Loads of people asked me about the cookie swap / exchange, after my recent “In my Kitchen” post. The Cape Town Cookie swap was arranged by Katie Coetzee and two fellow bloggers, Hilla from the blog Add to taste and Ishay from the blog Food and the Fabulous.
This is what the invitation said:
”Join us for the second annual feel-good event of its kind in Cape Town, an exchange of good vibes. After the success of our 2011 event we would love get all the food lovers of CPT to gather and share recipes and cheer, whilst sipping away the trials and tribulations of 2012. Another very important aspect of this year’s event will be raising money for Nazareth House.
The low down: Whip out your best recipe, sweet or savoury and bring 60 small cookies or homemade sweets/chocs/goodies/yummies – you are not limited to cookies only. Any and all delicious recipes are welcome! Even no-bake chocs and treats are well come for the non-bakers.
Bring a batch – and 6 copies of the recipe. (Each person will be grouped off into groups of 6, and will swap 10 cookies with each cookie mate. In essence, you go home with 6 x 10 different cookies.)
Also, bring R30 for Nazareth house residents. You’re welcome to bring any store bought, long-life cookies to add to the box for them, if you like.
Stay and chat with old friends and new friends, while sipping on something hot or something cold.
We will have some lovely surprises AND lucky draws. ”
So, that was it, everyone brought 60 cookies and 6 copies of their recipes. Space was limited so we were not divided into groups. Everyone’s cookies were placed on a long table and everyone could take as many of the cookies that they liked. (There were also some gluten-free cookies.) I got home with a variety looking like this:
These were packed and I was lucky enough to get some. Don’t you think it is just so cute?
The best of all is that money was raised for Nazareth house’s residents!
I made these lavender hearts since they are one of my favourite cookies to bake. I just love the texture of the dough. The recipe is an adaption of Kanya Hunt’s recipe.
The lavender can be replaced by rosemary, thyme, grounded coffee beans lemon rind, orange rind or vanilla!
- 250ml (250g) butter (at room temperature)
- 140g castor sugar
- 250g cake flour
- 150g corn flour
- 1ml salt
- 6 chopped lavender flowers
- extra castor sugar
- Pre-heat the oven to 160⁰C. Butter a baking dish.
- Cream the butter and sugar together.
- Sift the cake flour, corn flour and salt at least three times.
- Add to the butter mixture with the lavender flowers and mix together to form a soft dough.
- Roll the dough out on a surface dusted with cake flour until plus minus 3cm thick.
- Press with a cookie cutter and place on the prepared baking dish.
- Bake the cookies for approximately 15 minutes or until the biscuits are a golden colour.
- Remove and cool down on cooling racks.
- Dust with castor sugar and store in an airtight container.
You can also make different sized shaped cookies and stack them together with a little bit of butter icing, like I did for the cookie exchange.