Sugar overload – a cookie swap party in full gear

Wowza – I had a lot of sugar today!! It’s no secret that I LOVE sugar, so let’s just say today was a very good day πŸ˜‰ [No calorie counting – will resume that tomorrow.]

My morning started with baking some cookies for a cookie swap party later in the afternoon, hosted by Shannon. Choosing a recipe for a blogger party was a tough job – do I go healthy? indulgent? fancy? simple? So many decisions! At the end, I decided that we’ll be eating so many cookies, a lighter recipe may be welcomed. Cooking Light’s espresso crinkle cookies got great reviews online, so I stopped over-analyzing things and got to work.

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Of course I had to taste 1 fresh out of the oven πŸ˜‰ Not bad. I wasn’t blown away but Adam approved them + after making 45 cookies, I kind of had no choice but to bring them.

When I got to Shannon’s, I couldn’t believe the spread! I knew we’d have 11 guests (which means 11 types of cookies), but each one was more gorgeous than the other. My heart was racing just thinking about all the cookie deliciousness I was about to consume. Mmm, cookies :mrgreen:

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Yeah, like I said, the spread was no joke! I’ll do the pictures do most of the talking here – every.single.cookie was absolutely amazing!!! Yes, I’ve tried them all by now. 😳

Tina’s butterscotch choc chip bars. So many chocolate and butterscotch chips. Yum!

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Shannon’s maple bacon toffee oatmeal cookies. The bacon was very subtle – these were just good oatmeal cookies, with a little secret ingredient πŸ˜€

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Bridget’s chocolate almond orange macaroons (Ooh, I guess I haven’t tried these yet. I’ll let you guys know how they are once I finally do!)

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Adrienne’s lime meltaways – yep, these lime treasures were definitely melt-in-your mouth delicious!

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Kelly’s choc chip orange cookie dough truffles – loved the orange twist!

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My espresso crinkles. Everyone seemed to enjoy them after all. Maybe I was overcritical. πŸ˜•

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Kerstin’s chocolate peanut butter bar – OMG – soooooooo amazing. They had dense peanut butter base with pretzel and Whopper pieces inside, all covered in chocolate. I could easily eat the whole tray if left with them in a room all alone. πŸ˜†

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Nicole’s lemon almond cranberry crescents – such light, sophisticated little bites.

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Rebecca’s break-up bars – shortbread base, caramel and milk chocolate. I believe the word I used was “sick.” These were everyone’s favorites.

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Mary Kate’s black & white cookies – a classic cookie perfectly executed.

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Savory spread (courtesy of our host)

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Salmon mousse with cucs and crackers

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Wholly guacamole guac + salsa + TJ’s chips

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Mini quiches with pears, walnuts and gorgonzolla

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Chai infused almonds

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Bacon chips (I purchased from Foodzie)

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Bloggers in action. It was funny – I’ve been out with bloggers on several occasions, but we were really not holding back on picture taking this time πŸ˜†

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Cookie tasting…

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Many questions were tough!

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The party was so much fun!! Cookies + blogger friends = match made in heaven. 😎

After the party, I headed straight to my parents’ house to unload some of the cookie loot. Look at all these cookies!!!

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My parents of course had lots of wine and food for us.

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And my mom even made cake!! Yeah, apparently I haven’t had enough sugar quite yet πŸ˜‰

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I wasn’t too crazy about this one (my mom was testing out a new recipe) so she brought me an old favorite – gorka!

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Oh yeah, I had a tiny bit of rice pilaf with chicken wings just to say I had “real” dinner. πŸ˜†

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Pink sparkling wine – yeah, life sure was sweet today.

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I am in a serious sugar coma. I left some cookies with my parents and took the rest home. I’m bringing the whole container straight to work tomorrow morning. I promise, I’ll be a good girl. 😎

Which cookie would you have tried first?

P.S. Let me know if you’d like a recipe for any of these. I can find out for you. :)

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