The Cookie Challenge // 2012 Recap

At the beginning of 2012 I decided to challenge myself. I wanted to learn how to bake cookies. I am no pro in the kitchen but I can get things done, except for cookies. I wanted to change that. So I decided to bake a different cookie recipe each week throughout 2012. I thought it was going to be simple. It wasn’t. It turned out to be a bigger challenge than I expected. Every week I had to look for a new recipe, make time in my schedule to execute the recipe, and take photos. Luckily I didn’t ...

The Cookie Challenge // Week 52: Peppermint Crunch Cookies

I know it’s a little odd that I am writing this post on a Saturday night - but I needed to get my final cookie post up and with the lack of internet at home (and time) I decided to post it today. On Thursday we had the big move to the new house. So things very extra nutty around here - lots of boxes to pack/unpack, a mess everywhere, and all my baking goods in separate boxes throughout the house made it a little tricky. But today I got it together and baked these delicious peppermint ...

The Cookie Challenge // Week 51: Cinnamon Roll Cookies

This year I hadn't tackled cookies that had to be rolled into spirals.Something about it intimidated me, but I knew that I had to at least give it a try. Turns out that it's not that hard. Actually - it's not hard at all. Plus, you end up with gorgeous (and tasty) cookies. So with the Holidays right around the corner - and our "no Christmas gifts for anyone because buying a house is freaking expensive" policy I decided that these cookies could be a delicious and pretty gift. I will also ...

The Cookie Challenge // Week 50: Hot Cocoa Cookies

This year I participated in the Food Blogger Cookie Swap and had plenty of fun! It’s simple - you bake 3 batches of cookies and ship them to food bloggers assigned to you. Then you receive 3 surprise batches. I had so many cookies that I had to share with co-workers. Everyone loved it. :) I decided to make Hot Cocoa Cookies for the swap. I had a few left over and they didn’t last long when I took them to the office (always a good sign). Original Recipe: Hot Cocoa Cookies from Sweet and ...

The Cookie Challenge // Week 49: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

As I wrote the title for this post I realized something. I only have 2 more cookie recipes to blog about! This is insane. Feels like 2013 is all up in my face already. So I’ve been debating what to do for next year’s challenge. I’ve gone over a few ideas in my head (cupcakes, biscotti, random baked goods) but I somewhat feel that this cookie challenge needs to continue. I have so many recipes that I still want to make. And now the pressure is kicking in - I need to figure this out in the ...