The 2nd Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is done for another year, and it was well worth the blood, sweat, and butter that went into organizing it. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the results! 576 food bloggers. Over $4,400 raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. And more than 20,000 cookies shipped around the world. It makes my heart happy just thinking about it.
Almost as happy as rainbow sprinkles make me.
I had been planning my cookie for months: a chocolate crinkle rainbow sprinkle cookie (rhyme intentional) was the original idea. The final product wasn’t quite so much crinkly as it was a brownie in cookie form. But I didn’t stop there, I dipped the decadence in even more dark chocolate, and topped them with the happiest of all sprinkles. Joy!
My only mistake was making *just* enough to ship to my matches. Seriously people. I only ate one of these (it broke on its own, I swear!) before boxing them up and shipping them off to New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia.
I better make myself another batch, stat.
Luckily there was no shortage of cookies here, as three boxes of truly unique cookies arrived on my doorstep one by one. Chai Sugar Cookies from Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe, Orange White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies from Gerry at Foodness Gracious (who, by the way, also included some fantastic artisan caramels from his Etsy shop!), and Christmas Confetti Cookies from Dine & Dish!
Such creative cookies, so different from the ones I received last year. I tell you, sometimes things just taste better when someone else bakes them.
If you are a food blogger interested in participating in the swap next year, be sure to sign up for our notifications list. We will be sending an email blast out as soon as things start gearing up for next years’ swap (are you even surprised that we’re already thinking about next year? You shouldn’t be.)
Julie and I are currently collecting all of the cookie recipes and compiling them into one massive, cookie-licious recipe roundup. So keep your eyes peeled later this week. And while you’re waiting, why not check out the recipes from last year?
Maybe next year I’ll challenge myself to do a non-chocolate cookie.
Then again, maybe not.
Chocolate Dipped Brownie Cookies
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons dark or dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
2 large eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
6 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, as needed
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. Set aside.
Combine chocolate and butter in a double boiler or a heat-proof bowl set over a pot of barely simmering water. Stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together eggs, sugar, and vanilla until pale and creamy, about 8 minutes. Mix in melted chocolate mixture. Add dry ingredients and stir until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop batter using a small cookie scoop by the scant tablespoonful onto cookie sheet, leaving two inches of space between cookies. The batter will be somewhat loose at this point, but shouldn’t be runny. It will thicken the longer it sits.
Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until tops are shiny and cracked. Like a brownie, you don’t want to over bake these cookies. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
To dip, gently melt chocolate together with 1 tablespoon of shortening. You can use a microwave, heating on low power in short, 15 to 20 second bursts, or in a double boiler, setting the bowl over the simmering water and then removing it from the heat. The residual heat should be enough to melt the chocolate without overheating it. If you can melt the chocolate ever so gently, and not allow the temperature to exceed 88 degrees F, it will retain its original temper and will harden nice and shiny. Add more shortening as needed to thin out the chocolate to a dipping consistency, then dip half of each cookie into the melted chocolate. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and top with sprinkles, if desired.
Cookies are best enjoyed within a day or two but will keep, covered in an airtight container, for up to a week.
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can these be frozen once dipped in chocolate ?
OMG!! LOOK AND SOUNDS SUPER GOOD!!
I tried this recipe and it is so easy and really delicious!! But I was wondering if you could make the cookie batter ahead of time and how long it would last? Thanks!
I’m making these for my friend’s birthday right now! They are like brownies in cookie form! It’s so delicious and fudgy and it was exactly what I was looking for! :) thank you!
I made these cookies for Christmas and they were absolutely delicious!!! It was definitely like little brownies. The chocolate dipped part really just took it over the edge. I think I probably ended up eating the most out of everyone–whoops! I’ll definitely be making these again.
I made these cookies, well, a version. I totally just wrote down the ingredients and assumed that I was so cool I didn’t need the instructions. I did! Even with my completely screwed up process these were still amazing. I am actually going to make them again as teachers gifts they were so good!
I just stopped by to say I managed to get my hands on one of your cookie dough books (we are in the UK) – you are a LEGEND! My family has gone cookie dough mad. Om nom nom
Love the lead image here – nice work!
Brownie cookies sound amazing – even better that they were chocolate dipped!
Thanks so much for coordinating!
I had the best time with the cookie swap. This was my first year and I can’t wait til next time! This cookies sound divine. I’m featuring them on my Food Porn Friday side bar spot this week. Thanks for hooking up my sweet tooth. :)
Love these, so pretty!
Looks great! And yeah, stick with chocolate! You can never go wrong. :)
I had a great time participating this year… thanks for all your hard work!!!!
These look so fabulous! I love how creative they are!
Brownie cookies! ::gurgle::drool::
These look lovely! :) I would love to make these for Christmas gifts!
Your cookies look bow worthy! Thanks to you and Julie for your time on this venture, it’s just so cool to connect with so many different people from afar and know that we all just love the same darn thing..food!
wow $4400 that is wonderful!!!! and the cookies another wow!
Congratulations on supporting such an incredible cause and bringing awareness through sweet treats! These look incredible and I love the fun added touch that sprinkles add :)
what happy looking bisuits! they make me smile!
