Holiday CookieIt’s a Holiday Cookie Swap!

10 Fabulous bloggers have gathered together to stock you up with real food cookie recipes for your holiday season in a #RealCookieSwap! Whether you’re hosting or attending a cookie swap or headed out to a party, bring with you some special treats that not only taste amazing but use unrefined ingredients as well. Of all of these cookies, we can’t wait to hear what your favorite is so make sure to share it with us!

When it comes to cooking and baking, butter is a common ingredient. Up the flavor of your dish by using a quality butter and supporting a sustainable company at the same time. Kerrygold butters are made with milk from grass fed cows in Ireland. They take pride in how they make their butter and what goes into so you will not ever see additives or horomones added. You will taste (and see the difference)!

Continuing on with sustainability in baking, when you are traveling with baked goods (and when you’re at home) it’s important to use an ecofriendly choice. If You Care is a company with a full line of ecofriendly products such as pie pans, baking pans, parchment paper. Their packaging shows exactly where the product came from and where it can go after use. Recycling and composting are two of the most common options! Score!

Both of these products can by found at your local Whole Foods as well as everything else you need to stock up on your holiday baking essentials! You can be sure that you are buying GMO free when you are buying at Whole Foods. We all LOVE that!

And just to help you get ready for this season of baking, we’re giving away THE BEST prize package geard toward all of your “real food and baking” needs this holiday season. Get ready because you are going to love what’s behind door #1….

Grand Prize valued at over $300: A Kerrygold “Ireland Gift Pack” which includes everything you need to put on a good party – a Kerrygold cookbook, 2 wedges Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, 2 wedges Kerrygold Swiss Cheese, 2 wedges Kerrygold Blarney Castle Cheese, 2 wedges Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, 2 wedges Kerrygold Reserve Cheddar, 2 wedges Kerrygold Red Leicester, 2 wedges of Kerrygold Skellig, 2 packs Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter, 2 packs Kerrygold Unsalted Butter, 2 packs of Kerrygold Garlic and Herb Butter, 2 packs of Kerrygold Softer Butter.

AND An If You Care package filled with recyclable baking pans, pie pans, etc.

AND (we’re not done) A $75 Whole Foods Giftcard so you can stock up on everything you need!

So enter below to win.

Be sure to check out these other 9 bloggers and their amazing cookies in our #RealCookieSwap!

How Does Your Garden Grow: Salted Caramel Ricotta Gems
O’Boy! Organic: Dark Chocolate Eggnog Truffles
The Vintage Mom: Grandmas Chocolate Drop Cookies
Groovy Green Livin: 7 Ingredient Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mindfully Frugal Mom: Bailey’s Chocolate Truffles
Mom-Blog: Orange Cranberry Almond Cookies
Real Kitchen and Beyond: Cranberry Crumble Bars
Souffle Bombay: 6 Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cookie
Evolving Motherhood: Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Cookies
Eat Sleep Be: Gluten Free Lemon Sugar Cookie


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Here is my favorite Cookie Recipe: Bailey’s Chocolate Truffles:
Dessert is kinda my thing. For every holiday, and every dinner party invitation, I am always asked by the hosts to make desserts.  And the only thing I love more than dessert? Bailey’s Irish Cream Liquor. What can I say? It’s festive. 
This is not the first time I’ve incorporated Bailey’s into a dessert recipe, but the following 4-ingredient Truffle recipes is definitely the easiest. It requires only about 10 minutes of hands-on time, and the whole recipe can be doubled or even tripled for a crowd, or to package for impromptu hostess gifts!

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Bailey’s Irish Cream Chocolate Truffles


  • 1 12-oz bag of dark chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp salted Kerrygold butter, chopped into smaller pieces so it melts faster
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3-4 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream Liquor


1. In a small saucepan, combine the butter and the heavy cream. Bring slowly to a gently boil, stirring so that the cream doesn’t burn.


2. While the butter and cream are coming to a boil, pour out the chocolate chips into a glass bowl.


3. When the butter and cream mixture is combined and boiling, pour it over the chocolate chips and let sit for 2 minutes.

Bailey's Balls 1

4.  Gently combine the chocolate chips and the cream mixture together. The heat of the boiling cream and butter should melt the chocolate, but if you can’t get it creamy enough, through the whole thing in the microwave for 30 seconds (that’s why we used a glass bowl).

Bailey's Balls 2

5. Add the Bailey’s to the mixture, stir, and put in the refrigerator for 3 hours or the freezer for 1 hour.

Bailey's Balls 3


6. Once the mixture is firm, scoop it out with a cookie scoop (I love this cookie scoop from OXO), and place on a cookie sheet. Roll each ball in the decorative non-pareils of your choice.

Store in the freezer for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

Bailey's Irish Cream Chocolate Truffles

P.S. Yes, you can absolutely make these without the Bailey’s for a non-alcoholic version.


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  1. My mom will love these!

  2. Yum! These will be a great addition to my truffle plate this year. Truffles are a favorite holiday treat around here.

  3. These look awesome!! I LOVE the Bailey’s addition!

  4. I love the way the non-pareils makes these look!

  5. These look amazing Sarah. Pinned the recipe for later! Can’t wait to test them out. Maybe I’ll make them when the kids are at school so I can have them all to myself!

  6. Girl you and I think alike! Made some amazing chocolate ganache using Bailey’s once. Kerry Gold is amazing!!

  7. our family’s dutch jan hagel cookies!

  8. Lisa Aliperti says:

    If it has butter, vanilla, and chocolate in it then it’s my favorite!

  9. I don’t have a favorite holiday treat….just give me anything sweet!

  10. Jodi Greenberg says:

    My favorite holiday treat are the peanut butter blossoms I bake every year with my boyfriend. Nothing like them fresh out of the oven!

  11. I love trying new recipes for the holidays!! I think these truffles will be my new favorite!!

  12. Susan Alles says:

    My favorite holiday treat is old fashioned, home-made egg nog

  13. Oh so yummy! My kids can’t eat this so more for me, yum!

  14. I love peppermint bark!

  15. I love frosted sugar cookies!


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