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food bloggers’ cookie swap: chocolate mint truffle cookies

Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies for the Food Bloggers Cookie Swap.

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mint truffle cookiesWhat ended up being really funny was that one of my recipients was my friend from high school who lives down the street from me. Elizabeth & I met up one day after work and I was able to give her the cookies face to face :) I told her to sign up for this cookie swap and I’m so glad she did!

mint truffle cookiesI had to do 2 bags of 6 for each recipient since the cookies turned out larger than I anticipated! Lucky them ;)

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When I first heard of the food bloggers cookie swap that Julie and Lindsay put together, I immediately knew I wanted to do it. I didn’t sign up though until the very last day because I needed to double triple check my schedule to make sure I was able to make the deadline of shipping out the cookies by December 5th. Luckily, I was able to work it out and carve out time to do this. This was such a fun idea to meet new bloggers and to get delicious cookies in return. I can’t believe how big this turned out to be. There were 600+ bloggers that signed up, so that meant 22,000 cookies were being shipped around the United States, including 4 other countries! That’s quite amazing. I’m thankful that Julie & Lindsay put this together and I’m looking forward to this next year :)

For my swaps, I made them chocolate mint truffle cookies. I was crossing my fingers that they all liked chocolate minty goodness. I know I love it, but I also know a few people who don’t (ahem, my boyfriend), so I got worried. As you all know, my first batch of cookies that I initially made to send out, the chocolate nutella cookies, were not cookie swap worthy. I had to come up with something else. I remember seeing mint truffle Hershey kisses at the store and they looked delicious and the bag smelled even more delicious. I ran back to the store to grab 3 bags of them and came home to start baking these cookies.

They turned out great!! Smelled so good and they were so soft. I loved the mint pieces scattered throughout the cookie and the chocolate dough was so rich. I heard from 2 of my 3 swaps about how great they were so I’m glad they liked them. One thing, y’all, for next year: when you receive your cookies, please please send a tweet, email, whatever, to your cookie sender. It’s polite and it gives feedback. I never heard from one of my cookie swaps and to me, that’s just rude, but life goes on.

These would be great to make for a holiday party this Christmas/New Years. It goes with the season of candy canes & peppermint :)

food bloggers' cookie swap: chocolate mint truffle cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Cookies
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Serves: 3 dozen
 
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups of Hershey's mint truffle kisses, chopped
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  4. Slowly add in the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Gently fold in the chopped mint truffle kisses.
  6. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet, 2-3 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes.
  9. Transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
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And these were the cookie swaps that I received from 3 awesome bloggers! The first ones were from Monique at I Are the Food Snob. They were dried cranberry & white chocolate chip cookies. To die for!! The second ones were from Kelli at The Corner Kitchen. They were Greek Almond-Anise Cookies. I’ve never had these before and they’re SO addicting. My boyfriend and I ate 4 each when we got them lol. And last but certainly not least, my last batch of cookies were from Heather at Levavi Spatulas. She made lemony cookies (not sure what the name are) but they were so good! I can’t stop popping them in my mouth. She also sent along a bright red spatula! That was so sweet! It matches all my kitchen gadgets, measuring tools, utensils, and KitchenAid mixer perfectly! Thank you to all my cookie swappers!! :) I still have a few cookies left and I’m so sad to see them go! I’ll definitely be making some :)

17 COMMENTS

  1. 12/12/2011 at 9:32 am

    They are Italian cookies. Sorry I didn’t include a label! My recipe will be up shortly! :)

  2. 12/12/2011 at 9:53 am

    Mint + chocolate is a match made in heaven! Those are my favorite hershey kisses and don’t even get me started on Andes chocolates… My grandmother would have a bowl of those in her house at all times and as a kid I would steal them by the handful! I bet those cookies are amazing!

  3. 12/12/2011 at 10:45 am

    These look incredible! And I love that we both channeled the mint/chocolate combo for the Cookie Swap :)

    • 12/12/2011 at 10:53 am

      I know! Too funny :) thanks, Kelly!

  4. 12/12/2011 at 10:53 am

    YUM!! Mint and Chocolate :) I’m gonna have such a huge list of cookies to make now for next year!

  5. 12/12/2011 at 11:26 am

    mint + chocolate is one of my all-time favorite combinations + these look just divine! the recipients were definitely some seriously lucky bloggers. =)

  6. 12/12/2011 at 12:55 pm

    Seriously! Those must be amazing!!!

  7. 12/12/2011 at 1:45 pm

    These sound incredible…I love mint/chocolate!

  8. 12/12/2011 at 1:52 pm

    Too funny that one of your people was a friend of yours! The cookies look delicious!

  9. 12/12/2011 at 6:16 pm

    yum i love chocolate & mint! would’ve loved to receive these :)

  10. 12/12/2011 at 6:53 pm

    These look so yummy!!! So awesome that you joined us in the swap. I can’t wait to meet you next year!

    • 12/12/2011 at 8:56 pm

      I’m glad I joined you all :) I can’t wait to meet you next year either! I’m so excited for FBFOrlando!!

  11. 12/14/2011 at 4:40 am

    These cookies look amazing – I bet the recipients were so glad to get such delicious treats! I really wish I could have taken part this year but with the travelling it was all a bit difficult, I’m so enjoying seeing all the posts now though.

  12. 12/14/2011 at 1:02 pm

    Great Loot! I also got cookies from Heather! and a sexy spatula!
    Your minty cookies look delectable! Im glad i have the recipe! :-)

  13. 12/14/2011 at 11:35 pm

    Oh my, your cookie wrapping makes mine look like…. well, let’s just say it looks a hell of a lot better than mine!

  14. 12/16/2011 at 9:44 am

    Yum! I need to look for those mint truffle kisses!

  15. 11/28/2012 at 1:30 pm

    I just made these last night and after getting the “omg these are good” ok from my friends I think I’ve found what I’ll be making for the cookie exchange this weekend ;) This dough is really delicious! I’m thinking of what other mix ins I could add for a change (mini reese cups, hugs, etc.) Yum! Thank you very much for sharing your recipe!

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