Spiced Mushroom Cookies #FBCookieSwap

These spiced mushroom cookies were made for this years Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, a great event put on by Lindsay of Love and Olive Oil blog and Julie of The Little Kitchen AND sponsored by OXO, the company that makes all sorts of awesome kitchen and home gadgets, from mixing bowls to spatulas to office organization and everything in between. It was fun to see all the pictures of cookies everyone was sending out and receiving on Instagram with the  #fbcookieswap tag.

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I loved the idea of getting to make a “secret santa” style gift for 3 other bloggers. I was sent an email with the 3 I was to send to ( no one I knew) and I wasn’t to contact them to let them know I was sending to them. Who doesn’t love surprise cookies in the mail? Not to mention that this was a great cause as well, our entry fees were matched by OXO and funds went to Cookies for Children’s Cancer. I think kids shouldn’t even be allowed to get cancer, so anything that is for research for it I am all for. Oxo also sent each participant an adorable little spatula that is part of the Cookie’s for Cancer campaign. I sent these cookies to Molly of the blog CakeFyi , Christy from ASliceofCCakes and Jewel from Eat.Drink.Shop.Love. I received cookies from Erin at BigFatBaker and from Addie from Culicurious

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Seriously how cute is that?

And how cute are these??

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I went through my cookie recipes trying to come up with something good, would hold up during shipping, and something special for the holidays. I know you’re thinking “ummm mushrooms??” But let me explain. First off there were no real mushroom harmed in the making of these, they are merely shaped like mushrooms, second they don’t taste like mushrooms either, they are a soft lightly spiced cookie wit a cocoa glaze on top and a vanilla glaze as “glue” for the stems to stay in the caps.

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I chose these because they are special to me and I wanted to share them with the 3 bloggers I sent cookies to as well as everyone else in the swap with this post and sharing the recipe. These are my absolute favorite Christmas cookie I had as a kid, and still my favorite, that my mom makes. I loved helping her make them as a kid, it was so fun to “glue” them together and dip in icing and watch the icing drip off as they dried. Plus they are so freaking cute! My mom had made a recipe book for me years ago and this recipe was included in it and I had yet to make them. They were always something she made and sent me long after I moved out when I was 18. She still sends them to me and I am 29 now…for the 6th year in a row… So I hadn’t made them yet, but I knew these would be perfect for the cookie swap

I made a little collage for the process pictures since these do require a few steps from start to finish, more than your normal average drop cookie. Maybe that is why I haven’t made these yet, lots of steps. I wasn’t intimidated, like I am with the thought of making French Macarons ( I really want to try those soon!), but maybe because my mom always made them so great I was worried mine wouldn’t come out as good.

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The stems and caps cooling. Cutting out the hole in the cap since it bakes almost shut. And fitting a stem to a cap before icing.

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Dipping in the glaze “glue”. Letting the excess drip off. Fitting into the cap. Drying upside down.

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I push all the cookies next to each other while the stems are gluing to keep them upright. Once the stems are glued, dip the caps in the cocoa icing. Let the excess drip off. Dry on a cooling rack. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture of an alternate way to dry them, but what also works is taking several empty paper towel rolls and cutting 1 1/2′ lengths and setting the cooking inside them upright, so the icing drips down all edges evenly when drying. This is what I did for most of them. I didn’t have enough paper towel roll pieces for them all so some dried on their side.

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I found these super cute boxes at Michael’s to package the cookies in. A dozen fit perfectly and I tried to package them as best as I could to keep them from breaking. I hope they all made it in one piece in transit.

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Spiced Mushroom Cookies (Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap)
Serves: 36
Spiced Mushroom Cookies
  • ¼ c sweet cream butter, room temp
  • ½ c granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs , room temp
  • ¼ c plain yogurt
  • ¾ c honey
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp all spice
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • Icing ingredients:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ c water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  1. Combine flour, soda and spices in a medium bowl. Set aside
  2. Cream butter and sugar until well combined. Add in eggs, mixing well after each addition.
  3. Stir in yogurt and honey.
  4. Slowly add in flour mixture and mix until well combine
  5. Chill for one hour or up to overnight
  6. Preheat oven to 375, prepare cookie sheets with parchment or silicone bake mats.
  7. Once dough is chilled, scoop about a tablespoon sized ball for the mushroom caps. Roll the dough balls round in your hands and then make an indent on the bottom with the end of a small round wooden spoon handle. Gently press so you don’t squish the dough too much. Place bottom side down on baking sheet.
  8. For the stems roll about a half of a tablespoon of dough about an inch and a half long with one end pointed and the other slightly flat. Place stems on a separate baking sheet from the caps
  9. Bake 10-12 minutes for caps. 8-10 for stems, if the holes in the caps close up, once cooled, scrape a little back out with a sharp knife, just enough to fit the pointed end of the stem in it. Match up stems and caps so they are ready to “glue” together.
  10. For the icing:
  11. Combine sugar, water and lemon juice. Dip pointed end of stems in the icing, let excess drip off and insert into indent in caps. Place cap side down and let fully dry.
  12. Add cocoa to the remaining icing and mix. Carefully dip the caps in the icing and lie on a wire drying rack and let fully dry. These keep well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week or frozen for several months.


