The Gift of giving.
That's what Christmas is all about.....right?
Well in the traditional spirit of Christmas I signed up to the The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, Which is an event organised by some fabulous ladies over at The Little Kitchen and Love and Olive Oil, where you get to bake a dozen cookies for 3 other lovely food bloggers and in return you get sent 3 dozen cookies by 3 other food bloggers.
It's basically a secret santa in cookie form.
The first box of cookies I received was from the Patrice over at Pat's Kitchen.
Patrice sent some lovely bite-size Date, Oatmeal and Cranberry cookies, dipped in white chocolate.
And I have to say they were so yummy! They were oaty and fruity and pretty darn amazing.
Himself certainly had no complaints over helping to polish them off.
The second batch of cookies I received were from Steph over at Fanny's Kitchen.
Now Steph didn't give me the name of the wonderful cookies she sent (so Steph if you're reading please please please tell me what they were) but they were divine. So rich and spicy.
I can only take a guess at saying they must be some sort of spiced molasses cookie - however I could be very wrong.
All I can say is that they were chewy, rich, spicy and oh so Christmassy! Oh and before I forget they came in a fantastic box aswell , so cute.
The final box of cookies I recieved were from Ffion over at Little Black Heart, and I have to say out of all the cookies I recieved (all though all of them were amazing) these beautiful, melt in your mouth White Chocolate Dipped Lemon Cookies were my favourite.
They were fab. Nice and zingy, with the sweet white chocolate and they almost had a shortbread type feel about them. They were a little fragile and the postman wasn't kind to 3 or 4 of them but trust me when I say no crumb was left behind.
And again they were packaged in a beautiful box with all the handwriting in calligraphy which was a nice touch.
So I was given the addresses of 3 wonderful food bloggers aswell,
Chelsea, from Flick of The Whisk
Sallie, from Sallie's Kitchen
Mulia, from Mondomulia
I hope you lovely ladies enjoyed the cookies as much as I enjoyed making them.
So as soon as I received their information I knew exactly what kind of cookie I wanted too make.
Something that encapsulated my kind of Christmas.
Now unluckily I seemed to have been the only Irish participant in the cookie swap (tut tut Irish food bloggers - next year maybe) So I was very lucky that some British foodies were happy too send me some cookies.
Anyway back too the Christmas cookie, I mean that's what your all here for....right?
I was clever enough to bake a few too many cookies (for testing purposes only of course) and I must say I personally love these cookies. Chewy, Crispy and so my kinda Christmassy.
Packed full with White Chocolate Chunks (I'm more of a chocolate chunk than a chocolate chip kinda gal, and yes I believe there's a difference), Coconut and Clementine zest.
These were ah-maze-ing!!!
340g Caster Sugar
80g Soft Dark Brown Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Egg + 1 Yolk
Zest of 2-3 Clementines
425g Self-Raising Flour
200g White Chocolate (chopped)
85g Dessicated Coconut (toasted)
Preheat your oven to 190c / 325f and line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.
In a large mixing bowl beat your butter and sugars until light and fluffy, then add in your vanilla extract and egg + yolk.
The grate in the zest of your clementines and mix that in.
Now add in your flour, a couple of tablespoons at a time.
Once all your flour has been added stir in the toasted coconut.
Take heaped tablespoons of the cookie batter, roll into balls and poke 4-5 pieces of white chocolate into the ball.
Place the cookie dough ball onto your baking tray and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand.
Repeat this process until all your dough has been used up.
Then bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes.
The cookies may look a little undercooked but they will firm up as they cool.
Leave the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5-10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.