At this point all cookies should be shipped. Your recipe posts should be scheduled to go live on Monday, December 15th and we will be sending out an email Monday morning with a form to submit your link to the recipe roundups.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

Hey fellow food blogger & cookie lover! Get ready for the
4th annual
Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of all things scrumptious. The premise is this: sign up. Receive the addresses of three other food bloggers. Send each of them one dozen delicious homemade cookies. Receive three different boxes of scrumptious cookies from other bloggers. Eat them all yourself (or, you know, share. If you want. No judgement either way.) Post your cookie recipe on your blog. See everyone else’s cookie recipes. Salivate. Get lots of great ideas for next year’s cookie swap. Rinse and repeat.

This year we are again excited to be partnering with 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 US than any other disease. By participating in this cookie swap you are not only contributing to the food blogger community, but also supporting a great cause.

How It Works:

  1. Step 1

    Sign Up. Fill out the sign-up form to participate. Be sure you meet the basic requirements for participation (listed below).

  2. Step 2

    Donate. Once you complete the sign up form, you will be re-directed to PayPal to make a $4.00 tax-deductible donation directly to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. 100% of this donation goes directly to CFKC. You MUST complete this payment to participate in the swap (Why do we require this?) Once your payment is approved you will receive an email confirming your donation and your participation.

  3. Step 3

    Match. We will send you the names and addresses of three other food bloggers. These are the people to whom you will be sending cookies! It’s important you keep these matches a secret until they receive your cookies.

  4. Step 4

    Bake & Ship. Now comes the fun part! Whip up a batch of delicious cookies and ship one dozen to each of your three matches by the shipment deadline. Don’t forget to photograph your cookies for your post before you send them off! :)

  5. Step 5

    Post. Post your cookie recipe on your blog and submit the post along with an image (if you have one). We will then collect and compile all participants’ posts and publish them in one huge roundup!

Deadlines:

Please pay close attention to the official swap timeline, and be sure you will be able to meet these deadlines before signing up to participate.

  1. Nov 2

    sign up deadline

    signups will be accepted from October 6 through November 2 at 12 midnight EST.

  2. Nov 12

    receive your matches

    please email us if you do not receive your matches via email by this date.

  3. Dec 3

    shipment deadline

    please be sure your cookies are in the mail on or before this date.

  4. Dec 15

    posting date

    please post your recipe ON this date, and then submit the link to us.

Requirements:

you must have an active food blog. In order to participate in this swap you must have an active food blog (Why?). We will be checking participants to make sure they do indeed meet the requirements. An active food blog is defined as:

you must be able to meet the deadlines. Before signing up to participate, be sure you are able to meet the above specified deadlines.

Your cookie recipe must be new-to-you, meaning, not one you have posted previously on your blog. It does NOT have to be an original recipe, however please give proper credit when posting someone else’s recipe.

non-us food bloggers are welcome to participate, however we must have at least 4 bloggers from any one country. You will only be matched with bloggers from your own country (to avoid outrageous shipping charges and customs issues). Please contact us if you’d like to get your country on the list.

Food allergies or dietary restrictions? No worries, you are still welcome to participate! There’s a question on the sign up form, just answer accordingly. We will do our best to match you with other bloggers with similar restrictions.

follow through. Please do not sign up if you do not plan on following through. This swap is supposed to be fun, and that depends on everyone sending their cookies as promised. While we’ve taken steps to verify participants, we have no way of ensuring or confirming that everyone indeed sends their cookies. Your word is all we have to go on, and we are optimistic that that is good enough. Please don’t betray that trust. (Thank you much!)

Sign Up now!

Sign ups for the 2014 Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap are now closed. Didn’t get a chance to participate? You can sign up for our notifications list here.

Brand Partners

We are thrilled to announce our brand partners, each of whom will match our donation to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, dollar for dollar (up to $3000)! By participating in this cookie swap you are not only contributing to the food blogger community, but also supporting a great cause.

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All confirmed U.S. participants can opt to to receive bonus goodies from our brand partners, including product coupons, cookie tins, and kitchen gadgets. You may opt-in to these goodies if you’d like to receive them. Your goodies will be sent to the mailing address you enter upon sign up. Allow 2-3 weeks for arrival.

Interested in becoming a brand partner? We are seeking food-centric brands to help expand the reach and charitable impact of this swap. Brand partners will get the opportunity to forge valuable relationships with the the food blogger community while at the same time supporting a great cause. Please get in touch with us for more information.

Want to make a donation in addition to your participation fee? Please use the button below to submit a donation (in the amount of your choosing) to CFKC.

*100% of all donations will go directly to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a recognized 501(c)3 public charity duly incorporated under the laws of the state of New Jersey.

Why Is the Donation Required?

This year, we have chosen to partner with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and require a donation for participation, both to spread some good this holiday season, but also to add another level of verification to participants of the swap. We hope that the extra step of having to pay to play will ensure that only those willing to follow through will participate in the swap.

We have chosen a reasonable amount ($4.00) that we feel is big enough to make a big difference but small enough that it shouldn’t become an obstacle to anyone participating. 100% of all donations received (after processing fees) will go directly to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.

Once you complete your sign-up form you will be directed to complete payment securely via PayPal, where you can pay with a credit card or your PayPal account. Note that this donation is non-refundable should you unsubscribe before the sign-up deadline.

Why Do I Have to Have a Blog?

It is called the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, after all. We are not excluding anyone to be mean, but rather our intent is to share the love of cookies and build the food blogging community.

Having a blog is how we will all exchange recipes during the last stage of the swap, by posting the recipes on our blogs and creating a huge round up of all the swap recipes. It is also how we will hold you accountable: by having a legitimate and active food blog we know that you’re more than just a random person.

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