Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome. I'm so happy to have you pop by my new blog, Creative Latitude.  You may know me as QuiltShopGal (or SewCalGal), where the past 10 years I've blogged with a focus on increasing awareness of talented designers, teachers, creative events, new products and anything about our wonderful world of quilting, sewing and embroidery.  I was frequently asked to share personal info (e.g. what was I personally working on), but I rarely did such sharing as I felt it went against my objective for the voice of QuiltShopGal.  But with encouragement from friends, I decided to launch Creative Latitude as a personal blog.

While I'm still working on the look, feel & kick-off activities for Creative Latitude, I'm delighted to be part of the 2017 Virtual Cookie Exchange, hosted by Carol Swift of Just Let Me Quilt.  Carol has lined up a wonderful group of blogging quilters that will be sharing yummy cookie recipes. I think you'll also find holiday fun, #CreativeGoodness, and various giveaways along the way.  To clarify, this blog hop starts today and goes thru December 7th (line up/links shared later in this post).



To kick this Virtual Cookie exchange, I want to wish you a wonderful Holiday Season.  And, I hope you'll also enjoy some holiday music with me:




Last year a friend was telling me about a group that she participates in for an annual Cookie Exchange, but the event wasn't so much about the exchange of cookies, as much as the boxes that held the cookies.  The participants were crafters, but she was the only quilter in the group.  The "boxes" holding the cookies sounded amazing".  At a group sew-cial, she was making fabric boxes for her cookies.  She had enlarged the size, but this tutorial by Seaside Stitches would certainly work for holding cookies to make a special gift.


I opted to use a pattern from Lazy Girl Designs, called Button Boats.  I found this design to be fun and fast to make.  Definitely addictive to make.

I've used Christmas fabrics, but only have this one ready to share today:






I like to make a variety of cookies and share with family, friends, neighbors at Christmas.  Every year I rotate what cookies I make (time easily gets away, also helping to prioritize).  I do like traditional cookies like a good light sugar cookie, but I also enjoy Snowball Cookies (aka Mexican Wedding Cookies), traditional Chocolate Chip cookies, Cranberry Bliss Cookies, Oatmeal Cranberry Cookies,  Peanut Butter Blossoms,  and Snickerdoodles.  What are your favorite Christmas cookies?

Today, I wanted to share one of my childhood favorites.  I love "Blondies".  They are yummy anytime of the year, but I think the White Chocolate Blondies are perfect for Christmas.   I also like cutting it into bite size pieces vs traditional bar size.


WHITE CHOCOLATE BLONDIES RECIPE:

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 & 1/2 cubes unsalted butter, softened
1/2 C granulated sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 white chocolate chips

Steps:
1.   Preheat oven to 370F.  Prepare a 9x9" baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
2.  In a medium size bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt.
3.  In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, sugars and vanila extract.  Once blended, add eggs, one at a time.
4.  Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to your creamed mixture, lightly blend together.  Repeat with another 1/3 of the flour mixture, followed by the last 1/3 of the flour mixture, until all cream mixture and flour mixture are combined.  But, do not over blend!
5.  Add chocolate chips and stir by hand.
6.  Press your dough into your baking dish.  Bake for 20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.  Test the center with a toothpick to ensure it is cooked through.  If the toothpick comes out with signs that the center is not cooked, let it continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes and re-test.
7.  Let the baking dish with blondies cool on a wire rack.  Cut into bars of desired size (I prefer bite size bars).

I think they look great in the Button Boats:

They also look great with a mug rug:

Either way, they are yummy in your tummy and they also make great handmade treats for family, friends and neighbors.  

DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

I've enjoyed making these cork coasters, an in the hoop machine embroidery design by Embroidery Garden.  For one lucky winner, I will make a set of 4 with your initial and favorite color.  If you are interested, just leave a comment on this post to let me know "what letter" (initial) and "what color" you want the letter to be.  Just be sure your "google" settings (aka blogger setttings, even if you are not a blogger) are not at the default settings, which tags you as a no-reply blogger (I won't be able to contact you unless, as your settings won't let me email you).

I will randomly select one lucky winner on Friday, December 8th.  I'm hopeful to be able to make these coasters in time for them to receive for Christmas!   

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT UPDATE:

Suze won.  An email has been sent to her to notify her. .  Congratulations Suze!




I hope you'll visit all the blogs participating in this Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop.  Here is the schedule:


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44 comments:

Gray Barn Designs said...

What a great idea to make these cute cookie boxes! It makes the cookies even more special. Thanks for the recipe, I love white chocolate and will add these to my baking "to do" list!

Carol said...

Yummy--the blondies look delicious! I've seen the button boats before but never made any--definitely have to put that on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing! My color choice would be brown and/or blue and the initial K.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Good Morning,
Your blondies look great and they are one of my favorites that I do not have a recipe for! The button boats are adorable. ~smile~ Roseanne

Bonnie58 said...

The cookies sound delicious. Thanks so much for sharing. my initials are B and L.

cbg1 said...

I am going to use this recipe for my office cookie exchange! I would love to win the coasters with the initial "R" in green.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Yummy cookies Darlene! I've looked at that pattern by Lazy Girl Designs as it is so cute! Thanks for sharing and my initial is C, beautiful coasters!

Carla said...

