A cookie combined with your favorite holiday candy? Yes please! These Chewy Maple Syrup Fudge Pecan Cookies make perfect gifts for the season!
It’s probably a cliché to say this, but one of the main reasons I love baking so much is that I get to share the fruits of my work. I mean, nobody makes a whole cake only for him- or herself, right? The holidays are the perfect excuse to go on a baking frenzy because I not only get to make desserts for many dinners to come but also create edible gifts.
Because I’m always willing to take on more baking projects, this year I decided to take part in “The Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap.” This yearly event brings together food bloggers from around the world to celebrate cookies. Each blogger who signs up receives the address of three other bloggers to whom they must send a dozen homemade cookies. The registration fee is donated to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight against pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the United States than any other disease. By participating in the cookie swap, you not only get to enjoy delicious cookie, but also help support a great cause.
Sending carefully wrapped packages is one of my favorite things to do—in fact, I wish I could figure out a business model that would allow me to wrap and ship beautiful packages all day. Every December, I ship homemade cookies and candies to friends and clients—it’s my way of saying thank you for a great year. Clearly, The Great Food Bloggers Cookie Swap is the perfect holiday event for me.
The cookies I shipped to Sharana, Jane, and Amanda combine my favorite baking nut, pecan, with my favorite holiday candy, Maple Syrup Fudge. Yes, that’s right. There’s a piece of maple syrup fudge in each cookie! If that’s not heaven in cookie form, I don’t know what is. I’ve made five batches of these wonders over the past two weeks, and I plan on making more because, well, they’re that good. Note that you must make the maple syrup fudge before you make the cookies, but the good news is that you’ll have plenty of fudge leftover to snack on as you shape and bake the cookies. Plus, cookies packaged along with a few separate fudge pieces make the sweetest gift—one you will probably get requests for every year from now on.
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