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Vegan Walnut Brownie Cookies + The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

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I have always loved cookie swaps. It is an excuse to make an extra big batch of cookies only to trade half of them (or more) for an assortment of other delicious cookies. These swaps always inspire me right before my big holiday bake-off! I have hosted a cookie swap in the past with friends which was awesome! But this year I went to the virtual world with the end result being three boxes of different types of fresh baked cookies delivered to my doorstep. Obviously, this is awesome.

I discovered The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap last year but missed the sign-up deadline. I didn’t want to miss it this year so I marked it in my calendar and here we are now, blogging about my experience!

I decided to work on creating a recipe that was vegan, and came up with these sandwich cookies. These cookies are a little on the cakey + delicate side, but really delicious. I used walnuts and ground them into a walnut butter, but feel free to use any nut you like. I chose walnuts because they make me think of Christmas’s spent at my grandpa’s farm where it wasn’t the holiday’s unless there was a bowl of large assorted nuts near a nutcracker.

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I tested these cookies a couple times in order to get the recipe I wanted which has a brownie texture that is just sturdy enough to handle. It is also super important to let the dough rest in the freezer over night for 1 or even 2 days. This helps to allow time for the dry and wet ingredients to settle into each other.

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One thing I forgot to add in the recipe is that I added some extra chopped walnuts to give the cookies a little extra texture.

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The best part of this cookie swap is discovering other amazing food blogs in Canada! I sent a dozen of these cookies to The Tasty Gardner, Cheap Ethnic Eats, and Forever Faith and Food. I received delicious Kris Kringle cookies from Hot Pink Apron, chocolate and vanilla biscotti from Kate’s Plate, and Cardamom Quince Layer Cookies from The Yum Yum Factor. It was a really fun time baking and discovering new blogs! I will definitely be checking out these recipe hubs from now on.

Now it is back to the kitchen to bake, bake, bake, especially now since I am inspired from all these awesome cookie ideas! Good luck with your holiday baking and hope to see you soon!

Much Love,
Anna xoxox

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6 thoughts on “Vegan Walnut Brownie Cookies + The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap”
  1. deliciouslynell December 11, 2013 on 6:59 pm Reply

    That sounds like so much fun! :3 and those are some delicious looking cookies!

    • cupcakesalwayswin December 17, 2013 on 10:34 pm Reply

      It is a really cool time since you get to discover some other blogs that are equally as awesome, and you get cookies delivered to your door! Yes please! Cookie swaps among friends are great too, what’s your favourite cookie recipe?

  2. superfoodista December 11, 2013 on 10:44 pm Reply

    Aw, these look divine and I love they are full of healthy ingredients! ;-) So cool you participated at the great Cookie Swap!! I wanted to participate too, but then missed the registration date! I will be in next year! Thanks for sharing this fantastic recipe! Sylvia

    • cupcakesalwayswin December 17, 2013 on 10:35 pm Reply

      Hi Sylvia, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment :) It was a lot of fun! Maybe we will be swapping cookies with each other next year! Hope you have an awesome day!

  3. Cheap Ethnic Eatz (@cethniceatz) December 17, 2013 on 1:50 pm Reply

    Fabulous cookies, I was so thrilled to be on your recipient list. Thank you again!

    • cupcakesalwayswin December 17, 2013 on 10:39 pm Reply

      Not a problem! So happy you enjoyed them :) Wish you the best with all your holiday baking. Will you be whipping up some more cookies? xox

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