Today is reveal day for the 2013 Great Food Blogger Cookie Exchange! There has been a lot of secretive baking and mailing going on. Scattered across the internet you will find over 600 cookie recipes posted today by this year’s cookie exchange participants. Recipe roundups with thumbnail photos and links will be posted on December 16 by Lindsay at Love and Olive Oil and Julie at The Little Kitchen. Six hundred cookie recipes could keep you baking for a long time!
I exchanged cookies with three talented bloggers. Sara from Solid Gold Eats sent creamy, fruity Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies. TammyJo from The Chocolate Cult sent bite sized, rich Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffle Brownies. Coleen from The Redhead Baker sent sweet, chewy Apple Cider Caramel Cookies. Thank you so much, ladies. My family and I enjoyed them all! Please click through so that you can enjoy these cookies too!
I am not currently a pancake enthusiast, but I love the flavor of maple syrup. When I was a child, my father often made pancakes on Sunday mornings. I remember eating Log Cabin syrup saturated pancakes until my stomach couldn’t hold another. Sticky, sweet sugar syrup with maple flavoring was what I knew as maple syrup.
When I was 12, we were living in Europe where, at the time, American style maple pancake syrup wasn’t available. Our Sunday morning pancakes came to a temporary halt when my siblings and I refused to eat pancakes with jam. I suspect we dramatically complained. I have no idea where they eventually found it, but my parents came home one day with a can of pure maple syrup. Without a cookbook or internet for guidance, my father bubbled and boiled a sugar syrup that, combined with the can of maple syrup, turned into the pancake topping we were missing.
When you grow up with holiday traditions, you tend not to question the history or significance of the traditions. Those traditions are simply a part of that holiday. You have no reason to wonder why the traditions exist. I grew up receiving Chanukah gelt; foil wrapped chocolate coins in yellow mesh bags. My children grew up receiving Chanukah gelt; foil wrapped chocolate coins in yellow mesh bags. It wasn’t until I sat down to write this post explaining Chanukah gelt to those who don’t celebrate Chanukah, that I realized I had no idea why those foil wrapped chocolate coins are a part of Chanukah tradition.