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Interview with Julia Usher & Cookie Swap Book GIVEAWAY!

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I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but, look at this one!


Cookie inspiration at its finest and without even cracking the cover!

Julia Usher is the author of the recently published book, Cookie Swap: Creative Treats to Share Throughout the Year, a wonderful book filled with inspiring party ideas, mouth-watering recipes, and of course – my personal favorite – gorgeous decorated cookies.  Hers are amongst the most beautiful I’ve ever seen, and I was thrilled to have her join me for an interview where she shared cookie tips of all kinds!


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I’m also happy to announce that I will be giving away one signed copy of Cookie Swap thanks to Gibbs Smith Publishing!  Details on how to enter can be found near the end of this post.


Not only does Julia focus on cookies beautiful to look at, but she includes a multitude of unique and delicious sounding recipes such as Rosemary Blonde Brownies, Lemon-Thyme Bonbons and Under Her Thumb(print) Cookies pictured below.

I confess I haven’t actually tried making any of them yet, but as far as I’m concerned all I needed to buy this book were pages like this:

And this:


You can find Julia’s book on Amazon and visit her website at www.juliausher.com for more information.  Enjoy!



Cookie Swap GIVEAWAY!

Now on to the giveaway!  One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of Julia’s book, Cookie Swap!


How do you enter?

It’s easy.   Just leave answer the following question in the comment section below before 7pm EST on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010:


What is your favorite cookie to eat or to make?


Another way of entering the draw is to retweet this post on twitter.  Tweets will be added to the draw!


The contest is international and the winner will be chosen randomly at www.random.org.

Hope you enjoyed the interview and good luck with the giveaway!




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  1. Kimmie
    March 13, 2010 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    Chocolate chip cookies, really, really crisp from the Pillsbury dough cookie tub of dough….love them small too! Want that book, it looks darling!

  2. Lindsay C
    March 13, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    I am recently really loving a chocolate sugar cookie from Martha Stewart. Chewy and chocolatey!

  3. Patricia
    March 13, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Sugar cookies with icing!

  4. Adee
    March 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I love gingerbread! The spiciness of the cookies works soo well with the sweet icing.

  5. erin
    March 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    To eat: chocolate chip cookie
    To make: sugar cookies

  6. Lori
    March 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    Chocolate chip cookies with Ghiradelli chocolate chips.

  7. Elsa
    March 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    I would have to say chocolate chip cookies! I can never resist them!

  8. Michelle
    March 13, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    So many favorites! My new favorite are these coffee almond ones – grown up chocolate chip cookies! http://thepioneerwoman.com/tasty-kitchen-blog/2010/03/a-tasty-recipe-coffee-toffee-bars/

  9. March 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Peanut butter chocolate chip. hands down.

  10. Jennifer Heckman
    March 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Sugar butter with M&M for me!

  11. March 13, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    No doubt about it…sugar cookies!!
    I looked through this book at a book store, and it looked incredible! 🙂

  12. Kelly
    March 13, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    I love oreo cookies! But I like to decorate sugar cookies.

  13. Cory
    March 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I like gingersnap cookies with a little sugar on top of them. Delicious. Love the giveaway.

  14. Sybil
    March 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win this book as a gift for a friend. My favourite cookie is oatmeal.

  15. Threesidedorchid
    March 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    Oh, for eating, it’s definitely Chocolate chip – my family has an excellent recipe, so full of walnuts, they melt in your mouth.

    But for making? Sugar cookies! I love decorating them, even if I’m not very good at it yet!

  16. Sadie Dodson
    March 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    I love a soft and chewy oatmeal raisin!

  17. Marielle de Vroome
    March 14, 2010 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    My favourite cookie is: Pepernoten.
    They are very small spiced cookies/treats for our Sinterklaas holiday we celebrate on the 5th. of december in the Netherlands.

  18. March 14, 2010 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I love making and eating whoopie pies. They taste so good and they are a fun little thing to create!

  19. March 14, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Those beach bags filled with cookies look almost too good to eat! I love making sugar cookies, but for my fiance, Ghirardelli chocolate chips cookies take the cake!

  20. Kristan
    March 14, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    My favourite cookie to make and eat would have to be homemade Chocolate Chip Skor Cookies!

  21. Mary Ann
    March 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    Gingersnaps because they satisfy so many senses: taste, smell, sound (the snap) and sight (they puff up and then deflate into a nice cracked surface).

