Last Friday was a fun and delicious day with friends old and new, when I joined a group of bloggers in NYC’s theater district for lunch and a cookie swap organized by Abby, Chris, Gail, and Maggy.

I’ve never been to a cookie swap before. Knowing that so many venerable bakers were going to be in attendance (like Gail, here with her cutie-pie Mitzi)…

…I was quite nervous about what to bring.

I decided to make two different cookies: one gluten-free and one gluten-full. These bow-ties are the ones that were gluten-full…they’re made with a very simple, rich dough and filled with delicious jam. I used a homemade rosemary-infused peach jam that I never got around to blogging about last summer, but you can use your favorite.

Make sure not to overfill these cookies: stick to the recommended 1/2 teaspoon of jam. I got a little overzealous and added more to a few of mine: they didn’t seal properly and opened up in the oven.

I think these are at once adorable and elegant, and they garnered lots of compliments. I’ll be posting the recipe for the gluten-free cookies I brought to the swap, really delicious iced ginger bars, later this week.

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — December 13, 2010 @ 6:15 pm

    What a fun event, cookie swapping! :) Love that idea! Your cookies turned out beautiful, just perfect. I love how you used homemade rosemary infused peach jam, now that sounds incredible.

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    Winnie — December 14, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    It really was so much fun…and the jam was just perfect in these cookies ;)

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    Belinda @zomppa — December 13, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

    Loving these little cookies!! They look splendid.

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    Winnie — December 14, 2010 @ 1:09 pm


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    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — December 13, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

    Ah thanks Winnie for letting us live vicariously through this post. Looks like a lovely time and your recipes looks fab!

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    Winnie — December 14, 2010 @ 1:09 pm

    Thanks so much Mardi! When you come to NY, we’ll have an equally lovely time, I am sure.

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    bridget {bake at 350} — December 13, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    Looks like so much fun!!!

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    Winnie — December 14, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    Maybe not as fun as hanging with P-Dub, but quite fun nonetheless :)

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    Trish — December 14, 2010 @ 12:15 am

    These are too beautiful to eat. So lovely. But I bet they’re too tasty to pass up, too. Hope you had fun at the cookie swap.

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    Winnie — December 14, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

    I was worried they’d be homely compared to the other cookies in attendance, but everyone thought they were pretty, which make me happy :)

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    Stay-At-Home-Chef — December 14, 2010 @ 9:26 am

    What a great idea to hold a food blogger cookie swap! And your cookies look fantastic.

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    Winnie — December 14, 2010 @ 1:11 pm


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 14, 2010 @ 9:27 am

    Those cookies are absolutely stunning! So fun to read your post about the cookie swap since I couldn’t make it myself. Saw lots of familiar faces in your photos. :)

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    Winnie — December 14, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    Hope you can come for the next get-together!

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    Liz the Chef — December 14, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    Looks like fun – wish I could put names to all the faces…Your cookies look divine!

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    Winnie — December 14, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

    Chris from The Peche and Abby Dodge are top center, and there were a bunch of food52 folks there: front and center above is Cathy (Mrs Wheelbarrow), top right is Phoebe and Cara from Big Girls, Small Kitchen, bottom right is Jennifer Perillo. Cookbook author Silvana Nardone is middle right…

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    Margaret @ Savory Sweet Living — December 14, 2010 @ 10:54 am

    It was great meeting you last week. I tasted both cookies and they were both very delicious. The jam-filled bow ties cookies were especially festive for the holidays. They were just so cute and tasty!

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    Winnie — December 14, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    Thanks Margaret- was great to meet you too!

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    citizen kerry — December 14, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

    I love that you have a jam you never got around to blogging about! (peach rosemary! yum!)

    Looking forward to your ginger gluten free recipe–will share with my friend who just found out she had celiac’s.

    PS. gluten-full. ha.

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    Winnie — December 14, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    I’ve got tons of recipes that never make it to the blog!
    Will post the ginger bar recipe tomorrow, hopefully :)

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    Monet — December 15, 2010 @ 12:18 am

    Your bow ties are almost too beautiful to eat! I think these are some of the prettiest Christmas cookies I’ve seen this season (and I’ve seen quite a few!) What a fun event! I’m sure it was great to chat with all these talented bloggers, and then to partake in all the sugary goodness! Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a Wednesday full of wonder and joy!

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    Jason Phelps — December 15, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    So much fun. I’ve done smaller ones before and variety has always been amazing. Thanks for the photo journey. My mother makes the jam filled cookies and they don’t last long!


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    Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul — December 15, 2010 @ 2:28 pm

    Ooooh, these look yummy, and so beautiful. The event sounds like a lot of fun, I’d love to get involved in a group like this with other NYC food bloggers!

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    Oui, Chef — December 16, 2010 @ 7:38 am

    I’ve never been to a swap myself, but if I ever get an invite, I’m bringing you along because you make cookies that I’d REALLY want to swap for! – S

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