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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies

These are the yummy cookies that I made for the cookie swap. I have made a similar batch to these in the past, but switched it up a little bit and increased the batter size by a ton, to make 4 dozen cookies. YUM.

Whole Wheat, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies



2 Sticks of Butter 2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar
1 Cup White Sugar 2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Water 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour 1 Tsp Salt
2 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats 1 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
2 Cups Dried Cranberries Β 1 Tsp Baking Powder



1. In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar.



2. One at a time, beat in the eggs, vanilla then water.



3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then add it into the wet mixture.



4. Lastly, add in the rolled oats, chocolate chips and dried cranberries.



Cook them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. You want to spray the pan before you place the cookie dough on them OR you can just layer tin foil on the cookie sheet and eliminate a step in cleaning up! That’s what I did and it made making multiple dozens of cookies much easier. All I had to do was take the cookies off, throw away the tin foil and replace it with a new one πŸ™‚

This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies!



They did turn out really well.



I promise to branch out Β from this in the future! I’m ‘making some cookies later this week, and they will NOT be anything like this…I swear πŸ™‚



The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, Part 2

Tonight I got home a bit later than normal and was on the phone from the moment I walked in….until…now. While I was on the phone with my sister, my mom, and some friends from home (separate conversations) I managed to take the dogs out, cook dinner, eat dinner, watch some funny videos online, take pictures of my cookies and check my email. Overall…extremely productive.

For dinner, I went unbelievably simply because I’m trying get rid of those non-perishable items in my cabinets and ate solo, while chatting on the phone πŸ™‚ So, pasta, with a red sauce and some fresh parmesan cheese it is.



Womp, womp, waaaaah. Boring. But yummy and easy to munch while chatting away!

In other exciting news…I received the last of my cookie swap cookie shipments tonight! So I wanted to share them all with you. But, just as a tease…because the recipes for them are going to be posted on Wednesday this week. Until then…you will have to salivate…while EAT THEM ALL!

The first one I got was from Hannah, at Fleur-De-Licious. This is a cute little blog about Hannah and her best friend Kate and all of their baking recipes. I have to say…if they are all like these cookies…they’ve got some good things going on. Hannah made these Pistachio-Cranberry Mexican Wedding Cakes that were so good.



They honestly scream Christmas to me. They weren’t nearly as sweet as I originally thought they would be and the combination of the cranberry and pistachio was fantastic. I would absolutely make these for a holiday get together. So if you are looking for some great cookie recipes, check this blog out. They know how to mix some good cookies.


The second dozen of cookies came from Leila and Nina out in NYC at Cenabimus. They made these Earl-Grey Infused Chocolate Chip Almond Cookies.



These cookies, I would say were the most surprising of the flavors. The Earl Grey flavor really comes out in them. The chocolate chips bring the sweetness to the cookie but the earl grey flavor takes it home. I can’t wait to figure out how they got the flavor of the tea in there, but dang, it was good. For something a bit more unexpected, these are the cookies to try.


Lastly, but not least! I received the last dozen of cookies in the mail today from Rachel at La Peche Fraiche. (There are accents in there but I have NO idea how to type those in there) The award for best looking cookie goes to her BY FAR.


Check out the detail on the snowmen. If I had tried to put that carrot nose on there…it probably would have looked like a traffic cone stuck to the snow mans face. He broke off in transport…but I was shocked with the detail.


These cookies are butter cookies. Really simple, but yummy. I just loved the decoration that she put on these and the amount of time that it must taken to decorate each one just boggles my mind. On Rachel’s blog, you find the same attention to everything that she bakes. Everything on these just makes my mouth water. So be sure to check hers out too!


Mouth watering yet??

On Wednesday, I will share the links to these cookie recipes and hopefully by Friday, I will have the link to share EVERY COOKIE SWAP RECIPE. Just to give you an idea, this is the round up from 2011. I have never seen so many cookie recipes in one spot in my life. If you are looking for something to give a go…that is your website.


What is your favorite cookie for the holiday season??



Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!

As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, I signed up for a fun thing called the Foodie Pen Pal. The Foodie Pen Pal is a little program I guess you would call it, where bloggers and blog readers can swap their favorite foods across the country! What ends up happening is you shoot your information over to Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean Blog, should definitely check it out, and she matches you up with someone else across the country, You then have ten days to go to your local farmers markets, little shops and anywhere else unique to your area and ship it to your foodie pen pal! FUN! In return, you were assigned to someone else, and they send you a package from their area.

This actually stuck out to me as a great and fun idea because I LOVE to try new things and who knows what will get sent to you, and from where?!

I received a SNACK ATTACK from North Carolina!


I received:

Chocolate Chip Cliff Bar

Barbara’s High Fiber Chews

Cherrie Pie Larabar

Buddy Fruit Chews

Dark Chocolate Dreams

Buddy Fruits Juice

Nature Box Granola

Perfectly Simple ZONE Bar

Planter’s Nuts

Orville’s Popcorn

It really was a snack attack! I actually hadn’t tried any of these snacks and was really excited to give them a go! The Buddy Fruits were some of my favorites. You can really taste all of the fruit in there without all the crazy added sugar.

Just to give you an idea, here are a few things that I threw into my Foodie Pen Pal box that went off to MN!

If you want to give it a go, just go to the Lean Green Bean and sign up! There’s no cost or commitment, just fun! If you want to check out what other people got, you can look at the links to their blogs here.

AND, if you are a food blogger, there is a holiday cookie swap going on as well! I am signed up for this guy so we will see how that one goes! πŸ™‚

Last little update, as I have mentioned in a few other posts lately, I have a fun little game for everyone to play starting tomorrow. Let’s just go ahead and call it SIZZLE WARS! Get your competitive juices flowing because it’s going to get spicy in here!

Do you participate in any fun food swaps?? Cookie Swaps?? Or anything else?!