It’s the most wonderful time of the year…yes, aside from the holidays, it’s the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! Hundreds of food bloggers have once again joined together, thanks to the hard work of Lindsay and Julie , to bake for a good cause. Last year, we raised over $14,000 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer…I have no idea what this year’s total is yet, but I’m sure it will surpass it!
Each blogger is randomly assigned 3 others and sends each of them a dozen cookies. In return, you receive 3 dozen from 3 other bloggers. What’s better than finding surprise goodies on your doorstep?? We were very happy with ours – thanks again to Beth, Jenni and Vicki for our wonderful treats!
My pick this year was these delicious cookies, inspired by one of my favorite candy bars. I have the rest stored for Christmas and am having a really hard time staying away from them…
If you’re an Almond Joy fan, you will LOVE these. And you won’t believe how easy they are to make!
Stay tuned later this week when Lindsay and Julie post the HUGE roundup of recipes from all of the participating bloggers! Just in time for your holiday baking 🙂
Almond Joy Cookies
from Cooking Mamas
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
4 teasponns pure vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups AP flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chunks
2 cups flaked coconut
2 cups chopped almonds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into mixture until well blended.
Add chocolate chips, coconut and almonds and stir. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before placing on wire rack to cool completely.
Makes approximately 8 dozen cookies.