  22. March 14, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I live in Hershey, PA and the best kept secret is not the chocolate. It is the Hershey’s Chocolate World cookies. The Reeses Peanut Butter cookie is my favorite. Seriously, get a cookie if you ever visit Hershey.

  23. Kathleen
    March 14, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    The book looks amazing….I really like any kind of cookie but my fav is chocolate chip.

  24. Kerri
    March 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    I think my favourite cookie for sure has to be my moms shortbread cookies….they are from an old recipe and are just delicious…

  25. March 14, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    My favorite cookie, would have to be a big, chocolate chip cookie, with pecans, right out of the oven. As for making cookies. I love to make sugar cookies, b/c they are easier to decorate 🙂

  26. Anna
    March 14, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    I love baking chocolate chip cookies and eating the dough raw. I have vowed that when I am older and have my own place, I will always make double batches of cookies. Bake a half, eat a half.
    Win, win.

  27. Harry
    March 14, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Permalink

    Chocolate chip. yummmm.

  28. Chrisgelica
    March 15, 2010 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    Shortbread because it is easy.

  29. chikondi
    March 15, 2010 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    a soft warm sugar cookie just right out of the oven.yum

  30. Claudia
    March 15, 2010 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    There are so many cookies I like, but my favourite is chocolate cookies with peanut butter filling in the middle of the cookie.

  31. Nat
    March 15, 2010 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    Nothing smells better than a batch of peanut butter cookies! Nothing tastes better than dipping them in milk! — The only downside is the mandatory 5 mile run to burn it off… So I usually skip that part. 🙂

  32. gaye
    March 15, 2010 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    my favorite is sugar cookie with soft pink icing and white, pink sprinkles……

  33. March 15, 2010 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    I love chocolate chip, the family recipe for sugar cookies! I’m sure that I could find a new favorite in this fabulous book though!


  34. Carley
    March 15, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    My favorite cookies are pizelles!

  35. Stacy
    March 15, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    My favorite cookie are “my” oatmeal toffee cookies… everyone goes crazy for them, and I can eat a dozen practically before they’re cooled!

  36. Michele
    March 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    My favorite cookies to make AND eat are my Christmas lemony stained glass window cookies. I make them every year and eat way too many.

    Your cookies are gorgeous. I love how you use round cookies with pictures oppose to shaped cookies. So inspiring!

  37. Noe
    March 16, 2010 at 4:53 am | Permalink

    My fav cookie has cranberry, chocolate (white or dark) and oatmeal in it.

  38. tania
    March 16, 2010 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    My fav cookies to make are decorated sugar cookies. I love taking the time to make something beautiful.

  39. Tammie Sankey
    March 16, 2010 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    I love baking, decorating and eating sugar cookies!

  40. MiLinda Jones
    March 16, 2010 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    I LOVE eating kourabiedes cookies. I remember as a kid visiting a friend of mine who is greek and her mom giving us these icing sugar coated cookies from heaven. Even now a friend of mine who goes to the Danforth (Little Greece in Toronto) picking me up a box from her favourite bakery. I have tried making them but they never are the same.

  41. Laura Trueman
    March 16, 2010 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Right now I’m loving biscotti, but I’ll bake and eat Toll House cookies any day.

  42. Joey Lynn
    March 16, 2010 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    Betty Crocker’s 1963 Chocolate Crinkles! What memories these bring back. I love flipping through my classic 1963 “Cooky Book” looking at all the pictures to find that perfect cookie that somehow captures my mood and satisfies my soul. For some reason the rich chocolate with the contrast of the white powdered sugar, always calls to me! The perfect cookie!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win, I’d love to have another book, that I’m sure will bacome a classic, in my collection!

  43. Elizabeth
    March 16, 2010 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    You really can’t go wrong with a traditional Chocolate Chip Cookie. Especially one that is warm and fresh from the oven with a big glass of milk. Mmmmm, cookie.

  44. Monifa
    March 16, 2010 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    my favorite cookies are Chocolate chocolate chip cookies.

  45. Shirley
    March 16, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    My favorite cookie to make and eat are Pecan Wedding Balls with the powdered sugar, butter, and pecans! YUMMY! They have to be warm, though. So delicious!

  46. Michele
    March 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

    My favorite cookie to eat is chocolate chip

  47. March 16, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I love to make good ole chocolate chip cookies. I like them just undercooked!

  48. Sybil
    March 16, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    Ahhhhh am I too late, I want to win the book…..pic me random org pick me

  49. Kimmie
    March 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Please enter me in your contest to win the book….

  50. August 6, 2010 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Chocolate chip cookies, thanks for the chance!
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