Creative Cookie Exchange brought to you by The Spiced Life and At Home with Rebecka

Creative Cookie Exchange

Welcome to the Creative Cookie Exchange!

My friend Laura, from The Spiced Life and I, created this awesome monthly event, because, well, who doesn’t love cookies? Breakfast cookies, snack cookies, back to school cookies, Christmas cookies, you name it! If it can be served as a cookie I’m there! 

Our first Theme for September 15-October 14, 2013
This month we will be baking cookies that are great for after school snacks or to pack in your school aged child’s lunch!
Please follow the steps below for the Linky Party: 
1. Write a blog post with recipe and original photo (please include some language here specific to that month’s theme). We would like the recipe to be one you’re making for the first time, and photos must be original.

2. Post the Cookie Exchange badge somewhere on your blog so others can join in the fun:

Creative Cookie Exchange

3. Make a good faith effort to visit and comment on the other cookies in the Linky party. We all love cookies so that should be easy!
4. LIKE the Creative Cookie Exchange Facebook Page
5. FOLLOW the Creative Cookie Exchange Pinterest Board
6. LINK your blog post below using the Linky tool
Once you link your recipe using the Linky Tool below, you will be directed to apage where you will find the;link code for the exchange to share on your blog, if you are so inclined. By doing this, the same list appears on every blog that shares the code so that people can “hop” from blog to blog. As others link up, their recipes will appear on your posts linky.
I created an easy one dish cookie recipe for this month’s Back to School Cookie Exchange.  
Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie!
Chocolate Chip Skillet Brownies
Utilizing a cast iron skillet to bake these gooey, chocolaty brownies was a snap, with little to no clean up. I hid a few Chia seeds in the mix to add a little healthy twist to this indulgent after school snack.
Chocolate Chip Skillet Brownies
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
  1. 1 stick butter
  2. 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  3. 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  6. 1/8 cup Chia seeds
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/4 teaspoon Fleur de Sel (sea salt)
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 1 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees fahrenheit
  2. Place a well seasoned cast iron skillet on stovetop over medium heat, add cold butter
  3. Let butter melt, coating entire skillet, tilting to coat sides
  4. Turn off heat, add sugars and vanilla, blend with a spoon until well combined
  5. Allow mixture to cool for a few minutes, add eggs, mix until well incorporated
  6. Stir in flour, chia seeds, soda and salt, scraping the sides and bottom of skillet to leave no dry flour
  7. Stir in chocolate chips (reserve 1/4 cup chocolate chips to sprinkle over brownie top)
  8. Bake in oven on middle rack for 15-20 minutes
  1. Over stirring the warm mixture will melt the chips and produce a brownie, if you prefer a chocolate chip cookie, gently stir until chips are just incorporated.
  2. Serve with vanilla ice cream or a big glass of milk
At Home with Rebecka

LINK your blog post below using the Linky toolYou can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Facebook page, our Pinterest Board, and our monthly posts. You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration for this month’s theme, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made so far:

Pecan Chocolate Bars from The Spiced Life

Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Food Lust People Love

White Chocolate Oat Cookies from Magnolia Days

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies from It’s Yummi

Fortune Cookies from A Baker’s House

Whole Wheat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Chocolate Chip Skillet Brownies from At Home with Rebecka

Orange Cookies from Basic N Delicious

Melting Moments from All that’s Left Are the Crumbs

Pumpkin Oatmeal Pecan Cookies from If I Ever Owned A Bakery…

Peanut Butter No-Bakes from Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Banana Apple Spice Cookies from Live Life

If you are interested in becoming a fellow host for the Creative Cookie Exchange, you will need a blog, a Facebook account, and to contact either myself (thespicedlifeATgmailDOTcom) or Rebecka (rebeckasevansATgmailDOTcom). Just let us know and we will get you started.

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  1. I am always in the better late than never camp! Thank you so much for doing this with me, and I LOVE baking in a cast iron skillet! This looks wonderful!!

  2. Ninja, I’m lovin the little bento cookie snacks! Great idea, so sweet to look at too! Thanks for joining us!

  3. I love the idea of the cookie exchange and would like to join in if I may- the skillet cookie looks fab:)

  4. Yum these sound really good, I like the idea of using the big pan.

  5. What a fantastic idea to include Chia seeds, Rebecka. They’re good for big and little kids. I understand they improve memory, too…So glad I’ve got an iron skillet so I can replicate your scrumptious brownies =)

    • Thanks ninjabaker! Adding the Chia seeds was my way of feeling less guilty about consuming all those yummy calories. The cool part was, they gave the brownies and little crunch and a nutty flavor! My family didn’t even notice I put them in!! Stealth!

  6. Oh my goodness these look fabulous!! Love the skillet idea, and I like Becca’s suggestion above of a pint of vanilla ice cream!!!

  7. Rebecca, that looks sooo good! Thank you so much for all of your very hard work on this launch of such a fun group.

  8. Go team cast iron skillet!! I love baking and cooking with mine. I can’t wait to use it for this recipe.
    Thanks for all the behind the scenes work you did to make this Creative Cookie Exchange happen. It’s going to be big fun to see all the cookies shared each month.

  9. I am another who has never tried making a skillet cookie. I can’t wait to try this idea, and really, who wouldn’t love a giant cookie? I’ll just have to remember it is meant to be shared ;). Also, thanks for all of the hard work you have put into getting the group up and running.

    • Felice, gooey, chocolaty goodness and only one pan to clean up when their gone, nothing could be better than that. If you decide you not able to share the pan try making them in the smaller skillets, serve with a dollop of ice cream and you have a delicious one-pan dessert!

  10. This looks sooo delicious! I’ve never tried making a skillet cookie, but I definitely have to! And the added chia seeds! Love it! 🙂

  11. I love baking with a skillet and think this cookie would be a fun treat with ice cream melting in the middle too…looks wonderful!

  12. I love this, Rebecka! You mix and bake it in the skillet so only one thing to wash. How great is that?! Also, it looked full of chocolately deliciousness in your sneak peek photo. This one is pretty but that one made me want some NOW. Thanks for starting this great group. Wonderful motivation to bake cookies!

    • Hi Stacy, Thank you so much for visiting the #CreativeCookieExchange! I was thinking about adding that photo to the post but I’ve already made so many changes to the post and it’s super long already! The good news is… the photo that made you “want some right now” is featured in the recipe! Really so nice to see you!

  13. I need a pint of vanilla bean ice cream, your skillet cookie, and a great big spoon to make this a great day!

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