Chocolate-Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies…The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

by Kathy Strahs on December 12, 2011 · 6 comments

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The Great Food Blogger Cookie SwapAs busy as the holiday season gets – and this one is proving to be one for the records – I make it a point to carve out time for the things that I enjoy most about the holidays, such as baking and exchanging cookies. This year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, masterfully organized by Lindsay from Love & Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen, turned to be the mother of all cookie exchanges I’ve ever participated in, with more than 600 food bloggers sending 22,000 cookies around the world!

I took the opportunity to try out a Chocolate-Raspberry Thumbprint cookie recipe I found inside a box of Ziploc bags. What drew me most to these cookies (besides the obvious terrific combo of chocolate and raspberries) was the cream cheese in the dough. I hoped the cream cheese would give the cookies a soft, tender texture and that’s exactly what I got. I was happy to wrap them up and ship them off, a dozen at a time, to someone I’ve known since my early days of blogging, Shelby from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch, as well as two folks I’m now “meeting” for the first time: Desiree from Gustatoria and Allison from Decadent Philistines Save the World.

And since this was exchange, that means I also received three dozen cookies in the mail as well! Read on to see the terrific cookies that arrived on my doorstep as well as the recipe for the Chocolate-Raspberry Thumbprint cookies that I sent.

Brown Butter Holiday Spice Cookies from Michelle at Delishiono

Brown Butter Holiday Spice Cookies from Michelle at Delishiono

These Brown Butter Holiday Spice Cookies arrived from Michelle at Delishiono. They’re full of wonderful spices and just melt in your mouth.

Meyer Lemon Cookies from Lily at Small Kitchen College

Meyer Lemon Cookies from Lily at Small Kitchen College

Lily from Small Kitchen College sent me this sweet little box of Meyer Lemon Cookies – I had a hard time keeping my family from tucking their hands in to grab one before I could snap a photo!

Sorghum Cookies from Fred at Grown Away - Adventures in Food

Sorghum Cookies from Fred at Grown Away - Adventures in Food

The first cookies I received were these Sorghum Cookies from Fred at Grown Away – Adventures in Food and they were definitely consumed before the next package arrived. I still don’t know what sorghum is, but it tasted great!

If you’re a blogger and you’d like to participate in next year’s Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap (Lindsay and Julie have assured us that there will be a next year!)  you can find information on how to sign up here. In the meantime, enjoy these Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies!

Chocolate-Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies



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Alison @ Ingredients, inc. December 12, 2011 at 3:01 PM

These look great

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 12, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I’d like one of each please! 🙂 Looks so good!
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen´s last blog post ..Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skillet Review and Giveaway

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JulieD December 12, 2011 at 10:51 PM

These look fantastic!! So glad you signed up for it! 🙂
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Carolyn December 13, 2011 at 3:58 AM

Chocolate and raspberry is always such a great combination, Kathy!
Carolyn´s last blog post ..Macadamia Coconut Lime Muffins (Low Carb and Gluten Free)

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Fred December 13, 2011 at 4:49 AM

I am so glad you liked the sorghum cookies!!! I wish I could have made the packaging more appealing though, but I was short on time and $$, besides its the cookies that matter most!
Sorghum is a grass that is cultivated around the world for it’s edible grain. One variety in particular is popular in ‘the south’. The cane has a high sugar content and is used in place of molasses in many dishes, though it is not a true molasses.

Everyday is a school day…
Fred´s last blog post ..SoWa Winter Market 12/11

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Simply Tia December 13, 2011 at 4:55 PM

These look so delicious! I’ll be making these soon. Thanks for sharing.

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