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The First Annual DC Blogger Cookie Swap.

This afternoon I headed over to Lisa’s house to help her prep and get ready for the DC Bloggers Cookie Swap!  Her house was perfectly decorated with holiday cheer for the occasion…

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Before the rest of the bloggers arrived, the two of us rolled up our sleeves and got to work chopping veggies, toasting bread, and prepping the food.

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A hundred million thanks to Lisa for being such a wonderful host, and for letting 25+ bloggers and readers descend on her living room.

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For our afternoon spread, we had lots of cut veggies…

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I brought over my homemade baba ganoush for dipping.

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There was an assortment of gluten-free crackers…

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And Lisa made these amazing sun dried tomato pesto and olive tapenade dips.  Pretty sure I ate half of this boat.

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The spread…

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And then just before the guests arrived, I set my cookies out on a platter.  I decided to take two different things to swap, since I wanted to make sure I had a gluten-free option.

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Cookie #1 were these coconut carrot macaroons.  I made a few recipe substitutions, and dipped half the batch in chocolate – they were delicious!

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Cookie #2 were white chocolate chip shortbread cookies with chocolate topping.  These turned out pretty good too – I definitely wasn’t feeling adventurous enough to create my own recipe for the cookie swap.  :)

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And then the rest of the guests and the cookies started rolling in…

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There were cookies EVERYWHERE!  With 25+ people, and many bringing more than one thing to share, we ended up with cookies all over every flat surface in the house.

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It was also pretty incredible just how many vegan and gluten-free options there were.  This community is so respectful and inclusive when considering everyone’s different dietary choices and needs.

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I didn’t get individual pictures of every cookie option (because that would have taken all night), but I did make Suzanne promise to come over and teach me how to make biscotti.

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And Katie’s homemade oreo cookies were just too pretty to not capture.

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The house was PACKED with girls, and the conversation volume felt more like a bar on a Saturday night than a cookie swap on a Sunday afternoon.  :)

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Everyone was so nice, and it was really fun to spend the afternoon chatting with such lovely girls.  I feel really lucky to have been welcomed into our new city by so many people!

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Back at home, I shared my loot with Casey.  I honestly didn’t bring all that much home since I don’t have any office co-workers to pawn cookies off to, and I made myself sick with cookies over the last two days.  Tis the season!

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Such a fun afternoon.  Many thanks to our lovely host Lisa, and to all the girls for braving a very dreary and rainy day for some good old fashioned cookie and blogger fun.  Until next time!

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Anne P     at 10:44 pm

Aw how fun! I’m so sad I couldn’t make it!

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Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul     at 10:45 pm

What a fantastic idea! My family does a (much smaller) version of this every year and I’m sad to not be able to partake. Home you got some delicious treats!

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Stefanie     at 10:46 pm

This looks like a blast! The fact that there are cookies involved doesn’t hurt either. ;) I think I need to organize a cookie swap for my area!

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Chase @ The Chase Project     at 10:46 pm

Such a fun afternoon! =D

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Jess@atasteofconfidence     at 10:47 pm

I love reading about these get togethers, they look so fun!

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Victoria (District Chocoholic)     at 10:50 pm

What an incredible time with so many incredible women. And your shortbread was delicious.

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Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)     at 10:50 pm

Wow what I would give to have been in THAT room! When I was little my mother used to do cookie swaps but it was like a rice crispy bar pile, a dipped oreos pile, a brownies pile…not that there’s anything wrong with those things but this swap took things to NEW levels…drooooool! :)

And i am lol’ing at all those rings in a pile!

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Ana     at 10:51 pm

Seems like you had a fun afternoon Emily! I love the looks of your macaroons, would you share the changes you made to the original recipe? Did you use coconut oil?
Thanks!
Ana

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Emily Malone Reply:

Coconut oil, and I actually doubled the agave. Still not too sweet, and gives it more moisture.

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Ana Reply:

First thing I thought about was using coconut oil. And if the coconut oil is unsweetened then it makes a lot of sense to double the agave!
These macaroons look so good, I might make them sometime soon!
Thanks Emily!
Ana

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Emily Malone Reply:

I think that’s what the problem was – the coconut was unsweetened, and the original recipe didn’t say if hers was or not. So I just doubled the agave and it was perfect!

