Wow – I feel like I keep saying “wow,” but this is pretty wow-worthy!
This idea that was hatched when a few readers pined for the good ol’ cookie swap days (pre-gluten-free, of course!) and a gluten-free blogger friend brainstormed with me to figure out how to do it – quickly! – took on a life of its own! In one short, very busy month, gluten-free folks from Baltimore to Bangor, Canada to Cleveland, took time to share their tried and true cookie recipes in real holiday spirit. The Gluten-Free Cookie Swap was born.
People just kept giving and giving, until we had over 75 amazing cookie recipes (in addition to the 16 I shared) and oh so many mouthwatering photos!
How 'bout Capt'n Jack's Chocolate Rum Cookies from Diane Eblin?!
Check out these beautiful Zimtsterne (cinnamon stars) posted by Nicola Stockmann-Tannerfors!
Everything from biscotti to pizzelles to gingerbread men and Girl Scout Samoas (yes, that recipe is really posted!).
Classic Pizzelles from Trish Pecharo Deitemyer.
This bank of cookie recipes is positively incredible, and judging by the comments posted, has already inspired many of us to get back into the kitchen this holiday season to bake up a storm with renewed hope and assurance from other real gluten-free folks that the recipes will work! (It inspired me to make my Cranberry-Almond Biscotti!)
I could never possibly go over all the amazing cookie recipes posted or the heartwarming comments (you’ve got to check them all out to believe it!), but I will point out some highlights before I announce this year’s winners.
- The most posted type of recipe: Various creative incarnations of Peanut Butter Cookies
Lovely Coconut Snowballs from Natascha de la Court.
- 2d most posted type of recipe: the Snowball/Russian Tea/Mexican Wedding Cookie (who knew it had so many names?!)
- Most Unusually Named Cookie: “Peanut Butter Hamsters” (Katie Chalmers)
- Most Apparently Healthy Cookie: “Better for You Chocolate Chip Cookies” (Erin Elberson)
- Most Unusual Cookie Ingredient: “Smoked Paprika Chocolate Chip Cookies” (Amie Jo)
- First Posted Recipe: “Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies” (Becky Hawkins) – posted at 6:19am the 1st day of The Swap!
Ok, so now for the winners!!! (drum roll, please!)
These 3 cookie recipes garnered the most “likes” (aka votes) when the votes were tallied December 15 at midnight.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles from Maggie Savage.
3rd Place Winner:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Truffles (Maggie Savage – SheLetThemEatCake)
(wins one 5lb bag Jules Gluten Free All Purpose Flour & my 2010 Holiday Baking E-Book)
2d Place Winner: Half Moon Cookies (Linda Swirzewski)
Half Moon Cookies from Linda Swirzewski.
1st Place Winner:
Cut-Out Sugar Cookies from Wendy Rose.
Cut-Out Cookies (Wendy Rose – CandyHeartsBlog)
(wins Jules Gluten Free Holiday Pack)
Congratulations to these winners, and to all of those who shared their recipes — we’re really all winners of this fantastic repository of gluten-free cookie recipes!
The Gluten-Free Cookie Swap recipes will remain posted even though the contest is over, and we will endeavor to compile as many as possible to organize them for you (any ideas on how to do this are most welcome!) This is truly a resource that should not be lost or become stagnant! Keep posting and keep swapping those recipes!
Pumpkin Cookies from Ami Tindall Frank.
One of the delicious candy cane cookie postings (this one from Tracy McIntyre)
*Note: while the vast majority of recipes were posted by regular gluten-free folks, there were many gluten-free bloggers who joined in the fun and shared the Cookie Swap with their readers when they shared a recipe as well.
These gals + 2 guys have some great blogs which you should definitely check out sometime (I apologize if I miss anybody -not everyone linked to their blogs):