Cookies, Glorious Cookies

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots β€˜N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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Holy cookies! Today was a million times better than Cookie Friday! I must say, Shannon’s Cookie Swap was quite the success! πŸ˜€ I definitely left her apartment with a belly FULL of delicious cookie goodness!


In addition to the plethora of cookies, Shannon provided her guests with some savory snacks to munch on. I tried at least a bite of everything.

Shannon served smoked salmon mousse + crackers + cucumbers.


Chips + salsa + guacamole.


Mini quiches made with pear and gorgonzola. Mmm!


Coconut-chia almonds. Heavenly!


And bacon-flavored potato chips.


The bloggers mingled before the main event.


The cookie selection was out of control! There were so many delicious options. Not surprisingly, I ate one too many cookies, but isn’t that the point of a cookie swap? πŸ˜‰ I had wanted to try one of each cookie, but after eating 5 or 6, my stomach was just too full. I took at least one of each cookie home with me, so I’m sure I’ll get to taste them all within a day or two! πŸ˜‰

Check out this wonderful spread of goodies at the Cookie Swap!

My Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Bars



Bridget’s Chocolate Almond Orange Macaroons


Shannon’s Maple Bacon Toffee Oatmeal Cookies


Bacon?!? Yep, bacon. The flavor was very subtle and it nicely complimented the maple and toffee.


Adrienne’s Lime Meltaways



Elina’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


My coworker Melissa highly recommended these cookies to me around the holidays, so I was psyched to see that Elina made them for the Cookie Swap. They basically tasted like rich espresso brownies. Delish!


Kelly’s Cookie Dough Truffles


I’m dying to try one of these! I’ll probably enjoy one tonight after dinner. πŸ˜‰



Nicole’s Lemon Almond Cranberry Crescents


Kerstin’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars


These bars were no joke. In addition to lots of peanut butter and chocolate, the inside included pretzel pieces and chunks of Whoppers!


Rebecca’s Break-Up Bars


These were easily a favorite! Holy yum!


Mary Kate’s Black & White Cookies


Black & White cookies are one of my favorites. Mary Kate’s were SO GOOD!


I <3 cookies! The Cookie Monster was in heaven! :mrgreen:


Of course, us bloggers needed to snap some photos!


And then the swapping began!



Check out the loot that I took home with me!


Even Murphy got some goodies!


Shannon baked him some doggie treats. Thanks, Shannon!


Thanks, Shannon, for a wonderful afternoon! I really enjoyed my first Cookie Swap! :mrgreen:

I’m not sure that I want to eat dinner after all of those cookies, but maybe some “real food” will help get me out of my sugar coma. πŸ˜•

(Wow, there were a lot of exclamation points in this post. I guess I really do get excited about cookies! πŸ˜‰ )



  1. Hi Tina! OMG those cookies look amazing, you are lucky!
    I’m actually wondering if you know what brand those bacon-flavored potato chips are/where I could find them? Thanks πŸ™‚

  2. WOW!!!! I am drooling all over my keyboard!! I would be stuffed to the gills with all those deliciouos looking cookies. I love the slight bacon theme that was there.

  3. Those cookies look delicious! I need to try those chocolate peanut butter ones with the whopper chunks too! Yum!!

  4. Your butterscotch chocolate chip bars were so good! I had a blast this afternoon with all the cookie eating and swaping, appetizer nibbling and foodie game laughing! It was nice to see you. I hope to see you again soon!

  5. I’ve made those break up bars (also called million dollar bars) and they are to die for!!!!!!! They taste like a twix but 10x better – dont you agree? Ummm, thanks for making me jones for cookies now πŸ™‚

  6. We should have a cookie eating competition. I’m not sure I know a bigger cookie monster than you, and I always thought I was a huge monster! πŸ™‚ Vive le cookie.

  7. Tina , What did you do different than the “Oatmeal Raisin Bars” the one’s you made are Butterscotch Chocolate Chip Bars ? They all look good. You are very brave to go to a cookie swap after the holidays

  8. This might be some of the best food porn I’ve seen in quite some time..if you ladies want to host another one of those at the end of May when I’m going to be in Boston for a vacation…sign me up!!

  9. What an AMAZING spread! Hope you all had a great time… this makes me SUPER jealous that I can’t find ANY food bloggers in Cleveland πŸ™ I would love to have a cookie swap!

  10. It was great meeting you today! I can’t’ believe I haven’t stumbled upon your blog before – love it! Your butterscotch bars are addicting… πŸ™‚

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