Christmas just isn’t Christmas without overindulging in copious amounts of cakes, cookies and chocolates over the holiday period. Seriously, there’s no avoiding sugary treats this time of year. Christmas baking is everywhere, and I always love seeing the festive treat my friends, families, and fellow bloggers bake.
For me Christmas has always been about baking. My mum, along with my friend’s mums always had a fresh supply of Christmas cookies and other festive treats for us to snack on after school or to give away as gifts.
I wanted to do something fun this year that would allow me to not only see some of the festive bakes that my fellow UK foodie bloggers made, but also a chance for us to get an opportunity to taste some of them as well. So back in November I ambitiously decided to organise a Blogger Christmas Cookie Swap, not knowing what a crazy and stressful December I would end up having, which ultimately led to me breaking out with a bad case of shingles which is why this post is up considerably later than I’d wanted it to be.
The task was for each blogger to bake a festive Christmas cookie, and then send them to another blogger. In exchange, they’d get a different batch of cookies sent to them in return. I drew names out of a bowl, and ended up choosing blogger Choclette from the Blog Tin and Thyme as my match to bake cookies for
For my cookies, I selfishly wanted to test out my new laser engraved Christmas rolling pin that I’d purchased from Etsy, so I made a batch of my favourite sugar cookie dough, as well as some ginger bread cookie dough. The sugar cookies turned out great, and the christmas pattern was nice and defined, but unfortunately the gingerbread ones didn’t turn out so well because they spread quite badly. I felt horrible, and didn’t want to send Choclette a batch of relatively plain sugar cookies, so with the little time I had left I made some chocolate chip, Christmas M&M and oat cookies which I substituted mini Andes Mint chips that I’d brought back from Canada. The Andes mint chips gave the cookies a nice minty flavour that wasn’t too strong.
The recipe for these cookies was also one of the most popular recipes on my blog at the moment, and are actually these – Chocolate Chip & Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar. I didn’t think it was very fair to send Choclette a jar of cookie mix and ask her to baker her own cookies, so I baked them for her and sent them off. A few days later Choclette let me know that the cookies arrived safely and that she has already enjoyed a few. What a relief!
Christmas Cookies in a Jar
*I used dark brown sugar with this batch of cookies, which resulted in them being slightly darker and baking up a little bit differently than the ones in my original post which used medium brown sugar.
- 1 1/3 Cups (165g) Flour
- 1 1/3 Cups (120g) Rolled Oats
- 3/4 Cup Christmas M&M’s
- 3/4 Cup Andes Creme De Menthe Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 Cup (100g) Brown Sugar*, packed
- 1/2 Cup (112g) White Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- Layer the ingredients in a 1 quart jar (the one I used here is by Kilner) in the order given above. Make sure to press each layer firmly in place before adding the next layer, otherwise it may not all fit.
- Include a small card with the following instructions: Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar: 1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (175ºC). Grease cookie sheets, or prepare with parchment paper. 2. In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup (115g) melted butter, 1 egg, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir in the entire contents of the jar. You may need to use your hands to finish mixing. Shape into walnut sized balls. Place two inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. 3. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes in the preheated oven. Transfer from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.
In return for sending off my Christmas cookies to Choclette, I received some absolutely gorgeous and delicious ginger and almond cookies called Lebkuchen that were in the shape of reindeer antlers drizzled with white and dark chocolate. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened up my beautifully wrapped cookie parcel that was sent to me by Emma from the Blog Supper in the Suburbs. And I was so impressed that every cookie in the package arrived in tact! You can get the recipe for Emma’s traditional German Lebkuchen cookies here. Thank you Emma!!!
To see the rest of the cookies that the other bloggers made, check out the links below:
I’m also adding my cookies to the following link ups this month.