Holiday Cookie Exchange 2013 for Food Bloggers L.A.

by Dorothy Reinhold on December 17, 2013

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If it’s December, that means it’s cookie time, and for members of the group Food Bloggers Los Angeles, it’s our most anticipated meeting of the year.

Baby HedgeHog Cookies from She Paused 4 ThoughtWe meet in real life, and each bring 5-6 dozen cookies, display them on the host’s table, and try not to snitch any as we await all arrivals. (This is easier said than done.)

It’s our third annual cookie exchange, and we highly recommend it as a way to stock your cookie larder without doing all the work yourself. (We’re smart that way.)

We’d like to share our cookies with you today. May we tempt you to get the butter out of the refrigerator and turn on your oven?Food Bloggers L.A. 2013 Cookie Swap

Let’s take a look at the visual feast, and then the links to each recipe are below the array of photos.

Happy Delicious December to everyone!

Chai Tea Cookies from She Paused 4 ThoughtChai Tea Cookies

Butter Pecan Fudge from Shockingly DeliciousButter Pecan Fudge

Antioxidant Chocolate Bark from In Erika's KitchenAntioxidant Chocolate Bark

Sweet Potato Marshmallow Bars with White Chocolate Chips by Kitchy CookingSweet Potato Marshmallow Bars

Rugelach & Vegan Cupcakes from Foodie Goes HealthyNaughty and Nice Cookies (I hereby award this most clever entry!)

Lemon Sponge Drops with Double Fudge Filling from Bake This CakeVintage Sponge Drops with Double Fudge Filling

Sicilian Christmas Cookies from Two Broads AbroadTraditional Sicilian Christmas Cookies

Cranberry-Orange-Walnut Sugar Cookie from Fresh Food in a FlashCranberry Orange Walnut Sugar Cookies

Brown Butter Praline Chocolate Chip Cookies Brown Butter Praline Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mini Chocolate Nut Sandwich Cookies from Tasting PageMini Chocolate Nut Sandwich Cookies

Rosemary Raisin Cocktail Shortbread by Cheesy PenniesRosemary Raisin Cocktail Shortbread

Vegan Gingersnaps, Rainbow Chocolate Bark and Blueberry Coconut Mini Cupcakes from Bumbleberry BreezeVegan Gingersnaps, Rainbow Chocolate Bark and Blueberry Coconut Mini Cupcakes

Chocolate Covered Apricots from Lentil BreakdownChocolate-Dipped Apricots with Pistachios

Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies from Tanay's TableRed Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies


Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oat Bars from Eats Real FoodGluten-Free Pumpkin Oat Bars

Oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies by Nourish NetworkCrispy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

4 cookies from Ninja BakingSaketini Christmas Balls, Chocolate Macarons with Japanese Wine Cream Centers, and Matcha Green Tea Cookies with Chocolate Centers & Espresso Cookies with Caramel Fillings

Black and White Cookies from TinaBlack and White Cookies

Spumoni Shortbread by Adventures with Nancy RoseSpumoni Shortbread

Food Bloggers L.A. on Shockingly DeliciousArranging cookie platters for the big grab!

FBLA 2013 Cookie Exchange Recipes

Non-Cookie Items

Barrel Aged Sazerac by Kitchy CookingBarrel-Aged Sazerac

Chiang Mai Chicken from She Paused 4 ThoughtChiang Mai Chicken in Endive Spears

Seasonal Salad from Adventures with Nancy RoseSeasonal Salad with persimmon, blue cheese, dried cranberries and avocado

Food Bloggers L.A. 2013 Cookie Swap panorama

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Alanna December 19, 2013 at 6:34 am

Love this! Thanks again, Dorothy.


The Ninja Baker December 19, 2013 at 12:40 am

Your pictures are fantastic, Dorothy! They truly do justice to the deliciousness of the bevy of FBLA cookies =)


Nancy Rose Eisman December 18, 2013 at 1:52 pm

The cookies and company were fantastic. So lucky to be part of such a creative, supportive group. Since I missed the deadline for adding my recipe to this post, please go to my blog for the Spumoni Shortbread Cookies recipe, if you’re curious. Thanks Dorothy!


Alison Ashton @ December 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

This was a delicious spread!


Patricia@FreshFoodinaFlash December 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm

This is an amazing group of cookies and a fabulous resource for anyone wishing to bake for your holiday party. Difficult to choose my favorite, but the first picture of the hedgehogs is definitely the most inventive. Thanks Dorothy for the roundup!


Oakley @ Friedas December 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

How fun! And look at all these great recipes. Yum!


Kelly @ TastingPage December 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

Thanks for pulling all of our sweet treats together Dorothy. I’m just glad I have some left in the freezer so I can partake again!


Lentil Breakdown December 18, 2013 at 8:54 am

Thanks for showing me all the fabulous cookies I resisted. At least I can lick the screen. 🙂


Lizthechef December 18, 2013 at 7:51 am

Wow – San Diego bloggers have to take a lesson from our brothers and sisters in LA – what an array!


Dorothy Reinhold December 18, 2013 at 11:19 am

You guys can BAKE! I’ll bet you would have an amazing array.


Judy | Bumbleberry Breeze December 17, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Thank you for putting this together, Dorothy – thrilled to be part of this stunningly delicious endeavor- Happy December Everyone!


Sharon@ Cheesy Pennies December 17, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Now I’m hungry all over again!


Dana @ Foodie Goes Healthy December 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm

Dorothy- thank you for capturing the spirit of such a fun and delicious day. I’m happy to have the links to so many great treats. And thank you for my “award.” Maybe the Pinecone award is next.


Leslie Macchiarella December 17, 2013 at 9:53 pm

How fun to see our cookie exchange tradition with your lovely photos! Thank you, Dorothy! I still cannot decide which delicious treats were my fave! They were all so fun and lovely and baked with love!


Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought December 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Awesome roundup. Thank you Dorothy for this. So many wonderful treats by such great cooks!


Dorothy Reinhold December 19, 2013 at 7:36 am

Jolly girl,
We were missing you at the get-together! You be sure to come next time!


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