Why Homemade Cookies Truly are the Best Gift to Give
Cookies are a gift with love baked into every bite. They are the perfect present for almost anyone and will suit virtually any gift giving occasion that might arise.
Whether it is for a birthday celebration, a graduation, a welcome home gift, Valentines Day, or Christmas, the yummy heartfelt goodness of this delightful dessert just naturally fits in wonderfully.
There is a reason why homemade cookies are the ideal gift. It is because they are so absolutely wonderful to receive. These treats can be gifted as an assortment or just one type. They can be tinned, bagged, popped into a Mason jar, or displayed in a decorative gift basket.
They can also be prepared well ahead of the occasion and frozen until you are ready to wrap them up to be given away. This works out wonderfully for gifting as an assortment of these sweet treats can be packaged at any time. Freezing a batch before hand sure cuts down on the workload during the busy holiday season.
Students Love Them, Kids Love them, Executives Love Them too
For younger individuals who have recently gone off to school, or moved into their first home a cookie basket is the ideal gift. These individuals are busy going to school, working, or doing both.
That type of a busy lifestyle can take a lot of hours out of the day leaving little time left to bake. Many people just want to relax after the work day is done so baking is usually pretty low on their list of things to do.
This does not mean that they do not love the taste of baked goods though. These are the people who love nothing more than to receive a treasure trove filled with sweet yummy treats.
Home made cookies rank right up there at the top of the list of coveted tasty baked treats so receiving a basket filled with them is perfect. This gift is so special that each cookie is generally treasured right down to the very last crumb.
Gift Packaging Suggestions from the Cookie Experts
Seniors, Kids, and Busy Moms Love Cookies
For the busy mom with a crew of munchkins bouncing around the house there could be no better gift than that of a cookie basket.
Her life is busy. She may not have the time to bake up a treat for the family so having a basket filled with baked cookies is a wonderful gift to have come into the home. It offers a little more "me time" for mom in her otherwise very hectic paced schedule.
This is also the reason why a cookie basket is the perfect welcome gift for someone new to your neighborhood. Moving into a new home can involve a lot of disarray and receiving a cookie basket can be the perfect opportunity for that oh so needed moment of relaxation and rejuvenation.
When most of your belongings are hidden away in various sized boxes, having handy cookies to snack on with a nice relaxing cup of tea makes all the other little details of life just so much easier to handle.
For pretty much anyone who loves the taste of a sweet treat, and the baked goodness of cookies, a homemade gift is the perfect gift to receive.
Home Baked Gifts can be so Creative and Unique
If you are gifting cookies for a specific time of year your cookies can be easily themed for that holiday.
For Easter you can include egg or rabbit shaped cookies. For Valentine's Day heart or egg shaped cookies Drape them in a chocolate coat for added effect.
Christmas is the easiest season to theme cookies as there are so many holiday shapes. Trees, snowmen, reindeer, gifts, gingerbread men, and a dazzling array of other images.
Coat your creations in icing of seasonal colors and add an array of sprinkles to the tops, these cookies dance in the limelight of the season. Peeking teasingly out from the confines of a gift basket they are almost too good to resist.
Fill your gift package with an assortment of cookies of various types and in a variety of sized portions. Be sure to include a large array of color and shapes as this makes the package all the more eye appealing.
Creating a Gift Basket? Add in a few Related Items.
Other items that can be added into a cookie gift basket to set it off are decorative napkins (just in case they need to sample the basket immediately), a small stuffed toy, a mug, chocolates, a gift certificate, and candy.
You can also add in a homemade or purchased recipe book with your home baked gift or include a card with the cookie recipe written out on it.
Individual packages of hot chocolate, flavored coffee, or herbal tea can also be included alongside the cookies in the basket. For the holidays cookies in a Santa or Elf on the Shelf theme can be a fun theme.
Add in some extra little gifts into your gift and see the shine in the eyes of those who receive this basket of tasty treats. It is obvious in their eyes exactly how much they are going to enjoy this gift.
Easy Do It Yourself Jar Gifts
Oooey Gooey Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
This is one of my most favorite recipes. The wholesome goodness of oatmeal and the chewy sweetness of coconut combine to create the most delicious soft and crispy oatmeal cookie imaginable.
Delicious, nutritious, and with a delightfully moist texture, these soft oooey gooey chewy treats are sure to have your family sneaking back for a second helping.
If you have a few cookie monsters running around your house then you might want to bake up a batch of these delicious oatmeal coconut cookies. They are a nutritiously crunchy sweet treat for family and friends alike.
There are quite a few ways to bake a healthier dessert and using oatmeal in your baking is ideal. These treats are a great source of fiber. The best news though is that oatmeal is soluble fiber which helps to flush cholesterol from the body which helps aide in the lowering of bad cholesterol.
List of Ingredients
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine together the following 5 ingredients.
1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup margarine
Now blend the following dry ingredients in.
2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 2 cups oats 2 cups coconut
Optional Ingredients: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup raisins.
Drop by Teaspoonful Onto a Greased Cookie Sheet
Flatten Each Drop of Dough - Bake for 10 to 12 Minutes
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