Swapping Russian Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies

by Meg Cotner on December 12, 2011

Blogger Cookie Swap 2011 CollageThis year I did something a little unusual for me – I participated in a cookie swap… The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, to be exact. This was the inaugural swap. I traded cookies with some bloggers I didn’t know – there was a little mystery to it, but I enjoyed that aspect of it. Not to mention the promise of cookies. My verdict – super fun!

I came across this cookie swap via a link on Facebook – the swap is run by Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen. So, I went to their site, filled out the form and expressed one preference – that the cookies be made with natural sweeteners. I was fortunate to be paired up with people that were open to this preference, and I got two out of three dozen cookies that worked with that preference. They both used coconut sugar, which is very cool.

The first cookies I received were from Anna. She made these absolutely delicious chocolate mint shortbread cookies in fun shapes – fluted circles and stars. They were made with coconut sugar and were decorated with a high cacao content chocolate, too. I loved how they were packaged in a pretty Christmas tin, complete with a beautiful handmade card. Chocolate and mint is one of my very favorite combinations, so this was a serious treat.

Then Kiri’s cookies arrived – cinnamon spiced butterscotch chip pecan cookies. These were made with coconut palm sugar and stevia and were very tasty. I loved them with a cup of chai tea – a perfect combination. I also have a long standing love of butterscotch chips – not the most nutrient dense of foods, but they hold special memories for them, so I smile whenever I eat something that contains them.

Finally, Suzanne’s cookies arrived – cocoa fudge cookies. While they weren’t made with natural sugars, they were made with quality ingredients and a surprise – thick greek yogurt in place of the egg. While you know I do not shy away from eggs, I loved the moistness the yogurt provided in these cookies. They were very rich and chocolaty tasting. My boyfriend loved them, too. They were perfect with a glass of raw milk.

russian gingerbread thumbprint cookies

As for me, I made Russian Gingerbread Thumbprint Cookies, which are a variant on the Russian pryaniki, a gingerbread cookie without molasses. Traditionally they are made by rolling out the dough, cutting out circles, putting jam on top of one and covering that with the other. Kimi at The Nourishing Gourmet simplified this and made them into thumbprint cookies. I made further adjustments with the ingredients, too.

These cookies are sweetened with honey – some of which was raw and unfiltered – and use four different spices. I also used plum vanilla jam I made this summer, from the plums in my backyard. I think that jam went really well with these cookies, which are really so tasty and very Christmassy. They made my house smell amazing when I was baking them!

I will definitely make these again.

Many thanks to Lindsay and Julie for putting together this blogger event. And many thanks to Anna, Kiri, and Suzanne for sending me such awesome cookies! I hope we can do more exchanges in the future, too.

If you’re interested in participating next year (and I hear there will be a next year), feel free to sign up on the email list Lindsay and Julie have going. They’ll send you updates and you’ll be notified when you can sign up next year for the cookie swap. And if you want to see all the different kinds of cookies that were swapped, check out the swap’s Facebook page.

 

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Kiri W. December 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I am so glad you liked the cookies! :) And how awesome that butterscotch chips are special to you, that makes me happy.
Your thumprint cookies look delicious, and like my cookie thief did not deserve a single bite! I love anything gingerbread and am sure I’d have savored every bite!

Meg December 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I thin that totally stinks that someone stole your cookies. What is wrong with people?!? Here’s hoping I can send another dozen your way in 2012!

Suzanne December 13, 2011 at 12:52 am

Thanks so much for sending the cookies! They were really good, not too sweet but just right with a little taste of ginger when done. :) Glad that you and your boyfriend liked the Cocoa Fudge cookies!

Meg December 16, 2011 at 8:11 am

Thanks again, Suzanne! They were so delicious!

Caitlin December 17, 2011 at 9:10 am

Totally loved this swap! I saw your name on the recipe round-up post and knew I had to come by and take a peek. Great cookies! And I’m glad you enjoyed what you received – I did too :)

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