Double Chocolate Gingerbread Macadamia Blondies

double chocolate gingerbread macadamia blondies

by Holly on December 12, 2011

I can’t say I’m entirely sure what has happened to my last month… it is honestly all a bit hazy and the rest of the month promises to be just as much of a blur!

I had a great time deciding what to make for The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap created/hosted by Julie and Lindsay. I knew it would have to evoke my favorite flavors as well as my favorite holiday flavors, so for me that meant there needed to be chocolate and gingerbread involved somehow.

I also knew that whatever I made was going to have some of those lovely macadamia nuts I had in the pantry. These cookie bars were nothing short of stellar! The flavors were all there, plus they were sturdy enough for travel and stay nice for several days. They may not be the fanciest or prettiest bar in the bunch, but they sure are a crowd pleaser!

Though it isn’t required as part of the cookie swap, I really wanted to be able to link and say thank you to the three lovely ladies who sent me my cookies. All three of you came through and with packages that were wonderfully gorgeous! You have no idea how much that helped me find some holiday spirit when I’ve been feeling in a total funk lately.

My thanks go out to:

Karen at Small Kitchen Big Taste for the Gingerbread Snowflakes
Leah at So, How’s It Taste? for the Orange Pecan Gems
Karen at for the Secret Stash Cookies

As for these bars, they went out on their way to three more lovely ladies who let me know via Twitter that they arrived safe, sound and delicious. Happy Holidays to you all and especially to my swappers!

These bars were sent out with much love to my following fellow bloggers:

Kathryne at Cookie and Kate (@cookieandkate)
Danae at The Busty Baker (@thebustybaker)
Megan Pence at Wanna Be A Country Cleaver (@countrycleaver)

I actually printed the little picture above onto a 3×5 card and placed that in the box with the blondies that I sent. That was pretty much the extent of my not-so-fancy packaging! I’ve admitted it before, but I’m just not really very crafty minded. I hope the taste of the blondies made up for the lack of pretty!

If you are interested in receiving information for next year’s cookie swap, please go here.



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juliana December 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

this blondies looks amazing!

Danae (The Busty Baker) December 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

These were AMAZING! So amazing, I actually ended up breaking my memory card for my camera trying to get a picture of them before I devoured them! And I do mean devour. I’m so glad to have the recipe now! I was sad when I ate the last one because I didn’t have any more to eat! Now I can make them whenever the craving strikes. Which might be very often. Thanks so much for them!

France December 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

These look delicious and festive. The photos turned out great. I have trouble photographing brownies and blondies.

Cookie and Kate December 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I just finished off the last of your blondies and it occurred to me that I had forgotten to say thank you! They’re amazing!

Cooking Rookie December 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Lovely recipe! And a great photo too 🙂

Katrina December 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I’ve decided over the last few years that ginger/chocolate is one of my favorite combos. These bars look awesome!
Bummed (a little) that TWD is done! Hope you’ll be joining in with BWJ!
Happy New Year! Let’s make 2012 the year a bunch of us bloggers who haven’t met yet do so! 😉

Elizabeth :: Bébé Suisse March 2, 2012 at 1:22 am

I love blondies, and I love ginger. This looks like a fantastic combination, and I’m tempted, very tempted …

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