wasn’t clear!

  82. This is BRILLIANT!!!! Sad I missed the deadline, but here’s to the SECOND annual cookie swap!

  83. i just received my first package today. unfortunately i only have my “secret santa’s” postal address now, she didn’t include her blog address etc. :(

  84. I am so sad I missed this. I’d love to participate next year! Such a great idea.

  85. I am so bummed I just found this. I love cookie swaps. How do I get a reminder for the next one?

  86. Brilliant idea!! So sorry I missed out on this year. Just signed up for next year and am counting the days.
    I can’t wait until someone sends me cookies, since I bake for about 40 people every year at the holidays. I have to mail the cookies to about half of them.
    Last year I blogged about the 8 days of holiday baking and my final post featured packaging ideas.
    http://saltandserenity.com/2010/12/14/day-8-packaging/

  87. Oh Dear!!!

    I sent my Cookie Swaps but I haven’t received any in return… was there a problem that you know of.

  88. I’m interesting but I live in Italy. For me is ok to send food everywhere!!!

    Kisses from Italy, Ciao Marica

  89. This looks so fun! Are you still doing cookie swaps or do you think you will open it up again soon?

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