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Marci     at 10:52 pm

Looks like so much fun. What a pretty decorated house. Y’all have a big blogger community there! I would have been in cookie heaven.

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Lisa Reply:

Thank you so much! I’ll admit, my husband and I go a little crazy for Christmas–we have 7 big storage containers full of Christmas stuff and our collection keeps growing :-)

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Katy (The Singing Runner)     at 10:52 pm

Looks so much fun! I keep reading about these cookie swaps and I want to host one so bad! :)

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Lauren     at 10:54 pm

Those homemade oreos look so good! I used to love oreos when I was younger.

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sarahMTSBB     at 11:02 pm

if i can make biscotti without a culinary degree, you can too. ;)

this is the recipe i use:
http://www.oceanspray.com/recipes/Cranberry_Almond_Biscotti.aspx?id=266&nid=9.

they are my mom’s absolute favorite cookie- she asks me to make them for her every year. just don’t try to double the recipe…it’s too much for even the big kitchenaid (unless you have the super big professional one…then it might be ok).

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Jessica     at 11:10 pm

wow so many cookies! the baba looks great!

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Elizabeth     at 11:11 pm

The reindeer on the mantle are *adorable*!!

So happy that you’re making friends in your new city – I find it can be difficult to do this as an adult. Yay for you!

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Vanessa     at 11:12 pm

Aw how fun!! These blogger cookie swaps should be mandatory in every town… Just saying..

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Christin@purplebirdblog     at 11:13 pm

Looks like a blast!!

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Sana     at 11:15 pm

I wish I could have come!

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Nicole     at 11:19 pm

I forgot you had teased about a carrot macaroon! I’ll definitely give these a try- maybe even this week! I was planning on making macaroons this Wednesday (office holiday party this Thurs) for my cookie platter.

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Debbie B.     at 11:21 pm

Looked like so much fun!! What a great turnout and I can’t wait to join next year!

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Stacy @ Every Little Thing     at 11:21 pm

So fun! I wish we had more bloggers in this area to do this with. I’ll have to look into it more! Anyone from the St. Louis area wanna do a swap? :)

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Namaste Gurl     at 11:33 pm

Aw, looks like one fun night indeed! SO wish I lived in DC…. :)

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lindsay     at 11:45 pm

Today was so fun! And your macaroons were amazing – will be enjoying one of your shortbread cookies tomorrow. Have to spread out my cookie intake :)

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Kristi     at 10:47 pm

It looks like the cookie swap was a success. All those great looking cookies!

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Allison     at 12:18 am

Such a fun event! I just tried one of the macaroons and they were delicious. Good seeing you!

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La.     at 12:41 am

That looks like a lot of fun! Maybe something like that will happen in Colorado!

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JL goes Vegan     at 6:39 am

What fun! I would have loved to have been a part of that! Such a great party idea.

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Heidi - Apples Under My Bed     at 7:14 am

So much fun! It all looks ridiculously delicious :)
Heidi xo

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Lauren     at 7:50 am

This is such an awesome cookie party!!! Everything looks great but especially your carrot cake macaroons. I’m dreaming about them now. ;)

Glad you had a great weekend.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey     at 8:29 am

Those cookies look amazing! Such a fun day!

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Cailin @ Stir Crazy     at 8:33 am

I am so impressed by all those cookies! Those homemade oreos remind of ones I get at a local bakery… so good.
I love cookie swaps :) I’m organizing one for my mom friends and our little ones this Friday… can’t wait!

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Beth     at 8:33 am

The party was awesome. I have a small sugar hangover this morning, but it was totally worth it :) Nice meeting you!

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Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)     at 8:44 am

Yum! Wish I could have been there but next time! After all, who says there can’t be food swaps at other times of the year…? ;)

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lindsay Reply:

This is an excellent point! I’d love to see a pizza swap, or dips/apps swap :) I guess that is called a potluck. Still – we should do that another time!

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Lisa Reply:

I agree! Why only swap around the holidays?

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Sarah     at 8:19 am

Looks like fun! I am sad I wasn’t able to make it!

