Here's how it works: you sign up, make a small donation to Cookies for Kid's Cancer, OXO matches your donation and sends you a super cool cookie spatula. Then you get the names and address of 3 food bloggers to send your cookies.
I was set on sending out Turtle Cookies, but after I made them I was underwhelmed. I decided to try a recipe I saw in Everyday Food - Peppermint Chocolate Sugar Cookies. Much better!
2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 T baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 c unsalted butter, softened
2 c sugar
1/4-1/2 t peppermint extract
1 large egg
1/2 c mini chocolate chips
1 c confectioners' sugar
3-5 T heavy cream (I used whole milk)
4-5 candy canes, crushed for decorating
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat butter, granulated sugar, and 1/4t peppermint extract on medium-high until pale and fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in egg, then flour mixture on low. Stir in chocolate chips.
Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets.
Bake until edges are lightly golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to racks and let cool completely.
Stir together confectioners' sugar and enough milk/cream to make a spreadable glaze (add more extract if desired). Spread a thin layer of glaze on top of each cookie and sprinkle with candies. Let dry completely on racks. Makes about 2 dozen cookies, but I got 3 dozen + 3 decent-sized cookies.
The hardest part was finding the perfect container/shipping box combination. I tried to fit them into the small flat rate box but it wasn't happening. So I used regular shipping boxes from Target.
I got lots of questions at the Post Office since I had the Cookie Swap Logo all over them. The Post Office lady was very impressed and wished she was in on all the fun.
I received my first batch from Jenna at Little Kitchen, Big Flavors. I believe they are called "Snickers Surprise"? It doesn't really matter what they were called - they were good. I think they lasted a day and a half (since I live with the cookie monster).
Then I got a package from Abbey at Munchin' Mel. They were a minty chocolate chip cookie, not too sweet. These were good as well!
This was a great experience and I'll be looking forward to it again next next! Thank you Love and Olive Oil!