The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011

In October, during the height of our 31-Day Pumpkin Challenge, we were lucky enough to stumble across a blog called Love and Olive Oil which had recently posted about the first ever Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. Since we love desserts (obviously) and cookies are no exception, this one was a no brainer for us, we enrolled immediately. For those of you who don't know what The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is, let me explain. After enrolling, you are given three bloggers to send 1 dozen cookies (of the same recipe) to and in return you then receive a dozen cookies from three different bloggers. Bloggers from all over the US and Canada participated in this event totaling about 22,000 cookies being sent, crazy huh?!

But, before we tell you our recipe we want to give a few shout-outs. First to Love and Olive Oil and the little kitchen for organizing such an amazing event. And second to the three bloggers who we received cookies from, An Organic Process who sent Dark Chocolate Chip & Crystallized Ginger Cookies, Chou Down who sent Molasses Spice Cookies and Vanilla Lemonade who sent Edge Chocolate Ginger Cookies. We loved all the cookies we received and hope you'll check out their blogs and hopefully try their recipes, all of which are great for holiday baking!

Now, onto our recipe....For three weeks I tested cookie recipes, I baked all sorts; from white chocolate peppermint oatmeal to oreo rice krispy compost cookies and everything in between, but I was never fully satisfied with the outcome.  I've never had such a big issue deciding on a cookie recipe which is when I realized I was over-thinking things and decided it was time to go back to the basics.  Finally, I decided on a recipe with a combo that everyone loves, chocolate and peanut butter.  Although I originally wanted to do a holiday cookie (hence experimenting with peppermint which I don't even like!) I knew immediately upon tasting these delicious treats that this was the way to go.

Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda

  3. In a separate (large) bowl, combine butter and 1/4 cup peanut butter. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add 1/2 cup both granulated and brown sugar. Beat until combined. Add in egg, milk, vanilla and beat until combined. Next, beat in the flour mixture. Shape dough into about 30 balls, each approximately 1 1/4 inches in diameter.

  4. In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Beat until smooth, kneading by hand if necessary. Shape into 30 balls. These balls should be smaller than the chocolate ones.

  5. Flatten a chocolate ball then top with a peanut butter ball. Shape the chocolate around the peanut butter so that no peanut butter dough is showing. Roll into a ball and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart from each other. Flatten each cookie with the bottom of a small glass dipped in the extra granulated sugar.

  6. Bake in preheated oven 8-10 minutes or just until set and surface of cookie is slightly cracked. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute then transfer to a wire rack. Cool and enjoy!

Although these cookies can be time consuming they are well worth the work!

And last but not least, here are the labels we sent with our cookies:


  1. Thank you so much for my dozen. I really enjoyed them. I have six left and I'm using them as graduate school finals fuel...among other things. =D

  2. Yay, we're so glad you loved them! Such a great recipe for any occasion!

  3. My boyfriend would have LOVED to receive your cookies, as he loves both peanut butter and chocolate, even though he's allergic to chocolate. Hope you liked the Molasses Spice cookies. =)

    You totally got oversaturated with ginger in all three cookie batches you received!

  4. We loved your cookies, thank you so much! Although they were all Ginger, its not something I ever bake with so I was happy to have it in my cookies for a change!

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  6. Yummm- These can't be wrong- Peanut butter is never wrong, it is ALWAYS RIGHT!

  7. These look delicious! I love chocolate and I love peanut butter. These are a must bake immediately.