I have wanted to participate in a cookie swap for as long as I can remember. Although I am not a very good baker I would still do my best to bake cookies to participate in a swap. The idea of having dozens of homemade (or semi-homemade) cookies to share with my family and friend throughout the holiday season sounds wonderful. Sadly I have no one I can participate in a cookie swap with. No one that I’m friendly with (local) is interested in something like that.
I love all the delicious cookies that people bake during the holidays. I even love decorated sugar cookies and Gingerbread men. I don’t have the talent (or patience) to decorate cookies like that. Believe me, I have tried over the years but they never turn out nice.
Do YOU participate in cookie swaps? If so, what cookie (or cookies) do you usually make?
If you participate in cookie swaps, or would love to participate in one like me, then you might be very interested in knowing that tomorrow, December 6, 2010, McCormick will be hosting a Virtual Cookie Swap. You won’t be going home with dozens of cookies that you can eat, but you will walk away with many delicious recipes as well as tips, tricks and other great ideas on how to host, or participate in, a cookie swap.
The host for the Virtual Cookie Swap will be Lauren Chattman. Lauren knows a lot about cookies and baking. She is a graduate of the Professional Baking and Pastry Program at the Institute for Culinary Education in New York City.
Lauren’s recipes have appeared in such popular publications as Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, Metropolitan Home, Redbook, Cook’s Illustrated, and The New York Times. She is also the author of more than a dozen books including a new book called Cookie Swap.
McCormick and Lauren should make a great team. Lauren knows all about cookies, baking and great recipes and McCormick offers many of the extracts and spices you’ll need to make the most delicious cookies ever.
If you are interested in participating in the Virtual Cookie Swap it’s easy to do. All you need to do is “Like” McCormick on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/McCormickSpice. You are welcome to post your favorite cookie recipes on their fan page and interact with others by swapping ideas and tips.
You can also watch the live web cast with Lauren via the Facebook page on Monday, December 6, 2010 at 8:00 PM (EST)/ 7:00 PM (CST). Not only will she offer up recipes, tips and her baking secrets but she’ll also choose a recipe from one of the recipes posted on the fan page to highlight during her show.
To learn more about McCormick or to check out some awesome recipes please visit www.McCormick.com.
To get you excited about the Virtual Cookie Swap, McCormick would love to give a lucky She Scribes reader a gift basket filled with many great goodies to help you bake up some fabulous cookies. The gift basket includes:
– Martha Stewart holiday cookie cutters
– Crate & Barrel min-spatulas
– A wonderful assortment of holiday spices and extracts from McCormick
– Mixing Bowl
– A copy of Lauren’s book, Cookie Swap.
Thank you McCormick!
To enter please visit the McCormick web site, www.McCormick.com. Check out their holiday recipes (click on the “Holiday” tab on the top task bar). Then come back here and comment on a recipe you would love to try out.
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– Tweet about the Virtual Cookie Swap and this giveaway on Twitter. Please include the hash tag #cookieswap in the tweet as well as @She_Scribes so I can see it too. You can use this pre-made tweet to make it easier on you.
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This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on December 14, 2010 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be contacted via e-mail and will have three days to reply with a name and address (no PO Box) or a new winner will be chosen.
Other great giveaways are found on the right side bar under “Win It”.
*I was not compensated in any way for this post. I posted this for the benefit and enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own. McCormick will be providing the prize package.