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snowball cookies

Who doesn’t love a cookie swap at Christmas time?

This year I participated in a very special swap with food bloggers all over the world!

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap The Food Blogger Cookie Swap is hosted annually by Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a non-profit which raises funds for pediatric cancer research.

It’s very simple how it works. Each blogger participating makes a small donation to the fund (which is matched, dollar for dollar, by OXO®!) and then receives names and addresses of three food bloggers across the country.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

They bake and mail three dozen of the cookie of their choice (one dozen cookies to each recipient) and in turn, also receive one dozen cookies from three other bloggers.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Then, today, we blog about it – thereby raising awareness for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer! What better way to raise money and awareness for kids with cancer?

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

Food bloggers, Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen coordinated this year’s event with over 500 food bloggers participating, and raising over $4400! Fabulous job you guys!

I received some very wonderful cookies over the last couple of weeks – Honey Roasted Peanut Butter Oatmeal Scotchies (what a mouthful – in more ways than one! Yum!),  from Cayla at Cayla’s Cookie Jar in Indiana, Clove Crisps (Loved these!) from Melissa at The Baked Equation in AZ, and finally this week my last box arrived and it contained Maple Bacon (Bacon! In a cookie? Yep! Oh my!) Sugar Cookies from Carrie at Bakeaholic Mama in NH!

Such a variety of sugary goodness!

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

After much contemplation, I decided on the perfect cookies.

The rules stated we had to make “cookies that are new to you”, meaning you have never blogged about them. These cookies I had never blogged about, but boy I’ve sure had a lot of practice eating them over the years!

snowball cookies

Though it might be considered more of a candy by some, my grandmother’s no-bake cookies are a staple at our holidays. It is just not Christmas without them! I baked up a batch and sent them off to New York, Maine and California.

I hope my bloggers liked their cookies!

snowball cookies

Here is the recipe for the very simple no bake cookies my grandmother makes every year with some of my own modifications:

Grandma’s No-Bake Snowball Cookies

  • 2 TB Butter (she uses margarine)
  • 1 – 6 oz package of semi-sweet chocolate chip morsels (good quality chocolate would be very tasty here but I wanted them to taste like grandma’s)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 cups miniature marshmallows (she uses two cups)
  • 1/2 – 14oz bag of  coconut (her recipe only calls for a half cup but that just isn’t enough!)

Melt butter and chocolate in a large saucepan on the stove over low heat.

Remove from heat and add egg. Stir in.

Add marshmallows and powdered sugar stir gently until all ingredients are incorporated.

Snowball Cookies

Pour coconut into a shallow bowl. Spoon balls into hand with a tablespoon and lay in coconut. Place cookie ball into coconut and roll gently.

Snowball Cookies

Place each ball on a baking sheet. Let rest for 2 hours or overnight. Can store in fridge up to 3 weeks.

Snowball Cookies

I doubled the recipe to make 4 dozen. So, yes, I did have some left over! And, no, I didn’t share! 🙂

Snowball Cookies

If you are a food blogger and would like to participate next year, go here to sign up for the email list and they will send you information when signups occur. If you would like to support Cookies for Kids, your donation would surely be appreciated – go here for more information.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

What is your favorite Christmas time cookie to give or receive?

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