DIY gifts from the kitchenPosted: December 21, 2011
I’ve said it before: I am not a baker. It’s not even that I don’t like to bake- it’s that I can’t bake. Or maybe, I’m just too much of a rebel to bake. My problem is that I don’t like to measure things and I don’t like to perfectly follow recipes. And I burn stuff- always. BUT I did bake these cookies (and they did not burn). And they are delicious.
cheap creative, I like to give DIY gifts from the kitchen to the other art teachers at my school each year for Christmas. Alright, I’ll be honest. I’m not that creative. I stole the recipe idea from Whole Foods recipe site, as I have for the past few years. The recipes are awesome and include both edible and non-edible gifts and even have a downloadable gift-tag. I’ve made some awesome stuff in years past, including Cinnamon Pancake Mix, Sugar-Dusted Whole Wheat Graham Crackers, and Chocolate-Dipped Figs. This year I had my eyes set on making Cranberry-Pistachio Oat Lace cookies. But, I substituted the pistachios for walnuts, because I thought that just sounded better.
I wanted to give jars of the mix, as well as a few cookies that were already baked. They were pretty easy to make, and I was able to quell my rebellion and just follow the darn recipe the way it is listed (except for the nut substitution). I used a tablespoon to measure out each dough ball, and ended up with just under 3 dozen cookies. Parchment paper was a must!
I guess if I actually baked more than once a year, I would invest in a Silpat.
I showed great restraint with this pile of cooling cookies.
Of course I did have one. And a half. My husband had four.
These cookies are really, really good. The cardamom flavor just adds something really special and unique. But, we both agreed that they would probably be just as good (if not better) with a little less butter- they are really heavy. And for my taste, a little less sugar would be fine, too.
I assembled all of the jars with the mix, and attached a ribbon and the gift tags (I now notice that I didn’t change the ‘pistachios’ to ‘walnuts’ on the front of the tag. Oh well).
The other side of the tags lists the baking directions
And I bagged up a few cookies for each of the teachers.
All done for about $10. Not bad!
Here’s a gift I got from one of the other art teachers this year:
Last year Tracy made homemade Limoncello, which was great- but I am really excited about this one! Homemade Kahlua- who knew?
Two more work days left…
Do you make DIY gifts?