Food Bloggers L.A. Cookie Exchange

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 22, 2012

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Today is a perfect day to make cookies! The kids are home from school, the college students have flown in, any relatives have probably descended, and the family is hovering.

Let’s put them to work and bake for the rest of the holiday!

The Food Bloggers Los Angeles group – a merry band of blogging bakers if ever there was one – met earlier this month for their annual cookie exchange, a frenzy of sugar and nuts and spices. Some of the best morsels in Los Angeles were arrayed on the buffet table, and once we said “Go!” members eagerly lined up with their tins to choose what they wanted to bring home.

Some of everything, please!

Choose a recipe from this array for your own baking pleasure. In addition to the cookies mentioned in the story, FBLA members linked up their other amazing cookie recipes in the photo collection at the bottom. Pick a recipe and fire up your oven!


Flourless Chocolate Espresso Caramel BrowniesValentina Wein of Cooking on the Weekends brought sticky, gooey Flourless Chocolate Espresso Caramel Brownies. To literally gild the lily, she sprinkled them with gold dust!

Super Smoky Scotch Whiskey TrufflesErika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen (our host! Thank you!), contributed impossibly rich and intriguing Super Smoky Scotch Whiskey Truffles that she had rolled in silver sprinkles. FBLA is all about the bling come cookie time!

Hazelnut Shortbread with Custard and GanacheLana Watkins of Bibberche brought beautiful Hazelnut Shortbread with Custard and Ganache.

Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip CookiesKim Burnell of Rustic Garden Bistro brought Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies. She had us with the name alone.

Chocolate Peanut Butter CookiesLynne Hemer of Cook & Be Merry brought Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate KissesJudy Lyness of Two Broads Abroad made her Aunt Bea’s famous Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Kisses and Linzer Tortes.

Almond Joy BarsTina Ferris of The Unprocess brought Almond Joy Bars, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, and Gingerbread.

Dark Chocolate Almond ShortbreadCheri Liefeld of Adventures in the Kitchen brought Dark Chocolate Almond Shortbread and Speculoos Buttons. Love the variety of decorations!


Best Ever Pecan Pie BarsI (Shockingly Delicious), brought Best Ever Pecan Bars, a wonderful pecan pie-ish bar without the HFCS.

Apricot Rosemary BarsKelli Abrahamian of I Had a Delicious Time brought her famous Apricot Rosemary Bars, which were one of the winning cookies in the L.A. Times Cookie Contest this year. (I made these for Thanksgiving and they were a huge hit!)

Festive BarsGisele Perez of Pain Perdu brought her mother’s unique Festive Bars, like a little fruitcake in a bar.

Cranberry Pistachio Blondies and RugelachJudy Weintraub of Bumbleberry Breeze brought Cranberry Pistachio Blondies and Rugelach.

Macadamia Bars and Lime BarsEllen Rosentreter of Within My Means brought Macadamia Bars, Lime Bars and Chocolate-Macaroon Bars. Whew!

Double Decker TorteNatalie Wiser-Orozco of The Devil Wears Parsley brought Double Decker Torte – apricot, pineapple, mango and walnut with a sour cream crust. Yum!

 A variety

Snow CookiesChristina Conte of Christina’s Cucina brought the impossibly lovely and delicious Snow Cookies, another winner in the L.A. Times Cookie Contest this year.

New Mexican Wedding CookiesNancy Eisman of Adventures of Nancy Rose brought New Mexican Wedding Cookies that packed hidden heat from Hatch chiles!

Russian Tea CakesGerry Speirs of Foodness Gracious also brought Russian Tea Cakes. Mmmm…the more tea cakes and wedding cookies, the better!

Spicy Gingerbread SticksCathy Arkle of She Paused for Thought brought unique Spicy Gingerbread Sticks, not too sweet, quite spicy, and utterly fantastic.  She also brought Ginger Lime Crinkles.

Classic Peanut Butter CookiesChristina Peters of MDR Photography Classes brought classic Peanut Butter Cookies.

Vegan Strawberry Spelt SconesAndrew Wilder of Eating Rules brought a plate of Vegan Strawberry Spelt Scones. If you have ever met him, it won’t surprise you to learn he ground his own spelt.

Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy CookiesQuyen Gin of Kitchen Runway brought Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies — yee-haw! It’s Laura Bush’s recipe!

Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon ChipsPriscilla Willis of She’s Cookin’  brought Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Chips. Yum – double cinnamon!

Almond Cream Cheese CookiesSusan Silverberg of The Home Artist brought Almond Cream Cheese Cookies.

Butter Cookies with Beer and Brown Sugar Buttercream, and Chocolate Stout CrinklesJackie Dodd of The Beeroness brought showy Butter Cookies with Beer and Brown Sugar Buttercream, and Chocolate Stout Crinkles.

For every cookie exchanged, Glad (the plastic wrap people) donated $1 to in the name of FBLA. We raised $1,427. That’s a lotta cookies!

Merry Christmas everyone!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynne @ CookandBeMerry December 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Wow, what a spectacular review of all the cookies at the FBLA meeting. Photos and links. Bravo!!


Faye December 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

This is beautiful and I loved your descriptions!


Lentil Breakdown December 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Wow, sorry I missed this enticing group! And the FBLA peeps too!


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