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!
Valentina 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!
Erika 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!
Lana Watkins of Bibberche  brought beautiful Hazelnut Shortbread with Custard and Ganache.
Kim Burnell of Rustic Garden Bistro  brought Brown Butter Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies. She had us with the name alone.
Lynne Hemer of Cook & Be Merry  brought Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies.
Judy Lyness of Two Broads Abroad  made her Aunt Bea’s famous Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Kisses  and Linzer Tortes.
Tina Ferris of The Unprocess  brought Almond Joy Bars, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars , and Gingerbread.
Cheri Liefeld of Adventures in the Kitchen  brought Dark Chocolate Almond Shortbread  and Speculoos Buttons. Love the variety of decorations!
I (Shockingly Delicious ), brought Best Ever Pecan Bars , a wonderful pecan pie-ish bar without the HFCS.
Kelli 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!)
Gisele Perez of Pain Perdu  brought her mother’s unique Festive Bars , like a little fruitcake in a bar.
Judy Weintraub of Bumbleberry Breeze  brought Cranberry Pistachio Blondies  and Rugelach.
Ellen Rosentreter of Within My Means  brought Macadamia Bars , Lime Bars and Chocolate-Macaroon Bars. Whew!
Natalie Wiser-Orozco of The Devil Wears Parsley  brought Double Decker Torte – apricot, pineapple, mango and walnut with a sour cream crust. Yum!
Christina Conte of Christina’s Cucina  brought the impossibly lovely and delicious Snow Cookies , another winner in the L.A. Times Cookie Contest this year.
Nancy Eisman of Adventures of Nancy Rose  brought New Mexican Wedding Cookies  that packed hidden heat from Hatch chiles!
Gerry Speirs of Foodness Gracious  also brought Russian Tea Cakes. Mmmm…the more tea cakes and wedding cookies, the better!
Cathy 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.
Christina Peters of MDR Photography Classes  brought classic Peanut Butter Cookies.
Andrew 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.
Quyen Gin of Kitchen Runway  brought Texas Governor’s Mansion Cowboy Cookies  — yee-haw! It’s Laura Bush’s recipe!
Priscilla Willis of She’s Cookin’  brought Snickerdoodles with Cinnamon Chips. Yum – double cinnamon!
Susan Silverberg of The Home Artist  brought Almond Cream Cheese Cookies.
Jackie 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 CookiesForKidsCancer.org in the name of FBLA. We raised $1,427. That’s a lotta cookies!