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Katie @ Shared Bites     at 9:28 am

Holy Christmas, girlfriend! You must have a bajillion readers. When I checked my stats page this morning, I thought there was a glitch in the system. ;) It was lovely meeting you and thanks for the shout out. And of course, thank you for helping Lisa with hosting – it was a really great event.

PS-I hope everything goes smoothly for you this week. I’m confident you will be overwhelmed with support from your readers.

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Emily Malone Reply:

Hi Katie! Glad some readers found their way over. :) Your oreos were too good to not promote! Also, I checked out your blog – gorgeous pictures. You are very talented.

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Hope     at 9:33 am

That looks like so much fun!! I’ve always wanted to go to a Cookie Swap! :)

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Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef     at 9:45 am

looks so fun!!

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Paige @ Running Around Normal     at 9:52 am

Whoa SO many cookies. That is very cool that there were so many allergen/diet friendly options too :) Everything looks delicious!

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Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine     at 10:02 am

I wish I had time to throw an NYC cookie swap, because this looks amazing!! So much baking talent in the blogworld :)

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Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle     at 10:41 am

So fun! I wish I could do something like this up in Boston.

Homemade oreos…wow. That’s dedication.

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Liz     at 11:15 am

It was great seeing you again!

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Natalia - a side of simple     at 11:25 am

Yay for gluten free options! Looks like such a fun time. Also, I really like the photo of the rings. I have the Tiffanys heart one and wear it everyday :)

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Emily Malone Reply:

That Tiffany ring is mine – I love it too. :) I have the matching necklace!

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Natalia - a side of simple Reply:

me too! my brothers and sisters got my the ring and my parents got me the necklace all for my 16th birthday! i think we’re jewelry/newport twins :)

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christina cadden     at 10:28 am

Looks like so much fun!

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Paige     at 11:36 am

Lovely recap! Such a fun night. I’m really regretting trying to be conservative on the number of cookies I brought home. So delicious!

And thanks to Lisa for hosting us all!

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April @ Crazy Fabulous Life     at 10:38 am

That looks like so much fun!

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Lisa     at 11:34 am

THANK YOU THANK YOU!! I really would not have been ready if you hadn’t helped me with the prep. And you made clean up so much easier :-) What a fun day!

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Pixie     at 12:59 pm

Wouldn’t you know the first day I stumble across your blog and I just missed something I would have loved to do. Will you be doing it again next year?

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Emily Malone Reply:

Ahh shoot! I’m sure we will, and we tend to plan other get togethers during the year. You should definitely come to the next one!

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Amber K     at 1:04 pm

Looks like fun! I’m going to my first gluten-free cookie swap (and first cookie swap in general) next week.

I’m excited that it will all be gluten-free though. Seeing gluten-free treats on the same plate as gluten-containing treats makes me worry about cross contamination! It would make me wonder if they used the same baking sheet for both and how they were stored. Basically I’m a worrier! ;)

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Valerie @ City|Life|Eats     at 1:52 pm

Now I am wishing I had not shyed away from going – I decided not to email and ask about joining since I am gluten-intolerant but it seems like it was silly of me to do that!

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Emily Malone Reply:

Oh no! You definitely have to come next time – bummer!

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Ang     at 3:07 pm

Oh wow! A cookie swap with gluten free options would be a dream come true for me!!! Wish I was closer to DC.

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Pure2Raw Twins     at 5:10 pm

Looks like a blast! Wish I could have come ;) Love that there were GF and Vegan options that makes me smile :) Those carrot coconut macaroons look delicious!!

~Lori

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Suzanne @ Continuing My Education     at 9:38 am

I will gladly come over to help with biscotti! Good to see you on Sunday! Good luck with all the changes this week!

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Teri [a foodie stays fit]     at 12:44 pm

that looks so fun! and delicious!!!

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Jenna     at 2:48 pm

This looks great! Is there anything I can do to get more involved with the foodie bloggers in DC? I’m originally from VT and just moved to DC for a job, but my blog is eatinggreenstayinglean.com. I’m still new to the process, but it’d be fun to meet everyone with similar interests!

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