My friend Amanda over at A Few Shortcuts who always brings us amazing recipes like the Pomagranate and citrus glazed pork chops i've been salivating over since I made them is bringing us an online cookie swap!!!
Have you ever had a cookie swap? I have actually never physically participated in a cookie swap! The first time I had ever heard of a cookie swap was when my bloggy friend JoJo mentioned that she was going to a cookie swap at her cousins house and had to make six dozen cookies and I was floored. She explained in her blog what a cookie swap was when several of us had questions....
A holiday cookie swap can be a great way to get a variety of sweets with very little effort. You can then turn around with your sweets that you have and use them to serve at another party (for instance if you are going to (or hosting) a cookie swap on Friday and having an ornament exchange on saturday you could use the cookies from the swap at that party!!
Or you can do what I would do and hoarde the cookies jealously and eat them all in the weekend then look at the container like "Oh wow....there must be a giant cookie thieving mouse that lives in this house....bet he has opposable thumbs too!! ;)"
So I've decided to participate in her cookie swap. Please feel free to participate with her!!! if you don't have a blog you could always start one free with blogger or wordpress or even livejournal. If you want to participate but don't want to create a blog and don't have one feel free to email me your recipe at nosunshyne at gmail dot com and I will post it for you and link it up all for you :)
I do recommend reading her post as she has some totally fab suggestions for hosting your own cookie swap. Some gems from over there include this:
*Give your guests lots of notice (like a month)
*How to avoid getting 5 types of Ginger Snaps
*How to ensure fresh cookies at the cookie swap
Let's not forget that because you are only baking one type of cookie you have to buy a smaller variety of ingredients and therefore spend a smaller amount of cash ;)
Here is my cookie recipe which I have renamed to:
The ULTIMATE Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie
I renamed this recipe from "Housepoet's Famous Lactation Boosting Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip & Flaxseed cookies." Originally posted on livejournal in the breastfeeding community I have fed these cookies to several people and they all agree they are delicious. I tell you the original name of the cookies just to make the point that if you know a new mother who is trying to establish a good nursing relationship with her baby - these cookies can help her produce more milk!!!!
Or if you'd just really like some delicious cookies - these are totally for you!!Ingredients :
1 cup butter or margerine
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons flaxseed meal*
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups oats, thick cut if you can get them
1 cup or more chocolate chips
2 tablespoons of brewers yeast* (be generous)
*I have made these cookies and omitted both of these ingredients without ill effects. The flaxseed meal and brewers yeast you should be able to find at whole foods if you are interested in making the cookies for lactation boosting!
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
*Mix together 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal and water, set aside for 3-5 minutes.
*Cream (beat well) margarine and sugar.
*Add eggs one at a time, mix well.
*Stir flaxseed mixture and add with vanilla to the margarine mix.
*Beat until blended.
*Sift together dry ingredients, except oats and chips.
*Add to margarine mixture.
*Stir in oats then chips.
*Scoop or drop onto baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment or silpat.
*The dough is a little crumbly, so it helps to use a scoop.
Bake 8-12 minutes, depending on size of cookies.
Makes: 6 dozen cookies
Preparation time: 15 minutes
**The first few times I made these cookies I did so for lactation boosting purposes. After that I made them for the deliciousness!!
I feel it important to note that you can freeze the dough or refrigerate it and bake just a few cookies at a time if that is your intended purpose (Then they are always warm and deliciously fresh!!!)
The Flaxseed Meal is really quite healthy - I would really recommend including it. You can't taste it in the cookies and check out the health benefits here.
The Brewers Yeast is also really quite healthy. It is high in B vitamins and you could include it if you like. Here is some health benefit information.