The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap
This year I was happy to take part in the first annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, organized by some fabulous fellow food bloggers (including Love & Olive Oil, one of my new favorites). The deal was this: each person who signed up was given 3-4 cookie recipients. By December 5th a dozen cookies had to be mailed to each one, and over the last week and a half the sweet selections of my bakers arrived at my apartment.
I received orange chocolate biscotti, s’mores cookies and chocolate pinwheels– three dozen cookies in all. They were all delicious, and it was a lot of fun to come home to new boxes of mystery baked goods, wrapped up in cute packaging.
For my part, I made two different kinds of cookies to share. I am not a recipe innovator like so many of my friends and acquaintances in the blogosphere, so I stuck with recipes I know by heart. A couple of my tried and true. Of course, I had to include my all time favorite holiday treat: birds’ nest cookies.
I have been making and eating “birds’ nests” for as long as I can remember. They are easy, fast, and addictive. Very addictive. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Birds Nest Cookies
Makes roughly 2 dozen, depending on the size of your nests.
One 12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
One 6 oz bag of butterscotch chips
One bag of chow mein noodles
Marachino cherries (the eggs in your nest)
Shaved coconut (a dusting of snow)
1.) Break up the noodles a little to make them easier to shape into nests.
2.) Melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips together in a double boiler
3.) When they are completely melted, remove from heat and stir in your noodles.
4.) Drop the mixture spoon by spoon on wax paper and quickly shape into a nest. (It is important to move fairly quickly, before the chocolate/butterscotch mixture dries!)
5.) Indent the centers with your thumb.
6.) Place a marachino cherry in the center of each cookie.
7.) Sprinkle coconut on the cookies to resemble snow flakes.
8.) Cool in refrigerator or on a porch/in a garage. Serve cool- they warm up fast and can quickly become a bit messy!
Happy holidays everyone,