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Aside 18 Dec

So it has been a really ridiculous amount of time since I’ve written anything on here and I don’t even have an excuse! I can’t say its because I don’t have any time because I found time to make my own tree skirt. Yes, I said make my own tree skirt. Never in a million years would I have thought those words would come out of my mouth, but here we are. I’ve also been crazy at the coffee shop getting ready for Christmas and making up lots of baskets and goodies to sell. Of course I will be providing pictures of all of this madness soon.

I need to finish wrapping christmas presents, bake and decorate cookies for teachers gifts, clean house from top to bottom, make up 20 more baskets for work, make a cake for my daughter’s 16th birthday(Christmas Eve), have a birthday party and I’m sure other stuff. I’m just now realizing I may need more than 5 or 6 days to get this all done. But hey, that’s what coffee is for right?

I will be back, hopefully very soon, with some pictures and maybe a tutorial on the tree skirt. 

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bouquets

1 Jun

Its the end of the school year and you know what that means – teachers gifts! I’ve done various things through the years from gift cards to flowers to homemade goodie baskets. This year I had 7 teachers and I also wanted to send something in to each of my kids office staff. I’m a little bit crazy didn’t you know?

I decided on cookies since I had so many people to do at the same time and I thought it would be simple. I question my own judgement sometimes. I then had the idea that I wanted the cookies to go on sticks and make a cookie bouquet. Actually, my original idea was to make sugar cookies, decorate them with royal icing and make bouquets with them, but I pulled back a bit and made them chocolate chip.

I have a recipe for really good chocolate chip cookies, but I thought they might be too thick and heavy for the sticks. I came across a recipe that was specifically for cookie bouquets so I thought I’d try it. In the middle of the recipe, I realized they messed up on the amount of butter and put two different amounts….since I wasn’t sure which one was right, I went back to the recipe I usually use. This resulted in a mixture of the recipes and turned out awesome!

I needed some sort of container for the bouquets  and I found some really cute little tin buckets at the dollar section in Target. I was only going to put 3 cookies in each so these were perfect. I also put a $5 Starbucks card with some candies I made from candy melts. My teenage daughter has 6 teachers so they each got a small bouquet and I made my son’s teacher a cookie bouquet basket. I really never want to see a cookie again – or at least for a few weeks.

Happy Accident Chocolate Chip Cookies:

4 1/2 cups flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

2 cups butter, melted

2 packages instant vanilla pudding

4 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

4-5 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325. Mix together flour and baking soda and set aside. In a large bowl mix both sugars and butter. Batter may be runny – that’s ok. Add in packages of pudding and beat until well blended. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture I cup at a time until mixed thoroughly. You may need to keep adding a little flour at a time so the mixture isn’t runny. Stir in chocolate chips – I added extra.

If you are making cookies on a stick, place a rounded spoonful of cookie dough on an ungreased cookie sheet. Push a cookie stick through the dough until it almost hits the top…make sure it doesn’t poke through. Press the dough to flatten it a bit . Make sure to space the cookies out on the cookie sheet – I was only able to get 5 at a time. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Wait about 15-20 minutes then transfer cookie sticks with a spatula to a plate or rack to cool. Make sure the cookies are cooled completely before you even think of using them….if not, they will break apart.

Sorry about the quality of the pics….it was way too late to worry about!

To make bouquet:

Find a container – make sure it can withstand the weight of the cookies. I bought a rectangle of styrofoam and cut it to put in each container. Take your cooled cookie stick, and place it where you want in the styrofoam, pushing the stick through gently. I then placed tissue paper to fill the gaps and added the candy melt cookies.

There are so many different ways to make cookie bouquets – if you are talented or brave, you can decorate sugar cookies and use those. Or you can find a unique container…..maybe a really cool coffee mug or small flower pot, etc. I tried to wrap each individual cookie with colored saran wrap, but I couldn’t get it to stick and since the bouquets were all going to the same place , I put them all together and wrapped with cellophane .  The nice thing is that after they eat the cookies, they can use the tin for a little plant or flower it would be a cute container to keep change or crayons, etc in.