Agghhh they are so freaking cute. I almost can’t handle it. Sprinkles do that to me ;)
Love the chocolate/sprinkle overload!
What a lovely cookie and one that would I assume melt in your mouth! Thank you for putting this event together again – it was a ton of fun and tasty too! Love your photos!!!
These are so pretty and look tasty! Thanks for hosting the FB Cookie Swap–so much fun!
these look delicious and i love the sprinkles! thanks for putting this on again this year with Julie :) so much fun!
Sprinkles are fun! I would have had a big grin on my face if these were delivered to my door.
Delicious looking! thanks for hosting the cookie swap :)
What beautiful and cheerful cookies! Thanks so much for organizing the cookie swap. Can’t wait until next year’s event.
Thanks again for organizing!!! This is such a great blogging event! I look forward to it now.
What beautiful cookies! Thank yo so much for hosting the cookie swap. It was such a fun thing to take part in. I can’t wait to do it again next year!
Your cookies look and sound amazing. I love the addition of the sprinkles, so pretty and your photos are gorgeous. Thanks so much for hosting the swap, it’s been so fun to take part.
Lindsay, the chocolate brownie sprinkle cookies were incredable! I’m so lucky to be your aunt and have received the Christmas box. By the time I got home, Kenny had already opened it and had started in on them. I got one brownie cookie. WOW. I was happy to see the recipe and hope I can make another batch before Christmas. Festive and so delish. What kind of chocolate do you use for the dipping?
Rainbow sprinkles just make me happy.
These look so fun and festive; it’s nice to break up the monotony of red, green, blue, and white with some real color! Plus all the sprinkles really pop against what I’m sure are absolutely delicious cookies.
These look so delish, can’t wait to try making them! I used sprinkles in my cookies, too :) Can’t go wrong with sprinkles! Thanks again for organizing this event two years in a row, it’s so much fun!
These look fantastic!!!! I love a brownie crossed with a cookie any day. Thanks for all your hard work in the cookie swap it was so much fun!
Oh my Gosh, this looks so insanely good! I have to make these little babies very soon!
Lindsay, I’m loving the sprinkles! I can’t believe you only got to eat one — how sad!
Love this idea, really want to try it with a sugar cookie and white chocolate…yum! We definitely NEED a cookie swap here in the UK it just sounds fantastic!
These cookies look so yummy!! And thank you for hosting such a fun cookie swap! Can’t wait to participate again next year!
Thanks again for hosting such an incredible cookie exchange!! These look absolutely delicious and just pinned them to make SOON!! :)
Thank you for organizing this fantastic cookie swap, I had so much fun, learned quite a bit about shipping cookies and also made several new friends. On a second note, I love, love, love your brownie cookies.
Yummy! The only way to make brownie cookies better is with rainbow sprinkles! Thanks for organizing such a fun cookie swap!
delish! thanks for coordinating the cookie swap– it was a blast!
Thank you so much for hosting and putting together this event! This is by far my favorite blogging event and I look forward to next years. Thank you again!
I can’t wait to participate next year! How wouldn’t like cookies in the mail?!
Love the contrast of the rainbow sprinkles against the rich chocolate- so pretty!
Oh these look fantastic! I’ll take 30.
Great post! My son is going to go nuts for these!
The sprinkles definitely add more happiness! These sound amaaaaazing. Signing up for next year :)
Lindsay your cookies are gorgeous & I’m traveling this month and couldn’t participate but big bravo to you and Julie for pulling this massive event off. I am seeing all these awesome cookie posts…everywhere!
Looks yum! love the sprinkles :)
So colorful, like colored lights on a Christmas tree…but in chocolate!!
Lindsay these look amazing!!!! I love the idea of a brownie in cookie form!
First, I have to thank you for organizing such a great event – and then I have to commend you on it’s success!! “Over $4,400 raised for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. And more than 20,000 cookies shipped around the world” — that’s impressive :)
And we can’t forget about these cookies – – DELICIOUS!! I can just imagine how rich and chocolatey they are :)
Seriously. What is it about sprinkles? They are just so much fun. And a brownie cookie? I can’t handle all of this! ;)
Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into this event; it has been such fun to take part and even more fun to raise plenty of money for such a good cause!
Two things to post in this comment:
1) these cookies look incredible. Brownie + cookie = bliss.
2) thank you SO much for organising the cookie swap, absolutely loved taking part!
A brownie in cookie form (dipped in chocolate and sprinkles) is not such a terrible mistake to make! That is a shame though, that you didn’t make enough for yourself – but look, now you have an excuse to make them again!
I pretty much need to make these right now. Does the chocolate re-harden enough to stack them, or did you layer with wax paper before sending them? Thanks!
I was able to melt the chocolate gently enough that it retained its temper, so it was nice and snappy when it hardened. But if yours is softer then yes, a layer of parchment or something would be advisable. :)
Gosh I just squealed – that first shot is so cute!
Such a cute idea Lindsay, and thanks again for hosting this marvelous event. :)
Eeeeee!! Okay, I need these cookies in my life. Hehe
I could not get enough of these cookies. Thanks so much for sending them, and for organizing the swap!! I’ve still got a few of your treats stashed for after work tonight. :)