Before I even get started on this very exciting and tasty post – did you know I have a giveaway going on right now? Check out my last post “A Holiday Idea: Take Pictures Worth Saving” for more information…
If you ask me where I’m from, chances are I’ll tell you Texas. However, I spent my first eight years in Baltimore. Baltimore is a pretty great city; or so I’m told. Right now, I’m staring straight at 40 years old and I don’t remember a lot from the early years anymore. I do, however, remember a cookie that was, at the same time both a sugar cookie and a piece of fudge. A cookie so perfect that people familiar with it start to swoon if you do no more than say “Berger”. If you’re from Baltimore and you like chocolate then you love Berger Cookies.
What better Christmas cookie could you ask for than one made from a marriage of fudge and sugar cookie. It’s so Christmasy it makes you wonder if Santa was a Baltimorean at heart. Dip the tops in some crushed candy canes and you could risk overdoing the Christmas thing and causing a Holiday overload. So yeah, I did that!
I’ve done a whole heck of a lot of that lately. While I usually have to make a recipe twice before publishing it, this recipe took a little more work. The sugar cookie half was easy. I started with a King Arthur Flour recipe for Berger Cookies. They had the cookie right, but the chocolate topping was not quite right. I decided to try a real fudge and discovered just how bad my candy thermometer was. It took me an hour to clean the rock of fudge out of my best pot so I decided I didn’t want to have you guys fighting with candy thermometers either. Then it was three batches of so-called no fail fudge until I settled on a hybrid of the King Arthur version and one of my own. The result is not exact, but is delicious and the closest I’ve had to the real thing. I love the peppermint in it too. When fresh, the candy cane bits are crunchy and refreshing. After a few days they soften and melt allowing the flavors to seep even more into the cookies. They are just yum. JUST YUM!
All of this cookie cooking was for a good and very fun cause too. This post is my cookie recipe for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap which helped raise over $13,000 for the charity Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. Click the link if you want to help out by donating more to the worthy cause.
Doing something because it’s part of a charity fundraiser is always a good idea, but it’s even better when you get something out of it and its FUN! To participate you sign up and make a small donation to the charity. Then you are matched with three blogs which you are supposed to each send a dozen of your cookies. Three other bloggers will each send you a dozen of their cookies. It’s sort of like the old-school chain letters (think back to when you were a kid and they were fun not junk email). Its more fun when there are cookies in it for you too. What did I get? Well, I got some pretty great cookies:
Sarah from Frankly Entertaining sent me Triple Ginger Chocolate Cookies that were gone way too fast. They were small and chewy and full of ginger and chocolate flavor and topped with a hint of salt (I think) that just made them irresistible. Even Little Guy was bummed when they were gone! However, what stole my heart even more was the Texas Lone Star tied to the container. Made me miss my Texas a bit more, but that star is going to hang high on my tree this year!
Monica from De Lisha’s Recipes sent C-3 cookies (chocolate and caramel drizzled coconut cookies). All I can say about these is that no one else got to taste any of them. Not a single one of them. I wish I could say I was ashamed that I ate all of them. But – I’m not.
Lisa from Clawson Live sent Lemon Glazed Gingerbread Madeleine. I did manage to share several of these fantastic cookies. I had no idea how good gingerbread and lemon when together. I was a little stingy with the sharing on them, but Squishy demanded his fair share and I couldn’t argue with his cute little demands. But, oh, they were so very tasty. Probably for the best that I don’t have a Madeleine pan because I would probably be cranking these bad boys out way too often if I did!
The cookie swap was a load of fun. Little Guy and I watched the mail for a weeks hoping the next batch of cookies would arrive. Now that the cookies are all gone, I have to go back to hoping an unexpected box shows up on the doorstep from a forgotten Amazon order. I hope Jamie from Jamie’s Recipes, Malorie from the Chic Geek and Amanda from High Heels to Hot Wheels all got my cookies okay. I hope the chocolate held up in the mail. I have this vision of these sweet bloggers opening the boxes from me to find a pool of peppermint scented melted chocolate. (Note to self: nothing that melts next year). Well, I hope they liked them anyway. Life is just better with cookies. Especially when they arrive by mail. Enjoy!