In theory, no. I would not.
In real life, of course I did.
In fact, I am on a cookie roll this month, but more on that another time.
Cranberry Bliss Blondies - Internet Cookie Swap
Reading over the ingredient list, I was dubious. I'm not generally a fan of white chocolate - way too sweet for my taste. I upped the salt and cinnamon, added the optional orange zest, and hoped for the best.
When I took my first bite, I understood, at last, what all the fuss was about. Yes, they are sweet, but in a really Christmas-y, good way. The bars are moist and a little chewy, and the tang of the cream cheese frosting and the cranberries seals the deal.
I exercised every ounce of self restraint I had, wrapped up (most of) these little bars of bliss, and sent them out into the world.
The second cookie swap was organized by Food Bloggers Los Angeles, a group of extremely talented folks here in town. We meet in person, toast to the season, take a zillion photos and eat ourselves silly. This time around, I decided to try recipes from a new, highly rated baking cookbook for my contribution. Non-Internet swap, non-Internet source, right?
Well, the recipes SUCKED. A pound of butter and tons of sugar later I had a houseful of crappy cookies and it was 2 a.m. Seriously irritated (as in NOT BLISSFUL!), I made a riff on my tried and true Butterscotch Blondies** and got a few hours of sleep.
The blondies were utterly delicious when I tasted them in the morning, but I was so sleep deprived that I drove myself and my adorable snowman platter all the way to the other side of town...
Toffee Almond Cherry Blondies - Non Internet Cookie Swap
Without the address for the party. Or any way to get it, because it wasn't, of course, on the Internet.
Fortunately, I found both a great sandwich place and a Starbucks, so the outing was not a total bust. There were plenty of regular, non-blogging hungry people*** to share the treats with, too. I missed the company and what were surely some incredible cookies, but my mailbox was soon flooded with sweets from Rebecca of The Displaced Housewife, Denise of Alma's Days, and Jessica of A Happy Food Dance, so all was well.
Clearly, the win here goes to the Internet, with the improvised middle-of-the-night Blondies getting the assist. Both of these, by the way, are so good they will be making an appearance in the Dessert Room this weekend.