This year I participated in the first annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil and Julie from A Little Kitchen organized this event, which brought together over 400 food bloggers who made and sent cookies all over the world. I’m a huge fan of events like this that bring together our community, it was so nice to get to meet new people in such a delicious forum!
For my contribution to the swamp, I made Brown Butter Snickerdoodles. Snickerdoodles are one of my all time favorite cookies, something about their subtly spiced flavor makes my heart warm. I tweaked my usual recipe a bit to include brown butter and a sprinkle of sea salt, which gave them (I think) a delicious twist. I just hope that the three dozen I sent out were eaten as quickly as the ones I made for Dan and I.
Easily the most fun part of this swap was getting cookies in the mail. I love all packages, and seeing what my fellow food bloggers came up with COMPLETELY put me to shame. All three of the packages I received were adorable, I have big shoes to fill next year. It was such a pleasure, thank you to to Lindsay & Julie, and to the three ladies who sent me cookies, Vickie, Beth, and Mary!
Brown Butter Snickerdoodles
Makes 6 dozen cookies
5 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 sticks salted butter, room temperature
3 cups sugar
1 tbsp cream of tartar
2 tsps baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsps cinnamon
In a small pan, heat two sticks of butter over low heat. Stirring occasionally, cook until browned. Set aside.
Mix together flour, salt, sugar, cream of tartar, and baking soda. In a mixer, cream the remaining butter and sugar. Add browned butter, then add eggs, one at a time. Slowly add in dry ingredients. Mix until well incorporated.
Refrigerate dough for one hour.
Grease a baking sheet and heat the oven to 400*. Mix together cinnamon, sugar, and salt. Using a small spoon, scoop balls of dough, roll them in the sugar mixture, and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until firm/golden brown. Let cool for a minute, then move to a rack.
As you’re baking, if they start to come out looking too brown around the edges, drop the temperature to 375.