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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

OXO Spatula GIVEAWAY: Less Than Perfect Cookies for "Good Cookies"

Editor's Note: Cookies for Kids’ Cancer and OXO graciously offered me a free cookie spatula to use as part of the Cookie Swap for a Cause extravaganza!  One lucky winner can win one to use in anticipation of the #cookieswap!

So I’ll kill the anticipation up front – there will be no recipe for Meyer lemon and rosemary cornmeal shortbread.  It didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked so I will keep trying based on what I learned tonight.  I promise that this blog will have the recipe before the (EPIC!) cookie swap on December 18th.

Disappointment aside, I endeavored to make Meyer lemon and rosemary cornmeal shortbread cookies today so I could take my spankin’ new “good cookie” spatula for a maiden voyage.  The adventure started with this snapshot of where the magic happens:

My cookies tasted incredible but they lacked the texture I sought.  The above picture is quite literally all you need for sheer ecstasy taste-wise.  The result of that bowl of cornmeal, rosemary (from my mini urban garden), meyer lemon, and a little sea salt) was so delicious it hurt.  The cookies just didn’t look much like stars when they came off of the cookie sheet!  Enjoy the illusion of what should have happened here: 

And to enhance the charade, see the entire sheet of “cookies” here:

The spatula was clearly designed by people who know cookies (see the story of OXO Good Cookie campaign) because it was wonderfully short and square.  When dealing with delicate cookies, you actually don’t want a long moment arm (don’t bother Googling – just trust that my engineering degree just poked out its head in the middle of a perfectly good food blog post) to break them apart.  My cookies actually maintained their shape well on the spatula but fell apart once they hit the cooling rack!  

With any luck, we will enjoy cookies that taste as good as these do but are 1000x hardier at the Cookie Swap for a Cause which will take the “good cookie” cause to a whole new level!  At the Swap, the Glad to Give campaign will donate $.10 for every cookie swapped to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer which will make you a “good cookie” just for doing what you do for the holidays.  If you can’t make it to the swap, put in an entry for the “good cookie” spatula, tell your friends to buy one online (50% of the proceeds go to the charity too!), or consider your very own holiday bake sale.

So you want to win the OXO cookie spatula?  Keep reading!

Here's how to enter (one chance for each of these activities for a total of four possible chances):
  • Click over to OXO Good Cookies recipe book, choose which recipe looks most appealing, and leave a comment here on the Boston Food Swap blog with your favorite(s).
  • Sign up for our newsletter and leave a comment on this post letting us know you want to be entered in the giveaway.
  • Like us on Facebook and leave a comment on this post letting us know you want to be entered in the giveaway.
  • Tweet about the giveaway, including the hashtag #bfsgoodcookie and this link:. Example: Win a “Good Cookie” spatula from @OXO & @BOSswappers #bfsgoodcookie
And a few rules:
  • Only those in the United States and Canada are eligible to win (sorry, but we're shipping the book ourselves and learned this the hard way).
  • When commenting, please include a way to contact you for your mailing address. For instance, link your comment a website that contains your email address or include your email in your comment.
  • All tweets, likes, newsletter subscriptions, and comments must be received by Sunday, December 11th at 11:59 EST. After that, we will use Random.org to choose the winner.
  • If the winner does not respond to email requests for their address within one week, we reserve the right to choose another winner.


  1. I love the Melissa's Magic bars. It is so simple and I think condensed milk will do magic to the bars!! Sweet and yummy!

  2. I have subscribed to your newletters which i can't wait to receive. And I LIKE your FB page long ago. :)

  3. Melissa's Magic bars looks amazing! I love using sweetened condensed milk and coconut in desserts!

  4. I liked the Facebook page! I am SO excited to be a part of the cookie swap, I wish I could start baking cookies for it now! :)

  5. Michelle's Fluffernutter Crunch Brownies look amazing! I have also subscribed to the newsletter and like the page! magpanagopoulos@hotmail.com

  6. Christine's Peanut Butter Incredibles look incredible!

  7. I agree with Erica... I'm hankering for the PB Incredibles... also Michelle's Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies sounds good to me.

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  8. I've subscribed to your newsletter!

  9. I've tweeted about the giveaway here!