Yep, it's time. I just got back from Italy yesterday and you won't believe but Lindsay and I have been working on the 2013 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap for a couple of months now. It's the third year, we're getting together to bring food bloggers together, send each other cookies and help a great cause. Last year, we had almost 600 food bloggers sign up and raised nearly $4400 for Cookies for Kids' Cancer. PS that also means over 20,000 cookies were shipped all over the world. Amazing, right?
We're hoping to have it even bigger this year (more sign ups & raise even more money) and we hope you'll help us get the word out.
how does it work?
It's simple, food bloggers can sign up (& donate $4.00 to participate), receive 3 food bloggers' names and addresses, send out 1 dozen of the same cookies to each of the 3 names you get, receive 3 different cookies from 3 different people assigned to you and then post about the recipe you sent out. It's a lot of work for Lindsay and I to organize but so worth it. We do it because we want to receive cookies in the mail. 🙂 Who doesn't, right? Helping out a charity has been an amazing bonus for us!
If you're not a food blogger, Veronica is holding a cookie swap for non-bloggers on her site at Veronica's Cornucopia.
Just a glimpse into what some of the cookies looked like last year and the year before…
charity and brand partner news
This year, once again, we will be partnering with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, and collecting a $4 donation from every participant. By participating in this cookie swap you are not only helping to bring the food blogger community together, but also supporting a great cause. Additionally, our three generous brand partners, OXO, Gold Medal Flour, and Dixie Crystals, will EACH be matching our donation (up to $3,000). Additionally, all U.S. participants can also opt to receive free goodies from our partners, including kitchen gadgets and product coupons. We're so excited about our brand partners who will generously match up to $3000…to ensure we get the maximum donations, please tell your food blogger friends about the cookie swap!
(We do want to reiterate that ALL of the tax-deductible donations will be made directly to Cookies For Kids’ Cancer—a recognized 501(c)3 public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey. Lindsay and I do not collect any money and we don't profit off of this event in any way. 100% of it (after merchant vendor fees) will go directly to this amazing organization).
sign up today!
There are tons of details including rules for the cookie swap on our official Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap website. Be sure to read it carefully as there will be no refunds of donations if you decide to drop out before the swap matches are made or if you don't meet all of the requirements to participate. Any news or reminders or updates will occur on the Cookie Swap site or follow us on facebook.
Sign ups will be accepted through Monday, November 4th.
So far we have…these many sign ups…
Please make sure you visit and read the cookie swap info to see if your question is answered. If not, be sure to ask in the comments below and we'll answer your question. Let's do it that way since you never know, someone else might have the same question!
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okay, this may be a stupid question but do I have to send the same kind of cookies to all bloggers or can I send them all a different kind?
Julie Deily says
Hi Ashley, not a stupid question at all. Send all the same cookie recipe to all three you’re assigned to, 1 dozen each. When you post the recipe on your blog it will be just one recipe. Hope that answers your question!
Shirley Wood says
I am just a couple of weeks too young this year but would LOVE to participate next year! This is such a great cause!
Someone just told me about your blog and also “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook. I will check your blog out. Denise
Carrie Perrins says
I just signed up for the first time! I love cookies and I think this is for a great cause. Thank you for hosting and working so hard on this.
And yes… I can’t wait to get 3 dozen cookies in the mail!
Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says
Yay! It’s going to be awesome! Everybody loves cookies! 🙂
MyThy as in "Mighty" says
This sounds like so much fun. I assume tumblr pages are not considered foodblogging correct?
I’m not qualified this year… But cannot wait for next year’s swap!! This is so awesome.. <3
Thanks for linking to me, Julie! I updated my own links to link directly to this post instead of your home page. I hope your swap goes fantastically!
Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity says
Thank you so much for all you do to organize this! I am signed up and ready to go. 🙂 Hope you had a nice time in Italy too.
Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste says
You girls are so amazing for organizing such a spectacular feat!
Heather @ French Press says
Ahhh!!! Can’t wait!!!! First timer 🙂
Lisa @TasteCookSip says
Looking forward to it!
Oooooh this looks like so much fun! I’ll have to check out my schedule – I’d looooove to do this!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Welcome back from Italy, I hope you enjoyed your trip! I’m so glad to be a part of the cookie swap this year 🙂
natalie @ wee eats says
i can’t believe it’s that time already!!! i better start scouring the cookie books now!
Jessica of My Baking Heart says
Can’t wait to join in on the fun again this year! I love swap time! 😉
Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy says
I am so signing up for this.. missed it last year!!! So excited!!!
Rachel @ Following In My Shoes says
YAY! I can’t wait — I absolutely love this swap. Thanks, Julie!
Kelly @Runningblonde says
I’m so excited! Thanks so much for organizing this! I also shared on my blog: http://runningblonde.com/great-food-blogger-cookie-swap-2013/