Homemade Holiday Gift: Cookie Boxes

 

I have to admit – this month has been just crazy and my blog has definitely suffered! My goal is to better incorporate my blogging into my new work schedule..starting now! So let’s get back to some homemade holiday gifts.  You could go absolutely crazy with holiday cookies (shout out to the Feldman family!) but the way I like to start is with some basics , like chocolate chip, sugar, and monster cookies; and then add in your other favorite holiday cookies. Also, these cookies freeze really well so you can start baking a week before you plan to hand them out.  I purchased these cute boxes for $5 at Target and I really love the little window! Perfect for giving to coworkers and friends. Who doesn’t love a box of cookies?! So here’s a starting point for your holiday cookies, happy baking!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12 oz) semisweet morsels
  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy – add eggs one at a time.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture and fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until golden brown.
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Monster Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 12-oz. jar of creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup (1 stick) of butter, softened
  • ½ cup M&M’s
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 ½ cups quick cook oatmeal (1-minute oats)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, light brown sugar, and granulated sugar and mix well. Add salt, vanilla extract, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well.
  3. Stir in M&M’s, chocolate chips, raisins (optional), baking soda, and oatmeal.
  4. Scoop tablespoons of dough on baking sheets 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes – don’t overbake! Cool cookies on baking sheets for 3 minutes before cooling on wire rack.
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