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I can’t wait to see all the other cookies that the other bloggers made that were a part of the #FBcookieswap, I think there were over 500 that participated. Amazing!!

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  1. These are so fun! They look just like mushrooms!

  2. These are some of the cutest cookies that I’ve ever seen! They look just like mushrooms!

  3. How adorable are these! Your lucky recipients are going to be surprised and delighted when they get these. What a cute cookie. I doubt anyone else made these for the swap. Very original.

  4. These are AMAZING! Absolutely love the ingenuity of these little cookies – they’d be perfect for decorating a chocolate yule log too!

  5. I love this idea! I’ve made meringue mushrooms before, but I’d much prefer a soft, spicy cookie! Just beautiful.

  6. What a fantastic idea! When I read the title, I said – – cool a savoury cookie using vegatables – – but I kind of like the fact that no mushrooms were used :) lol. Great recipe and great idea <3

  7. How cute are these!!! Most adorable cookie I’ve seen today!

  8. You could’ve fooled me! These look exactly like mushrooms!! I may have to try this with the little one some day and see how much he enjoys making these. =)

    • I have great memories of making them with my mom when I was a kid, and my kids love them they think they are so cute so I am sure your little one will love them too!

  9. I love this idea! One Christmas, I’m going to conquer my fear of sponge cake [long story involving forgetting the egg whites. *shudder*] and make a buche de noel. I bet these would be absolutely perfect as a decoration! (not to mention a lot more delicious than plain old meringues!)

  10. I would really like to make this but I have no idea what sweet cream butter is can I just use any butter salted unsalted please amd thank u

  11. You could have fooled me ! They look like mushrooms ! Nice ! Creative and yummy . Love the cookies and I love mushrooms too 😉 !

  12. I love that you chose cookies that were special to you like these cuties!

  13. Those are so cute! I have never seen anything like them. They are so cute. Love the creativity! Hope your week is going well Shanna!

  14. Sweet cream butter is another name from unsalted butter. It is best to use unsalted butter in all pastry recipes unless the instructions state otherwise. Salted butter is not as fresh as Sweet cream butter. The salt acts as a preservative and so it can be much older than unsalted butter. Also it does add salt to whatever you are making.

    • Eve the butter my mom uses is actually called Sweet butter. Not unsalted sweet cream. Its different. She showed me the butter she uses when I was at their house and it said sweet butter not unsalted sweet cream, which she also had. She said that the sweet butter is harder to find

  15. These are just too cute! I’ll be baking these for my family and friends and of course the office! Great treat, thanks for sharing!!


  16. WOW! How cute are those is RIGHT!!!

  17. Maria Carroll says:

    Shanna, Is your mom Lithuanian by chance?

    • Austrian. You are the second person to ask me. Funny

      • Maria Carroll says:

        My grandparents were Lithuanian but died when I was quite young so this year for a school project I helped my 4th grader learn about Lithuanian Christmas traditions. Supposedly, the mushroom cookie is a traditional Lithuanian Christmas cookie. Now, we’ll need to investigate Austrian Christmas traditions. Did she make any Edelweiss cookies :)!

        • She said she found these cookies in Bon Appetit a gazillion years ago and had slightly adapted it to this recipe but isn’t sure of the origin. She does make other traditional Austrian and German Christmas cookies as well.

  18. I love these. How clever! And they don’t look too hard to assemble.
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  19. Oh my goodness!! How adorable are these??? Love!

  20. Ma che belli!! Deliziosi ..Complimenti e saluti cari laura

  21. Preciosas!!!!!

  22. I am making these now! Just took the first batch out of the oven. How do you get your stems to be round all around?? Mine came out super cute but of course are flat on one side, where they were against the cookie sheet. I see one of yours like that but most are round all around. Are you a magician? How did you do that?? Yours are as cute as a button! Thanks so much for sharing this. These cookies are deliciously spicy with that sugar glaze!

    • ha!! No they are all flat on one side just must be the camera angle. I wish I was a magician then I could POOF my kitchen clean every day instead of actually having to do it myself. ha ha

  23. Thanks for this awesome recipe! Mine look a little more “homemade” than yours but I am so happy with how they turned out. I have a friend who mushroom hunts and these were perfect! I made little dirt and worm cups and placed a cookie in each.

  24. I’m so happy you posted this recipe. My Aunt Diane (and person I’m named after) would make these every Christmas and mail us a batch. Unfortunately, she lost her fight to cancer several years ago and I could never find this recipe. It will be extra special to make these this year with her spirit in mind.


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