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Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap Roundup

I was honored to participate in the annual food blogger cookie swap this year.  I received three addresses where I sent 1 dozen cookies to each with the list of ingredients and information about myself.  It had to be a recipe I had never made before (or never blogged about) so I chose to amp up chocolate chip cookies with some homemade candied ginger.

Homemade candied ginger

Homemade candied ginger

I made the candied ginger by boiling ginger sliced thinly for 40 minutes.  Save 1/4c liquid and add sugar (by weight using the same amount of sugar as ginger) and simmer until sugar begins to caramelize.  Sit on cooling rack and sprinkle with additional sugar.  I dried it out overnight and jarred it.

I used the Minimalist Bakers recipe as a base.  The only change I would make is to add a little less chocolate chips to the batter so the ginger flavor comes through.




  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • pinch salt
  • 1 stick butter, softened (I used crisco)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • /2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup sea salt dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped


Freshly baked cookies

Freshly baked cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together. Then add egg, vanilla and mix again.
  3. Add dry ingredients a little at a time, mixing as you go. Lastly, fold in chocolate chunks and chopped candied ginger.
  4. Scoop into balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes or until set in the middle – they should hardly be brown.
  5. Leave on the tray for a few minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an air-tight container or bag for up to 4 days. Alternatively, place in freezer to store longer.
My sister helping wrap the cookie tins

My sister helping wrap the cookie tins


Hard at work in my Christmas PJ’s


I received three great cookies.  My personal favorite were the molasses breakfast cookies, I also received a chocolate chip type cookie with white and dark chips and toffee, and a whole wheat fig and walnut cookie beautifully packaged from small eats.



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