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Oh, the cookies I could bake

Being broke on Christmas means that if you want to give people gifts, you have to be incredibly creative in order to make your dollars stretch far enough to cover everyone.

The easiest solution in my opinion? Baked goods, of course!
Before this past pregnancy, no way in hell would I ever subject anyone to my baking. It was not good- and that’s being nice. Rock hard brownies? Check. Cakey dried out cookies? Check.

I’m guessing it was my fatty-preggo tendencies that made me try the whole baking process all over again.. and it definitely started out rough- but towards the end, something just clicked. I am incredibly picky when it comes to cookies and other baked goods, and I couldn’t get enough of my own confections (probably why i’m having trouble losing the excess fat.. but what can you do?).
Lately i’ve even been coming up with my own recipes- and they are AWESOME. Ask Holden, he thinks so too.. and even though he’s a fat kid, he is pretty picky about what sweets he’ll eat.

So now i’m stuck. I know I want to make baked goods and use the results as Christmas gifts- but what in the hell do I bake? I love everything so much (and it took a lot of trial and error to perfect the recipes I have now) that I can’t make an objective decision.

I could make cookies- I have the perfect recipes for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Craisin (with a touch of penut butter to make them super chewy), and the best chewy Chocolate Chip cookies you’ll ever have.
BUT
If I make cookies, how many would I have to give to each person for it to not seem like I was being cheaper than I already am being?

The other option is to make mini loafs of peanut-butter chocolate chip banana bread (can you tell I have an affinity for peanut butter?). Which is an appealing option, and I can think of a few really pretty ways to wrap them up.. but at the same time- I have no idea how many times i’d have to double/triple/quadruple the friggin’ mixture to have enough for everyone.. and that might end up being far more costly than just a few batches of cookies.

What to do?? Which would you rather have?


Posted on December 16, 2009 by Holdin' Holden 2 Comments
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  • My sister last Christmas gave me a jar with cookie ingredients in it, flour, choc chips etc, all measured out. It looked great and all I had to do was add milk and egg, stir and bake. The instructions were written in the attached Chrissy card.
    It was a lovely gift for a cook, although I can’t describe it well.

  • Tough decision. Would it be too expensive to buy the ingredients for the bread and prepare them up as a gift? I know they sell cookie prep packages, but I’ve never seen them for banana bread!