The Great Food Blogger Cookie Exchange 2011

I took ages to find a suitable recipe. My ongoing sciatica and the subsequent leg pain seriously impacted on the time I could stand, so I enlisted the help of Mum! Anyway, I looked on line and through every cookbook I owned and still was undecided on what recipe. Then I recalled that one of my favourite books, which is part of a series and sits on the bookcase in the hall was a novel, interspersed with recipes. A quick look and I knew that I had found the recipe. It’s very title sharing the ethos of the cookie exchange.

See what mean, it was meant to be! Each hardback edition of the series has printed within the covers the quilt designs shared within the book. These is the Friendship Square design.

So to cooking –

Firstly, heat the chocolate and butter over a pan of simmering water

While that was under way, I gathered the rest of my equipment and ingredient.

The little red measuring spoons were my Grandmothers, and despite having two much newer sets, I used my old faithfuls. I used a photocopy of the recipe, rather than have any spillages on my nice book!

Then in a bowl mix the sugar and 4 eggs. Then add the vanilla essence and lastly the mix of flour and salt. After a further good mix add the cooled chocolate.

Pour the mixture into a prepared 9 x 13 tray. Lightly greased with a sprinkle of flour and decorate with the choc chips, nuts and coconut you can see in the above picture.

Place in the oven at 190c or 325F for 25 minutes.

Here we are after cooking.

Make sure that the tray has more than a slight grease! Removal was tricky and I was quite worried about cooking casualties!  – Here they are on a plate just before packing and posting.

It is a lovely recipe and one I shall try again. I think next time I shall use cake cases and then add a small plop of chocolate drops or a walnut or two, as cleaning the baking try was a bit of an ordeal!

I really enjoyed the Cookie Exchange and hope to participate again.

Here are the details of the cookies I received  – they were all delicious and a few photos too!

  1. Chocolate Orange Cookies from @foodiebob
  2. Biscotti from
  3. White Chocolate, Cranberry & Macdania Cookies from

Chocolate Orange Cookies from @foodiebob
Biscotti from
Biscotti from – wrapped wonderfully – it was a shame to open them!
White Chocolate, Cranberry & Macdania Cookies from

Twitter Hashtag – #fbcookieswap

About Julie Goucher

Genealogist, Author, Presenter, native Guildfordian, avid note taker and journal writer. Lover of Books, Stationary & History; Surnames, European Ancestors, Butcher & Orlando One-Name Studies, Pharos Tutor for all One-Name Studies and surname courses.
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1 Response to The Great Food Blogger Cookie Exchange 2011

  1. FlexYourFood says:

    The friendship squares were delicious! So crumbly and melt-in-the-mouth-y! I think they only lasted a day or two hehe. Thank you!


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