Baking | Wholewheat Doily Cookies & Chocolate Pretzels for the Great Cookie Swap 2013 #fbcookieswap

Gingerbread men,  Doily Cookies & Chocolate Pretzels for the Cookie Swap 2013Wholewheat Doily Cookies & Chocolate Pretzels … it’s the time of the year when the bells begin to jingle and there are hungry cookie monsters on the prowl. With the cookie season in full swing, this year I have literally abandoned plain flour for whole grains. This year, there was another reason to bake cookies – a fundraiser called the Great Cookie Swap 2013, which a bunch of us got roped into thanks to sweet Charis via Roshni!

Gingerbread men,  Doily Cookies & Chocolate Pretzels for the Cookie Swap 2013 I’ve been watching it take shape over the years, attempted to enroll once. We never did find enough folk to make a ‘team’ in India. This time was different and we made a beginning. With India now on the map, hopefully we get a whole bunch of food bloggers joining in next year. If you wish to be notified about the swap next year, do sign up here

Gingerbread menThe cookie baking experience was a whole lot different this year thanks to the event. The swap made it special. For a change I was baking for a cause, and guarding my loot from the cookie monsters! From a dozen that were normally available for them to munch, there were just a couple on offer!

Cookie Swap 2013We had to bake a dozen cookies for each of 3 surprise recipients, who wouldn’t know until the bell rang that cookies had arrived. I was fortunate to get my first secret batch from RiddhiCook By The Book. Her cookies were delicious! That set me in the mood and I headed straight for the kitchen.

Cookie Swap 2013I wanted to bake everything for everyone, but then got real. Couriering can prove to be harsh on cookies, the logistics a little dicey. I narrowed down to whole-wheat cinnamon ginger cookies and whole-wheat chocolate pretzel cookies. I had recently made dozens of whole-wheat gingerbread men for a home for homeless girls and really enjoyed that experience.

Gingerbread men,  Doily Cookies & Chocolate Pretzels for the Cookie Swap 2013 I decided to bake fluted cookies for the swap since gingerbread men are fragile. Then the daughter joined in, found some doily cookies on Pinterest and pestered me to make them. I did but with whole-wheat gingerbread cookie dough.

Doily Cookies for the Cookie Swap 2013She wasn’t a 100% impressed though as wanted finer lacier cookies. I was happy with whole-wheat deep flavoured ones. I think the doily idea is stunning, and would definitely work more beautifully on sugar cookie dough etc. This was something new learnt, and immensely enjoyed. It certainly was a WOW moment!

Gingerbread men,  Doily Cookies & Chocolate Pretzels for the Cookie Swap 2013 The chocolate pretzel cookies I used to make often when the kids were little. Haven’t made them in years. To my delight, the minute tray #1 popped out of the oven, the daughter whooped in delight, “Yay pretzels!! You haven’t made them in years. I love them“. The son reacted similarly!! Happily enough, there were plenty for the two of them too.

Gingerbread men,  Doily Cookies & Chocolate Pretzels for the Cookie Swap 2013 The pretzels too underwent a wholegrain makeover. The kids loved them like before. I still wonder why I didn’t think of these things earlier. They tasted crunchy good and chocolaty with whole wheat flour too.

Gingerbread men,  Doily Cookies & Chocolate Pretzels for the Cookie Swap 2013 I love the idea of a bakers dozen, and stuck in a cute gingerbread man to accompany the cookies. Each box had a special happy man in there too. I hope my cookies surprised my secret recipients.

The GREAT FOOD BLOGGER COOKIE SWAP brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of all things scrumptious. The premise is this: sign up. Receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. Send each of them one dozen delicious homemade cookies. Receive three different boxes of scrumptious cookies from other bloggers.

This year they have again partnered with COOKIES FOR KIDS’ CANCER, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease.

 I really enjoyed doing the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap‘. From deciding what to bake, to waiting impatiently for the surprises to arrive, to waiting for posting date, it was n enriching experience.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie SwapThank you Riddhi @ Cook by the Book for the wonderful Zesty Whole-wheat Pumpkin Seeds Oatmeal Cookies, Sangeeta @ Healthfood Desi Videshi for the addictive savoury GF Lentil Cookies {with loads of my favourite flavours}, and Roshni @ The Vanilla Bean for the delicious Lavender Crisps.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2013My cookies to Sangeeta and Himanshu reached quite early, but Riddhi in Bangalore wan’t that lucky. Got a call just this afternoon from the courier that the package came back undelivered. Sangeeta’s cookies also apparently reached Riddhi very late. Will mail some later as she is travelling this month!

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  1. Vama Shah says:

    Eggless version possible? If yes, how?

  2. Adorable cookies Deeba!!! Such a festive presence :)

  3. Pretty cookies! They must be extremely delicious. Wonderful ideas.



  4. I love the heart cut out of the middle of that cookie! So cute! I have never done a cookie swap before but aways thought it would be so much fun.

  5. Whoever’s on your Christmas list is extremely lucky, Deeba.
    All cookies are amazing. The doily ones are very inventive.
    Old-timey and pretty!
    Happy holidays to you, my dear! xoxox

  6. Such pretty, adorable & festive cookies Deeba! I’m drooling looking at all the pics! Love the idea of doily cookies and the gingerbread man is so cute! Chocolate pretzels look to die for!

    You have no idea how disappointed I’m that I did not receive the package :( May be will get to taste some of your creation soon!

    Happy holidays & happy baking Deeba!

  7. I’m so glad we did this. It’s so nice to finally taste something from all of my favorite bloggers versus actually just looking at it on a screen!

    So looking forward to next year :)

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  9. Oh, Deeba, the cookies are gorgeous, especially the doily ones (how clever!). But the chocolate pretzels are on my must-make list! I love them and they are stunning! I also love the combo of whole wheat cookies and chocolate. A wonderful project, the cookie swap. And lucky the girls who got cookies from you (though the cookies you received look delicious!). xo

  10. Nice looking and attractive wholewheat cookies and they seem to be tasty too! Observe more Vegetarian recipes and comment on whether they are good or not!

  11. all the cookies look great but that doily cookie is a great idea!

  12. Hi Deeba,
    I am looking forward to try on this Christmas and hope will be able to make my cookies look same as they are in the photographs shared by you. Recipe looks simple, but it is gonna take hell lot of effort. All of your posts are so tempting I can’t resist looking at the pictures.
    Amazing cookie collection.



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