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!


Recipe: Whole-wheat Chocolate Pretzel Cookies 
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Summary: Crisp, chocolaty and sweet, these 100% Whole-wheat Chocolate Pretzel Cookies are wonderful to include on your cookie platter. They are also a fun way to involve kids in cookie making as they playing with cookie dough like play dough! Makes approx 2 -2 1/2 dozen pretzels

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

  • 150g whole-wheat flour
  • pinch salt
  • 25g cocoa powder
  • 100g unsalted butter
  • 110g vanilla sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white, whisked gently, for glaze
  • Granular sugar or sprinkles to decorate


  1. Sift the whole-wheat flour, cocoa and salt. Reserve.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat again.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and knead together briefly to make a firm, smooth dough. Wrap the dough in cling wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.
  4. Preheat the oven to 190C. Line to cookie sheets with baking parchment.
  5. Divide the dough into 4, then into 6-7 portions each. Roll into tight neat balls.
  6. Roll each ball into an 8-10″ long rope, and form a loop to make them look like pretzels. Transfer the cookies with the help of a fish slice/spatula to the prepared sheets.
  7. Brush over with the glaze and sprinkle sugar or sprinkles as required.
  8. Bake for about 12-14 minutes until firm to touch.
  9. Allow to cool on trays for 2-3 minutes, then remove to cookie racks to cool completely.

Recipe: Whole Wheat Doily Gingerbread Cookiesyour picture

Summary:These 100% Whole Wheat Doily Cookies are crisp, sweet, spicy and keep well in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks in a cool place. Makes approx 6 dozen 2″ fluted cookies. You can make gingerbread men out of the same dough too.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

  • 280g whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 10g ginger powder
  • 10g cinnamon powder
  • 100g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 15-25 ml milk, as required


  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C. Line 4 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Sift the whole wheat flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a food processor, add the flour mix to the cold butter, & pulse briefly to make a breadcrumb like mix.
  4. Tip in the sugar, pulse. Then add the beaten egg, and pulse briefly to mix.
  5. Now add enough milk to make a firm yet pliable dough.
  6. Roll out to 1/4 inch thickness & cut with desired cookie cutters.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes till they smell done and the edges start turning golden-brown.
  8. Cool on cookie racks.


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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  • Vama Shah
    2 years ago

    Eggless version possible? If yes, how?

  • 2 years ago

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

  • 2 years ago

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



  • 2 years ago

    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.
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  • 2 years ago

    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
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  • 2 years ago

    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!
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  • 2 years ago

    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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  • 2 years ago

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  • 2 years ago

    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

  • 2 years ago

    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!

  • 2 years ago

    all the cookies look great but that doily cookie is a great idea!
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  • 2 years ago

    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.


    • 2 years ago

      How sweet of you to stop by Susan, and for your wonderful words. Thank you & a Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful holiday season!!

      • 2 years ago

        Hi Deeba,
        I Love your blog and have started reading it regularly. You are doing a great job.


  • 12 months ago

    I LOVE these cookies… not only because theyare wholemeal but they are SO CUTE! Lovely recipe. Bec x

  • 11 months ago

    Awesome post and divine photos. What a cool event. LOVE your doily idea. Can’t wait to try it.

  • 11 months ago

    And here’s the correct link to my blog. :-)

  • 2 months ago

    These are so adorable! Love the lace style ones!

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