2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap
2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

2012 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

I love getting presents in the mail!

Cranberry & Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Cookie Swap Cranberry & Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

This is the second year I have participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, so delicious pressies have been arriving periodically in the mail. If you haven’t heard of a “Cookie Swap,” the idea is that each participant gets matched with three food bloggers. The food bloggers send their matches 1 dozen cookies and wait to receive 3 x  1 dozen different cookies from their match ups.

Food Blogger Cookie Swap

FB Cookie Swap Logo

It is almost as much fun waiting to find out who you will be sending cookies to as it is to receive them. This year I was baking for the following food bloggers.

Sara McCleary

Belly Rumbles


V Vien Lee

We Dare Food


Daisy Wong

Never Too Sweet For Me


I have met Daisy and Sara previously so I was thrilled to be cooking for them.  V Vien Lee from “We Dare Food” I have never met so that was equally exciting for different reasons, naturally I dashed over to her blog and had a read.

 Lucky Nuts Baking Package

Christmas means shortbread to me, and this year I had a delicious stash of Pistachio’s courtesy of Lucky Nuts so I knew instantly what I wanted to bake, Pistachio & Cranberry Shortbread.

Lucky Nuts Logo

Lucky Nuts

The flip side of sending out three dozen cookies is that in return I receive delicious home baked cookies from three other lovely food bloggers.

Cookie Swap 2012

Festive Pistachio & Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

I can’t explain the joy it gives me each year to participate in the cookie swap.  There is something very special about a total stranger going to the trouble of hand baking such a beautiful treat for someone they don’t even know.  This year is even more special because the signup fee goes towards helping children with Cancer.

Basket of Christmas Cookies

Festive basket of Christmas Cookies

Below are images of the gorgeous cookies I received from my food blogger matches:

The first to arrive were these;

Cookie Swap manu

Manu’ Menu Chocolate Cookies

Manuela Zangara

Manu’s Manu

Have a look at Manuela’s recipe for chocolate cookies with orange and mint glaze.


Cookies Swap Manu

Chocolate Christmas Cookies

Yesterday I received these all the way from Perth!


Sweetly Baked

Cookie Swap Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Espresso Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Have a looked at Caties gorgeous website below for the recipe.


I am still hoping my final dozen cookies arrive in the mail shortly.

In the meantime her is my recipe:

Pistachio & Cranberry Shortbread Cookies


  • 250gm butter
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup caster cugar
  • 3 Cardomon pods ground
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup “Lucky Nuts” Pistachios
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Pistachio & Cranberry

Festive “Lucky Nuts” Pistachios and Dried Cranberries


Use a food processor to combine the butter and sugar until creamy.

Add the flours and cardamon to the food processor and combine briefly until the mixture just comes together.

Cranberry & Pistachio Shortbread

Cranberry & Pistachio Shortbread Mixture

Remove the mixture from the bowl and stir through the lemon zest, pistachio and cranberries.

Making Refrigerator Cookie Rolls

Making Cookie Rolls

Roll the cookie dough in plastic wrap forming it into a sausage, refrigerate until firm.

Preheat oven to 160 degrees

Cut rounds from the cookie dough and place on to a prepared cookie slide.

Pistachio & Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Christmas Pistachio & Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

These can also be drizzled with white chocolate for an even more special treat.

Christmas Cookies

Christmas Shortbread Cookies

If you would like to be a part of this massive cookie swap next year go to http://eepurl.com/qCABj, and sign up early!

The Lucky Nuts component of this story is a ”Product Talk by Nuffnang”  Whilst this is not a paid sponsored post, Gourmet Getaways has received product in exchange for writing a review. All opinions in this story are honest, and accurately reflect the writer’s opinion.

 Merry Christmas wonderful people!!

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  1. they look beautiful Julie. I had a wonderful time baking too (and eating!), a great concept in so many ways. maybe i’ll get you next year!?!
    it was fantastic to meet you at the bloggers picnic too.

  2. I really do love the sound of this cause – and what a great way for bakers to participate! How exciting to receive cookies in the mail 😀

  3. Thanks again for inviting me to Join this year Juile 🙂 It was so much fun and I am so glad I did it! Even though it was a mad rush because I baked them on the day that we had to mail them hahaha but still so so so much fun!

    So glad that you were my Cookie Match hehe I really enjoyed your short bread and I see some similarities with our cookies definitely great minds like the same kinda cookies!!! xox

  4. Love this idea! And I’ve been up to my elbows cooking biscuits or cookies too! 😛

  5. This was just the information I was looking for, great resource. Bookmarked.

  6. Mmmm so many delicious biscuits and cookies, so little time 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  7. I really really really enjoyed your cookies!!!! 😀 And the packaging is tooooo pretty!! So, THANK YOU! When they arrived in the morning, it really made my day!! :)))))))

  8. Dear Julie
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It was great to get you again this year, I knew you would love what I chose to bake. But this year was a super crazy christmas period, Im sure you will agree. This year I got my recipe & links posted on time but for some reason I had the 12th in my head for posting mail by and it wasn’t til I had it all packaged up and sealed at the post office and I re-opened the email to write down the addresses on the parcels that I freaked out that it was the 9th and I wasn’t 2 days late, I was 6!!!! And Ive been meaning to write ever since and haven’t had the chance til I returned to work today…

    It stated in your post you were still awaiting your cookies…. Have you received your Orange Gingerbread Nutcrackers??? Please say yes or I am gonna die!!

    I have finally posted my round up today of what I received in the swap as I had left one tin at my partners for us to share there but I kept forgetting my camera somehow so I could get pics…. so he was barred from touching them til I got the piccies done!

    Ive included a link to your page in my round up, hope you get some traffic through from it. Can’t wait to see my pics on your page at some stage, let me know when.

    Noticing all my fellow bloggers attended a “Food Bloggers Picnic” recently, do you have details to jump on a list, registry or invite as would love to attend the next one, how often are they on?

    Looking forward to hearing back from you soon.
    Cheers, Traci xx

    • Hi Tracey
      Thank you so much for the cute little nutcracker cookies, they were beautiful. I have taken photos and i will add a post about them shortly. I was super surprised to receive them, I had given up on the third batch arriving. They arrived the day before Christmas!
      Merry Christmas to you


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