What’s more exciting than receiving a package in the mail?
Receiving a package in the mail… full of cookies!
Despite writing here for over two years (!), I’ve resisted using terms like “food” and/or “blog” to describe what I do in my spare time. This hesitance is mostly due to crippling self-consciousness and a fear of failure. I mean, how can my sleep-deprived rambling and shoddy iPhone pictures compare to the exquisitely-produced posts of proper food blogs? It just doesn’t. I didn’t want to risk embarrassing myself by slapping labels around willy-nilly.
This year, however, I made the conscious decision to get over it. I swallowed my pride, fought back my anxiety, and signed up for my first official “food blog” “thing”: the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.
What’s more exciting than receiving a package in the mail, full of cookies?
Receiving multiple packages in the mail full of cookies.
A few weeks later, they started arriving from all corners of the country. From New York, gorgeous coconut thumbprint cookies, filled with raspberry and apricot jam and stacked high in a sweet Mason jar. From Nashville, cornflake cookies, chock-full of pecans and southern flair, with an iconic Goo-Goo Cluster thrown in for good measure. From the neighbor of my hometown, Long Beach, tender chocolate butter cookies, packaged in festive tissue paper and a cute holiday tin. I was beside myself with joy.
What’s more exciting than receiving multiple packages in the mail full of cookies?
Sending multiple packages in the mail, full of cookies.
The only thing more exciting than eating cookies four at a time was baking some myself. Being on a cardamom kick, I decided to highlight citrusy, light flavors and counterbalance the rich, intense eating of the holidays. These lemon cardamom wedding cookies from Carla Hall were the perfect prescription: perfumed with an addictive je ne sais quoi from the spices and subtly sweet thanks to a little romp in lemon sugar. My taste-testers adored their floral aromatic notes and delicate, airy texture. Once these babies were wrapped up and put in the post, I waited with bated breath to hear from my lovely recipients. Seeing their posts of gratitude pop up on Instagram under #fbcookieswap officially kicked off my holidays.
What’s more exciting than sending multiple packages in the mail full of cookies?
Sending cookies for a good cause.
The best part of all this wasn’t that I conquered my fear of being a “blogger,” or that I ate about three dozen cookies within the span of two weeks, or that I got to share my creations with others, or that I met awesome people doing wonderfully delicious things, or that I got my first free swag (a baker’s decorating kit from one of my favorite brands, Oxo!). Granted, those are all inexpressibly awesome things… but The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap has an even greater mission: fundraising for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer by the Childhood Cancer Foundation. Collectively, we raised over $12,000 alongside some fantastic partners. This really gets at what baking is all about, during the holidays and year-round: sharing, caring, and the indomitable spirit of giving.