DIY, Recipes

Everyone Can Use Some Extra ‘Dough’ During the Holidays.

Give a little extra ‘dough’ this year…Cookie dough that is.

cookie dough log gift wrapped with a tag

I love giving homemade gifts during the holiday season. To me, a homemade gift tells a person that you care about them enough to take time to create something special. Another benefit is that you can give a great gift without spending a lot of money. I do, however, try to ask myself one thing before making gifts…

Will someone actually want this?

Well, when it comes to sweets, the answer always seems to be YES! Cookies are a crowd favorite, but there are a few things I love about giving cookie dough, instead of baked cookies.

  • First is that the recipient does not have to use it immediately. With baked cookies, they have to be eaten within a few days. With dough, if they don’t plan to bake the cookies that week, it can be placed in the freezer for up to 8 weeks and still bake perfectly.
  • The second thing that I love about giving dough is that the recipient gets to be the one to fill their home with the delicious scent of freshly baked cookies. YUMM!
  • Finally, if they are not a ‘cookie person’ (not sure why I would be friends with a person like that…) the dough can easily be passed along to someone else that would enjoy them. As long as someone gets joy out of the melty, googy chocolate chip cookies, that it all that matters.

Check out the super easy instructions (with images) below:

  1. Mix your cookie dough according to the recipe. If you don’t have a cookie recipe that you are in love with, you can use this chocolate chip cookie recipe. This recipe yields 24 cookies, so I was able to split the dough into 2- logs that each will yield one dozen cookies.
raw cookie dough in mixer

2. Be sure to chill the dough. I recommend removing the dough from your mixing bowl before chilling, otherwise the cold mixture is very hard to scrape out of the bowl. I took my room temp dough ball and wrapped in it plastic wrap before placing in the fridge.

chilled cookie dough

3. Once the dough has chilled for the appropriate amount of time, you can now roll it into logs.

4. Take the dough logs and wrap them in parchment paper or freezer paper. Make sure that there is enough to cover the ends as well.

5. Wrap the dough logs in a decorative paper of your choice and tie the ends with ribbon. Be sure to add directions for baking along with the dough!

Sample instructions to print for your gift tag:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Yields: 12 cookies

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Keep the dough in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the dough into 12 equal slices.
  • Place slices of dough 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes (or until the edges are golden and the tops are no longer glossy).

**Note: Dough can be frozen for up to 8 weeks if you are not ready to bake the cookies!  Simply allow the dough to thaw in the fridge before baking. **

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

caramel apple bar
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DIY Caramel Apple Bar

DIY Caramel Apple Bar

Perfect for a fall party buffet!

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This past weekend, we had a fall party with lots of friends and family.  I wanted to have a simple, yet, custom sweets area.  I decided to construct a DIY Caramel Apple Bar.  I had accumulated tons of yummy apples from my Fall CSA and this would be the perfect time to use them.

I purchased two bags of Kraft caramel bits and a super small food warmer (images link to the products on amazon!):



I then rummaged through my cabinets and found everything else that I needed.  That included kaboob sticks for poking the apples and toppings to sprinkle on the caramel after dipping.  I chose crushed peanuts, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, almond slivers, toffee bits, and coconut flakes.  The possibilities for topping options are practically endless.

Check out the rest of my set up below!  YUMMMYYYY!

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My only complaint is that after letting the caramel in the warmer for a few hours, it began to taste a bit burnt.  I would suggest not melting and warming the caramel until the dessert portion of your party.

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Fall Photo Set up

Fall Photo Set up

Happy Fall

For our end of the Fall party, we wanted a cute area to capture memories.  I decided to put together a fall-themed set up for pictures.  With the chilly weather on the forecast, we decided to set up indoors.

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photo of fall photo set up

I chose a plain wall in our mudroom.  We already had the bench in place.  Then surround the bench with all things fall!  We purchased bundles of corn stalks, small gourds, decorative field corn, pumpkins, and mums from our local plant farm and country store.  I strategically chose to host my fall party after Halloween.  This meant that all of the pumpkins, mums, and other decor at my local store were discounted by at least 50%.

 I purchased the banners from amazon.

Happy Fall Banner can be found here!

Chevron banner can be found here!

The photo area was a big hit at our party.  We now have tons of great photos to look back on as our kids grow up.  I plan to set something up at our future parties as well.

**Now that the party is over, it is time to tear my photo area down.  The mums will get planted somewhere in our garden to provide fall color for years to come.  As the gourds and pumpkins begin to rot, they will get taken down to our compost pile.  The decorative corn and cornstalks will get put in the compost pile as well.  Please don’t throw these types of things away.  They will decompose much better in a compost pile than they would in a land fill.**

Happy Fall Y’all