Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Great Food Blogger Cookies Swap

This year the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap raised over $13,000 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. This is the third year for the cookie exchange and my third year participating.  This is now one of the things I look forward to this time of year.

Not only was I excited to participate because receiving cookies in the mail is great fun and I am happy to help a great cause but I also had a fantastic recipe to share. 

These cookies at their simplest description are cinnamon sugar cookies but when you add the fact they are made with browned butter and ground pecans are in the dough a truly decadent adult cookie is born.  The hardest part is not being able to eat any when making the cookies.  The whole house smells delicious and you just want to sample away.

A special thanks to the folks who sent me cookies.  They were delicious!  I cannot wait until next year.

If you want to learn more about the cookie swap please go here.

Browned Butter Pecan Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients (36 cookies)
For the Cookies:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup whole pecans
  • 1 cup quick one-minute oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
For the Rolling Mixture:
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium to medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted and begins to foam, start whisking constantly. Once the butter is brown and has a nutty fragrance, transfer to a large mixing bowl to cool.

Meanwhile, toast the pecans in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, for about 4-5 minutes until the pecans are dark brown and smell toasted. Immediately transfer to the bowl of a food processor.

Add the oats and pulse until the oats and pecans are smooth and combined. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and whisk in the flour, baking powder and salt until well combined.

Next add the sugar and brown sugar to the cooled brown butter and beat on medium to medium-high speed for 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat for another 2-3 minutes until well combined. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined.

Use a medium cookie scoop to form dough into balls, then roll in cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-15 minutes until edges just start to turn golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013


  1. OMG you added browned butter and pecans and took these cookies to the NEXT LEVEL!

  2. A great cause and some delicious cookies! Anything with browned butter wins me over!

  3. These do look fabulous! I didn't participate this year because last year two of my three people gave the wrong address for themselves. Oi. I felt like I wasted a lot money on shipping and all that, but I love the concept of the swap!

  4. Great cause and what a great cookies. :)


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