Hi everyone, can you believe it? Finally, I am this close to Graduation (Imagine me pinching my pointer finger with my thumb) :D – And with graduation comes performances, baking, class parties, baking, muck up days and lots of baking!
Before I graduate though, here I am ploughing through my workload because before every beautiful part of life, comes this hideous, clawing at your neck part known as my final exams. Eep! And because I cannot bake my butt off right now, I would like you to enjoy a huge range of wonderful guest posters especially chosen just for you!
So close to the end of school, I can taste it! Au revoir mes cheris!
You may know Marcela De Vivo by now, she is becoming one of my regular guest posters, how cool is that? She always has the best ideas, like when she shared her beauty yoga tips with us! :)
Well, she is back again and with lots of tips and a delicious recipe! Everyone loves receiving baked goods. It is human nature. But how should the gift giver wrap them? In a jar, in a box, in some flimsy clingwrap? Marcela’s tips and ideas are the only way to go about giving out baked goods for sure! Enjoy!
Baked Goods To Give As Gifts And How To Package Them
What is a more personal statement of gratitude and thanks when giving a gift to someone than homemade baked goods?
Adding personal flair to your baked goods can include wrapping these treats up in pretty boxes. There are plenty of creative ways to package baked goods. Below, you’ll find some ideas as to which baked goods would be easiest to make and package:
Cookies are a classic, all-time favorite. Whether it be a sugar cookie, peanut butter or chocolate chip, friends and family alike will be delighted with this gift.
Plastic see-through bags with a personalised ribbon would be a simple and cute gift wrap. Made a batch of all sorts of cookies? There are readymade cookie packages available as well that can divide your cookie selections.
Clear or colorful take-out style boxes are haute and make for a perfect baby shower or birthday present. Need to help raise money for a certain cause? Nicely wrapped homebaked goods can be just the thing to add extra oomph and posh to your baked goods sales.
Have fun being creative with shaping your baked goods. For example, for Fourth of July, make star-shaped treats. You can also find cookie cutters shaped like surfboards, beach balls and various sea creatures (starfish, crabs, seahorses, etc).
Want to make the chocolate chip cookie into a sweeter, surprising treat? Surprise them with surprising bite into an Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie!
Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie
Source: The Picky Palate
Makes: This recipe makes about 2 dozen very large cookies.
- 2 sticks (1 cup) of softened butter
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
- 3 ½ Cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 10 oz (285g) bag of chocolate chips
- 1 bag Oreo Cookies (Double Stuffed is recommended)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C)
- Mix well the butter and sugars, then add the eggs and vanilla. Combine well.
- In a separate bowl, mix the flour, salt and baking soda.
- Add in the wet ingredients and the chocolate chips – mix well.
- Using a cookie scoop, take one scoop of cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo cookie.
- Take another scoop and place on the bottom of the Oreo Cookie. Using your hands, seal the edges together by pressing and cupping.
- Place the cookies on a parchment of silpat lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 9-13 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. Cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
Is the person receiving your gift a coffee fan? If so, biscotti would make the perfect, European-inspired treat to go along with his/her coffee or tea or hot cocoa! You can use the typical candy store supplies to wrap this traditional treat or a small gift box with a clear window.
Try this biscotti recipe: Holiday Inspired Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
Bread is practical, easy and fun to make, and the person you’re giving this gift too will think about you during breakfast and lunch when they devour your present! Purchase cute bread loaf pans in fun designs to add your personal style and touch to your gift.
Bread pans are available in a wide variety of styles and sizes, varying from individual bite-sized shapes, to bundts, to one-pound loaf pans.
Try this bread recipe: Feta & Sundried Tomato Pull-Apart Scrolls
Homemade Crackers, Pretzels
Crackers or pretzels are guilt free treats for those with more of a salty tooth than a sweet one. They are also easy to make and package.
For a more indulgent treat, use a pretzel mold and add flavored chocolate. Decorated pretzel sticks make great party favors!
If your loved one is a fan of chewy treats, brownies or fudge wrapped with tissue paper and tied with an adorable bow would make for the perfect gift as well. You can even get more creative by using yummy licorice strings as ties.
Try this brownie recipe: Two Twixed Fudgy “Whities”
Purchase a gorgeous dolly and wrap in a clear plastic to serve and present your gift. It would make as a wonderful centerpiece to anyone’s kitchen or table. You can also try a sectional box to make your homemade gift look like it came straight out of a cupcake shop.
Another creative way to showcase your cupcakes to be the center of attention – turn them into an eye catching cupcake bouquet! All you need are plastic cupcake holders, toothpicks, a Styrofoam ball and a decorative bucket or pot to hold your bouquet in.
Place half or the entire Styrofoam ball into the bucket or pot, and then place the toothpicks all around the ball. Stick the plastic cupcake holders through the toothpicks through the center, and place your cupcakes through the toothpicks in the cupcake holder. Now, you have a delightful present that you may actually have difficulty parting with to give away!
Try this cupcake recipe: The Hexa-Chocolate Malted Muffins
Not only will loved ones be grateful for your gift, their tummies will be too with these nicely-packaged, sweet treats! :)
Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer from California whose writing covers a range of topics, including health, marketing, tech and gaming. She loves sharing DIY tips for cooking and home improvement. Find more tips by following her on Facebook and Twitter!
I don’t know about you but I would definitely not mind receiving a big jar of those delicious oreo-stuffed cookies! Thank you Marcela for sharing these wonderful ideas with us, we will never be lost again in the art of baking-gift-giving :D