I want these for breakfast. lol Love the coasters just as pictured and "H" would be awesome!

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

The coasters are so darling! I would chose a J in dark blue~

krislovesfabric said...

Your blondies look fabulous and thanks for the chance at those sweet coasters, I would be a "T" :)

Carol S. said...

Those blondies look delicious! I love the idea of a cookie exchange with fabric boxes for holders. Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for playing along with me today!

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

I haven't seen those boats before, they look so cute. I do make a lot of fabric baskets and bowls already though.

works4me said...

Thanks for the boat info. And the blondie recipe. As far as I am concerned, you can never go wrong with white chocolate chips. :)
My initial is K and hubbies is B and I love, love, love copper. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Those cookies look delish! Fun little gift ideas - thanks for the links and the chance at your adorable cork coasters! I'd say S for Stott and my favorite color is red.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Fun basket idea and mug idea to gift goodies. But I'm lucky if I get the goodies made. Cute coasters! If I won a set, I'd take the letter T. Thanks for a chance. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

Janarama said...

Great idea to put sweet treats in a handmade box. Thank you for the idea and the blondie recipe.

Suze said...

What a great idea with the button boats! I'd love to have blue coasters with the letter "S." That covers my first and my last initials. Thanks for a great, interesting post. It sure makes me want to get busy creating.

OneOldGoat said...

What a great gift idea!

tink's mom said...

What a generous give away opportunity. My initial would be K and if I were to win I woudn't need them before Christmas. Your cookie recipe looks great.

Nancy M. said...

I like the button boat as it is easy to make. The coaster are very nice. Would like brown and "N" as a letter if I win. Thank you.

Kathy E. said...

What a fun way to package cookies! That idea had never occurred to me, so I think I'll have to adopt it for future events and start making a stash of them now! I love Blondies, too, so will enjoy making your recipe. My coasters would be initialed with a black "E"...love that cork fabric!

Monica said...

R in Blue
The coasters are beautiful.... I just brought some cork.

June D said...

Fun to make holder for the cookies - so much time though for a gift! I'd better get started! : )
It was so fun to meet you several years ago when you hosted the nice party here in San Diego. : )

Carrie P. said...

That little basket is so sweet.
If I were to win the giveaway I would like the letter to be in a medium green color with the letter P.
Merry Christmas!

Sewgirl said...

Yum! Those blondies sound delish! If I won, I would want blue with the letter "S". Happy Holidays!

Lee said...

The Blondies look yummy with the white chips in them! I would choose B in black! thank you!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Your cookies look wonderful. Love your cookie boat.

Farm Quilter said...

Thanks for sharing your yummy cookie recipe! Your cookie boat is adorable!! Now I need to make some :) If I won P would be the letter on royal blue would be awesome, thank you.

Sharon Andersen said...

Thank you for sharing the cookie recipe! And I love the fabric boxes; might need to make some for the neighbors' Christmas cookies (from me). Merry Christmas!

Judy Zoll said...

Those fabric boxes are so cute for cookie deliveries. If I were to win my letter would be Z in the same color as your sample. Will you ever do a tutorial for those coasters? Looks like a neat thing. Zollj@Bpsnetworks.com in case I am a no reply blogger.

Kathy H said...

Great ideas to use the fabric boxes for cookies. And the blondies look delicious. It's nice to find some non chocolate recipes. I have a few no chocolate people.!

teachpany said...

I've missed you! I'm glad your doing this blog, too. I love Spritzer cookies, dipped in chocolate and sprinkles, and made with my cookie press. I like your boxes, and the recipe, too. Purple M, please! Thanks.

GranChris said...

Blondies are a great cookie. Love the coasters.

Cynthia Woodham said...

These look fantastic. I can't wait to bake a batch.

LJ said...

Well, hello there. I'm so glad to know about this new blog - I've been following your other blog - and am adding this to Feedly, my reader. The baskets are adorable and the Button Boats are a new sweet shape. Your Blonde Brownies look scrumptious - I, too, like cutting bars into bite-size. Thanks for the recipe. "M" is the letter.

Kathy L said...

I'm going to try your boat pattern. A red L would be perfect if I were lucky enough to win. Thanks.

D Johnson said...

I would love to win the coasters with the initial 'J' in black.

amelia w said...

Those are adorable! I would love green W.

Calicojoan said...

Oh my gosh...I'm so excited about your new blog. Those cookies looks out of this world. I'm going to have to give them a try for sure. Embroidering on cork huh??? That sounds very intriguing! A green K would be what I would choose! Have a very Merry Christmas!

Theresa said...

These look wonderful! They'd be great anytime of the year. :)

Nancy Lewis said...

Your cookies look delicious and the containers are just darling. I like the coasters in a red L, if I win!! Thanks for sharing.

rosemaryschild said...

Love your button boats- so handy! Letter S color - cork! Thank you, Susan

Amy said...

I love playing with cork. I made a bag bottom with it and loved how it turned out. Blondies are a pretty good cookie. If I were to win, it would be a Aqua and the letter W. amywarner (at) rocketmail (dot) com

Scrapatches said...

These blondies look so good! Looking forward to trying the recipe. Thank you for sharing ... :) Pat

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

Love to win "G" in red. Thanks a mil. rozz01(at)cox(dot)net