The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013

Another year… another cookie swap!
I absolutely love that Lindsay and Julie put this together last year on a whim, without planning on it being such a huge success! This year, they had a pretty good idea it would be even bigger – not to mention better, so they added a charity component to it – which, personally, I think is fantastic. Then they even got oxo to match the donations all the participants gave – seriously, how cool is that!? If you want to donate or just learn more about cookies for kids cancer you can do so here.
Last year I made Monster Cookies - they are one of my favorites, but they are a soft cookie and they fell apart when they were shipped. So, I did some reading on how everyone else sent their cookies and this year I got a bit smarter.
I made Martha Stewart’s cookies this time around and I over cooked them by about a minute to make them a bit crunchier – in hopes that they would hold up during shipment better! However, that did also mean that I liked them a little less – Until I discovered how good they were when dipped in my coffee!
I sent cookies to Table for Two, Bake Your Day and Healthy Wifestyles – did I mention that I totally spaced and forgot to put the cookie title and recipe in the boxes I shipped off!? Sorry Ladies!
I received cookies from Cookie District that we STUNNING, Girly Obsessions that were adorably wrapped up – I’m taking notes for next year and another dozen from Making Life Sweet that were fantastic! Thank you all SO much ladies!
The cookies I made have lemon zest in them and it just gives them that added umph that takes them from good to great.
Thanks again to our lovely organizers – Love & Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen :)


Yield: 3 dozen

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 cup of butter
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Turbino Sugar, for topping


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
Mix together all of the ingredients in a mixer until just combine
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop the dough onto the cookie sheet, sprinkle with the turbino sugar
Bake for 12-15 minutes

Martha Stewart's Cookie's Cookbook


8 Responses to “The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013”

  1. #
    Rachel Cooks — December 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    These look great! Love lemon cookies.

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    Lauren Hardy @ Making Life Sweet — December 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm


    Good to see what you made for the swap! Very nice. :)

    Happy holidays to you!

  3. #
    Gingered Whisk — December 12, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Your lemony sugar cookies sound delicious!

  4. #
    Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 12, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I loved these, Mackenzie!! The lemon was perfect. Thank you so much!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 13, 2012 at 1:02 am

    I knew there were lemons in this! They were so good and crunchy! I was so thrilled to see it was you that I got the cookies from and the little goodies you included – you’re such a doll! I use that wino paper for my grocery list – ya know, to remind me to wine up! ;)

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    Ashley Rutter — December 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Mackenzie, your cookies look great! I love lemony things!

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    Denise Wales — June 6, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I wanted to let you know I found you through 2012 Blogger Cookie Swap.

    I am making cookies to send to soldiers stationed overseas in the Middle East and needed a recipe that would generate a large number of cookies as a ”birthday cookie” that I didn’t need to double. I tasted the dough without the lemon and thought they were spectacular enough to use instead of my go-to Ethel’s Sugar Cookies recipe that I’ve been using since I was 3 years old (okay, I used the cutters while Mom mixed!). I added rainbow colored sprinkles to the dough and used a powdered sugar/caramel extract icing on them. They are part of the Wyoming Treats for Troops C.A.R.E package for June 2013.

    • Mackenzie — June 11th, 2013 @ 9:14 am

      That is beyond nice of you to send cookies to soldiers. I know a few soldiers myself, and they love getting those packages!